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Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

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    The Other End Of The Leash Wednesday, July 15, 2020 When I was growing up, I used to take my dog, ‘Pudgy,’ for walks. Whenever Pudgy saw something of interest, another dog, a rabbit, a mailman, she would take off after it – or she would try. I was on the other end of th...
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    Jesus: He Who Fills All in All Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:23   Jesus is He Who Fills All in All. Think of all you want to do for God; you can do it if you have faith to move mountains (1 Corinthians 13:2). Think of all you...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   Please be with me today.   I want to draw near to you and I humbly ask you to draw near to me (James 4:8a)   I ask You for wisdom for all of my conversations, all of my relationships, all of my ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
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    Lentils & Flattery Tuesday, July 14, 2020 The philosopher Aristoppus lived a comfortable life by flattering the tyrant king Denys. He began looking down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers. One of them was Digoeness. One day Aristoppus saw Diogeness washing some vegetables. Scornf...
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    The Holy Spirit: He But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26   The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not like smoke, fog, a...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God,   I pray that as two people come together to join in holy marriage, that they will take their covenant and their responsibilities seriously, as Jesus taught...   Have you not read that He who made them at the begi...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh&...
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    Missing His Appointment Monday, July 13, 2020 Did you ever wake up and realize you had an appointment to make, and you missed it. You overslept. Or maybe you’ve missed appointments without sleeping, but by getting distracted in something else. There were many people in the Gospel a...
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    Jesus: He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying… "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 21:9   On Palm Sunday Jesus rode victoriously into Jerusalem on a donkey. ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for this new day.   Thank You that I am able to see, to hear, to speak, and to move freely today.   I am blessed because You are creative, forgiving, and an understanding God.  ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying… "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai" (Hebrew) "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 21:9
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    Jesus: Greater Than Solomon The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42   Solo...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   I don't want to strive against You with my own self-efforts.   I want to totally rely on You.   Please increase my faith.   Please forgive my unbelief.   James writes...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
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    The Father: Our Father in Heaven Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven... Matthew 6:8-9   Not only were you born of an earthly father, but also you have a Father in Heaven. Whe...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Today, I am praying for people in this world who do not have earthly fathers.   They may have never known their father, or their father was taken from them, or he may have left them at some point, or a m...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven... Matthew 6:8-9
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    The Child Of God And The Beggar Friday, July 10, 2020 When my father was a child, growing up in Germany, and his father would take him out to a restaurant, he would go around to other tables, pretend to be poor, and beg for their food. When his father caught him doing that, he wasn&rsquo...
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    Jesus: Greater Than Our Father Jacob Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock? John 4:12   The woman at the well asked Jesus if He was greater than Jacob. She was being sarcastic...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Good morning Father God,   Thank You for another beautiful day of life with You.   I pray that I will live this day to the fullest for You and for others.   Let me work my hardest and love others with Your godly l...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1
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    Nourishing The Miracle Thursday, July 9, 2020 Yosef and Miriam, Joseph and Mary, were given the greatest of miracles, the life of God in their midst, in the form of the child, the Messiah. But they had to take that miracle home and care for it, nourish it, feed it, protect it, watch over...
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    Jesus: Greater Than Our Father Abraham "Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?" ...Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" Jesus said to...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Please give me an insatiable desire and thirst for spending more time with You in prayer, worship, and reading my Bible...   The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18
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    Making The Best Of It Wednesday, July 8, 2020 There was a young artist whose strong desire to was to travel the world. But she couldn’t. She had to stay home and support her parents. Instead of seeing the wonders of the world, she could only look out from her basement studio at thr...
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    The Trinity: God of My Praise (Elohim Tehilati) Don’t stand by silently, O God of my praise, while wicked people slander me and tell lies about me. Psalm 109:1-2 author's translation   David made it a habit to praise God all the time. David called the Lord...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of My Praise,   I lift up Your name and praise You this day,   Today and every day are Your days.   You are the mighty God, creator of the universe, lover of mankind, sustainer of all, most magnificent an...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. Psalms 109:1-2 NKJV
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    The Berlin Church Of Reconciliation Tuesday, July 7, 2020 During the Cold War, much of the world was divided into two camps. The city of Berlin was divided into east and west. There was a church located right on the east-west division. The western part of the property was sealed with the...
