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With God’s help we will do mighty things.” (Psalms‬ ‭60‬:‭12‬ NLT)

By A.D. 732, the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate had already conquered Spain and was now descending upon France in order to topple Western Europe. Led by Charles Martel, the French were able to choose the perfect battlefield: a hilltop surrounded for miles by dense woods. The fighting took place over a single day in October. By nightfall, the Umayyad army was completely broken, with thousands dead, and European Christianity remaining the prevalent religion, thanks to Martel’s courage.

While we might not be a Charles Martel, we can all do things of significance in Jesus’ name! Ginormous events are impressive, but it’s the daily workings that make the difference: a phone call, a moment of intercessory prayer, an act of forgiveness. Little is much when God is in it!

As you begin your weekend, look for simple ways to make someone’s life easier to live. A hand or gesture is mighty when it makes an eternal difference is someone’s life! Be that difference maker! You are loved today! (10/24/14)

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So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again.” (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬ NLT)

According to Promises.com, many people who try to recover from addiction to alcohol or drugs unfortunately do not stay in recovery. Although relapse may be common, rarely does it occur without warning. There are usually significant behaviors that can signal that the recovering person is at high risk for relapse. It is critical for anyone in recovery to understand these warning signs.

As our text suggests, God helps us to find freedom from our selfish, addictive, and destructive vices. But just as God seeks to deliver, Satan would like nothing more than to see you fail. We must see our struggles as more than chemical or trained, they are deeply spiritual and must find its conquering through spiritual means. That’s why programs like Celebrate Recovery and a local church are so essential in finding a community to help achieve and maintain freedom.

Are you needing freedom? Are you in danger of relapsing? Have you already slid back into your old destructive ways? Do whatever it takes to be clean again and then stay clean! Find a spiritual community that will get you back to higher grounds! You are loved today!

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After dark one evening, Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee, came to speak with Jesus.” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Network211 is a project that uses Internet evangelism and connects responders with volunteers. In 2010, 1,131,423 people from 230 countries and territories viewed evangelism sites and 81,989 made an evangelism response. Currently, 28,646 continue to interact with Network211 in a discipleship connection!

What makes this group’s accomplishments so amazing is that it’s greatest generating of interest is in Asia and Africa, in the predominantly Muslim nations where Christianity is a crime. While these may not attend a Christian service, they are like modern-day Nicodemuses, coming to Jesus under a protective cover and accepting His extended offer of salvation.

Take time to pray for those that are looking for life but live under a cloud of fear. Ask God to help them find their way to the Christ Life, where a bold love awaits them! Who knows, you might be a Network211 connection to someone near you today! You are loved! Share it!

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Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Last night, two teams made a little boy’s dream come true. Born with physical challenges, Hunter can’t do everything his classmates can. But last night, at the last game of the season, suited up in full pads, Hunter was the star running back, running for 140 yards, scoring two touchdowns and making his whole town proud!

Sometimes what we do in the Christ Life doesn’t seem all that spiritual, but it does make a difference. Two schools working out the details so that this little man could have a once-in-a-lifetime experience will impact his family forever! But so does providing love, a helping hand, or a generous gift. Nothing done out of genuine love and compassion for the littlest of God’s children is ever a waste!

Hunter’s family will always remember the night that their little boy was the Most Valuable Player of the game. Their gratitude to all involved in Poyen and Glen Rose schools will always linger in their hearts! Imagine God’s heart, then, when we go out of our way to do a random act of kindness for someone every day! Every touch matters! You are loved today! (10/21/14)

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After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭4‬:‭31‬ NLT)

In the late ’90s, a teenage Bradley Willman had an online encounter with a pedophile. Willman contacted the police, and the man was arrested. As an adult, he created a Trojan virus that helped him to catch many other pedophiles, including a county judge.

Sometimes it takes an extremely negative situation to give us the boldness to confront a situation. But as the Bible shows us, we can be bold for God at all times by the working of the Holy Spirit. While anger or fear can spur on negative reactions, the Holy Spirit helps us to be bold in the right way and with right motives.

Do you struggle with fear? Are you easily intimidated from sharing your faith? Ask God for boldness. You can become the hero that God will use to help others! You are loved today!

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But when you give to someone in need…give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭3-4‬ NLT)

Last year, a study in New Scientist revealed that people who engage in online activism for a charity are less likely to give than those who don’t. When asked to sign a given petition of their choice and then donate to the cause, overall giving of the signers was 30 percent lower than non-signers. In other words, signing the petition had made them noticeably stingier.

There are continuous needs around us all our life. Some we have a passion for. But our intention should never be to gain attention to our own image for helping. The ultimate goal should always be to meet needs where the needy are benefitted but God gets the glory.

The main emphasis of this scripture, however, is to be a giver. Be willing to give of your time, talents, and treasures to the projects or people that God lays on your heart. Your reward is in seeing people blessed, and then feeling the warmth of approval from your Heavenly Father! Be a giver this week! You are loved!