Are You Ready for a Relationship? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself.

One of the desires that God has hard-wired into every human being is the need to love and to be loved. We have been built for relationship. A very significant part of this is our desire for romance, for that special person that we can call our own. We write about it. We sing about it. We dream about it. It is woven into the very fabric of our culture.

This desire for love is a powerful gift from God but like anything powerful, it mishandled it can be dangerous and damaging. Many hearts have been broken, and lives even destroyed because of relationships that were not right, or did not happen in the right timing. It is vital that we make sure we are ready before we open this door in our lives.

How can you know you are ready? Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you get into a relationship:

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Canada’s Supreme Court Opens the Door to Assisted Suicide – What You Can Do

My heart was very grieved yesterday to learn that our nation’s Supreme Court had opened the door to assisted suicide. While at first glance it may seem compassionate, the move towards the legalization of assisted suicide is a slippery slope that could put so many in jeopardy.  Rather than try to reinvent the wheel here is an except from an update regarding this situation from My Canada:

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Re-Post: Bill Johnson: How I Grew in the Healing Anointing

One of men who has really made an impact on my life has been Pastor Bill Johnson who leads Bethel Church in Redding, California. The LORD connected me with his ministry right after my wife and I had gone through a miscarriage and his message on “Revelation and Mystery” totally rocked me – it really solidified in my heart that I could still believe for healing 100% of the time.

For a while I had always said that if I got a chance to ask him one question it would be how he grew in the healing anointing (healing is one of his core messages, at their church they literally see healings and miracles every day) – I’d heard that for years he never saw healings and then began to grow in it. Several years ago I was in a pastors session he was teaching and they opened up for Q & A so I got my chance.

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35 Inspiring Quotes regarding Prayer

One of the key areas that I’m believing to see growth in for 2015, in both my life and in TCC is in the area of prayer and intercession. This is so key on so many levels. In the spirit of that this week I wanted to share some encouraging and thought provoking quotes on the topic:

“We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.” – Dwight L. Moody

“If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend upon it that you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have.” – Dwight L. Moody

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Day 21: Dreaming with God Devotional

John 21:19 – (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him,“Follow me.”

Key Truth: People who Dream with God are committed to following Jesus and glorifying God.

Well, we have reached the end of our “21 Days of Dreaming with God” – you made it! I want to congratulate each one of you who have faithfully followed along for the last 3 weeks and participated in what God has been doing. I’ve already heard great reports of things that God has done and I’m expecting many more in the weeks and months to come! I truly believe as we have dedicated this first part of 2015 to Jesus we are going to see great fruit in the rest of the year!

Really simply today, for our closing devotional, I want to encourage you into two things that men and women who dream with God are committed to: following Jesus and glorifying God.

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Day 20: Dreaming with God Devotional

John 20:29 –  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Key Truth: People who Dream with God believe even when they don’t see

If you talk to most Believers and ask them how important faith is they will most likely tell you that it is a foundational part of the Christian life. I think we all get the fact that faith is important but it is one thing to talk about it conceptually and a whole other thing to walk it out. It’s one thing to say “I will live by faith” but another thing to actually do it.

What is faith? There are a number of things that could be said but I think that in today’s verse Jesus gives a real simple and straight forward explanation of it: faith is believing even when you cannot see. Faith is choosing to believe in the existence of God, His love for us, His word and His promises even when we cannot see it with our physical eyes.

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Day 19: Dreaming with God Devotional

John 19:36-37 – For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Key Truth: People who Dream with God are dedicated to obey and fulfill the Word of God.

One of the turns of phrase that we find in both the book of John and the book of Matthew is “that the scriptures might be fulfilled”. Both John and Matthew in their own way were very intent on showing that the life of Jesus, and His death and resurrection fulfilled what was written and prophesied in the Scriptures. They obviously had a very high value for the Word of God, and that it’s fulfillment was very important.

The heart of this would have come from Jesus himself and he obviously emphasized it’s importance to them. We know this in part, because in John 19:28 it says “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” Now, I’m sure that Jesus was thirsty after all that He had been through but His core motivation was not just His thirst but to ‘fulfill the Scripture’ .

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