"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

In just a few short weeks, we will participate in our annual "I Believe" Sunday. Webster's dictionary defines the word believe thusly, "To credit upon the ground of authority, testimony, argument, or any other circumstances than personal knowledge; to expect or hope with confidence." The Greek word translated as believe in Mark 9:24 is pisteuo, which has the idea of trusting another for an action expected to take place. Mark 9 records the story of the man who had a son, a child, that was possessed by a devil. The son had a record of being so controlled by the devil inside of him that physical pain and harm were a continual problem. (ref. Mark 9:22) The first attempt of the father was to bring his son to the disciples so that the devil would be cast out and the boy spiritually healed. The disciples failed in their ministry - largely due to a not understanding that both prayer and fasting were requirements for spiritual victory in this situation.

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I am not sure how you are but sometimes I feel like there is so much negative news and information that it gets overwhelming. There are many seasons where I just crave some uplifting and positive news. I am so thankful that God's Word provides just that. One of my favorite places to read is the book of Psalms. In Psalm 92, we see a powerful statement to start this Psalm. "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD..." It is that simple. That statement stuck in my mind as I read the rest of the chapter and I simply want to point out some thoughts to help us meditate on this first part of Psalm 92.

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Text: Joshua 14:6-14

(14:6) "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea."

Moses was a "man of God". This term is used of several people in the word of God: Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and David. How does God see us in our progress of sanctification? Are we men and women of God?

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Mark 10:42-45, "But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

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July 4th, Independence Day! A day in which we celebrate freedom from oppressive English rule. A group of men made a decision to live free and committed to do whatever needed to be done to make that happen. However, they did not do it just for themselves; they did it for their families and fellow citizens as well. Freedom is what they wanted. They believed it was their God-given right to live as free men, so they went after it.

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