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APPENDICES: Hearing God’s Voice

The people didn’t hear God’s voice because they didn’t want to! Interestingly enough, God wanted them to hear His voice so that they would believe,1  and indeed, this time they did.2  But then shortly after, they told Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”3 I see …


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APPENDICES: A Note Concerning Miracles

I believe that miracles happen in our lives every day but that we simply don’t recognize them, chalk them up to luck or think, “Oh, what a coincidence!” I also believe that this might be some of the explanation as to why the Israelites simply did not see the miracles that God was doing in their life. We are told …


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APPENDICES: The Armor of God: Tools You Need on Your Journey

The Armor of God: Tools You Need on Your Journey Here are the things that help in this war with the advisory, Satan! Take these on your journey!1 First and foremost, God’s Word! Ephesians 6:17 (ESV), “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” When is doubt, pray and seek the …


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APPENDICES: Recognizing the Opposing Forces Seeking to Keep You From Succeeding

In simple terms we call this spiritual warfare. This is the struggle that we have with the otherworldly forces around us. The Apostle Paul spelled this out in His letter to the Ephesians: Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) (emphasis added) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that …


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APPENDICES: The Principal of Looking Back to See God

It’s funny to me that this is such a strong principal, yet I never realized it, and many people today don’t realize it. God told Moses that he would not be able to see His face, but that He could see where he had been (His back). Well, God didn’t just leave us hanging with that thought. He gave us …


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APPENDICES: What Does it Mean to Pray Without Ceasing?

When I read this in Scripture (where the Apostle Paul says to “pray without ceasing”1  , at first I thought, “No way! How can I pray constantly! Sounds great but it’s just not practical!” In time I came to understand the beauty and the depth of the Apostle Paul’s words. Let me share a little insight: There are many different …


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APPENDICES: Applying the Beatitudes

I have found that we can view most anything through the lens of the Beatitudes. Let’s look at how we apply the Beatitudes, the inner attitudes of our heart, to HONESTY: 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: Blessed are we who trust in God and don’t feel the need to have to lie to gain something in our lives …


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CHAPTER 5: Focusing on the Journey

Focusing on the Journey At this point on our journey, we have made the decision to go and we have already generally mapped out the path we are taking. We have identified and major obstacles we think we might face, thought about possible solutions and we are ready to actually start moving. We have mentally prepared ourselves and are adjusting …


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CHAPTER 4: The Path Isn’t Always Smooth

The Path Isn’t Always Smooth It always amazes me as we read stories, even ones that are encouraging, that we don’t recognize that it wasn’t an easy path or journey. It is easy for me to look back and say, “Wow, I guess I made it! That wasn’t so hard”. But the truth is, I don’t want to repeat it! …


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CHAPTER 3: The Hardest Part is Leaving

Saying Goodbye and Saying “Hi” Saying, “So long” or saying, “Good bye” is always tough! A phenomena that I experience often is that whenever I am stepping into the unknown, either on a journey out of a bad place or even on a journey into a good place; there is a certain fear of the unknown that grips me. Now, …