Are You in Good Hands? by James Ryle

“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge” (Psalm 91:3)in God's HandsIt’s strikes me as more than a little suspicious that, in the midst of great financial bedlam, the airwaves are flooded with the incessant drone of marketing plans aimed at helping you secure your financial future, so that you may live out your days in a happy place – dancing, golfing, fishing, swimmi … [Read more...]

What Do We See in Heaven? by Dudley Hall

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  John 17:24 (ESV)     I am always amazed to hear us talk about heaven. We have to speculate about its real nature because it is obviously too grand to fathom. The symbols used in Scripture to describe it suggest that its majesty is unmatched. Golden streets, pearly gates, precious jewels, … [Read more...]

Changing Seasons by Paul L. Cuny

Exodus 6:2-5 God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant.There was a day when commerce seemed so much easier. Opportunities abounded and you and I were in a … [Read more...]

The True Foundation of the Kingdom by David VanCronkhite

I have to repeat a most profound quote from G. Campbell Morgan, one of the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th century, of that most venerable of evangelical churches, Westminster Chapel. He said, "It's possible to be biblically correct, doctrinally pure, theologically sound, morally impeccable, and spiritually useless." Because I thoroughly agree with Morgan's statement, I had to take issue with the Pope this week when I read an article with the headline, "Pope urges Portugal … [Read more...]

The Dangers of God’s Favor by Frank Viola

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Lord’s favor. The favor of God is a wonderful thing (Gen. 4:4; Luke 2:52; Acts 7:46). I personally know of few things in life that are as marvelous. However, there are several dangers attached to it.One of them is jealousy from others . . . typically from one’s peers. Jealousy over God’s favor in Abel’s life cost him that life. His brother Cain grew insanely jealous and killed him over it. Saul became jealous because of the favor of God in David’s … [Read more...]

God Will Guard Your Promise in Dark Times by Lee Grady

Many people today feel overwhelmed by negative circumstances. But you can be sure the Lord has an amazing plan to carry you through.Long ago God promised He would send the Messiah through the lineage of King David. Yet there was a time in Judah's history when the royal seed was almost snuffed out.It happened during the oppressive reign of Queen Athaliah, a selfish woman who was so power-hungry that she killed her own grandchildren in an attempt to secure her position. The Bible says in 2 Kings … [Read more...]

Living Your Destiny by Graham Cooke

All of the tests you presently face are there to develop you into the person you need to be to live your destiny. Everything you are going through has been aligned by God to forge you into the person He has called you to be. Your destiny is unfolding before your very eyes. You have a battle to win, and He must prepare you for it. When we embrace the idea that God has a plan for us, no issue should be able to stop us. The statement, “This situation will be the death of me,” is completely in … [Read more...]

Visionary Advancement Strategies Newsletter May 9, 2010

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Good Fruit by Bob Mumford

Other [seed] fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.[1]In spite of adversity and inherent dangers, some seed does manage to grow and conquer in this present life—some thirty, some sixty and some hundredfold. Thirty-fold is considered fruitful and sixty-fold very fruitful. It is seed bearing after its kind. This kind of fruitfulness is what it means by the verse “you will know them by their fruits.”[2]  Hundredfold fruit can be seen in t … [Read more...]

It Matters (Part One) by David VanCronkhite

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."Martin Luther King, Jr."Here I stand!" Martin LutherMartin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. were once nobodies. Nobodies who one day said, "Basta! Enough!" Nobodies who did nothing more than take a stand because they saw something wasn't right. They began to declare publicly what many knew but were afraid to address. They had a sense that God was at hand and God was with them. They knew the injustices, … [Read more...]