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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

—Jeremiah 29:11

God has a good plan for you, and He has had it right from the beginning! That’s right; even before He laid the foundation of the world; God wanted your life to accomplish something wonderful for Him.

God believed in the plans He had for you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross, so that you may be able to succeed for eternity. Because of that sacrificial gift of love, you can live your life according to the great hope and joy that He has planned for you.

None of us are perfect, and we will fall short from time to time.  But we can always get back on the road that the Lord wants us to be on.

God has a wonderful plan for you…and a wonderful destination.  But you must choose if you want to fulfill those plans. Make the choice today to live for Christ and walk down whatever path He takes you. And when you run off the path, stop, look to God for guidance, and get back on the right path.

God has great and unimaginable plans for you.  Plans for a future and a hope!

Thank God today that He has a plan for your life.

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Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

—Romans 5:12

Reflecting on the horrific attacks that forever scared our nation fourteen years ago today, it reminds me that tragedy can strike without warning.  When it does, it often leaves people and even nations devastated.

The first tragedy in history occurred the day both Adam and Eve ate the fruit God had forbidden.  I that moment, the tragedy of sin struck with full force bringing evil and destruction into the world.

And the impact of that tragedy is still being felt today as their sin has been passed from generation to generation to every human being. 

As I look at this greatest of all tragedies, it reminds me that when someone sins, it usually impacts others. It’s almost impossible to think of a sin or anything evil that does not affect a larger group than just the person involved. Unfortunately, the tragedy of sin is that it is often felt from generation to generation.

There is a word of hope, though, that is given to us by the apostle Paul when he tells us in Romans 5 that Jesus conquered sin by His obedient life and atoning death. If you are in Christ, you don’t have to allow sin to get an iron-clad grip on you. Even though your life is continually impacted by the devastation of Adam and Eve’s sin, you can stand victorious over it and be a beacon of life and hope to others who have felt the tragic effects of sin in their life.

So take time today to thank God for His...

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He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  

—Genesis 3:1

From the beginning of time we find Satan actively at work doing what he does best…deceive and destroy.  Make no mistake, Satan is real and he’s out to destroy you and your faith. In fact, Satan is the ultimate terrorist…the terrorist of your soul!

I find it fascinating that many people blame God when tragedies occur. They say, “Why would God allow this to happen to us,” or “Where was God when this happened? Doesn’t He care?” But these questions omit the fact that Satan and his evil work are real.  And that he is still active today deceiving and destroying.

Evil is real, and Satan is the author of every bit of it. That’s why he shows up when he sees an opportunity to trip you up. Have you ever noticed that many temptations seem to just come out of nowhere? Everything is going well, and suddenly you’re faced with an incredibly tough temptation to sin.

That’s because Satan is an opportunist. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows exactly where to hit you…and the kind of evil suggestions that will tempt you most.

So be careful to not blame God for your struggles, because they come from our adversary, the devil. Instead of blaming God for the temptation, you need to turn to Him for the strength to resist the devil.

Our world wants to blame God for evil—but we know who is really to blame. Your calling as a believer is to stand in Christ strength against the devil’s temptations and to not allow him the victory...

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 —Genesis 3:1-4

In order for us to understand what happened when sin entered the Garden of Eden, we must understand that there was someone else there besides Adam and Eve—Satan, the tempting serpent.

And today, Satan is alive and well…and has been tempting human beings ever since this moment described in Genesis 3.

A lot of people wonder where Satan came from. He was part of the angelic hosts that God created before He created humans. Originally, Satan was named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12, King James Version), and he was a great and mighty angel. Unfortunately, he wanted the power and worship that belongs to God alone, and rebelled against God. God judged Satan’s pride by expelling him from heaven and dooming him to hell, which Jesus said was made for the devil and his angels.

We must understand that it was the pride of Lucifer that caused his fall. He rebelled and lost, and will one day lose for all of eternity. But in the meantime, he is active here on earth.

There are two common mistakes we make concerning the devil; we either overestimate, or underestimate his power.  Both of these extremes are dangerous, because the devil is...

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She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
 —Genesis 3:6

 
Our world is certainly not a perfect world. You don’t have to go very far or listen very long to be reminded of the evil and sin all around us. And it’s easy to wonder why there is so much fear, hatred, wickedness, and terror, and they’re looking for some answers.
 
The secular humanist has no real answer to the philosophical question of the existence of evil. Humanists believe falsely that humans are basically good in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
 
One chilling example is a study done by the late professor Allen Bloom, who asked his college students, “How do you identify an evil person?” His question was met with silence. Not one student could give him a determining factor of evil! Bloom said that our inability to identify and recognize evil is a sign of grave danger in our society.
 
