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Activating Your Spiritual Senses

We’ve been doing a sermon series on the Gifts of the Spirit, so today we’re reposting a wonderful article written by James Goll about activating your spiritual senses for Charisma’s online magazine that goes along with our series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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“Each of us needs to become a discerner—no matter what our personal background or specific gift or function in the body of Messiah. Although some believers are especially gifted as prophets, every follower of Jesus receives the gifts of revelation and discernment. And every believer needs to use them! In fact, without discernment and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, we cannot read more

source: charismamag.com

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Characteristics of a Good Father

What does a good father look like? There are many examples of both good and bad dads in scripture. Pastor Caleb brought a message Sunday for Father’s day about the characteristics of a good father using Joseph the husband of Mary as an example. Click on the Sermons page of this blog and click on the message to listen. Click on the Publications page to read this week’s bulletin. Don’t forget to visit our webpage, akjoy.com and check out what’s new.

One Shot at a Time

You may not be a big golf fan, but today’s devotional, taken from Dr Morris Pickins’s book The Winning Way in Golf and Life and reposted from faithgateway.com has some fantastic lessons to teach us about keeping our focus in life and living mindfully.

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“When you are thinking your best, you focus on one shot at a time. There is no looking back or projecting forward. Thoughts of your score or what you might shoot do not exist. The implications of winning a tournament become as irrelevant as snowshoes in South Georgia. Mistakes from earlier in the round are completely forgotten. Your focus is entirely on the shot before you, and nothing else. When not playing your shot, your mind is consumed with read the rest here

Source: faithgateway.com

The Next Big Thing

The world system seems to strive to keep us in a constant state of dissatisfaction. Advertisers tell us there is always something better than what we have and we find ourselves fighting to keep a heart of contentment. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com,  encourages us to fix our eyes on the real “big thing” that God offers us instead.

When I was growing up, there was always a next big thing.

As a poor kid raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, I usually got the next big thing long after it had already peaked. By the time I got my first hand-me-down bicycle, skateboards were in. Couple years later when I finally got a skateboard, video games were all my friends talked about. On and on, from cassette players to car stereos, video cameras to VCRs, pet rocks to iPods, polo shirts to designer purses — there was always something that all the cool kids had while the rest of us lagged behind.

Without money to waste, because a box of Cap’n Crunch was a luxury in my neighborhood, I realized early on that there would always be a read more

source: faithgateway.com

A Prayer for Anxiety and Stress

Pretty much everyone has had, has, or will have at some point a struggle managing stress and anxiety. Today’s devotional by Rebecca Barlow Jordan offers an idea of how to pray when you find yourself battling those twin bullies.

Is anxiety holding you hostage and keeping you from rest? Do you feel burdens pressing in that seem too heavy to bear? When stressful thoughts pull you in the wrong direction, and you’re struggling to find balance, the following prayer might express your thoughts and help you find relief and freedom:

Lord Jesus, the stresses in my life often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. My body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks me like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws me in. I know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the read more

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Breaking up the Fallow Ground

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Ground that has not been worked in awhile becomes hard and has to be ploughed up before it can properly absorb moisture and be useful for growing crops. We need to allow God to break up the hardened ground of our hearts so that we can receive what God wants to pour out into us. Pastor Shayna continued the series on fasting and prayer Sunday morning this a message about fasting for breakthrough in our lives. Click on the arrow below to listen. We’re beginning week 2 of our 21 day fast. If you would like to join us please do!

 

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Healthy Regret

There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.

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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we read more

source: biblegateway.com