The Silent Prayer

Have you ever prayed so hard for something that you said no words aloud, but you cried out to God in your heart?

Some prayers originate from the deepest part of our souls, born out of desperation or anguish. Hannah prayed one of those prayers. 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Have you ever thought of yourself as an ambassador of God’s kingdom, or as an emissary of Christ’s love? In the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul encourages the church to live as ambassadors of Christ, and Chapter 5 has some excellent reasons why we should.

2 Corinthians Ch. 5  Live no longer for yourself, but for Him who died for you.

v.1-4  Physical death is not the end of life—one day our earthly bodies will be exchanged for heavenly ones.

v.5-8  Once we are absent from the body, we will be present with the Lord.

v.9-10  So aim to please Christ while you are here, because we will all receive from Him according to what we have done in the body, good or bad.

v.11-13  Minister sincerely, having a great concern for souls. ...

 

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Keep Trusting God

 

Sitting on the mountain top, you don’t want to leave. Whether it’s been a week at a youth camp, a writers conference, a vacation with much-needed family time, or a special quiet time with God, we may be hesitant to get back into “real life.” Like in the picture above, we can’t see what’s in the valley. The clouds obstruct our view. We don’t know what struggles we’ll face or what joys we’ll encounter. But there is One who sees all and knows all.

 

 

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Our God Restores (Excerpts from Faith, Courage, and Victory)

God hears. God acts. God saves.

Our God restores.

When trials, loss, sin, or unfulfilled promises steal our strength and joy, we need restoration. God can help us. When we look to Him, He supplies us with His grace and renews our outlook on life. His joy and peace once again fill our souls.

The excerpts below from my new Bible study, Faith, Courage, and Victory, show some of the many ways that God helps us and restores us.  

 

 

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Faith, Courage, and Victory – Who’s In It?

My new Bible study condenses the stories of twenty-four people of the Bible into one to three devotions per person. Forty devotions in Faith, Courage, and Victory give a fresh look into these well-known and beloved stories, and give a fresh perspective on how we can walk in faith, courage, and victory in our daily Christian lives.

So who’s in the book? People whose stories can help us today. ...

 

 

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Faith, Courage, and Victory – What It’s All About

I learn from movies, especially action adventure movies. Do you? I like seeing a team of people work together to accomplish a goal or defeat an enemy. Their example of courage and skill inspires me to have courage in my own life and to do what God wants me to do.

The Bible is filled with the stories of real people who became overcomers. They battled struggles, temptations, and formidable enemies. They had to overcome fear and doubt to do God’s will for their lives. Their faith and courage can inspire us to live by faith and courage in our own walks with God. This is what my new Bible study is all about—learning from the real-life adventures of men and women in the Bible, who had struggles, but cooperated with God’s work in them and through them and became overcomers.

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Hebrews Ch. 6  Go past first things, on to “perfection” (exactly what God wants).

v.1-6  Don’t lay down, again and again, the foundation of truth, as if it were possible for some to fall away from believing the truth, and then to be restored.
v.7-8  Hearing and using the word is blessed by God, but receiving the word and still producing what is useless or harmful, is not.
v.9-12a  Show diligence in your work and labor of love, and don’t become sluggish.
v.12b-16  Imitate those who, through faith and patience, inherit the blessings that God has sworn to give them. ...

 

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1 John Ch. 5  Believing in Jesus and being “in Him,” is having eternal life.

v.1-3  Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, loves God, and loves God’s children.

v.4-5  He who believes that Jesus is the Son of God is not ruled by worldly values and passions, but by faith.

v.6-10 Sufficient witness is given that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that we should believe it.

(Some of the witnesses are: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Jesus’s baptism and the surrounding events, and Jesus’s death on the cross and the surrounding events.) ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

James  A trouble-shooting guide for the Christian life: Apply the wisdom of God to the problems of man.

Chapter 1  Be blessed with faith.

v.1-4  Count trials as opportunities to grow in faithful endurance—in staying power—and to reap all of the benefits that arise from it, moving you toward a more complete Christian character.

v.5-8  Ask God for wisdom when you lack it, without doubting, and you will receive it.

v.9-11  Faith is a great equalizer:  the true riches of the lowly brother and of the rich man both lie in their relationship with Christ. ...

 

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What can we learn from Hebrews Ch. 11, about the life that God wants us to live?

Hebrews Chapter 11 Live by great faith.

v.1-3      A life of faith becomes a testimony of things which are not visible.

v.4-6      Offer to God a life that is pleasing to Him.

v.7-12     Act on what God tells you to do, and live as having seen the fulfillment of His promises.

v.13-16   Live as strangers and pilgrims on the earth, desiring a better, that is, a heavenly homeland.

v.17-19  Withhold nothing ...

 

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