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You are an ambassador. 2 Corinthians 5.11-15

A couple days ago, I was in a conversation with one of my Long Beach friends, who we affectionately call ‘Vodka Steve’, though he is just

about to enter a rehab program—thank goodness! (Intelligent

and gifted, Steve was a long-time sales executive for Dupont, though

first drugs and then alcohol have almost destroyed his life. With the help of a counselor from the Village, and clinging to his…

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Added by Christine on July 29, 2010 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Faith, Full of Faith, and the Faithful.

What makes having faith such a challenge? I fear that sometimes it is the ‘faithful’. I was painfully reminded of this again today.

Invited into a desperate situation, I went to pray for the healing of a Christian woman stricken with brain cancer. A large, loving…

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Added by Christine on July 28, 2010 at 8:14am — 3 Comments

What’s the deal with FAITH?

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5.7

Seven simple words which command all who would follow Jesus Christ. Christians are called to live by faith . . . ‘got that, but why?…

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Added by Christine on July 27, 2010 at 6:48am — No Comments

Fix your Gaze. 2 Corinthians 4.18 - 5.10

Fix your Gaze . . . on the Horizon.

Good Day~

Boat rides on the San Francisco Bay are an experience! (especially if you are in a small boat!) I remember well . . . we would set out from Alameda, my…

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Added by Christine on July 26, 2010 at 7:36am — No Comments

Be faithful in prayer . . .

Be faithful in prayer, and he who is faithful will hear your prayers, and…

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Added by Christine on July 23, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

Good Day.

Yesterday marked our second prayer meeting at our new Long Beach location—the Sanctuary. It was a delight to have a few more folk with us, but more than that—God was in that place. It was a sweet time.

I started our time with this new song by Daniel Doss:…

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Added by Christine on July 22, 2010 at 7:23am — No Comments

Come On—Get out of the Pit! 2 Corinthians 4.10-18

[The following briefing is really Day Two,

following up “Discouragement, Be Gone!”] So, given that

discouragement
will…
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Added by Christine on July 21, 2010 at 6:55am — No Comments

Discouragement, be gone! 2 Corinthians 4.8-9

I am not fixated on discouragement, but sooner or later, everyone of us will face it. In fact, I am convinced that it is one primary way that the devil seeks to

get us off balance, and tear us down. Paul

gives us insight into his discouragement—both explanation and hope. Take

a look:…

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Added by Christine on July 20, 2010 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

TREASURE IN JARS. 2 Corinthians 4.7

When I was a little girl, I loved the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland; for me, it had it all. A little bit of thrill, a lot of action, boat ride, and hey, it ended

with beautiful jewelry and treasure spread out on the sand—everything

that would bring a sparkle to a little girl’s…

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Added by Christine on July 19, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

A Season of Change: Long Beach - 2 Corinthians 4.1-6

This last Tuesday, I made the move to the Sanctuary. It is only about a block away from the Friends’ Church, the site of the prayer

meeting
with the Long Beach street people that I have led the

last six months, but . . . it was a big change. Moments

were inspiring and God-filled, others…

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Added by Christine on July 16, 2010 at 7:04am — No Comments

Do you wear a veil??

Do you wear a veil? More on 2 Corinthians 3—the end.

I’ve been thinking more about the veil . . . in my last briefing, I referenced Exodus 34, and I should like to take you there again.

Stand with me and follow Aaron’s gaze, as he looks to see the familiar…

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Added by Christine on July 15, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Let's morph! 2 Corinthians 3.7-18

The Law didn’t fail—we did.

The Law relied on us to be faithful, and we couldn’t be. ‘Truth is, we needed a whole new system . . . one based on the righteousness of

another, not our own; we needed what only God could have conceived of—…

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Added by Christine on July 14, 2010 at 8:22am — No Comments

You are a letter from Christ. 2 Corinthians 3.1-6

Company sales numbers had just come across her Blackberry; sure enough, Amy had moved to number 37 in the country. Thirty-seven? Is that good or

bad? It meant 37th place out of 500

pharmaceutical sales representatives in a large company. The

results were quite measurable and they were good.…

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Added by Christine on July 13, 2010 at 6:57am — No Comments

You are a letter from Christ. 2 Corinthians 3.1-6

Company sales numbers had just come across her Blackberry; sure enough, Amy had moved to number 37 in the country. Thirty-seven? Is that good or

bad? It meant 37th place out of 500

pharmaceutical sales representatives in a large company. The

results were quite measurable and they were good.…

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Added by Christine on July 13, 2010 at 6:57am — No Comments

Pleasing fragrance or awful Stench? 2 Corinthians 2.12-17

Has it occurred to you that you represent God to others? Whether or not you like it or you applied for the job, your words and actions reflect God to others. Hmm .

. . how do you feel about that?

Take a look at the end of…

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Added by Christine on July 12, 2010 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

Forgiveness is costly . . . but so is unforgiveness

Forgiveness is costly. . . .Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3.13 The Lord forgave us

of the very thing that cost him his life.…

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Added by Christine on July 8, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

FORGIVENESS IS POWERFUL. 2 Cor. 2.5-11

Good Day!

Yesterday we spoke of Paul’s desire to forgive a man who had hurt him deeply . . . forgiveness is immense. It breaks down walls, frees hearts, mends

countries, restores families, and draws out the best in us. It can turn

hatred into tenderness and the desire to destroy into a passion to

protect. It is more powerful than any weapon,…

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Added by Christine on July 8, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Forgiveness, anyone?

I always think of Paul as bold—assertive, even to the point of being aggressive, with keen intellect and a ‘take no prisoners’ kind of

mentality. Somebody wronged him terribly, and the whole

assembly knew about it. Consequences were meted out, to

correct the behavior not to cause him to feel alienated or unloved. Now….Paul

tells them, ‘Enough! It is time to forgive him and move

forward.’ We see Paul’s…

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Added by Christine on July 7, 2010 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

Moving around the corner.

This last week I got to be with my Long Beach people two times, Thursday and Friday. Love that. On Thursday, I took the

message of “In Jesus Christ…yes!” to a large, restless crowd. Crazy

Bonnie came waltzing up, wanting to interject things, but the folks

shut her right down. A young Hispanic woman in the back

yelled, ‘sit down, I want to hear,’ which only…

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Added by Christine on July 6, 2010 at 6:56am — 1 Comment

JOY! JOY! JOY!

JOY . . . People want it.

People want to be around others who have it.

People want to know how to get it.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “we work with you for your joy . . .” 2 Cor. 1.24…

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Added by Christine on July 2, 2010 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

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