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Your Personal Invitation to be
Saved and go to Heaven when your life on earth is over!!!
(1) God loves You!!
Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(2) Your Sin (or Disobedience to God) has Separated You from God!!
Romans 5:12,
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(3) Only Jesus-Christ can Forgive Your Sins!!
Acts 4:12, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(4) Will You Receive Jesus-Christ as Your Lord (or Authority) & Savior (or Rescuer)??
Mark 1:15,
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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Each Day we will READ a Chapter of the Bible
Look at the MEANING of that Chapter
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Friday 6/22/18 
Have You Repented?
Mark 1
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
 2As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
 3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
 5And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
 6And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
 7And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
 8I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
 9And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
 10And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
 11And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 12And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
 13And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
 14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
 15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
 16Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
 17And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
 18And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
 19And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
 20And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
 21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
 22And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
 23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
 26And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
 27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
 28And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
 29And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
 30But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
 31And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
 32And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
 33And all the city was gathered together at the door.
 34And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
 35And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
 36And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
 37And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
 38And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
 39And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
 40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
 41And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
 42And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
 43And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
 44And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
 45But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Today's Scripture Meaning 
Mark was a sister's son to Barnabas, (Col 4:10); and (Ac 12:12) shows that he was the son of Mary, a pious woman of Jerusalem, at whose house the apostles and first Christians assembled. From Peter's styling him his son, (1Pe 5:13), the evangelist is supposed to have been converted by that apostle. Thus Mark was closely united with the followers of our Lord, if not himself one of the number. Mark wrote at Rome; some suppose that Peter dictated to him, though the general testimony is, that the apostle having preached at Rome, Mark, who was the apostle's companion, and had a clear understanding of what Peter delivered, was desired to commit the particulars to writing. And we may remark, that the great humility of Peter is very plain where any thing is said about himself. Scarcely an action or a work of Christ is mentioned, at which this apostle was not present, and the minuteness shows that the facts were related by an eye-witness. This Gospel records more of the miracles than of the discourses of our Lord, and though in many things it relates the same things as the Gospel according to St. Matthew, we may reap advantages from reviewing the same events, placed by each of the evangelists in that point of view which most affected his own mind.
he office of John the Baptist. (1-8) The baptism and temptation of Christ. (9-13) Christ preaches and calls disciples. (14-22) He casts out an unclean spirit. (23-28) He heals many diseased. (29-39) He heals a leper. (40-45)
Verses 1-8.: Isaiah and Malachi each spake concerning the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the ministry of John. From these prophets we may observe, that Christ, in his gospel, comes among us, bringing with him a treasure of grace, and a sceptre of government. Such is the corruption of the world, that there is great opposition to his progress. When God sent his Son into the world, he took care, and when he sends him into the heart, he takes care, to prepare his way before him. John thinks himself unworthy of the meanest office about Christ. The most eminent saints have always been the most humble. They feel their need of Christ's atoning blood and sanctifying Spirit, more than others. The great promise Christ makes in his gospel to those who have repented, and have had their sins forgiven them, is, they shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost; shall be purified by his graces, and refreshed by his comforts. We use the ordinances, word, and sacraments without profit and comfort, for the most part, because we have not of that Divine light within us; and we have it not because we ask it not; for we have his word that cannot fail, that our heavenly Father will give this light, his Holy Spirit, to those that ask it.
Verses 9-13: Christ's baptism was his first public appearance, after he had long lived unknown. How much hidden worth is there, which in this world is not known! But sooner or later it shall be known, as Christ was. He took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh; and thus, for our sakes, he sanctified himself, that we also might be sanctified, and be baptized with him, (Joh 17:19). See how honourably God owned him, when he submitted to John's baptism. He saw the Spirit descending upon him like a dove. We may see heaven opened to us, when we perceive the Spirit descending and working upon us. God's good work in us, is sure evidence of his good will towards us, and preparations for us. As to Christ's temptation, Mark notices his being in the wilderness and that he was with the wild beasts. It was an instance of his Father's care of him, which encouraged him the more that his Father would provide for him. Special protections are earnests of seasonable supplies. The serpent tempted the first Adam in the garden, the Second Adam in the wilderness; with different success indeed; and ever since he still tempts the children of both, in all places and conditions. Company and conversation have their temptations; and being alone, even in a wilderness, has its own also. No place or state exempts, no business, not lawful labouring, eating, or drinking, not even fasting and praying; often in these duties there are the most assaults, but in them is the sweetest victory. The ministration of the good angels is matter of great comfort in reference to the malignant designs of the evil angels; but much more does it comfort us, to have the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
Verses 14-22: Jesus began to preach in Galilee, after that John was put in prison. If some be laid aside, others shall be raised up, to carry on the same work. Observe the great truths Christ preached. By repentance we give glory to our Creator whom we have offended; by faith we give glory to our Redeemer who came to save us from our sins. Christ has joined these two together, and let no man think to put them asunder. Christ puts honour upon those who, though mean in this world, are diligent in their business and kind to one another. Industry and unity are good and pleasant, and the Lord Jesus commands a blessing on them. Those whom Christ calls, must leave all to follow him; and by his grace he makes them willing to do so. Not that we must needs go out of the world, but we must sit loose to the world; forsake every thing that is against our duty to Christ, and that cannot be kept without hurt to our souls. Jesus strictly kept the sabbath day, by applying himself unto, and abounding in the sabbath work, in order to which the sabbath rest was appointed. There is much in the doctrine of Christ that is astonishing; and the more we hear it, the more cause we see to admire it.
