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A Gift for You!

M90 PicThis year my children and I are studying the book of Proverbs and other wisdom writings in the Bible. M90 is a challenge to memorize only 90 of those verses (and each is powerful!). In taking the time to study out each proverb in greater detail, I have been so blessed and I wanted to pass the blessing along to you!

Here is the M90 booklet: M90_StudentGuide

You can memorize these in 90 days or take longer or shorter. Each page has an explanation and questions for reflection.

One thing I learned today was from Prov 2:11 “Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”

I always thought of discretion as not revealing private information to others, but that is only half the definition. The first half is ‘the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense.’

What’s the one part of our person that gets us into the most trouble? Our mouths and our attitudes (which comes out in our behaviors)!

Another thing I learned in studying Proverbs is from commentator, Daniel Segraves. In his book Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World, A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs, he says, “The English word wisdom is the translation of several Hebrew words in the Book of Proverbs; the most common is ‘hokmah.’ This word speaks of the skill with which craftsmen, sailors, singers, mourners, administrators, and counselors perform their duties. Thus, being wise means ‘being skilled in godly living.’ Having God’s wisdom means having the ability to cope with life in a God-honoring way.” (John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1985), OT: 902.)

Isn’t it wonderful that God makes wisdom available to us through His Word? As we take the time to daily ‘…receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.’ Prov 2:1-2, we have the promise that, ‘Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.’ Proverbs 2:5. We have to purpose in ourselves to receive and to hide or guard God’s words and commandments.

Our Lord wants to give us wisdom. His Word says so, ‘For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:6.

If you want to grow in wisdom, you can. It’s all there available to you. You simply need to be open ‘to receive the instruction of wisdom,’ Prov 1:3. I especially love Prov 1:6 ‘To understand a proverb and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.’ If you want it, you can have the ability to understand a proverb AND the interpretation. You can ‘get it!’

Pastor LoCascio preached this past Sunday on What Do You Expect?

I expect to believe what God’s Word says and apply it to my life. I expect to receive wisdom and become skilled at living God’s way rather than my own. I don’t need to live a stressed out, frustrated life. I can live God’s way, taking on His burden (which is light) and His yoke (which is easy), instead of trying to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders (of which I do a very poor job!).

I’m excited about what God is doing in my cities (Chicagoland), my church, my family, and my life and I can’t wait to see what He does next.

Download that free booklet above and see what the Lord wants to teach you, show you, and bless you with. :)

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Author in the Trenches

 

Fighting Spiritual Battles

ChristinaLi:

This works!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

In Defence of the Realm by Bernie CondonThere is a system, the anti-christ spirit, with an agenda to attack the church and the Christian. We need to know how to combat this. Don’t blame a devil for everything. Not everything evil is from Satan or a devil. Be careful of extremes.

Idols were used to deceive people.

I Cor 10:19-20 “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”

Don’t swing the opposite direction and not give the devil credit for anything. Don’t be like those who won’t acknowledge they’re being attacked. There are times when we need to recognize we’re fighting.

How do we fight?

We have weapons.

2Cor 10:3-4 “For though we live…

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Pray Without Ceasing

ChristinaLi:

The theme for our Sunday School class yesterday was ‘If you choose God, He will bless you!’ If we will pray always, constantly keeping our focus on the Lord, seeking His wisdom and leading, doing things His way, He will bless us. We’ve got to pray!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

featuredAd_30DaysOfPrayerMonday, Jan 26, 2015: Pray that those drifting away from Apostolic truths do not send forth a message of compromise and succumb to a spirit of deception. Pray for unity and that God would heal all hurts (James 3:11).

Tuesday, Jan 27: Pray for God to send out chosen workers to rebuild and restore that which has been broken in all facets of life. Pray for the restoration of prodigals and backsliders (Nehemiah 2:5).

Wednesday, Jan 28: Pray that whatever God sends along the way, the church will pray continually and obey Him, despite the circumstances (Jeremiah 42:6).

Thursday, Jan 29: Pray that God sends a great outpouring of His Spirit that results in great revival and harvest. Pray for healing, miracles, signs, wonders, and the manifested Shekinah glory of God (Luke 24:49).hat the church worldwide aligns to all God speaks and all He sends, and that they submit to…

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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Committed to 30 Days of Prayer (Jan 5-11)

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

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Jan 5, 2015: Pray for God to help His people to overcome the fear “to go to all that He shall send them and to speak all that he has commanded” (Jeremiah 1:7).

Jan 6: Pray that each individual who God is calling will heed to His voice and reply “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

Jan 7: Pray that God sends out workers, laboring together in love. Pray they not only advocate God’s kingdom, but also demonstrate it in His name, power, and authority (Mark 6:7).

Jan 8: Pray that God would send abundant finances and resources, through the means of others, to spread the gospel and to accomplish His work (II Chronicles 2:3).

Jan 9: Pray that God would send the church skilled individuals who would use their talents and abilities to help build His kingdom (II Chronicles 2:7).

Jan 10: Pray that God sends out ministers…

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Committed to 30 Days of Prayer

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

The United Pentecostal Church International has embraced the theme “SEND” as we endeavor to sendThe Whole Gospel to the Whole World by the Whole Church. We unite to answer “the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us” (Isaiah 6:8)? We unite to pray “the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). We unite to advocate to the Lord, “O send out thy light and thy truth…” (Psalm 43:3). Join with us in prayer and fasting, and believe that God will SEND all that He has declared, according to His Word!

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Jan 1, 2015:  That the Lord would send His Angel to go before the UPCI, leading to a destination of biblical success (Exodus 23:20). 

Jan 2: That God would send His people forth to possess the territories that He has…

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Tribute to Bishop Jack Yonts

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

Jack and Jodie Yonts(Excuse the casual use of J.E. Yonts first name – it fits the mention of the disciples of John the Baptist in the Bible – John’s disciples.)

We are Jack’s disciples. We groan deeply when we pray. We are Jack’s disciples, we teach Bible studies. We know character and consistency count more than charisma or talent. We are Jack’s disciples, we love. We believe in people, we trust that with time, prayer, faithfulness, those people will do great and valiant things. In fact, it is our prayer that the people we lead will go farther and reach higher, on our shoulders, than we ever did.

We are Jack’s disciples, we pray, fast, we laugh, we tell silly jokes. We are Jack’s disciples there are no big “I’s” and little “you’s”. Everyone counts, everyone matters to God. We are Jack’s disciples we don’t pressure pride, challenge we appeal to noble causes…

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas Is Another Chance

ChristinaLi:

I’m so glad for a second (and 490th!) chance!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

ID-10053195Jer 18:1-4 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

There’s a story in Jeremiah where God tells him to go to the potter’s house. He stood there and watched. The potter molded and shaped and edified it (lifted it up). Sometimes, the clay gives the potter a hard time. There’s another chance the potter takes to cause the clay to be molded according to what he wanted. He used the same clay to make another vessel.

God does the…

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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