3 Elements of Powerful Faith

Do you wish you could make a more significant impact for God?  You can!  Add these elements to your faith and watch your power with God and men increase.

There is little doubt that the Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Christians of all time. His inspired teaching makes up much of the New Testament. His powerful preaching changed the lives and destinies of Jews and Gentiles alike. His missionary efforts are legendary. God used Him to shake the world with the Gospel.

The same God wants to use you to make an impact on your world. You too can be a force for good and God. We can find three elements of Paul’s powerful faith in Acts chapter 26. How will you apply them to your life?

Personal

Paul gave his testimony often. He recounts his personal faith to King Agrippa in Acts 26.

Acts 26:4–6
“My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:”

Acts 26:9–12
“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,”

Acts 26:13–15
“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”

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25 Comforting Bible Verses Every Christian Should Know

The Bible is a powerful Book. It can convict of sin and comfort the soul. What verses do you use to comfort yourself and others?

We live in a world filled with pain and suffering. The consequences of sin touch every life. The Bible must be used to point out sin and declare God’s righteousness. Also, it must be used to bind up wounds and heal broken hearts.

Christians should be experts at providing spiritual comfort through God’s Word. Who else can the world turn to for comfort that reaches the soul and peace that passes human understanding?

Here are 25 verses that comfort the heart in the midst of all forms of tragedy and trial. A clear explanation and wise application of them to an individual’s situation can work miraculously.

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Five Supernatural Benefits of Soul Winning

We are not in the business of making speeches or giving presentations. We are instruments of God to change eternal destinies!

Acts 26:18  “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Our mission to preach the Gospel is supernatural. The commission comes from God.  We must be empowered by Him to accomplish it. Good organization is not enough. A sound plan is sufficient. We are in God’s business. He must energize our efforts to make the difference.  Acts 26:18 gives us a five-point outline of God’s work in individual lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1. Open their eyes

Unbelievers are blind to the Gospel. They are lost not knowing their way to God. Their lives are filled with sin and their hearts with doubt. Often, they are in bondage to a false religion. They serve phony gods from paganism to atheism and everything in between. But the God of Heaven can open their eyes!! God can (more…)

16 Characteristics of God’s Agape’ Love

Christ commands us to love one another.  But he is speaking of a much different love than the world exhibits.  The Greek word agape’ (ag-ah´­pay) describes God’s unconditional and sacrificial love that He has for us and expects us to show to one another.  What does agape’ love look like?

1 Corinthians 13:4–8   Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

The word agape’ is translated into the word “charity” in this chapter of the King James Bible.  This is the perfect English word to describe God’s selfless & unconditional love.  Learn why God’s love is the Greatest here.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Our Lord not only gave us a  command that we should love one another but also how to love one another.  The Greek word agape’ is used here for the quality of love that we should display. Ask yourself the following questions.  Are you exhibiting God’s agape’ love?

1. Suffereth Long

Are you patient with others or are you quickly frustrated with them?

2. Is Kind

Are you kind or harsh in your actions and attitudes?

3. Envieth Not

Do you take pleasure the blessings and accomplishments of others or are you jealous of them?

4. Vaunteth Not Itself

Do you notice and fulfill others needs or do you promote yourself and your needs above theirs?

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Should I Tithe on My Tax Return?

You don’t want to rob God, but you’re not sure how to handle your tax return.  What does the Bible say?

Proverbs 3:9–10 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Dedicated Christians tithe. We tithe by returning 10% of our increase to the Lord through our local church. This is a straightforward calculation for your regular paycheck. As a pastor, I have been asked many times how to tithe off of a tax return. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

Tithe off of Net Pay

If you have been tithing off of your net pay (this is the amount you receive with taxes removed), you have not tithed from all your income. Even though the government takes tax out before it gets to you, it is still part of your increase. You must tithe off of your entire tax refund.

Tithe off of Gross Pay

I recommend tithing off of your gross pay from each paycheck. This is the amount you are paid before taxes are taken out. Furthermore, I urge that you tithe off of your entire (more…)