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11
Jan 2018
Fasting and Prayer for the Spiritual Breakthrough

Fasting and Prayer for the Spiritual Breakthrough What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “fasting?” Is it “fast food,” or “hunger?” Many of us don’t eat because we are hungry, we eat so that we won’t get hungry. I remember the very first time I fasted, many years ago when I was still single. My 2 brothers and I decided to fast for three days, and because we wanted to away from all civilization and temptations, we decided to go to an island. So, we......

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27
Dec 2017
Choosing to Forgive

Choosing to Forgive One evening, I was walking home and began to make my way across a street. Halfway along the pedestrian lane, I looked to my left and saw a commuter van about 30 feet away, moving very fast towards me. As I was already in the middle of the street, I stopped, thinking that the van didn’t want to let me pass, and that he would just drive past me. To my surprise, the van went straight for me at top speed, then hit the brakes just a few feet......

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23
Nov 2017
Don't forget to get dressed!

Don’t forget to get dressed! An employee who was trained and given the proper dress code for the office proudly entered the elevator in her new company outfit. A man casually dressed in jeans and a golf shirt entered with her. Looking down on him, she sarcastically said, “Dressed a little casually today, aren’t we?” The man replied, “That’s one benefit of owning the company….” Most people worry about their outerwear style, labels and trends but that only reveals our desire impress others. Paul in the Book of Colossians tells us: “As......

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27
Oct 2017
“When Jesus is Not Enough”

“When Jesus is Not Enough” Two years in our marriage, my wife Nikki and I wanted to have a baby so badly, but couldn’t conceive. Somehow we had this unreal expectation that having a baby was as easy as 1-2-3. We thought all we had to do was decide to have a baby, try, and voilà, she gets pregnant! But obviously that wasn’t the case. The long wait, the little control that we had in our situation, the comparison with others, the unmet expectations, the constant inquiry “when are you going to......

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17
Oct 2017
Don’t Waste TIME – Put GOD First

Don’t Waste TIME – Put GOD First What would you do if you knew you only had 4 weeks to live? How do you keep time? Do you wear a wristwatch; do you carry a cell phone that gives you the time? Do you know what that’s called? It’s called two timing. Hehehe How do you keep time? Most you keep time by what we call the atomic time. You follow not just night and day but you live by seconds, minutes, and hours. Today I would like to recommend that you......

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12
Oct 2017
The Landmine of Anger

The Landmine of Anger Don’t you love customer service? Last week I did some crowd sourcing about things that irk my FB friends, and it was one of the topnotchers. I can surely relate. This morning we called our telco – again – asking when we could expect our phone to be fixed. For three weeks we have been without a landline (which we actually could live without) and Internet (which is essential in the Whelchel household). First we were asked for the reference number for our previous report (duh, it is......

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06
Sep 2017
Life's Two Most Important Questions

LIFE’S TWO MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS Most people seek happiness. But the truth is, very few actually find it. We may be busy and preoccupied with a lot of activities, but if we fail to live for that which is most important, we will not find real hope and joy. I have learned that if we ask the wrong questions in life, we will live for the wrong things. To find the right direction, we must learn to ask the right questions. In Acts 22, the Apostle Paul encountered the Lord on his......

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23
Aug 2017
Expose and Eliminate the Dangerous Side of Blessings

Expose and Eliminate the Dangerous Side of Blessings All of us desire to receive blessings from God. It fills our prayer lists as we ask God for His favorable hand upon us. As children of God, we are promised that we already have all kinds the blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Blessings however, have the danger of giving us wrong perceptions about God, the world and ourselves. Our working definition of “blessing” is: a special favor or gift that God bestows upon us, which brings us happiness. It can be a blessing related to......

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17
Aug 2017
“I Know God Loves Me… But I Need Money.”

“I Know God Loves Me… But I Need Money.” To graduate from my entrepreneurial course in college we had to put up a business which earns a required minimum income and was sustainable for a certain period of time. Long story short, I put one up but it did not work out, and I ended up loaning a substantial amount to pay off debt. Payment was due sooner than I expected and I still had no idea where to get the money to pay the loan off. The night before it was......

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20
Jul 2017
"Fasting and Prayer"

“FASTING and PRAYER” The Bible mentions fasting more times than baptism, repentance, confession and even communion. Fasting is a Christian’s voluntary abstinence from food and/or drinks or other fleshly appetites for a specified period of time and for a spiritual purpose. The goal of prayer and fasting is to bring our natural, physical desires under the control of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of seeking God. When we refrain from regular activities that distract us, we’re better able to discern what the Lord is saying. It sharpens our minds and increases......

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