Category: Power Lift

POWER LIFT: Is Jesus White?

A young man challenged me on this subject a couple weeks ago. He said to me “Did you not know that you are helping to uphold the agenda of white supremacy by teaching people a pagan religion that has absolutely nothing to do with life and existence?” I followed up this question with an invitation to discuss it further in person. We sat down and conversed over the subject for about three hours. Is Jesus White? Jesus was Jewish. However, I think we get onto seriously shaky ground when we try to understand Jesus strictly from His humanity without...

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POWER LIFT: The Invisible Moving Above the Visible

God uses countermeasures to bring about the change we need and what He desires in us. Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation – the ‘wind—hovering—over—the—water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life – it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch – the Spirit – and becomes a living spirit.”...

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DANIEL FAST, FINAL: A Questionable Desire

In 1991, our church was desiring to build a new sanctuary. The existing structure was no longer sufficient. The roof and walls were beginning to sag and the only real solution was to build. We had talked about building a new sanctuary for years. There were some who felt renovation was a better option. Some were fearful about our ability to pay the mortgage. Others felt we did not have the numerical strength to be successful.  We decided to push forward with our plans although we still had some in the congregation who had mixed emotions, lingering fears and...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 7: Let Your ‘Life’ Shine

God began His first day of creation with light. Genesis 1:1-3 (NIV) states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light”. Light is the beginning of all human life. Everything in the earth and oceans will perish within a few days without it. Scientists have investigated what the Bible says about creation. They have verified that the stages of creation mentioned in...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 6: Nine Benefits of Fasting

Most of us are aware of the spiritual benefits from fasting. Are you aware that there are some side benefits that positively impact our bodies? Here are nine benefits that may be occurring in our bodies during this week of sacrifice. Weight Loss Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight. Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar. Improves Insulin Sensitivity Fasting has been shown to have...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 5: When Court is Not in Session and the Store is Closed

Have you ever felt that God was nowhere to be found? Your circumstances did not change and heaven’s supply store seemed closed for business regardless of your laborious prayer efforts. One of life’s hurricanes rocked your world and the needed supplies were not for sale, or you needed God to arbitrate on your behalf for a pressing decision and heaven’s court was not open. All you heard were crickets. Israel had a similar complaint in B.C. 538. The Babylonians had enslaved and held them captive for 70 years. The oppression had ended and God was seemingly quiet. He was...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 3: Finding Your Voice

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; — Isaiah 40:9 (NIV) Have you ever wondered why animals cannot talk? There are only two occurrences of animals talking in the Bible. These incidences are recorded in Genesis chapter 3 and Numbers chapter 22. We can glean some valuable insight from these passages of scripture. We see that God controls the tongue and gives us the power of speech. God gave the power of speech to man and...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 2: Calming the Fussy Child (Psalm 131:2)

Many years ago, when Cheri was about 1 year old, I was coming home from church. I decided to stop by the A&P Store to pick up some Pampers. My wife was not with me, so it was just me and her. I unstrapped her from her car seat and placed her in the top of the grocery cart where kids normally sit. I had not planned to be in the store long. She started to scream at the top of her lungs for some unknown reason as I searched for the Pampers aisle. You could hear her shrieks...

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DANIEL FAST, DAY 1: Crash Diet or Smashing Chains?

I am so excited about the next seven days of corporate fasting. We closed the book on 2016 and are thankful for its blessings, opportunities, problems and adversity. We are prioritizing His will in 2017 by humbling our souls together.  King Stomach is dethroned. This fast will establish 2017’s agenda as we release the blessings of God in the spiritual realm and smash the chains of the enemy. Fasting works! What kind of fast does God honor and what should be its outcome? The following passage of Scripture speaks volumes about the kind of fasting that Jehovah blesses and...

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POWER LIFT: What is Faith? In Plain English, Please

Faith is a requirement to pleasing God. It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6 KJV). Praise and worship without faith does not please God. He would rather have us believe Him than to just praise Him, and act in faith instead of just praying repetitious prayers. What is faith? The Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for”, but what does this really mean? Let’s break it down piece by piece. Hope is being fully persuaded that what God has said is real. It is not like the hope of the world, which is a lottery ticket at best. Gamblers...

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