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Month: June 2015

The Power of Grace

The Power of Grace

I never thought that I would be blogging about President Obama giving eulogy. But life does surprise us, doesn’t it? And this one was a very pleasant surprise. I truly liked what President Obama said in eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney last Friday in Charleston, South Carolina. Who would have thought that Obama’s theology echoes Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Or St. Paul? For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift…

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God’s Dream for You

God’s Dream for You

Do you know that God has plans for you? Do you know what’s God’s dream for you? Do you know what God has planned for you to do? Because God has a plan for you. For all of his children. First of all, God wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth (2 Tim. 2:4, AMP). God wants all to be saved but that’s not all…

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Heed the Word!

Heed the Word!

It’s almost funny how some odd things of the Bible holds your interest. I’ve been reading the Old Testament in the chronological order and I am almost done, a bit of Nehemiah and then just Malachi left this time around. Anyway. About the odd things that keep you thinking. The prayer in chapter nine in Nehemiah is a powerful prayer…but…there’s no ‘Amen’ at the end. Does it even matter? This is what puzzled me. Amen is a beautiful word meaning…

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Do You Need More Faith?

Do You Need More Faith?

Do you think you need more faith? Did you know that there’s no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith? If you don’t believe me, believe Jesus. 5 The apostles came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.” 6 But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in…

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10 Prayer Warriors Who Changed History

10 Prayer Warriors Who Changed History

Today I have a pleasure to welcome Jared Brock to Flowing Faith as a guest blogger. Jared is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, a humorous travel memoir about prayer. He is the cofounder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights human trafficking one word at a time. Jared is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, whom he first kissed in the seventh grade. Here’s Jared: I recently traveled 37,000 miles around the world…

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The Most Inspiring Elisabeth Elliot Quotes

The Most Inspiring Elisabeth Elliot Quotes

Today I want to honor Elisabeth Elliot, an incredibly inspiring Christian author and missionary, who entered the glory of God on the 15th of June 2015. Her life was an amazing adventure in Christ. Her first husband was a Christian martyr. Elisabeth was able to forgive the tribe that killed her husband and even lived with them for two years. You can read more of her story here and here. Sing to God, sing praises to His name, cast up…

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Spiritual Protection

Spiritual Protection

Are you spiritually protected? Do you use all the spiritual weapons God has placed at your disposal? Because, you should. That is the only way we can stand up to everything the Devil throws at our way. We really do need spiritual protection. More than we know. Because, as Paul put it, we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies but against against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. 10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through…

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God First

God First

Usually, when we talk about the Biblical concept of putting God first, we think of choosing between God and other things/people in our life. But I think it is also choosing between you and God. We are so selfish that we think of ourselves first all the time. Even in our prayers we just let God know how he could help us. We do not seek him for the sake of him. Lord, have mercy! That’s why I truly enjoyed…

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God Is at Work Behind the Scenes

God Is at Work Behind the Scenes

God is at work behind the scenes. In the world and in your life. No matter what is going on. God is in control and God is at work for you, in you, through you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27, AMP) God has not forgotten you. Rest in God and…

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Spiritual Hospitality

Spiritual Hospitality

This year God has been teaching me about hospitality. Ever since experiencing scriptural and spiritual hospitality in very tangible ways this spring, I have been wanting to learn to practice spiritual hospitality myself. Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, AMP) It’s important to realize…

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