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The Most-Read Bible Study Articles of 2013 .


In 2013, we featured more Bible study articles, blog posts, and videos than ever before to help you dive into Scripture. So, what made the cut as the most-used resources? We’ll count them down:

Bible Study Articles

5. How God Uses Stress for Our Good and His Glory

Ever been to a football game at half time when the band forms words or pictures in the middle of the field? They look great from up in the stands. But have you thought about what they look like from the sidelines? Pointless, confusing, apparently meaningless. We see life from the sidelines. God sees it from the stands. As we gain perspective, we leave the sidelines and start working our way up.

4. What Is Heaven Like?

With that as background, I turn now to consider some of the most frequently-asked questions about heaven. But before I jump in, I should make one preliminary point. The only things we can know for certain about heaven are the things revealed in the Bible. Everything else is just speculation and hearsay. The Bible tells us everything we need to know and I believe it also tells us everything we can know for certain about heaven.

3. 10 Essential Truths about Christian Giving

Very often, people ask or wonder “what are the basic biblical principles for Christian giving?” As we seek God’s answer to that question and as we contemplate our own giving to the Lord’s church in response to the clear teaching of His Word, perhaps it would be wise and helpful to review those principles here.

2. Five Steps to Peace in a Really Bad Situation

We can see what God was up to in part, and we get a measure of peace from that. But how can we get peace if we’re headed into or in the midst of a crisis? God tells us how to do just that in Philippians 4:4.

1. Spiritual Warfare: Understanding the Battle

In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.

Blog Posts

5. Just Keep Sowing

What is the point of it all? Why should you keep investing yourself in a person when you are seeing zero fruit? Why should you keep working on a relationship that just doesn’t seem to be working?

4. Self-Deception

Have you ever noticed how many times and how many ways the Bible warns of being deceived? By clear admonition as well as by graphic example God repeatedly calls us to be on our guard against believing lies.

3. The Dangers of Prosperity

We often think of the unique challenges and opportunities that facing lack/need presents. In those situations we are faced with the choice of trusting God for provision, or grumbling as the Israelites in the wilderness did (cf. Exod 16–17). But less frequently recognized are the dangers that abundance/prosperity brings. There are at least four that come to mind…

2. Four Words That Change Every Situation

Have you ever had one of those, “Woah, wait a minute!” times when reading the Bible? You’re slowly meandering your way through a chapter, trying to clear your sleep-fogged head, when suddenly a verse jumps out and slaps you in the face. I had one of those moments this morning.

1. 5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth of believers should be the goal of any church. We are to reach unbelievers and introduce them to Christ, but the end goal according to the command of Jesus is making disciples.

Videos

3. Why Does James 2:17 Tell Us that Faith Without Works Is Dead?

2. Jonah and the Whale: Real or Symbolic?

1. Who Was Melchizedek and What Is His Significance (Genesis 14:17-24; Hebrews 5:10, 7:1)?

We thank you again for making 2013 such a great year for studying God’s Word!

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1914 amalgamation an act of God, Nigeria is the promised land – President Goodluck Jonathan.


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President Goodluck Jonathan  has described the  amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates    in 1914  as  an  act of God.Jonathan, who joined the faithful  at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja,   for the last Sunday service of the year, however,  identified lack of unity and love  as the greatest problem  facing Nigeria.He likened  the nation’s   challenges  to  those  of the  Israelites when they  were about  to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.The President  said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face,  I remember  a  part  of the old testament  in the Bible that talks  about  the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised  Land. We  have something quite similar.“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even  the  songs  showed that the greatest problem we have  are  lack of unity and love.“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By  January 1 next year, Nigeria    will be 100 years  .  I totally agree with the minister  that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.“If God didn’t will it  that way and at that point,  the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make  Nigeria a very great country.“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its  oil.  We  have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in  their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are,  just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet  the biggest  and  smallest countries  talk  about Nigeria. Why?  It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South,  the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore  left to  us to appreciate God and continue to pray for  his  intervention  for  this country to continue to be great.”Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.He said his administration was

committed to working hard to overcome barriers that had  to do with religious or ethnic differences.The President  said it was also when such barriers were  crossed that Nigerian children would enjoy a better future.He said, “I promise our children that we are totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria.  We will collectively work hard to overcome  our  barriers.“Immediately we cross the  barriers  and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We will try our best but this is not the time to  reel out  what we are not doing, otherwise  people  will think I am here to campaign.“But I assure  this congregation, and indeed all Nigerians,  that by the grace of God and your support, I am where I am  today from nowhere. Any Nigerian  child   can also be where I am.“I come from the smallest state in this country and even in my  state (Bayelsa), my community is  one of the smallest. Within my  community  in the state,  mine is one of the smallest  , but I am here today as President  by the grace of God.“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard,  not  a Nigeria where  you know somebody that  knows somebody that will take  you to  somebody.“We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”The President  also  said he was now wary of what he says in public because of the  fear of being  misinterpreted  .He said, “Because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that is what you said.“So any statement we make is always  used against us but I am quite pleased to be here with you today(Sunday) to worship with you.In his sermon titled “Living worthy of great mercies, great faithfulness of God,” Rev. Bayo Adeniran said Nigeria would be great again if its citizens learnt  to forsake their evil ways and returned  to God just like the people of Nineveh  in the Bible did.He said, “If Nigeria believes  in God like the people of Nineveh, God will heal Nigeria. The swiftness of God shall visit this country. We are so bothered about external corruption, but there is so much corruption in the heart.”“The nation starts with   the individual and the family. Return to God and God will answer your prayers. Nigeria shall not die, it  will live if we return to God.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Living Words.