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    Jesus: Greater than Jonah The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:41   Jonah was one of the greatest preachers....
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   I am so aware of how the devil picks at me and tries to trip me all the time.   Please help me to...   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
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    The Chaldean Witness Monday, July 6, 2020 In the Book of Kings, the mighty Assyrian Empire decided to lay siege to Jerusalem. The fierce Assyrian army camped around the walled city and threatened to destroy it as it had countless other cities. The Assyrians were known to be the most sava...
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    Jesus: That Great Shepherd of the Sheep Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20   There are many roles for the Great Shepherd of th...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too many times I find myself, or I notice others becoming concerned about what someone else is or is not doing.   Some people will complain and refuse to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty to...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20
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    The Holy Spirit: The Glory of the Lord But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18   The Holy Spirit is ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   As the Lord God instructs us in 2 Chronicles 7:14...   ...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 2 Chronicles 7:14... ...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
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    Jesus: The Good Shepherd I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. John 10:11   Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd because He does what good shepherds do: They give their lives for their sheep. They give up the pleasures of home to li...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Today I am thinking about how people try so hard to be independent.   We want to be individuals, to “do it ourselves.”   It starts when we are children.   We are child...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God... Romans 8:16
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    The Distance Of Heaven Friday, July 3, 2020 How far away is Heaven? How far away is anything? We often measure distance by time. For instance, the supermarket, we say, is ten minutes away; the nearby city thirty minutes; our vacation site three hours away. So, how far away is Heaven? To ...
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    Jesus: Good Master Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Matthew 19:16   The rich young ruler went to Jesus asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal li...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You that You have given so much.   I am so thankful for Your love and the salvation that You provide for me...   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
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    Hearing What You've Never Heard Before Thursday, July 2, 2020 Have you ever heard a preacher say the same Scripture twice? How many times have you heard the Scripture, "God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have ever...
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    The Father: Our Spiritual Father Our earthly fathers correct us, and we still respect them. Isn’t it even better to be given true life by letting our spiritual Father correct us? Hebrews 12:9   The Lord is called our Spiritual Father. All spirits in t...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Thank You for Your loving hand of guidance on my life.   And, thank You for Your discipline in my life.   I know You love me enough to bring about or allow things to happen to stop me and ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
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    THE HARBINGERS OF THINGS TO COME Wednesday, July 1, 2020   Shalom, to my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission...   I opened up the year in January speaking of the signs that pointed to 2020 being a dramatic year, as in shaking. This year has truly been ...
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    Jesus: Rock of Spiritual Refreshment And by a miracle, God sent them food to eat and water to drink there in the desert; they drank the water that Christ gave them. He was there with them as a mighty Rock of spiritual refreshment. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4  ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   My Rock of Spiritual Refreshment, I'm thirsty.   I'm thirsty for Your Living Water of life, for Your anointing on my life and ministry.   Please increase my hunger for Your Word and for Your will. ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And by a miracle, God sent them food to eat and water to drink there in the desert; they drank the water that Christ gave them. He was there with them as a mighty Rock of spiritual refreshment. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4
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    Beavers And Living WaterTuesday, June 30, 2020Beavers are interesting animals. They build dams and dam up streams and rivers. Rivers are important in God. Rivers represent the Spirit and Life of God, for the Spirit is always giving and the Life of God is always flowing. The problem is, even though t...
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    Jesus: He Who Has the Bride He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. John 3:29   The Bride is the Church—born-again believers, those who hav...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God,   I praise You today for who You are.   I come to You today in prayer for married couples.‚Äč   You created marriage, as Jesus taught us...   And He answered and said to them, “Have yo...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. John 3:29
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    The Universal Amen Monday, June 29, 2020 What's the most universal word most used in all the world, throughout the nations, throughout the different tongues of man? The most universal word according to many linguistic experts is... Amen. It's a Hebrew word:-that literally means: "Yes!' Y...