Verses 23-28: The devil is an unclean spirit, because he has lost all the purity of his nature, because he acts in direct opposition to the Holy Spirit of God, and by his suggestions defiles the spirits of men. There are many in our assemblies who quietly attend under merely formal teachers; but if the Lord come with faithful ministers and holy doctrine, and by his convincing Spirit, they are ready to say, like this man, What have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth! No disorder could enable a man to know Jesus to be the Holy One of God. He desires to have nothing to do with Jesus, for he despairs of being saved by him, and dreads being destroyed by him. See whose language those speak, that say to the Almighty, Depart from us. This unclean spirit hated and dreaded Christ, because he knew him to be a Holy One; for the carnal mind is enmity against God, especially against his holiness. When Christ by his grace delivers souls out of the hands of Satan, it is not without tumult in the soul; for that spiteful enemy will disquiet those whom he cannot destroy. This put all who saw it upon considering, What is this new doctrine? A work as great often is wrought now, yet men treat it with contempt and neglect. If this were not so, the conversion of a notorious wicked man to a sober, righteous, and godly life, by the preaching of a crucified Saviour, would cause many to ask, What doctrine is this?
Verses 29-39: Wherever Christ comes, he comes to do good. He cures, that we may minister to him, and to others who are his, and for his sake. Those kept from public ordinances by sickness or other real hinderances, may expect the Saviour's gracious presence; he will soothe their sorrows, and abate their pains. Observe how numerous the patients were. When others speed well with Christ, it should quicken us in seeking after him. Christ departed into a solitary place. Though he was in no danger of distraction, or of temptation to vain-glory, yet he retired. Those who have the most business in public, and of the best kind, must yet sometimes be alone with God.
Verses 40-45: We have here Christ's cleansing of a leper. It teaches us to apply to the Saviour with great humility, and with full submission to his will, saying, "Lord, if thou wilt," without any doubt of Christ's readiness to help the distressed. See also what to expect from Christ; that according to our faith it shall be to us. The poor leper said, If thou wilt. Christ readily wills favours to those who readily refer themselves to his will. Christ would have nothing done that looked like seeking praise of the people. But no reasons now exist why we should hesitate to spread the praises of Christ. 

Today's Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we start the book of Mark with Chapter 1. In our text today we see John the Baptist preparing the way of Jesus and Marks account of Jesus Message and Ministry. What catches my eye is verse 15 where Jesus says the time is fulfilled - repent and believe the Gospel. In making application this same message applies to us today as all people should see the truth of Christ as to Repent and believe the Gospel. How about you? Have you been saved? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus to understand today is the day of salvation and we too should repent and believe the Gospel and be saved. 

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Today's Prayer Requests
  • I.Gunasekar | Pray for my wife. She ran away to her house in the year of 1999 after the one month of my marriage.
  • Sarah Michelle | Please all pray to help me get my family back. We all need each other and it cannnot be done without the Lord Jesus. Please bless me that I can quickly fight and conquer my battles, Amen
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  • Richmond Welbeck Nti | I am an Evangelist and would like to humbly request prayer from the Lord's people about my spiritual well-being and finances and without leaving my health. I have usual experience of heart pains and burns .
