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Week 34: Holy Shift in Boldness
Acts 4:13 NKJV “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and[...]
Week 33: Holy Shift
The longer something exist the easier it is to shift from the original intent, meaning or purpose. When we learn God’s[...]
Week 32: Raising the Bar on Problems
Our problems are a simple matter in the sight of the Lord. 2 Kings 3:18 NKJV “And this is a[...]
Week 31: Your Calling Or Craving
Samuel 3:1-6 NKJV “Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was[...]
Week 30: Rejection
The root of all rejection is misplaced identity. God wants to take your rejection and turn it into redirection. Trusting[...]
Week 29: Little Faith Can Produce Great Results
FALSE: You can’t have joy and peace in suffering. In Acts 9, Jesus changed Saul to Paul and his calling[...]
Week 28: Forgiveness
Forgiveness does not represent weakness. It is the portal (way) to power. Forgiveness does not always mean reconciliation. Romans 12:18[...]
Week 27: Guard Your Heart
3 John 1:2 Amp “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good[...]
Week 26:From Broke to Blessed
Luke 5:1-7 NKJV “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He[...]
Our Problem Can Never Be Greater than Our Providere
​Our problem can never be greater than our provider.​Action steps to shorten your stay when in a problem1​Acknowledge the problem.2​Take[...]
Week 25: Raising the Bar on Wholeness
1 Thessalonians 5:23 MSG “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole,[...]
Week 23: Raising the Bar on “Focus”
9:1-2NKJV “Then He (Jesus) called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to[...]
A response to the Bayou Brief article about Pastor Joshua Joy Dara, Dr. Rick Brewer & Louisiana College
We have bigger issues that need to be addressed… this is a response to the article written by Lamar White,[...]
Week 22: Finding Our Purpose
Matthew 28:18-20KJV “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and[...]
Week 21: Raising the Bar on Relationships
Luke 7:36-38 “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s[...]
Week 20: Crisis to Calmness
2 Kings 4:1-7 TLB Now the wife of the son of one of the men who tell what will happen[...]
Week 19: Misery to Mercy
Lamentations 3:21-23 NKJV This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not[...]
Week 18: We Need God’s Mercy & Miracles When We Mess up. Don’t Faint When You Can Have Faith!
John 5:5-6 TLB “One of the men lying there had been sick for thirtyeight years. When Jesus saw him, and[...]
Week 17: From Backsliding to Boldness
Our purpose will greatly determine our priorities in life Matthew 4:19 NKJV “Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and[...]
Week 16: We Need God’s Mercy When We Mess Up
Genesis 13:8-9 NKJV “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between[...]
Week 15: Don’t be Miserable, Enjoy God’s Mercy
Steps to Enjoy God’s Mercy1. Keep recalling/reminding yourself what mercy is. Mercy is undeserved forgiveness and unearned kindness. Mercy is[...]
Week 13: A New Day of Mercy
The greatest picture of God’s Mercy is the day God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.[...]
Week 12: Vision
Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, that[...]
Week 11: Identity Crisis
Nehemiah 4:1-2 NLT Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a[...]
Week 10: Opposition to Opportunity
Esther 4:13 NKJV he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you[...]
Week 9: Hidden Principles of Favor with God and Those Over You
Nehemiah 2:5, NKJV Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So, I prayed to the God of[...]
Week 8: Five Steps to Activate a Miracle
Nehemiah 1:5 NKJV And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep[...]
Week 7: Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough
Isaiah 58:5 NKJV “Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul[...]
Week 6: Miracles, Victories and Success
Nehemiah 1:11 NLT "O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those who delight in honoring you. Please[...]
Week 5: How to Know God’s Will for Your Life
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that[...]
Week 4: How to Make Godly Decisions
Colossians 3:17 NKJV “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving[...]
Week 3: God has a Divine Destiny for Each One of Us
3 Steps to Have Abundant Life 1. Love God 2. Promptly Obey God 3. Be Grateful for what God has[...]
Week 2: May the Force Be with Us
1 John 4:4 NKJV “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you[...]
The Millionaires Warning!
Ten Insights or Warning to all millionaires Mark 10:23-25 (NKJV) 23  Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples,[...]
The Fickleness of Man
One minute they love you and the Lord, the next minute they are talking about you and going somewhere else.[...]
The Forgotten Secret of Our True Purpose
Forgotten secret of our true purpose. When we find and live out our true purpose it greatly reduces our worries,[...]
Patience: Good and Evil Often Go Hand in Hand
What we allow in our mind really matters. (Acts 14:1-8, NLT2) It does matter WHAT and WHO we allow in[...]
