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The Peace of God

 
I preached recently on the greeting “Grace and peace to you…” which Paul uses in his letters. I understand grace, and thought I understood peace. In preparing for the sermon I reflected in my own life the times in which God’s peace was overwhelming present in my life. The most profound experience of peace occurred as I sat in a four seater airplane as it glided to the earth from 8000 feet in the air. We had engine problems, it was night with clouds at 1000 feet, could not find the airport, the pilot was inexperienced, and me, the passenger was all of eighteen years old.

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Learning the Love and Respect of Marriage

As Pastor I believe God is calling us, as a church congregation to strengthen the marriage relationships in our church. He has led us to study the “Love and Respect” series on marriage and I want to use this material to create a “ministry” to marriages in the congregation. So  I will post a teaching from the “Love and Respect” series. Some weeks it will be directed to the marriage relationship in general, and some weeks to husbands or wives. I hope you will take time to read these devotional thoughts and that they will help you to apply the principles that are taught by Dr Eggerichs.


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Those Who Get Married Will Have Troubles

Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:28 “…“However, those who get married at this time will have troubles,….”   So I am pretty sure that each relationship has some measure of adjustment, difficulty and challenges.  One question is how to make the best marriage possible.  I am writing these devotionals based upon the principle that change doesn’t happen naturally, without some kind of intervention. There is a principle in science that everything left to itself will decay.  I occasionally have watched “Life After People” a History Channel show which predicts what would happen to cities and buildings if man were to disappear from the earth.  One episode showed Wrigley Field completely covered in ivy after many years.  Its an interesting study in what happens when no one is there to “maintain” buildings and infrastructure. 


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The Flowing of the River-Report of Revival in Far East

 
I received an email from friends overseas this week further reporting on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Far East. They report that during a three day conference nearly 300 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit. These had never been taught about the Holy Spirit, of spiritual gifts and definitely had not heard of speaking in other tongues. Yet they received immediately the teaching and the Spirit came upon them. Praise be to the Lord!

 


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