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  • SC | Prayer requests:To Have Lovingly Encouraging PrayerFul Words spoken over myself on a daily Basis ! Total Immersion In The Word Of GOD on a daily basis ! Continual Fasting & Prayer on A Daily Basis! Healing Deliverance in My Mind, Body, Spirit, & Soul this Year Blessed Children- Natural & Adopted Children Blessed Christian Spouses - Anointed Men Of GOD Proper Weight Loss To Have A Healthier Lifestyle Emotional Healing To Be Baptized Immersed in Water This Year! Financial Abundance Financial Efficiency In All Things Debt Cancellation- All Debts To Be Paid In Full Including Back Bill Statements As Well This Year! To Be A BLessing To The Needy & Less Fortunate People On A Daily Basis This Year! To Have A Strong LOVE Walk OF GOD Daily ! To Have A Strong Prayer Life Walk Praying Early Throughout The Days Speaking In Tongues - Heavenly Language To Have The Holy Ghost Sprit Guiding Myself on Each Decision That I Make On A Daily Basis Unsaved Loved Ones Saved Healed & Delievered Through The Blood Of Jesus Christ This Year! Stephanie R. Carter
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  • CHRISTIAN | Pray that God will help me to wait on the "One" that He designs for me and in the meantime to build me up into the Woman He'll have me to be .... to help others and continue to have compassion on others. For doors to be open for my career but also to "bust a move" on getting things started as well.
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  • Terri Taylor | Lord, Watch over, protect, and provide for my family in a Mighty Way. In Jesus Mighty name I pray
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  • James Arikpo | Please pray for God wisdom upon my life and the power to follow Christ faithfully.
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  • Augustine |Pray for his present state of mind and wisdom to change his stony heart
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  • Lord I pray that you have mercy on me, forgive me for my sins, I pray that you bless our family spiritually and financially, I pray that you break the chains that hold me in my current position and bless me with new and better one even outside my current organization, I pray that you give me strength and reasoning, build us up where we're torn down and keep us strong as a family unit, and allow me to be happy in my career and life. Lord thank you for all you've done for us so far, all that you're doing for us right now, and all that you will do for us in the future, in your son Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen
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  • Gl | God bless everyone, please keep praying for us, we are trying to buy our old house we are renting from the owners, yesterday we met with the group who is trying to help us .the meeting went well. I just need a little nest for our future and We want to use this house for God' work also.will explain later about it.Thank you for praying with us.Thank you Jesus in advance for everything good coming to us and we are grateful for what we have now. Amen
  • Roger | Lord God please provide for and protect my wife and children and all the people who have gennerously helping me these past. Few months bless them in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ Amen
  • Janet Semones | Having some physical issues that are interfering with daily life. Need God's healing touch
  • YJ | Prayers for spiritual strength and God's mercy.
  • SG | Please prayer for restoration of broken relationship. For the works of the enemy against the relationship to be destroyed.
  • Ajayi olaotan idowu| God should bless my work abundantly and let his mercy speak for me over my financial handicap issues and send me a helper to go study overseas and also God should lay his healing hand over my sick mom and give her a divine healing
  • VJ | Please pray that mj lights don't get cut off Also... That I get food.
    In the name of the of Jesus   
  • Sherber | I would like you to prayer for my partner and myself his name is R. V. so that our relationship can get better and we can get closer to God every day alway for me to get a good apartment by end of july thanks for your prayer.
    My health is frightening me, and only in You can I overcome it's growing! Help me Father God to get where I can function towards the goals set before me with a fierce and anointed fervour!.......SELAH
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Thursday 6/21/18 
You Can Have Resurrection Power
Matthew 28
 1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
 2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
 10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
 11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
 14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Today's Scripture Meaning 
Christ's resurrection. (1-8) He appears to the women. (9,10) Confession of the soldiers. (11-15) Christ's commission to his disciples. (16-20)
Verses 1-8: Christ rose the third day after his death; that was the time he had often spoken of. On the first day of the first week God commanded the light to shine out of darkness. On this day did He who is the Light of the world, shine out of the darkness of the grave; and this day is from henceforward often mentioned in the New Testament, as the day which Christians religiously observed in solemn assemblies, to the honour of Christ. Our Lord Jesus could have rolled back the stone by his own power, but he chose to have it done by an angel. The resurrection of Christ, as it is the joy of his friends, so it is the terror and confusion of his enemies. The angel encouraged the women against their fears. Let the sinners in Zion be afraid. Fear not ye, for his resurrection will be your consolation. Our communion with him must be spiritual, by faith in his word. When we are ready to make this world our home, and to say, It is good to be here, then let us remember our Lord Jesus is not here, he is risen; therefore let our hearts rise, and seek the things that are above. He is risen, as he said. Let us never think that strange which the word of Christ has told us to expect; whether the sufferings of this present time, or the glory that is to be revealed. It may have a good effect upon us, by faith to view the place where the Lord lay. Go quickly. It was good to be there, but the servants of God have other work appointed. Public usefulness must be chosen before the pleasure of secret communion with God. Tell the disciples, that they may be comforted under their present sorrows. Christ knows where his disciples dwell, and will visit them. Even to those at a distance from the plenty of the means of grace, he will graciously manifest himself. The fear and the joy together quickened their pace. The disciples of Christ should be forward to make known to each other their experiences of communion with their Lord; and should tell others what God has done for their souls.