For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Recommended Reading
Proverbs 4:20-22 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%204:20-22&version=NKJV )

Wildfires race up a mountainside like they are alive; the flames in our fireplace spread the same way. God compared His words to a fire (Jeremiah 23:29) and the disciples on the Emmaus road said Jesus’ words “burned” within them (Luke 24:32).

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What sets God’s words apart from any other? Moses gave the first clue, telling the Israelites that the word of the covenant “is your life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). Stephen, in his speech to Jewish leaders, describes the words Moses received on Mount Sinai as “living oracles” (Acts 7:38). Finally, the writer to the Hebrews expands the idea of “living” words, saying the “word of God” is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). It’s not that God’s words seem to be alive like fire — they are alive. God is life, His words are life, and they create life in us as the Holy Spirit conforms us to  them.  Life begets life!

As you read the Word of God today, read it with expectancy and anticipation for the changes it will make in you.

The only true reformation is that which emanates from the Word of God.
J. H. Merle d’Aubigné

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Revelation 5-9

By David Jeremiah.

Remember to Remember!


I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 143:5

Recommended Reading
Numbers 15:39-40 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2015:39-40&version=NKJV )

Part of aging is memory loss — sometimes it is significant, and other times it is subtle. So we exercise, eat right, lay off the sugar, read, do the crosswords, juggle, play Ping-Pong, and brush our teeth with our opposite hand — all proven to strengthen the brain. But the Israelites had a different memory tool: tassels. They wore tassels on their garments so they could “look upon [ them ] and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them” (Numbers 15:37-40). Something as simple as a tassel can remind us of God, His Word, and His faithfulness.

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You may not want to sew tassels on the hem of your garments, but there are plenty of other ways to remind yourself of what God has done in your life. The most permanent reminder is a written record — a diary, a journal, 3″ x 5″ cards, or notes you type on your computer. If Moses had to remind the Israelites to remember their rescue from Egypt (Exodus 13:3), how much more should we be writing down the less dramatic but equally memorable ways God has been faithful to us?

Are you keeping a record? In the challenging days of life, you will be encouraged to look back and remember how God met your needs and answered your prayers.

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Philippians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

Greater things…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” 
-1 John 4:9

As we enter the Christmas season, we remember that it was on the very first Christmas morning when the meaning of “Emmanuel” changed. Before that day, when the chosen people of Israel would say, “Emmanuel, God is with us,” that meant that God is on our side. But on that first Christmas when they said, “God is with us,” it meant that God was actually with us in this baby. That God put skin on and decided to dwell among us.

This baby Jesus grew up to be our Savior and the most important person in human history who also lived a perfect life – fully God, filled with God’s Spirit, and the second person of the trinity. And, he was also a regular guy who experienced real temptations, who was hungry and thirsty, who could be physically injured, and who could get his feelings hurt and feel lonely. He had to work with other people to get things done.

Jesus didn’t even start his ministry until about the age of 30. Up to that point, he was building and constructing, and in the midst of that, lived a perfect life, full, flourishing, vibrant life. Jesus set for us the perfect example of what it means to truly live. He wanted to introduce people who are living around him into this new kind of life.

In the Bible, you see that that actually happening to the apostles. Before the resurrection, the apostles, were somewhat afraid. However, after the resurrection, they’re filled with the Spirit and start to do some incredible things. They literally go around healing people, performing miracles, encouraging people, and changing the physical space around them. That’s why Jesus said to them, “Even greater things than I did, you’re going to do.’ He says the same thing to you and me. Christ says to us, even today, “You’re going to do greater things than I did.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to do those greater things that you would have me do. Help me to show your love to everyone I meet. Amen.

Reflection: How do experience God with you?

Voluntary Thanksgiving.


Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalm 107:21

Recommended Reading
Psalm 107:8, 15, 31 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20107:8,%2015,%2031&version=NKJV)

The American Pilgrims weren’t the first to give thanks with a meal: “The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning” (Leviticus 7:15, NIV 1984). Due to the lack of refrigeration, the “fellowship offering of thanksgiving” had to be offered and eaten on the same day. Today we enjoy leftovers for several days after!

