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  • Recognizing JesusRecognizing Jesus
    The 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...
    mikemelin2016-06-08T09:42:3042 views00:02:40
  • Faith in God or Faith in ManFaith in God or Faith in Man
    As 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...
    mikemelin2016-06-07T10:42:4533 views00:03:27
  • Extra KeysExtra Keys
    if 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...
    mikemelin2016-06-06T10:22:3138 views00:04:29
  • Keys Give Us AccessKeys Give Us Access
    For 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...
    mikemelin2016-06-02T12:52:3142 views00:04:50
  • Faith Is AgreementFaith Is Agreement
    If 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 ...mikemelin2016-06-01T09:57:2724 views00:04:10
  • The Difference between Persuasion and AgreementThe Difference between Persuasion and Agreement
    Faith 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...mikemelin2016-05-31T14:22:4533 views00:03:11
  • Eliminating DistractionsEliminating Distractions
    Whatever 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...
    mikemelin2016-05-27T15:03:1745 views00:04:09
  • Writing on the HeartWriting on the Heart
    Except 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.mikemelin2016-05-26T13:10:5318 views00:03:13
  • All for the Sake of AppearancesAll for the Sake of Appearances
    In 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...mikemelin2016-05-25T16:57:2634 views00:02:44
  • Traditions Can Become MeaninglessTraditions Can Become Meaningless
    Fasting 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...
    mikemelin2016-05-24T11:37:2652 views00:03:12
  • Fasting Challenges UnbeliefFasting Challenges Unbelief
    Could 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...
    mikemelin2016-05-23T17:39:0222 views00:03:18
  • Fasting Is Not about Persuading GodFasting Is Not about Persuading God
    Will 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...
    mikemelin2016-05-19T14:27:3419 views00:03:05
  • Getting Rid of UnbeliefGetting Rid of Unbelief
    While 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 ...
    mikemelin2016-05-18T19:02:2435 views00:03:39
  • A Higher StandardA Higher Standard
    We 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...
    mikemelin2016-05-18T15:07:2541 views00:02:56
  • Misplaced HungerMisplaced Hunger
    Unbelief 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....
    mikemelin2016-05-16T10:57:2250 views00:03:13
  • Unbelief Challenges FaithUnbelief Challenges Faith
    If 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 ...
    mikemelin2016-05-13T19:07:2320 views00:04:09