Verse 9,10: God's gracious visits usually meet us in the way of duty; and to those who use what they have for others' benefit, more shall be given. This interview with Christ was unexpected; but Christ was nigh them, and still is nigh us in the word. The salutation speaks the good-will of Christ to man, even since he entered upon his state of exaltation. It is the will of Christ that his people should be a cheerful, joyful people, and his resurrection furnishes abundant matter for joy. Be not afraid. Christ rose from the dead, to silence his people's fears, and there is enough in that to silence them. The disciples had just before shamefully deserted him in his sufferings; but, to show that he could forgive, and to teach us to do so, he calls them brethren. Notwithstanding his majesty and purity, and our meanness and unworthiness, he still condescends to call believers his brethren.
Verses 11-15: What wickedness is it which men will not be brought to by the love of money! Here was large money given to the soldiers for advancing that which they knew to be a lie, yet many grudge a little money for advancing what they know to be the truth. Let us never starve a good cause, when we see bad ones so liberally supported. The priests undertook to secure them from the sword of Pilate, but could not secure these soldiers from the sword of God's justice, which hangs over the heads of those that love and make a lie. Those men promise more than they can perform, who undertake to save a man harmless in doing a wilful sin. But this falsehood disproved itself. Had the soldiers been all asleep, they could not have known what passed. If any had been awake, they would have roused the others and prevented the removal; and certainly if they had been asleep, they never would have dared to confess it; while the Jewish rulers would have been the first to call for their punishment. Again, had there been any truth in the report, the rulers would have prosecuted the apostles with severity for it. The whole shows that the story was entirely false. And we must not charge such things to the weakness of the understanding, but to the wickedness of the heart. God left them to expose their own course. The great argument to prove Christ to be the Son of God, is his resurrection; and none could have more convincing proofs of the truth of that than these soldiers; yet they took bribes to hinder others from believing. The plainest evidence will not affect men, without the work of the Holy Spirit.
Verses 16-20: This evangelist passes over other appearances of Christ, recorded by Luke and John, and hastens to the most solemn; one appointed before his death, and after his resurrection. All that see the Lord Jesus with an eye of faith, will worship him. Yet the faith of the sincere may be very weak and wavering. But Christ gave such convincing proofs of his resurrection, as made their faith to triumph over doubts. He now solemnly commissioned the apostles and his ministers to go forth among all nations. The salvation they were to preach, is a common salvation; whoever will, let him come, and take the benefit; all are welcome to Christ Jesus. Christianity is the religion of a sinner who applies for salvation from deserved wrath and from sin; he applies to the mercy of the Father, through the atonement of the incarnate Son, and by the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, and gives up himself to be the worshipper and servant of God, as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons but one God, in all his ordinances and commandments. Baptism is an outward sign of that inward washing, or sanctification of the Spirit, which seals and evidences the believer's justification. Let us examine ourselves, whether we really possess the inward and spiritual grace of a death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness, by which those who were the children of wrath become the children of God. Believers shall have the constant presence of their Lord always; all days, every day. There is no day, no hour of the day, in which our Lord Jesus is not present with his churches and with his ministers; if there were, in that day, that hour, they would be undone. The God of Israel, the Saviour, is sometimes a God that hideth himself, but never a God at a distance. To these precious words Amen is added. Even so, Lord Jesus, be thou with us and all thy people; cause thy face to shine upon us, that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations

Today's Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 28. In our text today we see the Resurrection as Jesus rises from the dead, appears to others, and Gives the Great Commission to reach the World with the Gospel. In making application we see that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available for you to do His Will. How about you? Do you see the power that is available to you? Let us learn from our text today to see that we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to work in and through us to so His Will in these last days.
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Dr. David Burnette
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Today's Prayer Requests
  • VERA BANKSTON-JONES | Father God, Ppl's true colors are reviled!.......SELAH
  • satomi  | Lord, Please answer my prayers. You are the only my hope. Your miracles will save me nothing else.Help me ,Lord now. In Jesus's name. Amen.
  • davia lawrence | i need to walk with the Lord i am 34 yrs old i live with my baby father for and son i been thinking about receiving the Lord but dont what to do see my dad lives in new york he is looking about my papers since 2011 or 2012 to come and live in the states so we cant get married and am over 21 so its going to ttake him a while what should i do i need some prayer warriors as will also pray for my self
  • Roger | O most gracious and loving Savior help me.provide for me, and surround me with your Holy Spirit guide me to the truth and may i continue stay in your Word daily for nourishment for my soul. AMEN
  • vijay aggarwal | Plz pray for me a happy and prosperous life.