Monthly Archives: March 2011

Where do you live?

Dr James Rosscup is a professor at Master’s Seminary.  One semester (true story) he had a student who depended on his wife to type his papers.  One evening the student called to ask for an extension on a paper due the next day.  His wife was in the hospital and he hoped Dr. Rosscup would [...]

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Fasting and Prayer

In Matthew 17 (our verse for this week), Jesus says “this kind does not come out but by prayer and FASTING”.  If prayer is grasping the invisible world, fasting is letting go of the material one.  “In nothing are we more clearly connected with the world of the senses than in our need for food [...]

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Believing Prayer V

We are talking this week about faith and prayer, how prayer strengthens faith, how faith strengthens prayer.  Partners.  Remember, our faith is in God not it prayer itself. So, when you pray are you aware of the Lord’s presence?  Do you feel HIM stretching your trust, requesting a release of your inborn reluctance and resistance?  All believers still [...]

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Believing Prayer IV

This week we are thinking about belief as an essential ingredient in powerful prayer.  In Matthew 17:19-21 Jesus tells the disciples that their spiritual failure is due to unbelief.  Even with a small amount (mustard seed size),  nothing is impossible.  “This kind comes out only by prayer”, the Lord says.  Prayer and faith are partners.  [...]

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Believing Prayer III

“They suppose they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7)  Danger!  Just saying the Lord’s prayer, even 365 times, will not automatically accomplish the will of God nor add power or peace to your life.  Without faith, we will not be  heard.  Meaningless is the word Jesus used to describe such activity. (see Matthew 6:7, full verse). [...]

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Believing Prayer II

Good morning!  We are thinking this year about prayer.  365 days–praying the Lord’s prayer, learning what He intended us to know.  One essential lesson is to include the ingredient of belief.  In Mark 11:23, the Lord says ” whoever says to this mountain, ‘be taken up and cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, [...]

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Returning to God

“Jesus, knowing that. . .He had come from God and was returning to God. . .began to wash the disciples feet.”  (John 13:3,5)  Sunday night, just minutes after helping with the Lord’s Supper (his first as a newly elected Deacon), Dr. Chuck Musfeldt, our friend and brother, was in an auto accident just one block [...]

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No Post Today

There will be no post today as Pastor Don is with the Musfeldt family. Please keep them in your prayers.
God Bless

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Believing Prayer

Jesus answered, “Have faith in God! . .  anyone (who) does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”  (Mark 11:22)  A major problem with most prayer is the absence of belief.  Words without faith have no power (words without understanding are equally ineffective).  Today at FBC we will [...]

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Radical optimism

For the past several days we have been asking the question, “What was He thinking?”  We have imagined the pictures that Christ had in His mind as He prayed.  Consider, today,  ”for thine is the kingdom, power and glory”.  These words speak confidence, don’t they?  Did the Lord have ”memories” of Heaven and the throne room of God?  A confidence [...]

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