Character Qualities
Availability      Philippians 2:21-22, NKJ “For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you[...]
Character
Character vs. Reputation (Religion) Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you really are. Reputation is what[...]
The Danger of Jealousy: Four Insight about Jealousy
Jealousy will cause you to miss out on God’s best. Jealousy will cause us to do and say things we[...]
It’s All About the Worship
Acts 13:2-3, NKJV; CEV Worship leads to direction. It is Worship that leads to calling, filling of the Holy Spirit,[...]
Health: How We Measure It
In order to produce healthy followers of Christ we must define what a healthy follower of Christ looks like? And[...]
Life is Short and Death is Sure
Although God is almighty, He does not prevent the death of some of His choicest servants. (Acts 12:1-4) We need[...]
Fellowship Balanced by Evangelism
Evangelism - is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness or zealous advocacy of a[...]
Don’t Allow Rules and Rituals Lead to Resentment
Acts 11:1-18, TLB   Rituals, rules, and religion can blind us to God’s purpose to reach people where they are[...]
What Every CORE Needs
Every core person we have needs two things: Training Developing Training is when you teach a person to do a[...]
What Does it Take to Have a Winning Team
  What do you need to have a winning dream team?   Owner, Coach, and a Team. A heart with[...]
Brian Houston: Above All Things Guard Your Heart
 Why it’s important to guard our hearts? The condition of our heart controls the condition of our life. (3 John[...]
Five Things We Can Do To Reach People For Christ
Acts 8:26-40, NKJV We must go where the people are. (Acts 8:26, NKJV) That does not necessarily mean we have[...]
Insights From Sam Chand
  The smaller the crowd the greater the potential to impact them. Most real changes take place in small groups.[...]
Don’t Miss The Common Things God Sends Your Way
Acts 10:9-33, NKJV With Jesus, what was common—became uncommon and very valuable.   Just because it’s never been done a[...]
How To Have An Excellent Spirit
Daniel 6:3; NKJV; Daniel 6:3, NCV; Daniel 6:5, NKJV What is the Spirit of Excellence? Worldly excellence it always based[...]
Truth About Answered Prayers
The direction and power that came to Cornelius was a result of knowing the truth of knowing the truth about[...]
What To Do When Amazement And Assaults Come At The Same Time
Ask why are they amazed and why are the assaults coming. If you need to change something, change it—if not[...]
Security Has To Come From God
We will not be able to imitate God in our love for others unless we know that we are blessed,[...]
Healthy and Happiness go Hand in Hand
Healthy Things Grow! John 15;5-8, NKJV Jesus wants: Us to bear fruit, to bear much fruit. To love us and wants[...]
“Keep Christ Quiet” Pt. 2
One of Satan’s Goals/Lies is to“Keep Christ Quiet” Talking and Sharing about Jesus changes our focus. When we focus on[...]
“Keep Christ Quiet”
One of Satan’s Goals/Lies is to “Keep Christ Quiet” “Keep Christ Quiet” (Matthew 10:32-33, NKJV; Matthew 10:32, NLT, MSG, CEV)[...]
Has the Minister of Deacons Died? Have we Given It Over to the Government?
Acts 6:1-7, NKJV; Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV  Insights to Remember: When churches grow there will be problems. If you put them[...]
Haters Going To Hate, Lovers Going To Love, God Going To Win
Jealousy will Fail; Love will Prevail. (Acts 5:17-42, NCV; 1 Corinthians 13:4, NCV; 1 Corinthians 13:8, CEV)Success brings opposition from[...]
Culture: The Road to Vision – By Pastor Richie Thornton
Proverbs 19:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.[...]
6 Areas of Life Where Successful Leaders Practice Self-Discipline
High achievers usually have one obvious thing in common: personal discipline. Successful people are willing to do things that most[...]
Unity
Being filled with the Holy Spirit brings about Boldness, Power, and Unity (Oneness)! (Psalms 133:1, NKJV) Unity comes as a[...]
The Importance of Duplicating Yourself – by Pastor Richie Thornton
I think it’s so vital as leaders that we recognize the importance of Duplicating ourselves. If you notice in Matthew[...]
Sacrifice Can Be Satisfying
Sacrifice Can Be Satisfying You have to Sacrifice Good—Where You can Experience the BEST. God was asking Abram to Sacrifice the[...]
Insights on Acts 3
Key Scripture: Acts 3:1-26 Great Expectations and Participation Don’t let your expectations cause us to miss what God wants you to[...]
What Does the Bible Say about Speaking in Tongues?
