Wednesday Devotions from Pastor Steve

The Amazing Promises of Rosh Hashanah

At Abundant Life Foursquare Church, we love teaching about the Jewish Roots of our Christian faith. As Believers in the Messiah, our understanding of the various Feasts and Festivals of the Lord (Leviticus 23) is critical to our spiritual understanding and health. Rejoice as Jewish People come to know Jesus as the Messiah of Israel

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We Will Never Forget!

Twenty-one years ago, on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked America. They hijacked four passenger jets and crashed two into the World Trade Center’s twin towers and a third into the Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon, causing an enormous loss of life and tremendous damage. The fourth plane crashed

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Finishing Each Day Well

The Air Force sent me to a conference in Virginia. A group of us rented a couple of cars on the weekend to go and visit the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is an amazing place. The highlight is watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. It is a

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Waiting is Hard to Do!

Have you noticed that some things are painfully slow? It can be hard to wait in line, get a return call, or receive the product you need for your project. It is hard to wait for our special coffee drink. It is hard to wait for healing. It is hard to wait for the Lord’s

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Love is Patient and Kind

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NLT), “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up,

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The Love of the Lord Protects Us

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,

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Why Are We Compared To Clay Pots?

Clay pots in biblical times were shaped and molded by a potter before being baked and refined in the fire until the clay was hard. In ancient times, they were often used to hold things like sacred scrolls or valuable documents for safe keeping, but only temporarily. They were used in everyday life and were

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The Safest Person On Earth

Following God often means a journey into uncertain seas. We delay for a season as we wait to feel more certain and safer. Take the first step forward. The next step will be easier, and the step after that easier still. You are never safer than when in the will of God. In fact, you

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Navigating the RIGHT Direction (Part One)

It’s significant that in Scripture, wisdom is often associated with a path, road, or direction. Are you going in the right direction? Are you living off-road? Do you know where you are on the map? What’s your compass? How do you navigate? Living the right way is less about information than orientation. All the global

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Learning from Failure

We all fail, yet we fear failure so much it can stop us from stepping out on faith and trusting the Lord for the results. The statistical facts suggest that failure is a common, almost universal, experience: 75 percent of venture-capital-backed start-ups fail 40 percent of CEOs don’t last eighteen months. 81 percent of new

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What’s Happening to the Post-Pandemic Church?

The answer is we don’t know, and there is a lot that we do not know. We do not know the size of the church. We speak of attendance in terms of B.C. (Before COVID). We are trying to figure out who will come back and who will not. We don’t even know what church

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What Are Emotionally Healthy People Like? (Part two)

Did you know that we have an EQ (Emotional Intelligence)? This is different from our IQ (Intellectual Intelligence). We can measure both types of intelligence. Our IQ tends to be static, while our EQ is dynamic. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to manage your own emotions and understand the emotions of people around you. There

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The Church Is a Family

We have been through so much over the past two-plus years. We have lived through a pandemic and continue to live with Covid variants. We have watched the sad, painful tragedy of over a million people who have lost their lives because of Covid. We have, and we are, facing the turmoil and violence in

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How to Trust God in Difficult Times

Life is not predictable, and there are ups and downs along the path. Many of us want to trust God. When times are good, it can feel easier. But when times feel difficult, it is even more important to trust God. God’s unchanging character, the fact that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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The Bull Moose Principle

Our health and strength depend on wise “spiritual” nutrition. The food we eat is assimilated into our bodies and becomes our nails, skin cells, and blood. In the same way, what we are becoming—spiritually is what we feed on and put into our minds. Have you heard of the bull-moose principle? I was reading an

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The Resurrection Gives Us Hope

We Have More Hope Than Anyone Else. We had an amazing Easter weekend. We started with Passover. We celebrated, worshipped, danced, read the Word, learned, and eat Passover food. We ended on a fantastic Sunday, Resurrection Day. But the Good News is that there is still more to the Resurrection. For our devotional, you are

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Is the Resurrection of Jesus FACT or FICTION?

Who or what are you going to put your hope in for the afterlife? Jesus Christ said in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Consider the fact that all religions claim the idea of “revelation.” Buddhism asserts that it has received

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