Our society has become so perverse that we can’t even recognize evil or wrongdoing. Since 9/11 and the subsequent rise of ISIS you probably won’t find very many people who would say there is no such thing as evil. But you probably couldn’t find many who know what evil is or why it is so prevalent in our society.
 
The Bible has the answer to the problem of evil. It all goes back to Genesis 3 and our first parents, who yielded to temptation.  Sin came into our world at that point, and it’s something we all have to deal with since.
 
But, according to the Bible, we do...

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Happy Mother’s Day!
By | May 9, 2016

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…

—Deuteronomy 30:19

One of the most remarkable mothers in Scripture is Jochebed, the mother of Moses.

Jochebed gave birth to Moses while living as a Hebrew slave in Egypt. But while Moses was still a baby, Pharaoh began to fear that the Hebrews might one day outnumber the Egyptians. So he demanded the slaughter of all newborn Hebrew baby boys.  

Jochebed had great faith in God, and she went to incredible lengths to secure the safety of Moses. She built a floating cradle and hid him in the bulrushes where Pharaoh’s daughter could find him and “adopt” this beautiful child as her own.

God blessed Jochebed’s efforts and made it possible for her to become Moses’ nanny and to raise him in the ways of God. This is how the seeds of faith were planted in Moses’ heart, and how God prepared his heart to become the liberator of his people.

And later, when Moses was grown, look at what happened. Because Jochebed had chosen life for her son, Moses learned what mattered most in life. He stood before the children of Israel and said, “Choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”  

Never underestimate your importance, mothers! Not every child may be a “Moses,” but God has an extraordinary destiny to be nurtured for every boy and girl.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR IMPORTANCE, MOTHERS!

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Help heal our hurting land today.

Last year it was a true privilege to serve as Honorary Chairman for the National Day of Prayer. I was deeply grateful and honored for the opportunity to lead our country in prayer. This was my prayer for our nation last year—

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name - Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You. Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God - the One we trust in times like these - we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word. We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You. Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope. Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

This year I was able to attend the events in Washington and pray with our nation’s leaders, both...

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Join Believers around our nation in prayer today!

Today, believers throughout the country - whether at home, at work, at a park, at church, or even while driving - will pray in unison at noon (EDT) that Almighty God would bless our nation. Dr. Tony Evans, my dear friend, is serving as the Honorary Chairman for the 2016 National Day of Prayer, and he will deliver this powerful prayer for our nation at the Capital.  I encourage you to join with us at noon (EDT) as we humbly seek God’s forgiveness, blessings, and favor by meditating on this powerful prayer Dr. Evans will deliver:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world.

The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our...

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Tomorrow is The National Day Of Prayer: Pray For Our Local, State and Federal Governments

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)

We are facing a clear and present danger in our generation.  Our nation is in turmoil … unstable … full of pressures and uncertainties. There is rioting in the street.  Christian believers and businesses are under attack.  Our election process looks like a bad reality show. The institutions that support our society's framework are being destroyed by legal fiat.  Our politicians seem to care for nothing, except their own self-interest or agendas that are contrary to God's laws.  The problems our beloved country faces seem so overwhelming that we wonder if there are any answers to the needs, troubles and tribulations we face.  But there is an answer.  And that answer can be found in prayer.

God is looking for people like you and me who will so connect with Him in prayer that He can unleash His power through us. It is a power to overcome any trial, any difficulty and any challenge our nation is experiencing. It’s a power that can change our nation and our world.

Our theme for the National Day of Prayer in 2015 was “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by 1 Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your...

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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Colossians 2:6-8 (ESV)

Paul is reminding us believers that because we have professed Christ as our Lord and Savior our duty and obligation don’t end there.  We are to "walk" in Him; notice this is an action verb.  We are to be constantly moving forward in our relationship with Christ—not stagnant or bored.

It’s also interesting to think about the phrase “rooted and built up.” As a mighty oak or even a fortress, not only are we supposed to be deeply grounded and have a firm foundation, but also we are to be built up in our faith in Christ.  Only this will allow us to be free from the attacks of the secular world and the destruction it offers.

This strength will come from our personal time in God’s Word, prayerful communion with him, and from our community of believers. It is vital to our walk with Christ to know and breath God’s Word.  As we have discussed these last several weeks, prayer is our daily, critical conversation with our Heavenly Father.

The third prong, active fellowship and support of a local church that glorifies God is just as paramount as the other two.  For a believer to truly be built up in their faith, they must by being actively involved in their local church or community of believers. Such fellowship is imperative as...

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