God of fire and rain

Have you ever prayed for something and received something completely different? 

In 1 Kings 17 we’re told that Elijah said, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

And no rain came. Elijah prayed, and the heavens shut and then rain did not fall for the next few years. In the third year of the drought, Elijah hears from God and Elijah returns. Seeing the people were trying to follow both God and Baal he declares “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18

After gathering the prophets of Baal Elijah makes a declaration, but the announcement is somewhat odd. It hadn’t rained in Israel for three years. I don’t mean it was just a dry season. The Word says neither dew nor rain. It was beyond a tough season. It had not rained, and now when Elijah shows up, he doesn’t say let’s pray, and the one who answers with rain is God. Instead, he says the one who answers with fire He is God.

You would think after three years of drought Elijah would have shown up and said the one who answers by bringing forth rain is God, but that’s not exactly how the story goes. (more…)

Do You Ever Feel All Alone?

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Have you ever felt like you were the only one in the fight? I want to encourage you today by letting you know you’ve got family out there willing to share the burden by praying with you and for you.

When looking at the Lord’s Prayer we often times focus on that second word Father – which is quite important but when we connect Father to the word Our it means so much more.

Our Father – gives us a place of common ground. Jesus said when you pray this is how you should pray – Our Father – those two words say to be in unity. It’s about a connected relationship. (more…)

Has Your Past Paralyzed You?

 Live today in such a way that you are looking towards tomorrow, but not living there. Many times Christians find themselves living in one of two places. They are either living their life in the future (when I get married, when I have kids, when the kids are grown, when I make more money) or living chained to their past. Both hurt today. In doing so, they are neglecting what God has called them to do in the present. (more…)

Does Your Family Finances Need A Workout?

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A quick visit to any fitness center during the first quarter of the year and it’s clear that a new year brings a new attitude for many people when it comes to physical health. If you took a cursory look at the physical health of most Americans, you’d agree the gym is where most of us need to be found. The interesting thing is most American’s financial health is in just as bad of shape yet financial counselors are not being overrun with people trying to get in financial shape. (more…)

Are Your Prayers Going Unanswered?

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Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.  (1 Peter 3:7 NIV)

Did you catch that? Your ugly attitude can be a hindrance to prayer. When it comes to unanswered prayers, unbelief and sin are the easy ones to mention. Seldom do we say family issues can be the problem, but the way you treat your spouse does affect whether or not your prayers get answered. (more…)

Out With The Old

If you’re like me, two things more than likely dominate your social media feed Bible verses and people complaining about their lives. The funny thing is it’s often the same people. If you happen to be one of the many whose social media posts, appear to be coming from two different people I want to encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 5 and not just verse number 17 though that’s a great place to start.

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Often people are trapped in an old way of thinking because they haven’t fully realized they’ve been made new.

You are not an improved version of your old self.