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A Note from the Pastor: Miscellaneous Spirituality

A friend has hit hard times financially and was sharing his situation with his father, a pastor. His dad responded, “I cannot handle your stress emotionally, so please refrain from talking to me.” I was dumbfounded. How can a father, a pastor no less, side step his child like this? Then, I put myself into […]

Daily Devotion: The Blessedness of a Life of Intercession

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62: 6-7).

What an unspeakable grace to be allowed to deal with […]

A Soul Care Note from Carol Potochney

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

This is Soul Care Ministries’ “life […]

Daily Devotion: Walk Through the Smoke

“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’” (Luke 10:18).

D. L. Moody saw humankind as being ruled either by Satan or by God. “We are led on by an unseen power we haven’t enough strength to resist, or we are led by the loving Son of God.” Scripture says plenty about the devil’s […]

Worship Moment of the Week: 360-Degree Vision

When you think of vision, the thing that usually comes to mind is “what we physically see.” Our eyes become the physical navigators of our lives. What we see becomes dialogue for our brains. “What is that?” “How will it affect me?”

In Matthew 6:22, Jesus tells us that the eye is the lamp of […]

Daily Devotion: If…

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the […]

Daily Devotion: Living in Jesus’ Town

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside” (Luke 4:14).

After Jesus was baptized, He made His way home to Nazareth, filled with the Spirit and ready to begin His ministry. On the Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and read from Isaiah: “The Spirit of […]

Daily Devotion: The Heart of the Master

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” (Matthew 18:12).

The shepherd felt at home with his faithful flock; they had not gone astray, and they gathered about […]

Daily Devotion: Prayer – The Work of the Spirit

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).

We know what “Abba, Father” meant in the mouth of Christ in Gethsemane. It was the entire surrender of Himself to the very death that the holy will of God’s love in […]

Tanya Bahena

I accepted Jesus when I was 15 and my life has never been the same since! As I began to grow in my faith, I never thought I was going to lead a life beyond my wildest dreams. It’s not necessarily what I expected or planned, but I know God has prepared my path.

I […]