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Help My Unbelief!

You had faith. You held the promises. And yet you failed to receive the miracle. What went wrong?

Do you just chalk it up to “God works in mysterious ways”?

You shouldn’t. His ways have been revealed to us through His Word. Someone will point out that His ways are higher than ours, but when the Bible speaks like that it’s referring to His desire to show mercy to the wicked and unrighteous (see Isaiah 55:6-9). It means He gives grace when we wouldn’t! The “mysterious way” about God is that He blesses us even when we don’t deserve it.

“So why didn’t my prayer get answered?”

There may be a number of reasons. One reason could be because of unbelief. In our day and age, there’s lots of it around.
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Are You Offended?

offended “Did you hear what he said?  He should be fired!” These days, one slip of the tongue is all it takes to set others in a rage. It’s become almost trendy to be offended. What’s worse is that it’s often about the wrong things. It’s proper to be offended by evil and immorality, but many […] Continue reading →

Hold On To Your Crown

Even when everything is right in the Christian life, there’s still trouble to deal with in this world. The church in Philadelphia received only encouraging words from the Lord (Revelation 3:7-13), yet they had their troubles. Don’t mistakenly think that just because faith is all about the abundant life, that everything just clicks and works […] Continue reading →

Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

   It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”? Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be […] Continue reading →

Transition Time

   Well it finally happened- After 18 years in China, the Lord is leading us home. The plan is to return to the States in September. We do not yet know exactly where we will live or what we will be doing, but we trust God has us in His hands. Peter walked on the […] Continue reading →

10 Mistakes to Avoid in a Trial

  10. Dwelling more on the problem in prayer than on the answers in God’s Word.   9. Rehearsing the worst outcomes in your mind instead of thinking on things that are true, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).   8. Resisting the urge to talk to a friend because you have to keep up an […] Continue reading →

Is God Disciplining You?

   Many sufferers believe that their trials are from God, who sends them “for their own good.” This is the result of a long history of religious teaching. Tradition has taught us to believe that God wants to smite us more than bless us. It has taught us to expect that the only way to […] Continue reading →