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Divine Appointments

In a divine appointment people are involved in what takes place but God is the primary person in the story. He is the one who takes the initiative and sets people or circumstances in motion to bring about what He wants to take place. (John Lathrop) When Christians get together we sometimes speak about “divine appointments.” By this we mean…
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Barnabas: A Positive Role Model For Discipleship

we need to make a conscious effort to encourage others. For plants to grow they need to be watered. New believers also need to be nurtured and one of the ways that this is done is through encouragement. (John Lathrop) One of my favorite people in the New Testament is Barnabas. He is mentioned in a number of places: Acts,…
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History in the Making

The advance of the Kingdom of God has at times involved surprises, changes that moved people beyond the expectations of the time. (John Lathrop) Sometimes on news programs commentators will say “we are witnessing history in the making.” In one sense everything that is currently happening is history in the making. But typically when commentators say this they are reporting…
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Wanted: Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

True discipleship is nurtured within the context of a faith relationship. (John Lathrop) Jesus commanded the church to make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20), that is, those who are rooted and growing in their Christian faith. This involves the cultivation of various spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. However, discipleship involves more than the transfer of information from one…
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Prayers For a Christian Worker

The structure of a person’s prayer will vary from time to time. During times of victory praise and thanks may dominate. When adversity and opposition come petition may become the main emphasis of prayer (John Lathrop) Followers of Jesus are supposed to pray, the Lord Himself told us that (Matt. 6:5). The early disciples were people of prayer (Acts 1:14).…
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Accept One Another

Differences can separate people from one another, acceptance of one another is one of the first steps along the road to unity. (John Lathrop)   The apostle Paul wrote “Accept one another” (Rom. 15:7 NIV). In the remainder of the verse he went on to say that the recipients of the letter should accept one another in the same way…
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Ministering By Gift

We as believers need to be careful. At times we can lose sight of the important truth that the ministry we have comes from God. (John Lathrop) “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” John 3:27 (NIV) The words above are those of John the Baptist, John is an interesting biblical character. From a purely human…
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