Author Archives: Pastor Terry

Devotional: ‘Men Ought Always to Pray and Not to Faint’

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And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward, he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:1-8

I will never forget a night when I was called upon to join a family as they earnestly sought the Lord in prayer. It was not one of those times when we “kind of pray.” It was a moment, or perhaps I should say – several hours – when we cried out to God. As we prayed to the Lord over the need, we prayed in such a way as to make sure that the Lord “found faith upon the earth.”

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Devotional: ‘The Power of Influence’

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Whenever God does something amazing among His people, it is for a variety of reasons.  Obviously, it is the movement of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says –“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”[1] It is the Spirit whom God was sent to empower us to do God’s will.

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Devotional: ‘Yield and Make a U-Turn’  

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One day as I was studying the book of Revelation, I noticed something very important. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19) As I meditated upon this phrase, I noticed that Jesus told five of the seven churches the same thing. ‘Repent of the sin in your life turn back to God.’

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Devotional: ‘Regardless of What Happens, I Will Not Be Afraid’

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

How could anyone not be afraid when their world is falling apart? How could they not be distressed when the waters around them are churning with difficulty? It’s not reasonable to think that someone could find peace when there seems to be nothing but pain. Yet that is exactly how David felt. David said – “We will not fear, even though we are in the midst of trouble.” How was David able to come to this conclusion? Did he know something that we need to know?

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Devotional: ‘Failure Doesn’t Have to be Final’  

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There are several individuals who seem to have great influence on Mark’s life. First of all, there were his parents. Mark’s first exposure to Christianity came through watching his parents follow the Lord. Then there was a close relative named Barnabas who took him under his wing and at a time when Mark could have gone either way, Barnabas helped him develop as a believer. There was also the influence of the Apostle Paul. We have seen this week how Paul and Mark had a difficult beginning, yet grew to become close friends. There’s one other person who apparently had a great impact on Mark’s life. His name was Simon Peter.

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