November 17, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Hope (encouragement)

  Luke 3:3 says…”people should be baptized (why?) To SHOW   they HAD TURNED from their sins and    HAD TURNED to God …to be forgiven.   When you TURN or PIVOT, you change direction.  You were going one way and now you are going another.  There is a definite “showing” or “proving.”   Verse […]



November 16, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Hope (encouragement)

I have been thinking about the word “encounter.”  I have been praying that people would have an encounter with Jesus.  Really experience Him – His Love, His Power. His Presence. Praying for a real understanding of Who He is. Meet Him face-to-face. Is He REAL to you?   John 12:46 says “no one who believes […]


Even the demons believe…

November 10, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Grow (discipleship)

  “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”   James 2:19    Do you really believe in Jesus? Does your life really reflect that belief? Jesus said “Follow Me.”  Do you FOLLOW Him? His Word? Are you devoted, committed to Him?  I am a follower of Jesus Christ! I love Him […]


And the Chains Fell Off

November 9, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Hope (Freedom)

   Chains fasten and connect things. Chains are a restraining device. They are restricting.  In the Bible, chains represent “oppression.”   They are called “fetters.”  The prisoners were bound with fetters.  Fetters are confining. They limit you, enclose you, surround you.  These prisoners were “men of God.”  Christians can have chains. The good news is….God can […]


High and Dry

November 8, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Grow (discipleship)

Dried out, dried up, uninterested, bored?  Those should never be words of a follower of Jesus.   I Timothy 1:19 talks about being “shipwrecked.”  “Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.”   When your conscience isn’t clear or if you are deliberately violating your conscience, the […]


The Disciple Jesus Loved

November 7, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Grow (discipleship)

I was reading in John this morning and the words…“the disciple Jesus loved” …stood out. Have you ever wondered why John called himself “the disciple Jesus loved?” That’s how he identified himself.   Can you say that about yourself? Do you really understand and know how much Jesus loves you…enough to say “I am the […]


Born for a Purpose

November 1, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Hope (encouragement)

In John 18:37, Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king.   Actually, I was born …for this cause …THAT purpose.     Purpose = the reason something is created, fashioned, designed, shaped…. why it exists.   What were you born to do? created to do? Why do […]


Strong in Spirit!

October 27, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Grow (discipleship)

“And the Child GREW and BECAME STRONG IN SPIRIT, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40   Are you growing in the things of God? Increasing in knowledge of Who He is. Growing in wisdom, revelation, understanding, and character?   Are you talking with God?   How closely do […]



October 26, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Grow (discipleship)

  Charge the hill!  Overcome the opposition!  What are you waiting for?   God has given us all the AMMUNITION we need!   God has given us bullets, shells, missiles, bombs and grenades to use against the enemy!   But we have to use them!  What are they?   We have His POWER, AUTHORITY, and THE […]



October 25, 2017 holderduo@yahoo.com Hope (encouragement)

Do you believe God ACCEPTS you?   If you have dealt with REJECTION in your life, you may not feel He accepts you. You may have been so criticized, felt disliked, felt people’s displeasure so much that it is hard to comprehend ACCEPTANCE.  Or maybe you know about “acceptance” in your head…but it hasn’t really […]


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