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  • Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. John 17:11 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory ... [read more]
  • For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 A fulfilled longing is sweet to the soul, literally described by the Bible as “a tree of life”. This is what we long for…a hope fulfilled. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:... [read more]
  • Greetings from Los Angeles! Our prayers have been answered! Andrew Smellie – the World Sector Leader for Africa – just received a two year, multiple entry visa to Nigeria! Lord willing, Andrew will leave LA for Lagos to "spy out the land" on November 2nd and return November 11th! In this endeavor, he will be nobly assisted by Goodhope Atason, the Mainline Church of Christ preacher that joined G... [read more]
  • Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2   Shame is referred to at least 128 times in the Bible and is dealt with as a ... [read more]
  • In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 1 Samuel 1:10 According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, grief is deep sorrow especially caused by someone’s death. It has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. A fuller understanding of the word “grief” can be ascertained from reading the RSV version of the Bible, where “grief” is translated as ... [read more]
  • Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself we... [read more]
  • Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 The real issue at hand here is where your hope is placed; in who, in what, why, and where? The first time I read Proverbs 13:12, I thought to myself, “YES, this is what I am feeling…what I am going through!” Somehow I convinced myself that this powerful yet often misunderstood scripture justified my si... [read more]
  • The past three and a half weeks have been very challenging as I contracted Shingles, the Chicken Pox Virus in adults. In this sickness, one has to endure severe pain, typically on one side of the body and prolonged extreme weakness similar to having the flu. Limited to almost no activity, this time caused me to reevaluate my convictions and how I was truly doing in life and doctrine. With that in ... [read more]