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By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
-Isaiah 41:13

Our bodies are all in a state of brokenness and are out of alignment with the spirit of God, who says, “I love you. I love you not as you can be or will be someday, or as you should be; I love you just as you are right now.”

How many of us on that judgment day will be able to stand before God and say, “Yes, Lord, I believed truly with all my heart that you loved me”? Many of us won’t be able to say that. And God will say, “Oh, how I wish you knew that when you were there.”

Your life is not a disappointment to God, and it’s not a disappointment to me…

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Why Some Women Keep Living With Abusive Men.

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Abused woman
Do you know someone who is being abused and is too frightened to do anything about it? (IStock photo)

In the nation of Colombia, where I ministered last month, a woman is killed by her husband or partner every four days. The problem is so serious that sociologists have coined a new term for it: femicidio, or femicide.

I’ve often quoted the statistics about domestic violence, but when I was in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, I saw the scars up close. The emotional pain I encountered while praying with and counseling women there was excruciating. Some were gang raped as teenagers. Others were sexually molested by relatives. Many had been slapped, punched, choked, kicked or attacked with knives or iron rods by husbands or boyfriends.

Celia (not her real name) had the saddest story. She gave her life to Christ a few years ago, but she maintained…

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How to Guard the Treasure of Your Relationship With God.

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The most precious thing in Jesus’ earthly life was His union with His heavenly Father: “I and my father are one [one in essence or nature; also at one, or unified]” (John 10:30). It was everything to Him.

That sacred bond preceded all His other relationships, sustained His rich spiritual life, and empowered His diverse and dynamic teaching, preaching, mentoring, healing, and charity ministries. Every decision Jesus made, every action He undertook, every word He spoke, every new course He chose or declined was motivated by His determination to preserve His union with His Father.

Whatever His Father willed, Jesus agreed with it so He would always be at one with Him: “I do always those things that please Him” (John 8:29). He maintained that oneness, that mystical connection, that marvelous intertwining of His and His Father’s Spirits, minds, and actions, at all costs. The public could criticize…

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3 Keys to Moving in the Supernatural Love of God.

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 Among our friends in ministry is one who literally died, appeared before Jesus inheaven and was sent back to Earth to complete his service to our Lord. Now he touches untold thousands for Christ.

In relating his death experience, he says that he found himself in heaven in a line of people who were standing on a moving path. One by one, each person in the line appeared before Jesus. All those on the path were dressed in white and were exceedingly happy.

On a parallel path moving toward the Lord were people who were exceedingly unhappy. These were clothed in that to which they had devoted their lives. Each was given the opportunity to look at Christ and He at them before the path turned downward.

When our friend appeared before Jesus, he was asked the one question that everyone in the line had…

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