If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let[...]
Insights To Remember About Acts 2
Key Scriptures: Acts 2:1-47 Insights to Remember: Pray God gives you more dreams and bigger dreams than you ever had[...]
Culture of Communication
Culture – is simply “this is how we do things here”—you do it so much it becomes automatic and second[...]
The Right Plan + Right People = Amazing Potential
The Past: The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until[...]
Reactions Determine Reach
True leadership flows from love! God is love—apart from Him we can do nothing! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us what love[...]
Reaching God-Given Goals Begins With You
How Can the Vision—Goal Start With Me?  Realize you are not where you want to be, but thank God your[...]
Learn to Communicate Better
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 2:17-20 Nehemiah knew how to communicate. He knew why, when, where, and who to communicate God’s Vision to. Do[...]
Giants That Leaders Need to Slay
Key Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:40 Passive—Aggressive Behavior: When asked to do a job, we don’t like to do –instead of[...]
Jesus is Our Rock
The 5 P's: God’s way is PERFECT.   The rock is to remind us that God’s way is perfect and[...]
The Purpose of Laying on of Hands
Key Scripture: Genesis 48:14-16 There are 3 purposes of laying on of hands: To ask God’s blessings upon them. Meaning the blessings[...]
Leadership Lessons to be Learned
Here are some simple yet profound truths that all leaders need to know: People do not do what is expected,[...]
The Process of Joy
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 12:27-30 'Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their[...]
2 Things Every Minister Needs
The first is a Pure Heart. We all need times we are purified—examine our hearts and confess our sins. Hearing[...]
Leaders Lead By Sacrifice
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 11:1-3 Leaders are always willing to go first, lead first, and sacrifice first. Sacrifice is giving up something you[...]
Within and Outside the Walls
Within and Outside the Walls We need the right people within the walls. We need the right people within the church[...]
5 Ways to Have a Better 2018
#1. Stop letting guilt misdirect your time and energy. Without even knowing it we often make decisions based on guilt[...]
Leadership Lessons to Remember
Here are some vital leadership lessons to remember: The right position will beat the opposition. We must be right with God,[...]
Re-Energize Your Passion
Here are things that can cause us to lose our passion: An unclear purpose will cause us to lose our passion. '[...]
5 Things That Will Help You Shatter Your Next Growth Barrier
Whether you are a pastor, minister, leader, business owner, etc., we all experience growth barriers from time to time. Sometimes[...]
4 Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision
We make decisions everyday, big or small, and sometimes we may not always make the right decision. However, there a[...]
Get Control
What is really the only thing you can control? YOU. We can only control ourselves, not anyone else. The simple[...]
Leaders Who Consistently Perform At A High Level
Here is a list of things that leaders who consistently perform at a high level know: They learn that nobody[...]
From Desolation to Regeneration
Key Scriptures: Titus 3:5, Isaiah 61:4 'he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his[...]
Mistakes Leaders Make
Key Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 Distractions that Lead to Destruction: Wanting worldly power, prestige, and popularity—more than God’s power, peace, promises, and[...]
Don’t Faint, Grow in Faith
Key Scripture: Jonah 2:7 Why was Jonah’s soul fainting within him—why did he feel so overwhelmed?  Because he had rebelled[...]
How A Leader Motivates Others
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 2:9-20 It was the favor of God that was allowing Nehemiah to be used by God in[...]
Nehemiah’s Keys to Productivity
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 3:20 Passion is an intense urgency to accomplish your God given calling. Passion is not a personality—They had every personality working[...]
Fearful and Faithful
Key Scripture: Matthew 14:24-33 If we are not fearful, then there would be no point to trust in God. Every step[...]
Focus on Eternal Rewards
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 5:16-19 Always remember to focus on eternal rewards, not earthly rewards. 'Then I heard a voice from heaven[...]
The Difference in Talking and Doing
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 10:1-39 Nehemiah, as the leader, was taking the lead by being the first person to sign the covenant.[...]
WEEK 52: Speak the Blessings of Peace
'And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall[...]
WEEK 51: Pursue Peace
'Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: ' Hebrews 12:14 'Blessed are[...]
WEEK 50: The Tenth Part of Peace
'to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king[...]
WEEK 49: Peace Always and Anywhere
'Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.'[...]
WEEK 47: Peace of Respect
We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you[...]
WEEK 46: Fake Peace
'For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.[...]
WEEK 45: Blood of Peace
'and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having[...]
WEEK 44: Being Prepared Brings Peace
'and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; ' Ephesians 6:15 Understanding how you are[...]
