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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 16, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: 2 PETER 1:3-11 (N.I.V.) . . . .

BEING FRUITFUL IN OUR GROWTH IN FAITH

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 15, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: 1 KINGS 3:1-15 . . . .

THE BLESSINGS OF WISDOM – UNSELFISHNESS IN OUR DESIRES

“Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around Jerusalem. Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.” 

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 12, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: NEHEMIAH 4:1-23 . . . .

HAVING A PLAN FOR YOUR DEFENSE

“But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.” Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders. So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.” So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.” Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me. Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared. At the same time I also said to the people, “Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day.” So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.” 

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Years ago some mentors I surrounded myself with as I began my recovery told me this: Make sure you have a plan for your recovery!” I didn’t know what that meant or entailed, but through the years I discovered they were right. I truly need a plan. Going into recovery I didn’t realize that there were people who would oppose my efforts is trying to become a better person and doing the right thing according to God’s Word. After realizing all the collatoral damage I inflicted on others and the people who love me, I never dreamed that some of those very same people didn’t want to see me succeed. I couldn’t understand it then but now I do. Because of the pain and suffering I put them through, the lying and deception, they never saw me suffer for what I did to them and therefore, why would they want to see me succeed? They wanted revenge to some degree for what I did to them. They said I would never amount to anything because of my behaviors. They wanted to see me fail. But through the process of recovery, a curricullum I’m using to this very day to help me understand what I did and it’s root causes, and with visible levels of accountability, I’ve learned to focus and stay committed to my recovery efforts. Yes, I admit the pain and anguish I’ve caused, and I’ve ruined a lot of friendships and relationships, and I’ve apologized and try daily to show remorse by making ammends to change the direction of my life, but at the same time I have learned that a plan to stay focused, committed and diligent to my cause for recovery will bring forgiveness and understanding to all that was lost. I have a recovery structure in place that I’ve been following for many years now. I am accountable to several God-fearing men who challenge me and hold me accountable daily as I walk in my new found freedom of purity and wholeness. I am committed to helping other men overcome, setting up similar structure in and for their lives to have the same results I have experienced. But it all developed when I made a decision to have a plan. Just like Nehemiah had in rebuilding the wall. There has to be a plan for design, protection and maintaining that success after it (my recovery) is built. I want to encourage you men and women to have a plan for your recovery and defense of seeking righteousness. There are those who don’t want you to be successful because they still harbor pain and resentment. Keep moving forward and allow the fruits of your labor to bring the ammends needed for resolution and understanding.

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 11, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: JUDE 1:3-16 (NIV) . . . .

THE SIN AND DOOM OF UNGODLY PEOPLE

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them. Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.” 

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I know many of you will read this portion of scripture and ask the question “How could a God that declares He is all about love and loving others be so destructive and killing His own creation?” When we look at what God’s Word is talking about carefully, we will discover that there are two things in this life that God cannot tolerate and that is sin and evil. Sin and evil was never a part of God’s original plan or design for creation. But because of one individual’s selfish desire to be like God(Lucifer, aka: Satan) and his influence on Adam and Eve’s blessed gift of free will, sin and evil became relevent and is at the forefront of our corrupt society and all over the world. This also includes lifestyles, addictive behaviors, and all the sinful mindsets listed in these verses. My lifestyle of addictive behaviors falls right along with this group and I feel ashamed about what I’ve done and to those I have affected with it. But because of His grace, His love, and His dying on the Cross for me, I have been redeemed by the power of Jesus Christ in my life that has saved me from those  consequences. Disobedience, selfishness, evil intentions, all of these God cannot and will not tolerate because it is not His nature. If we as His children are living in such a state of mind, we ought to want to repent and seek God’s forgiveness and allow Him to turn our lives around into the right direction. The Lord is coming soon to judge those who have chosen to live a life of sin. I chose to repent of my addictive behaviors and evil mindset because it was sinful, evil and rebellious toward God. I no longer live as a defeated and unsure man, filled with uncertainty, confusion, chaos, selfishness and not knowing who I am. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus!

