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Vince Lichlyter (Jonah33): Dying to Self & Living for Christ
What “defining moments” have you experienced in your life? One day, every one of us will look back and point to key moments—both good and bad—where we can say, “This is it...this made ALL the difference.” [More]

Bob George: Classic Christianity - Life's Too Short To Miss The Real Thing
Forward by Major W. Ian Thomas

Classic Christianity - Don't Miss The Real ThingThere are few things quite so boring as being religious, but there is nothing quite so exciting as being a Christian! Most folks have never discovered the difference between the one and the other, so that there are those who sincerely try to live a life they do not have, substituting religion for God, Christianity for Christ, and their own noble endeavors for the energy, joy, and power of the Holy Spirit. [More]

John Fischer: Confessions Of A Caffeinated Christian
Get more at www.purposedrivenlife.com
I believe that there is religion and then there is Jesus. I was very happy to find this out because Christianity for me used to be an acquired taste. I grew up with it-even knew in my heart it was true--but that didn't mean I liked it. Meeting Jesus made me fall in love with God. [More]

Pres Gillham: What Happened To You?
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When the invitation to become a follower of Jesus was issued, I heard two things: 1) Come to Jesus and He will forgive your sins, and 2) when you come to Jesus you will go to heaven when you die. The truth of the matter is, I need Him for more than forgiveness and for more than life insurance. I need Him all of the time. [More]

Preston Gillham: Is God Vulnerable?
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This thing we have in common called Christianity is not merely religion or philosophy. It is interaction, give and take; vulnerability; joy and sorrow; ecstasy, pain, mutual love: Relationship. [More]

John Fischer: Caring Enough to Ask
If you should see someone alone and crying on a bus — or anywhere else, for that matter — you might want to consider asking that person what’s wrong. That simple act of concern may be enough to save a life. [More]

Rick Warren: Fighting Discouragement
I believe procrastination is the number one enemy of your life mission. You know what you’re supposed to do, but you don’t get around to it. You keep putting it off. That’s a deadly enemy. But a close second is discouragement. If Satan can’t get you to put off your life mission, he’ll try to make you quit altogether. He’ll neutralize you. [More]

Bill Gillham: What God Wishes Christians Knew About Christianity
"This book is so liberating. I was raised in a legalistic church and the God I knew was a cruel taskmaster. I was ignorant of the concept of grace. I wanted to live my life for Christ (as if He needs me to do anything for Him). It seemed like the harder I tried to keep the commandments, the worse I failed. About that time I read Bill’s book, and the floodgates of grace were opened. Thanks for the message of grace that saved my life!" [More]

Believe You Are Who God Says You Are
Buddy Owens
“ nnhgf And we … are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

"God is asking you to believe he is who he says he is, believe you are who he says you are, and then live like you believe those things."

I want to help you learn to confess your faith, and then let that confession lead to life change so that it demolishes your old way of thinking and gives you a new way of thinking about life, God, yourself, hardship, your family and your world.

And here’s how to do it: Stop confessing lies. Confess your faith! Say the same thing God says about you. Let it change the way you think . . . and it will change the way you live.

Here are some things the Bible says about you that need to become things you say about yourself. Start every day by confessing these truths --

My Faith Confessions

  • I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
  • The Son has set me free. I am free indeed! (John 8:36)
  • My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
  • There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
  • Nothing can ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • In all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)
  • God is faithful. He will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • My light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God is for me! Who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)

When you say what God says (confession), you begin to think what God thinks (repentance). So let this be your confession of faith. And let it be the foundation on which you build your new life.

This is not the power of positive thinking. It’s not your good thoughts that will turn your life around. God’s power will turn your life around. He’s just asking you to believe he is who he says he is, believe you are who he says you are, and then live like you believe those things.

Does that mean bad things will stop happening? No. But it does mean you will experience many more victories than losses because the Word of God is at work in you.


How You Can Pray With Confidence
Dr. Bill Bright
How can you expect answers to your prayers? Four imperatives must be followed: abide, ask, believe, receive. Let's look at each of these for a moment: [More]


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