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A Believer’s Goal

Mae Hilliker, Harvest Barn Church

Mae Hilliker

As born-again Christians, it should be our goal to complete those assignments that God has called, chosen, appointed and anointed us to do. One might ask, “How do we know what we’re called and anointed to do? How do we know God’s will for us?”

To know God’s will is to know God’s Word. He speaks to us through His Word and through other believers by way of prompting by the Holy Spirit. In Romans 12:12, Paul cautions us not to be conformed to this age or this world, but rather to be changed and transformed by the entire renewal of our mind so we can prove for ourselves what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God, even that which is good, acceptable and perfect in God’s sight for us (personally).

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Who Are You? (Part 1)

Jennifer Doebel

Jennifer & Joey Doebel

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This scripture makes it clear; there are three parts to man:

  • Spirit
  • Soul
  • And, body

Most people would not disagree, but the part of the body we identify ourselves with will drastically change our perception of who we are and life around us.

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having confidence in god’s will

worship-leader-alex-burnsThe Lord was talking with me the other day. I had asked him how I’d know if I was missing out on something. He showed me Luke 1 and told me some things about Zacharias and Sarah I had never thought about before.

Luke 1:5 talks about how Zacharias was a priest in his city, Abia. His wife, Sarah, and he were seen as righteous in the eyes of God. Now, being righteous back then was harder than today. You had to sacrifice, pray, burn incense, and give offerings on a faithful basis. Could you imagine having to do that today? People think it’s too hard nowadays to just believe they’re righteous in God’s eyes.

seeing an angel
Chapter 1 of Luke tells of Zacharias’ encounter with the angel who told him that Sarah would have a child. Zacharias answered the angel with doubt and fear. Not smart. The angel told him his mouth would be shut from unbelief.

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edification

worship team bass playerAnyone who has the Holy Spirit and has prayed in tongues knows how you feel during and afterward – you feel lifted up, comforted and “high spirited.” This is because you are being edified when you pray this way.

This is supported by 1 Corinthians 14:4: “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” Another translation says, “builds himself up.” Webster defines edifying as building up in Christian knowledge; improving the mind in faith and in holiness. Jude 1:20 states: “…my loved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

My research on this subject was brought on through an assignment for our praise team: we had to state a goal or change we wished to see come to pass. I wasn’t happy with us not “entering in” while we were on stage. How can we help the congregation enter in if we haven’t, yet? As leaders, we should already be in that place.

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