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A Command for Leaders By Ed McDowell

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go. ~Joashua 1:9 NLT Joshua was stepping into leadership of the Israelite nation.  He was following none other than Moses.  Joshua would be the leader to fulfill God’s promise of receiving a…

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Indifference or Commitment By Ed McDowell

The Invitation to Commitment  The invitation of Jesus Christ is a commitment to have relationship with Him and the Church to reach the world with the invitation to be reconciled to God and live victoriously with Him forever. This invitation to hear Jesus Christ knocking and speaking will always be accepted and responded to by…

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Despair During the Season of Christmas By Ed McDowell

When Despair Finds You at Christmas From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I…

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Exploring Refreshment By Ed McDowell

Embrace & Experience Generous Refreshment The sweetest refreshment experienced is always associated with generosity.  Stop and think about the times that restored you in your own life, examine the details of what gives it to you and you will find generosity flowing through the experience. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves…

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God Gives Rest By Ed McDowell

Are you ready to receive his rest? It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Psalms 127:2 NLT I write this near the beginning of a season of rest (sabbatical) granted to me…

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What Will Be Your Response? By Ed McDowell

The Response to the Call to Repent Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts of the Apostles 2:38 NLT Have you ever…

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I Belong By Ed McDowell

I Belong and So Do You Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Psalms 73:23-‬24 NLT The desire to belong is part of every person. We are designed to belong to God, living in a relationship with the creator…

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How to Deal with Heartbreak and Burdens By Ed McDowell

Time to Cope with Heartbreak and Burdens Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalms 55:22 NLT Some of the most difficult burdens leaders face are the ones that strike closest to home and leadership. Betrayal, broken trust, deception,…

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While There is Time By Ed McDowell

What will you do while there is time? That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. (Joel 2:12 NLT) What are some of the common statements about time that we experience? Here are a few that get used often…

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Find His Care During the Battles By Ed McDowell

The Strong Care of God During the Battles The words of Psalm 68 come from a king who has fought in many battles with enemies.  King David has seen the Lord God deliver.  As King, he has come to know firsthand the critical nature of trusting God in the context of overwhelming circumstances. He writes…

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