WEEK 43: Unity Brings Peace
'endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ' Ephesians 4:3 Three Steps to having[...]
WEEK 42: One Mind Brings Peace
'Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of[...]
WEEK 41: Peace in Leaving
But if the husband or wife who isn’t a Christian is eager to leave, it is permitted. In such cases[...]
WEEK 40: Unity Brings Peace
‘endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ‘ Ephesians 4:3 Three Steps to having unity[...]
WEEK 39: Peace Crushed Satan
'And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be[...]
WEEK 38: God’s Hope Brings God’s Peace
'Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in[...]
WEEK 37: Peace of Mind
'So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to[...]
WEEK 36: Don’t Allow Your Mouth to Rob Your Peace
'“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in[...]
WEEK 35: Peace for Everyone
'but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the[...]
WEEK 34: Live Peaceably
'Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is[...]
WEEK 33: Give and Receive Peace
'If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace[...]
WEEK 32: Hold Your Peace
'The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”' Exodus 14:14 How do we hold on to[...]
WEEK 31: Gospel of Peace
'And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those[...]
WEEK 30: Peace for the Entrusted
'‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple[...]
Week 29: Mature Peace
'Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other.[...]
WEEK 28: Peace, Be Still
'Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and[...]
WEEK 27: Blessed Peace
'“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;[...]
WEEK 26: Don’t Give Up
We’re halfway there! When we are half way finished two things happen: 1. We’re excited to get this far! 2.[...]
WEEK 25: Equipping Peace
And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all[...]
WEEK 24: Prince of Peace
'For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His[...]
WEEK 23: Truth Brings Peace
But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things[...]
WEEK 22: Peace & Comfort: Holy Peace
“If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and[...]
WEEK 21: God of Peace Lives Within Me
'Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved[...]
WEEK 20: Preach Peace
'The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ— He is Lord of all—[...]
WEEK 19: We Can’t Buy Peace
'So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. Now[...]
WEEK 18: Peace or Rebellion
Rebellion will rob our peace, power, and position with God! 'while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His[...]
WEEK 17: Peace by the Spirit
'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is[...]
WEEK 16: Peace in this Place
'When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. ' Luke 11:21 When God[...]
WEEK 15: Strive for Peace: “Strive and you will Arrive”
As the scripture says, “If you want to enjoy life and wish to see good times, you must keep from speaking[...]
WEEK 14: Inner Peace: How to Find it and Keep It
'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever[...]
WEEK 13: Peace or Panic
God wants to give us peace, but many times by our choices we choose panic. 'These two things have come[...]
WEEK 12: Confusion to Peace
'Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.'[...]
WEEK 11: The Law of Peace
Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble. Psalm 119:165 'Therefore, having been[...]
WEEK 10: How to Maintain Peace and Joy
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.[...]
WEEK 9: The Power of Our Words
'People's desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate[...]
WEEK 8: Remind God that He is Our Peace
'For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,[...]
WEEK 7: The Gift of Peace
' "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like[...]
WEEK 6: Surpassing Peace
'Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord[...]
WEEK 4: God is the Lord of Peace
'Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.'[...]
WEEK 3: Peace With People
Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible. Romans 12:18  So let’s pursue those things[...]
WEEK 2: Peace of God
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and[...]
Get Peace With God
God wants us to have peace with Him. The peace God gives us, no one can take from us. 3[...]
Discerning a Difficult Staff Transition
Here are 12 good questions to help you discern the right decision about a staff member: Are they aligned and[...]
Leadership Growth
We can never stop growing. We must always become more aware of what we do not know. So the question[...]
Leadership Spiritual Check Up
No matter who you are or what you do, we all need a spiritual check up often. This gives us[...]
What is Leadership?
True Leadership is influence in the beginning, but lasting leadership has to do with managing people and ideas. Leadership begins with[...]
4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Complete a Great Task
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 6:15-19 There are four characteristics of leaders who complete great tasks. The first characteristic is that they[...]
God Size Vision
Key Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21 The first thing God shows you is the what, then the how, then the when. The How[...]
Can God Trust You with What He Has Given You
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 7:1-5; Nehemiah 7:66-73 Just because God has blessed us in a great and might way does not mean[...]
The Importance of God’s Word
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 8:2 Our calling every Sunday morning is that we need to assemble together. Assembling ourselves together with the purpose[...]
The Faithfulness Of God and the Follies of Man
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 9:9-18 When we refuse to obey and go against what He is telling us to do, we[...]
The Difference in Talking and Doing
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 10 Nehemiah took the lead and was the first one to sign the covenant. Don't ask those[...]