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 10, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: 1 JOHN 1:5-10 . . . .

OVERCOMING DENIAL IS CRUCIAL IN RECOVERY

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

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One of the hardest things I had to do as I was coming into this new season in my life was facing the reality of the denial of my behaviors and the collateral damage that I caused to others by it. Living a life of addictive behaviors, focusing on selfish desires was a way of life for me and I seriously thought there was nothing wrong with it because I wasn’t hurting anyone or causing physical pain so I thought. But when exposure happened to me, and I saw the how that exposure affected everyone around me, I had to come to the conclusion that my behaviors and lifestyle caused more damage than I could’ve ever imagined. I was in denial of the very sinful and destructive addiction that had infiltrated my life for many years. I was in denial of the truth. I was so saturated with that lifestyle that it became the only identity I had acknowledge, even after becoming a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ! But I admitted my denial, accepted it for what it was, and through a severe and purposeful process I committed to in my recovery I realized that I was walking in darkness not knowing the truth. I was not walking in the light and was blinded by the very darkness that ensnared me for many years. I’m grateful that God has shown me that I can be set free from those behaviors and begin to live a life of wholeness, truth, and transparency as He healed me from the denial I was in. It started first of all with me acknowledging Him and who He truly is. I had to learn how to submit myself totally to God in every area of my life and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that He saved me. I can’t deny His saving grace because the exposure I experienced really saved my life and that was the truth. I’ve learned that confessing my sins, the healing of my denial allowed God to come into my life and free me from behaviors I couldn’t free myself from. No matter how hard I tried, the efforts I tried to make, or all the books I could’ve ever read, I never would have been set free going in that direction. God chose me and because He did, I’m chosing Him and to walk in the light, seeking holiness and righteousness, and allowing truth to reign in my life always and forever. It’s a choice, and I choose the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 9, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: MATTHEW 12:33-37 . . . .

A TREE IS KNOWN BY THE FRUIT IT BEARS

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

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Everything we do in recovery yields the evidence of our efforts through works, by the words we speak, and the very way we live our lives. These are known as fruits in God’s Word and they clearly show what’s inside of us, what’s happening with us, and what we are doing in life. It represents who we are, and if the life we’re living isn’t in alignment with God’s Word, then we need to ask ourselves what in the world are we doing. Our thoughts, our mindset, and our behaviors dictate to the world who we are. God’s Word says a tree will be known by the fruit it bears so everyday I ask myself what kind of fruit am I bearing? I don’t need affirmation or someone’s elses approval of the way I’m living my life, but the fruits I’m displaying I definitely want them to be positive and ever-growing into the Man of God I was created to be. I desire to change the way I was living to the way the Word of God says I’m suppose to live and people are paying attention to that. When I share about God’s goodness in my life to others and what He has done in me as far as my recovery goes, there should be fruits that show and display that transformation so that my life will match up with the words that I speak. I desire to be truthful and transparent in all that I do because it’s coming from the heart. So I try daily to have a good heart and do good things, and just allow God’s grace to overwhelm me in every area of my life.

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 8, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: ROMANS 12:1-2 . . . .

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” 

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If ever there was a scripture that spoke the spiritual anthem of Christian Lifestyle it would be Romans 12:1,2. This verse right here says it all, especially for those of us in recovery because it speaks to the very root and cause for our new perspectives and renewed understanding of who we are and who we are in Christ Jesus. We are to understand that the struggles of addictive behaviors are not who we are and that the Word of God has specific instructions and guidelines as to what were created for and what we are to become. Those faults, behaviors, the shame and the guilt, they do not belong in our DNA because they were not placed there when we were born. We made the choices in life to do what we have done and we can reverse that negative mentality and turn beack to God and allow Him to finish that process. So we don’t have to live defeated lives because we have problems or issues. We can be renewed and transformed no matter what we are going through because God’s Word has promised we can be who He created us to be even now!

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 5, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: LUKE 5:1-11 . . . .