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    The Trinity: My Helper So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper! Psalm 30:10   The Lord is your Helper; He is the One who ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for being my helper.   Thank You for opening Your arms and welcoming me to come to You, to find rest in You, to find freedom in You, to have abundant life in You.   I cry out to You now ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6
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    Jesus: The Holy One and The Just But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. Acts 3:14   The Jewish leaders rejected Jesus, the Holy One and the Just. They accused Jesus of being a blasphemer of God and a traitor to His na...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   There are so many injustices in this world which I am burdened by and which I must place before You...   Increasingly governments make decisions contrary to the instruction of Your Word. People make choices...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
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    Jesus: A Name for Salvation ...but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31   The angel commanded Joseph in a dream, “Call His name Jesus, for He will...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank You for this new day.   I am in awe of Your creation...   Brilliant blue skies and the clouds that bring rain, Thunderstorms that send lightning and thunder crashing, Winds that ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day ...but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31
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    Excuses Can't Be Forgiven Friday, June 26, 2020 People often approach pastors with their problems, sharing their sins, and how guilty they feel. And many ministers are tempted to say, "Oh, don't feel so bad." "God will understand." "You couldn't help yourself." "You've been through so mu...
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    The Holy Spirit: The Gift of God If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water. John 4:10   The Holy Spirit is the gift of God. He is the One who ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, Your Gift to me.   I know that You have given to me spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to use in Your service.   Please stir up the gift within me... ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you 2 Timothy 1:6
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    The Wildernesses Of The Wilderness Thursday, June 25, 2020 Midbar means wilderness in Hebrew. We usually think of the wilderness as one wilderness. But it's not. There are many Hebrew names for various midbars. There's the Midbar Yehudah, the Wilderness of Judah, where John the Baptist p...
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    Jesus: The King of Peace To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace." Hebrews 7:2   Jesus is the King of Peace; no one can have peace apart from Him, be...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I want to experience Your peace in my life today.   And, we desperately need Jesus, The King of Peace, to bring His Peace to every home and nation today.   I desire Your perfect peace to guard m...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds ...
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    Feeling Good Or Being GoodWednesday, June 24, 2020Many believers want to feel the Lord's love all the time. That's great! But the Lord never said you'll feel His love all the time. If you feel God's love all the time then what's the point of faith? Many believers want to feel compassion so they can ...
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    Jesus: Jesus of Nazareth Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote— Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John 1:45   When you use the title "Jesus of Nazareth," you are referring...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Today I want to ask for Your special covering of protection and blessing upon the people who minister to children around the world.   Please continue to work through each one of them to spiritually nurture the...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:4
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    Exchanging Your Currency Tuesday, June 23, 2020 I once went on a mission trip to Russia. We were coming to the end of our trip and had lots of rubles. We went to a market and I found a book I wanted to buy. I hesitated because I thought it cost too many rubles. I negotiated with the man,...
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    God: The Father Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1   The Father in Heaven is likened to an earthly father wh...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   The hymn Faith of Our Fathers inspires me to trust You, my Father in Heaven...   Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy Whe...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Hebrews 11:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV) Faithful Abraham 8 By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt i...
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    The Manger And The Inn Monday, June 22, 2020   It's 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. The inn is filled with people, and probably noise, maybe even some celebrations. It would seem the center of activity, the place to be, where the action was, the focal point. Outside, away from the...
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    Jesus: Jesus of Galilee Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” Matthew 26:69   Jesus of Galilee was both His name and address. The angel told Mary to name Him Jesus. His name ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   The Bible teaches that "faith without works is dead." James 2:26   Please give to me the wisdom and motivation to step out of my comfort zone and to put my faith into action.   I don&rsquo...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day "faith without works is dead." James 2:26
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    Jesus: Jesus Christ Our Lord I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:25   His name was Jesus. That’s the name given to Him by Mary and Joseph. Throu...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Jesus Christ my Lord,   Thank You for teaching us about how to be great in Your Kingdom...   ...whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, l...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day ...whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His l...
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    The Trinity: Leader The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the va...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   You sent Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His all for me on the Cross.   Jesus tells us...   "...take up the cross and follow me." Mark 10:21   My precious Savi...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day "...take up the cross and follow me." Mark 10:21
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    The Time Of The Fig Tree Friday, June 19, 2020 The sacred Hebrew Biblical year ends around the month of September and October, the end of summer, the beginning of autumn. This is also the time of the fig harvest. In the New Testament, we read about a fig tree that doesn't bear it...
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    Jesus: God With Us (Immanuel) They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:23   The angel told Joseph to name Jesus Immanuel, which means “God with us.” When Jesus was born, God visited humanity. He came to live with pe...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for always being with me, as Jesus promised...   For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5   You are in control, even...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5