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  • Recognizing Jesus
    Recognizing JesusThe people of Jesus’ day did not recognize Him for who He was, because He didn't look like they expected Him to look. He certainly did not have a God–look about Him, but was very common in appearance.

    [There was nothing beautiful or maj...
    mikemelin2016-06-08T09:42:305 views00:02:40
  • Faith in God or Faith in Man
    Faith in God or Faith in ManAs Christians, we must not confuse having a dependence upon man to meet our needs with having faith in God.

    Faith in God is not in our confidence that the grocery store shelves will have the food we need and that our bank account wi...
    mikemelin2016-06-07T10:42:455 views00:03:27
  • Extra Keys
    Extra Keysif you are a born‐again believer, you have been given the keys to the kingdom of heaven. But if you don't know where that place is or what purpose it serves, those keys will just collect dust in an empty corner of your mind.

    It's easy t...
    mikemelin2016-06-06T10:22:317 views00:04:29
  • Keys Give Us Access
    Keys Give Us AccessFor a man to give you his keys is a gesture of his trust in you. He is giving you the ability to lock and unlock a part of his life. He is giving you the opportunity to use his resources on your behalf.
    Jesus has given His church the keys to...
    mikemelin2016-06-02T12:52:315 views00:04:50
  • Faith Is Agreement
    Faith Is AgreementIf you are frequently frustrated by the results of your prayers, I encourage you to consider the possibility that you are praying to persuade God to take on your position rather than praying that you might take on His. I've had plenty of failures ...mikemelin2016-06-01T09:57:274 views00:04:10
  • The Difference between Persuasion and Agreement
    The Difference between Persuasion and AgreementFaith is sometimes treated like a kind of political skill to be used on God—to convince Him of our position. But while I may be correct in trying to convince another person of my position, I am never correct in trying to convince God. In fact, try...mikemelin2016-05-31T14:22:459 views00:03:11
  • Eliminating Distractions
    Eliminating DistractionsWhatever you are fasting, if you mope around and feel sorry for your deprivation then you have lost the significance of the fast.

    Your focus, in that case, will be on the circumstances and not on Jesus.
    If, however, you do not allo...
    mikemelin2016-05-27T15:03:173 views00:04:09
  • Writing on the Heart
    Writing on the HeartExcept for those times when the Spirit of God fell on them, God lived with the men and women under the old covenant differently than He lives with us. He was external to them, but He is internal to those of us who are born again through Christ.mikemelin2016-05-26T13:10:532 views00:03:13
  • All for the Sake of Appearances
    All for the Sake of AppearancesIn Shakespeare's play, “Hamlet,” Queen Gertrude makes the comment, “The lady protests too much, methinks.” This famous line has become a modern‐day response to those who make such a big deal out of something that their big deal comes off as suspic...mikemelin2016-05-25T16:57:267 views00:02:44
  • Traditions Can Become Meaningless
    Traditions Can Become MeaninglessFasting can easily become a meaningless tradition—its significance lost in the ritual. We make the fast or any other principle of God of none effect by religious traditions that have lost their connection with God.
    The Greek word translated a...
    mikemelin2016-05-24T11:37:269 views00:03:12
  • Fasting Challenges Unbelief
    Fasting Challenges UnbeliefCould fasting be a way of getting into God's presence? Well, what is it that can separate us from the love of God (the presence of God)? The Bible teaches us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
    “Who shall separate us from th...
    mikemelin2016-05-23T17:39:024 views00:03:18
  • Fasting Is Not about Persuading God
    Fasting Is Not about Persuading GodWill you consider the possibility that fasting is not about persuading God to do anything?
    I believe we negate the grace of God when we drag an old‐covenant concept of the fast into the new covenant. Let me illustrate:
    The longest “so‐ca...
    mikemelin2016-05-19T14:27:343 views00:03:05
  • Getting Rid of Unbelief
    Getting Rid of UnbeliefWhile faith has its substance in our spirit (our divine nature), unbelief has its substance in our flesh (our human nature). And both conditions can be (and usually are) present at the same time.
    Unbelief is your human nature's direct attack ...
    mikemelin2016-05-18T19:02:244 views00:03:39
  • A Higher Standard
    A Higher StandardWe use faith with the hope of improving health, finances, and relationships—as if these three criteria determine our well‐being here on this earth. But Jesus disagrees:

    “Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not wor...
    mikemelin2016-05-18T15:07:255 views00:02:56
  • Misplaced Hunger
    Misplaced HungerUnbelief is far more serious than just not knowing how to get God to do what you ask of Him. Unbelief is the denial of who God is—either knowingly or unknowingly.

    Yes, God is certainly our source for everything that is good and perfect....
    mikemelin2016-05-16T10:57:227 views00:03:13
  • Unbelief Challenges Faith
    Unbelief Challenges FaithIf God had always done exactly what you had asked of Him, you would have no problem with faith. Your faith in God would remain unchallenged.

    But your faith in God has been challenged. And the challenger is called unbelief. Unbelief is ...
    mikemelin2016-05-13T19:07:233 views00:04:09