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February 12, 2021
by Steve Sanchez
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The Ministry of Trouble

CONFLICTS AND STRUGGLES ARE A PART OF MINISTRY.

Sometimes the hardships come from extended illnesses: Charles Spurgeon, considered the greatest preacher who ever lived, suffered from extreme depression and gout, describing it this way: “Imagine placing your foot in a vice and tightening the vice as far as it will go; then tighten it four more turns.”

His wife Susannah became an invalid at age 33 and could seldom attend her husband’s services.

Troubles can come from within the family home: William Carey’s wife Dolly refused to go with him to India but was pressured to go. Their 5-year-old died and the other children continually contracted tropical diseases while there. His wife started to go insane and constantly followed him down the street berating him, accusing him of having affairs with women, even threatening him with a knife. Finally, he had to keep her in a locked room. William Carey is considered “The Father of Modern Missions.”

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February 2, 2021
by Steve Sanchez
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Texas Dead Armadillo Day

On February 2, the rest of the country cares whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, but in Texas, winter ends early when Amarillo Al, the armadillo, walks out onto the highway.

Texas tradition says that if Amarillo Al makes it across the road, winter continues; if he gets hit by a car, winter ends.

That’s why its always summer in Texas.

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By the way, did you know that Groundhog Day comes from a Christian tradition? The Groundhog Day tradition comes from a Scottish poem about Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday on Feb. 2, commemorating Jesus’ presentation at the temple after his birth:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There’ll be two winters in the year. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.

February 2, 2021
by Steve Sanchez
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Why We Fast

What is a fast? It’s abstaining from food for a limited period of time to seek God. It’s a denial of self for the purposes of intense spiritual activity.

A fast is not eating fast food.

4 Types of Biblical Fasts

The Normal Fast: Fasting from all food like Jesus did for 40 days and forty nights. (Matthew 4:2)

The Partial Fast: This is when you eat or abstain from eating certain things like when Daniel refused to eat the king’s food, but only vegetables. (Daniel 1:12) (Some people may want to fast from going on the computer or anything else that may hinder time with God.)

The Absolute Fast: This is when you eat and drink nothing like Ezra did when he mourned over the unfaithfulness of his people. (Ezra 10:6)

The Supernatural Fast: When Moses went to get the two stone tablets, he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights and ate no bread and drank no water.” (Deuteronomy 9:9)

Biblical fasts could be 1 day, 3 days, 7,14, 21 days, or 40 days. (Judges 20:26; Acts 9:9; 1 Samuel 31:13; Acts 27:33, Daniel 10:3-13, Matthew 4:1-11)

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January 20, 2021
by Steve Sanchez
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How to Handle President Biden

PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS SWORN IN TODAY. Half of Americans are rejoicing, the other half are worrying about what the future holds for America.

Regardless of how you voted or whether you are happy or sad, laughing or mad, there’s something you can do that can and will change the course of this country, influence the governance of our new President and grant you a semblance of peace no matter your political persuasion.

Pray.

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January 17, 2021
by Steve Sanchez
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What is an Abortion Abolitionist?

Acknowledgements to T. Russell Hunter and FreetheStates.org

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, a day we celebrate life, human life, and more specifically, pre-born life.

If you are not familiar with this special day, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is held on the 3rd Sunday of January and was started by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. H.W. Bush continued it during his presidency. Bill Clinton discontinued it for the 8 years he was in office. George W. Bush re-instituted it for his two terms, but Obama eliminated it when he was elected. Thankfully, President Trump brought it back again. Most likely, when Joe Biden becomes President, he will discontinue it.

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