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” 

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For many of us who are in recovery, having to relinquish control of previous thought patterns and unproductive relationshiups and behaviors is a challenging task. Knowing that our lives need change and new perspectives, we often find it a struggle to graps new concepts and instruction to do something different. Peter found it uneasy to cast his net back into the sea after not catching any fish toiling through the late hours to catch fish. But Jesus told Peter to cast his net back out there, even with some resistence, Peter did comply as the Lord Jesus asked. Much like us in recovery, when we receive some guidance or instruction after we have toiled and repeatedly tried different changes to our recovery and found nothing was working or moving us forward in our efforts, we still must be open to persistent change even when we don’t see the results or don’t want to see it. It gets hard and difficult at times because our patience wears thin and we want to give up. Peter knew he did everything he possibly could do for the day with nothing to show for it but he never gave up. He knew that because someone saw something in him that he didn’t see in himself he decided to move forward in that request and never dreamed of anything happening to him like that situation ended up and for the other fishermen as well. We need to keep ourselves readily available to hear and listen when someone encourages us to persevere in our recovery because it might be God saying our victory to overcoming is right before you so seize it and rejoice!

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 3, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: GALATIANS 5:16-25 . . . .

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” 

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WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND WE WON’T FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH

This is a challenging task for us as men and women in recovery, let alone as a child of God which we are commanded to do. Submitting, placing ourselves completely under the authority of Christ Jesus in all of being so that He can lead and guide us unto all truth and understanding includes every area of our lives. He will direct our comings and goings as well as desires and habits, but we must also give Him complete control of our actions and how we live in this life. The flesh, our bodies, have desires and wants that in are in confrontation with what God has for us and desires for us, and that’s why so many of us are struggling with relationships and understanding its purpose and design. The flesh wants us to reward ourselves with the desires of our hearts-self gratification, lustful living, fornication-and that’s not what God desires for us. He wants us to walk in purity, wholeness and goodness because that’s what He is! Walking in the Spirit of God protects us from those things that will corrupt us, destroy us from the inside out as though we never saw it coming. In order to not fulfill the flesh’s desires, God wants and commands us to walk in the Spirit, and those attributes are clearly visible and attainable if that what we desire if we are to live a life of holiness, wholeness and goodness. The battle with the flesh and the Spirit will always wage on but as long as we have the Spirit of God empowering us, enabling us to be protected and guided through this life, we can overcome and be victorious daily!

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 2, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: MATTHEW 7:1-6 . . . .

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” 

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LOOK AT OURSELVES BEFORE WE JUDGE OTHERS

In our society it’s real easy to look at others and see the wrong that they’re doing. We’re living in a world where we are so sensitive to the choices people make and analyzing the motives as to why we do what we do. Whether someone decides to do something obviously is their choice and we should respect their decision or choice. We don’t have to live with the consequences of their choices and that’s what many of us forget about. But what we’re doing is judging them and that’s not fair or right. If we look at ourselves we’ll see and discover that we all have similar faults, experiences of life that turn out as expected because we’re all not perfect. We’re going to make mistakes and have bad choices. Whether they are good or bad, we ought be quick to say if it is right or wrong because who are we to say so? We’re human and all human beings are apt to the same dispositions in some cases. But we ought to take a look at ourselves and see our shortcomings, our bad choices or decision makings before we speak to or about others and make those corrections first. Let’s look in the mirror and ask ourselves before we speak to someone’s elses situation: Do I see that situation or circumstance in my own life?

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The Lighthouse Family Life Helpline Ministry site is all about the family and how to make your life & marriage count in the Kingdom of God. The Love of God is the Bedrock of all Relationships.

Christ's Soldiers International

"Waging War On Sin Not The Sinner"

Gary Chorpenning's Notebooks

A Christian Reflection on Faith , Life, and Nature

merlinpreach

Just another WordPress.com site

Wives Redeemed Hearts

"...To give them beauty for ashes.."

The Third Cross Congregation

"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3).

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