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The Israelites did not restrict their expressions of thanksgiving to one day. “Thank offerings” could be offered at any time as a type of “fellowship offering” (Leviticus 3; 7:11-34), one of the five categories of Old Testament sacrifices (the others were burnt offerings, grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings). A fellowship offering was a voluntary offering. When offered for the purpose of thanksgiving, it included not only an animal sacrifice but various breads to be consumed as a meal.

Voluntary  is the key word. We are free at any time to thank God for His goodness and wonderful works: “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).

God’s giving deserves our thanksgiving.
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Romans 15-16

By David Jeremiah.

The Secret to Intimacy With God.



(Brandon Johnson/creationswap.com)

It is not hard to recognize someone who has spent extended time at a newsstand: His conversation overflows with the drama of current affairs. And it is not hard to discern a person who has come from a sporting event, as his face reveals the outcome of the game. Likewise, people can tell when an individual has spent extended time seeking God. An imperturbable calm guards his heart, and his countenance is radiant with light, as with the morning dew of heaven.

Beloved, to seek and find God is everything. It is to our shame that in our era church services do not focus more on actually seeking God. Yes, we do honor God and thank Him for what He has done. We hear a sermon and perhaps enjoy a time of fellowship with others. Yet only rarely do we depart a congregational meeting with the fire of eternity reflecting off our faces. Instead we fill up with information about God without actually drawing near to Him. Most of us are largely unaware of God’s presence.

While we rightly need church programs, fellowship and times for ministry training, we must not assume that religious indoctrination is the same thing as actually seeking God. And while I am often blessed listening to contemporary Christian music, even godly entertainment is no substitute for my own worship encounter with God.

Therefore let us ask ourselves: Is there a place and a time set apart in our spiritual lives where we can give ourselves to seeking God? What is the Spirit of God actually desired to manifest Himself during our worship service? Would the Lord have to wait until we finished our scheduled program? I respect and recognize the need for order; we need the scheduled times for announcements and the defined purposes that currently occupy Sunday mornings, but have we made room for God Himself?

When we first determine to draw near to God, it may seem we have little to show for our efforts. Yet be assured: Even the thought of seeking God is a step toward our transformation. Still, we often do not notice the early signs of our spiritual renewal—for as we grow increasingly more aware of God, we simultaneously grow increasingly less aware of ourselves. Though we may not see that we are changing, others certainly will.

Consider the experience of Moses. The Lord’s servant had ascended Mount Sinai and there stood before the living God. The eyes of Moses were actually filled with God’s sun-like glory; his ears actually heard the audible sound of the Lord’s voice. Yet when Moses returned to the people, the Bible says he “did not know that the skin of his face shone” (Ex. 34:29). When the Israelites saw the fire of God’s glory on the face of Moses, “they were afraid to come near him” (v. 30). They saw he had been with God.

The church needs more people who have, like Moses, climbed closer to the Almighty—people who have stood in the sacred fire of God’s presence. Instead we exhaust ourselves arguing over peripheral doctrines or styles of music in our song services. Perhaps there are benefits to constantly debating the nuances of our doctrines, but are we not more truly thirsting for the reality of God?

What happens when we seek God? The Bible says at the very moment we are drawing near to Him, the living presence of God Himself is drawing near to us (see James 4:8). Help is coming, redemption for our situation is on its way, strength will soon be arriving, and the powers of healing are activated.

But, we may argue, what if we seek Him and He does not come near? Fear not, He will. He may not manifest as we supposed, but He will come.

Our goal is to—day by day—draw nearer to God. He has commanded that we come boldly to His throne of grace. To receive the help we need, we must arrive at His throne. Remember also that our confidence comes from Christ Himself. He promises, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:8).

We are seeking a lifetime of increasing devotion, though it may certainly begin in a season of drawing near. In spite of natural and spiritual obstacles, as we persevere, the Lord assures us, “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (v.11).

If we do not cease seeking and knocking, we will discover unfolding degrees of intimacy with God. Even now, He’s drawing near. The Lord promises, “Everyone who … seeks finds.”

I Will Be Found By YouAdapted from I Will Be Found by You by Francis Frangipane, copyright 2013, published by Passio from Charisma House. In forty-three years of seeking after God, the author has learned that it is in seeking God that we actually find Him. This book contains a collection of his best writings on the subject. It will encourage you to pursue the Lord and reap the reward of finding Him. To order your copy click here.

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 10/28/13

This week make it a priority to seek God’s transforming presence with worship, meditation and prayer. Set a time and put aside all distractions that would divert your attention away from Him. Let Him speak to you from His Word and thank Him for the promise that if you seek Him you will find Him. Once you’ve spent time enjoying His presence and giving Him worship, expand your prayer to include those who need salvation, revival and provision. Ask Him to direct your steps where you can be a blessing to those in need. Continue to pray for global revival and for more laborers for His harvest fields. Lift up our government leaders and pray that they will seek the Lord’s guidance to govern. Remember Israel and the persecuted church. Matt. 7:7-8; Ps. 9:10

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

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