Archive | December 2013

Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: What Goal Works for You?

As you go through your personal goals for 2014 as well as the other areas I mentioned, remember there’s not a right answer to these questions. I don’t know what will work for you, but the Holy Spirit does. Look at 1 Corinthians chapter 2. Read More…

Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: Setting Goals for Your Marriage and Beyond

2. Marriage Goals

After you’ve addressed the personal goals you will set for 2014, turn and focus on what you can do to strengthen your marriage. Now, in order to reach a marriage’s apex, I realize it requires the effort of both parties. You can’t make yourself experience a good marriage just through the exercise of your faith and not your spouse’s faith—but that doesn’t mean you can’t write down goals for your marriage. Read More…

Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: Identify Personal Goals

Yesterday, I started talking about the fact that resolutions are a God-given idea. God wants us to set goals and objectives to help us make progress in our lives. Today I want to talk about the first area in our lives we need to address when we make our goals for 2014.

1.    Personal Goals

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The first goals you set for 2014 shouldn’t have to do with your business or even your family. The highest priority for you is your personal relationship with the Lord. Without spending time with Him, you will not go anywhere in the kingdom of God.

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Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014

Everyone has an opinion on how you should start the New Year. Some say you should eat better. Some say exercise more. Others say you should spend more time with your family.

What do you say? What are your new year’s resolutions?

Contrary to what some may think, resolutions are a God-given idea. He wants us to set goals and objectives to help us make progress in our lives. Read More…

It Came to Pass: The Key to Bring It to Pass

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What is the key that will ensure that your relationships are healthy? How can you be sure that all your relationships are available for God to use? The answer is love. Part of the Lord’s greatest commandment is that we love our neighbor as ourselves.

“How do I do that?” you may ask. Well, the word love that is used here does not mean affection. This kind of love—the God-kind of love—is a love that gives. The Bible says that God so loved (agape) the world that He gave. As we learn to love other people with the God-kind of love—a love that gives—then we secure our relationships and make them available to God. Read More…

It Came to Pass: The Redemption Plan Unfolds

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Six months after Elisabeth had conceived, another dimension of God’s redemptive plan was triggered. Elisabeth’s cousin, Mary, was visited by the angel Gabriel who gave her a message from God that she would conceive and give birth to a son after the power of the Holy Spirit came upon her. Mary conceived of the seed of God’s Word and her pregnancy of the Savior began.

Then Gabriel informed Mary that her cousin, Elisabeth, had conceived a son in her old age and was in her sixth month of pregnancy. After hearing the news from the angel, Mary went to visit Elisabeth. We can pick up the story in Luke 1:41–45. Read More…

It Came to Pass: Your Words Matter

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We’re in the middle of talking about a few of the lessons we can learn from the Christmas story and specifically Zacharias’ part in it. We’ll pick up with his story in Luke 1:13. Read More…

It Came to Pass: Making the Most Out of Your Season of Preparation

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One of the most powerful accounts of Scripture is the revealing of the redemptive plan of God for mankind. This biblical account is what’s known today as the Christmas story.

If you read carefully through the story, you’ll notice a particular phrase stated time and again: “…it came to pass.”

The repeated use of that phrase is a reminder from the Lord that no matter how oppressive your circumstance is, no matter how many mistakes you make, no matter what goes wrong in your life, the promise of God will still come to pass. Read More…