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How to Be a Mountain Mover

In Mark chapter 11 Jesus tells us how to move mountains. Some believe the mountains are literal others believe they are figurative. According to the Beacon Bible Commentary Jewish rabbi's believed the word mountain refers to a difficult problem or circumstance. Scribes were called mountain movers because they could solve difficult problems. Jesus was a chief Mountain mover because He solved difficult problems. He raised the dead. Opened blind eyes, fed thousands of hungry people with two fish and five loaves of bread. Not only was He a mountain mover but He said we can be mountain movers too! He gave us the ability to solve the difficult problems in our lives. He tells us how to do it in Mark Chapter 11.
Let's read the text:
Mark 11:12-14, Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not th…

Time for a Change

“Every time I get ahead, something happens” a friend said. The day she made her last car payment, she had an accident that totaled her car. A neighbor cashed his paycheck, went into a public restroom, and then left his wallet. He went back to the restroom; the wallet was there, but the money was not.
Why do those things happen? I believe scripture gives us the reason. Let’s look at the book of Judges, in chapter 6. This chapter details the antagonistic relationship between the Israelites and the Midianites.
The Midianites were a militant group of people that hated the Israelites. They watched as the Israelites plowed their fields, planted and watered their seeds and nurtured the tender young plants. But when it was harvest time, they stormed in and took the crops.  When they were finished, it looked like a swarm of locusts had devoured the fields.They repeated the same activity with the cattle. 
They watched as the cattle birthed and nursed their young, but after they were weaned, t…

The Power of Diligence

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich." (Proverbs 10:4) To earn extra money, a co-worker became a Pampered Chef Consultant. At first, she wasn’t very good at in-home sales.  She was extremely nervous when she spoke in front of groups.  She did not feel comfortable trying to recruit others, so she would skip that portion of her presentation. After attending one of her events, I said to myself, she’s not going to do this very long; however, I was wrong.  Fifteen years later she became a million dollar seller, a senior executive director, and a top recruiter. She travels all over the country training others! I spoke with her a few months ago, and during our conversation she said, “I made it! I’ve been to Italy three times and I’m making more than $100,000 a year.”  Thrilled for her, I asked, “How did you do it?” She explained that she realized if she was going to make it in the business, she needed to overcome fear and become a better…

Faith and Hard Work

Recently, I heard a pastor say, “People are always trying to use their faith to get a house or a car. You don’t need faith for that", he said, "you need a job.” I could not help but chuckle at the truth of his statement. God said six days man would labor to earn a living and rest on the 7th day. On the day of rest, he is to take time to worship God and spend quality time with his family.
There are many passages in the bible that promise Godly provision. Our provision is based upon our partnership with God. We do our part, and he does his.In 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, God promised to bless Solomon, saying:…. “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.  Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able …

Healing the Wounded Heart

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In his book “The Wounded Heart,” Dr. Dan B. Allender says “The sexually abused person is in a war. The enemy is ultimately the Evil One and the path of loyalty to Satan’s vision: rebellion, autonomy, or in other words sin.”
I believe the same may be said of any type of abuse verbal abuse, physical abuse or neglect. Notice Allender said the reason Satan inspires abuse is to get the victim to sin! Child abuse and neglect are Satan’s favorite weapons.  Why?  I believe Proverbs 15:15 gives us the answer.  It says “All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.”
Afflicted means to be depressed in mind and circumstances. Although the child grows up and abuse stops, the he or she remains depressed in mind and circumstances, quite often his or her entire life. 
Strong’s Bible Dictionary says “evil” refers to grief, hurt, misery and adversity.  Although abuse stops, the victim will begin to cause h…

Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded?

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Dr. Dwight L. Carlson said in his book “Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded” "Traumatic childhood experiences and traumatic events experienced in adulthood may manifest themselves in various ways throughout life; poor school performance, difficulty in trusting others, low self- esteem, hysterical symptoms, psychosomatic illnesses, obnoxious or antisocial behavior, difficulty establishing peer relationships, impulsiveness, violence, overly compliant behavior, eating disorders and the inability to enjoy a healthy intimate relationship that exists between man and woman, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, manic depression, panic attacks."
Carlson said Christians often inflict more harm upon the wounded than helping them. He proves his point with an interesting interpretation of Ephesians 4:11-13. The text reads as follows:  "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors …