DEVOTIONALS

Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know how to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the scriptures. Visit this page to find a scripture-based teaching for every day of the year, complete with practical advice for applying the principles to your everyday life. It is possible to enjoy reading the Bible. Simply set time aside each day, and soon daily Bible reading will become a lifestyle!

SURRENDER TO GOD - PT 4

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
September 11, 2020

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…to God.” Ro 12:1 NIV Paul writes, “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…pleasing to God.”  During a Jewish sacrifice, an animal would be killed and then its body placed on the altar to b...

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SURRENDER TO GOD - Pt 3

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 28, 2020

“Teach me to do your will…my God.” Ps 143:10 NIV Through the act of surrender, you receive power that you cannot receive any other way.  Through submission, you receive freedom that you will otherwise never know.  The 12-Step Program of re...

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SURRENDER TO GOD - PT 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 14, 2020

“If any of you want to be my followers…you must…take up your cross.” Mt 16:24 CEV Surrender is not the same thing as passivity.  God’s will for your life involves exercising creativity, making choices, and taking initiative.&n...

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SURRENDER TO GOD - PT 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 31, 2020

“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Gal 2:20 NIV John Calvin defined surrender in these words:  “To have no other will, no other wisdom, and to follow the Lord wherever He leads.”  To do this, you will have to face your greate...

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WHO IS YOUR “JONAH?”

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 17, 2020

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea…and it will become calm.” Jnh 1:12 NIV When Jonah boarded a ship going in the opposite direction to God’s will, the crew discovered there’s a high price to pay for allowing the wrong person into your life.&nbs...

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YOUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR TIME

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 03, 2020

“Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Mk 10:14 Can you imagine how these children felt when Jesus rebuked His own disciples for pushing them away, and said, “Come unto me?”  How many destinies were changed that day because He ...

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A POSITIVE, FAITH-FILLED OUTLOOK

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 26, 2020

“With thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Php 4:6 NIV It happens so easily, especially in the company of the wrong people.  Before you know it, you’re criticizing and complaining, and the atmosphere becomes negative.  That’s ...

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SHOW GOD’S LOVE - PT 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 12, 2020

“If you love only the people who love you…you are no better than other people.” Mt 5:46-47 NCV Jon Walker writes:  “Send picture and I’ll reply…it’s a common message in personal ads and it makes sense in this day and age to ...

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SHOW GOD’S LOVE -PT 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 29, 2020

“God showed his great love…by sending Christ to die…while we were still sinners.” Ro 5:8 NLT Human love says, “I’ll love you as long as you meet my expectations, agree with my politics, attend my church, or fit into my social circle.&r...

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LET THE HEALING BEGIN

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 15, 2020

“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.” Ps 30:2 NKJV We talk so easily about things that don’t matter.  But when it’s time to talk about our fears, our loneliness, our guilt, or our need to be loved, we clam up like oysters.&nbs...

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VENGEANCE IS GOD’S JOB, NOT YOURS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 01, 2020

“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 NKJV Vengeance is God’s job, not yours.  He will repay—whether on the Day of Judgment or in this life. He can discipline your abusive boss, soften your angry parent, bring yo...

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YOU ARE SPECIAL

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 17, 2020

“I will praise You, for I am…wonderfully made.” Ps 139:14 NKJV Sarah Hupp writes:  “Did you know you started out as a single cell, and within that cell was enough DNA to hold the equivalent of 1,000 volumes of coded blueprints?  Or t...

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OVERCOMING FAILURE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 03, 2020

“My flesh…may fail, but God is the strength of my heart.” Ps 73:26 NIV As you drive toward your destiny, you’re sure to hit potholes along the way, or take some wrong turns, or forget to check your gas gauge and run out of fuel.  The truth is,...

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DON’T YIELD AN INCH TO FEAR

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 19, 2020

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.” Ps 118:6 You’ll always have to deal with fear in one form or another.  And your fears will be different at different seasons of life. Once you accept that, you can make progress.  For example,...

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STAY IN THE CHARIOT

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 24, 2019

“No one will be able to stand against you.” Jos 1:5 NIV Standing in the threshold of the Promised Land, Joshua realized there were seven nations and forty kings to be conquered before he could possess it.  So God told him, “No one will be able to sta...

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WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM!

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 17, 2019

“The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.” Lk 6:38 CEV Jesus said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults…That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging” (Mt 7:1-2 MSG).  Think about i...

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CRY OUT TO GOD!

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 26, 2019

“In my distress I cried out to the Lord.” Ps 18:6 NLT There are times in life when the best thing you can do is cry out to God from the depths of your being.  Don’t worry about looking undignified, or having people think you have no faith.  ...

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DEAL WITH YOUR SIN

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 15, 2019

“He was manifested to take away our sins.” 1Jn 3:5 When you refuse to confront your sins and deal with them, you become a well-marked target for the Enemy.  And by looking at someone else and saying, “I would never do that,” you fail to build a...

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STOP MAKING EXCUSES

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 08, 2019

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Ro 12:2 NLT   Sometimes our culture markets misinformation and half-truths.  And since our parents grew up in that culture, they handed us the same guide for interpreting life.&...

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ASK GOD FOR A DREAM - PT 4

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
September 17, 2019

“I will provide for you.” Ge 45:11 NKJV The dream God gave Joseph was not about feeling good because he was now the number two guy in Egypt, but about positioning him to feed his family and the world in time of famine.  Don’t miss the point here.&nbs...

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ASK GOD FOR A DREAM - PT 3

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
September 10, 2019

“Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him.” Ge 37:5 NKJV The story of Joseph teaches that success can cause others to mistreat you.  Not everyone will celebrate your success, including some of those closest to you.  ...

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ASK GOD FOR A DREAM - PT 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
September 03, 2019

“Then he dreamed still another dream.” Ge 37:9 NKJV If you’ve already fulfilled the dream God gave you, ask Him for another one.  A bigger one.  The Bible says, “Joseph dreamed another dream.”  And the second was bigge...

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ASK GOD FOR A DREAM - PT 1

August 27, 2019
“Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed.” Ge 42:9 NKJV The dream God gave Joseph sustained him through experiences that would crush many of us.  He was resented by his family, repeatedly tempted by his boss’s wife, then thrown into prison ...

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TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 20, 2019

“Sanctify the house of the Lord…carry out the rubbish.” 2Ch 29:5 NKJV In Scotland, they have a New Year’s tradition that involves cleaning out your house, dumping the old ashes from your fireplace, and paying off your outstanding debts. It’s about...

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SHOW SOME “CLASS”

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 13, 2019

“Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself.” 3Jn 1:12 NIV When people speak well of you, it means you have acceptance.  But when the truth speaks well of you, it means you have class!  Demetrius had it.&...

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YOU MUST HAVE INTEGRITY

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 06, 2019

“We are taking pains to do what is right.” 2Co 8:21 NIV There’s a cartoon depicting some hogs feeding while the farmer is busy filling their trough up to the brim.  Overhead in bold letters, a sign reads, “Premium Bacon Company.” In ...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 30, 2019

“For I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” Ps 42:5 NIV Some of the godliest people in the Bible and in church history battled depression.  Job experienced it through the back-to-back losses of his children, his wealth, and his health.  Mos...

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YOU’RE PART OF THE FAMILY

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 23, 2019

“In love, He predestined us for adoption.” Eph 1:4-5 NIV   We all have a need to belong to be part of a family.  One pastor writes:  “I know couples with hearts of love who yearn to focus it on some little one, but no little one arriv...

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“SPIRIT FRIENDS”

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 16, 2019

“Elizabeth’s child leaped within her.” Lk 1:41 NLT Here’s an interesting chapter in the Christmas story—one that teaches us about “spirit friends.” The Bible says:  “A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country...

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GOD WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 09, 2019

“How can this happen?” Lk 1:34 NLT The Bible says, “Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?  I am a virgin.”  The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you” (vv. 34-35 NLT).  Has God been t...

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BE SECURE IN WHO YOU ARE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 02, 2019

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” Ro 12:6 NIV Insecure people often say yes, when in reality they’d like to say no.  But people who succeed at being themselves don’t let others control them.  They see the...

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END THE CONFLICT NOW!

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 25, 2019

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” Pr 10:12 NKJV When you hold on to resentment it feels like there’s a war going on inside you.  You’re in a battle with yourself, as well as others.  And the more you fight, the more ...

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HOW TO HELP PEOPLE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 18, 2019

“What I do have I give you.” Acts 3:6 NIV   The Bible says, “Peter said, “Look at us…Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right ...

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SEEING YOURSELF AS GOD SEES YOU

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 11, 2019

“We…saw giants…we felt like grasshoppers.” Nu 13:33 NLT Ten of Israel’s twelve spies returned from the Promised Land saying, “We…saw giants…we felt like grasshoppers.”  The other two, Joshua and Caleb, saw the ...

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HOW TO BE MADE “WHOLE”

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 04, 2019

“Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?” Lk 17:17 NKJV   Let’s read how Jesus healed these ten lepers, and see what we can learn:  (1) They seized the moment.  “They ...

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VISITED BY AN ANGEL

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 28, 2019

“Some…have…entertained angels without realizing it.” Heb 13:2 NLT   One day Debby Gabs was driving through Nevada when her sports car ran out of gas.  A young woman, alone in a small car, on a desert highway with no one around—it ...

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GETTING THROUGH YOUR “NIGHTTIME EXPERIENCES

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 21, 2019

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Ps 30:5 NKJV   God is with us during our “nighttime experiences.” Think about it; you’ve been knocked down, but by God’s grace you’ve gotten back up.  ...

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RADICAL COMMITMENT - PART TWO

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 14, 2019

“Take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Lk 9:23 NLT Let’s consider:  (1) Commitment at work.  In the past, employers valued their workers and workers valued their employers.  But today’s workplace has become increasi...

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RADICAL COMMITMENT – PART ONE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 01, 2019

“I have been crucified with Christ.” Gal 2:20 NIV We live in a time of commitment-phobia.  We want to get as much as we can while giving back as little as possible.  We want to be there for others in good times but not bad ones.  And ou...

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ENCOURAGE YOUR PASTOR

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 24, 2019

“Honor…your leaders in the Lord’s work.” 1 Th 5:12 NLT If you want to encourage your pastor:  (1) Cut the criticism.  Most workers are evaluated each year based on their job performance; pastors are evaluated every week. &n...

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THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 17, 2019

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Jas 4:8 NKJV Author Reimar Schultze writes:  “No man can become much likeGod, accomplish much forGod, be intimate withGod, be used much ofGod, unless he has learned to be muc...

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THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 10, 2019

“Where sin increased, grace increased…more.” Romans 5:20 NIV Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, once visited an attorney who was a hardened alcoholic.  Confined because of violent behavior, the man had no choice but to l...

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THE SPIRIT OF CALEB

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 03, 2019

“My servant Caleb has a different spirit.” Nu 14:24 NIV If Caleb was alive today there’s a good chance he’d qualify for “Person of the Year,” someone who has done the most to influence circumstances for the better.  Here’s his...

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BE READY, BE WISE, BE CLEAR

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 27, 2019

“Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus.” Ac 8:35 CEV In Acts chapter eight we read the story of a high-profile leader who was won to Christ.  This man held a position similar to the Chancellor of the Exchequer...

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STOP STRIVING

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 20, 2019

“He decides who will rise and who will fall.” Ps 75:7 NLT If you don’t find your significance and self-worth in your relationship with God, you’ll be tempted to spend your life trying to promote yourself.  And that will make you insecure—...

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SET YOUR MIND - Part Three

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 13, 2019

“The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NIV Once you give in to “stinking thinking,” your mood dips, you lose energy, God seems distant, prayer seems pointless, sin looks tempting, and your outlook in life becomes bleak. &nbs...

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SET YOUR MIND - Part Two

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 06, 2019

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 NLT If a skunk gets into the crawl space under the house, opening the windows and using air freshener won’t solve your problem! There are people who actually specialize i...

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SET YOUR MIND - PART 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 03, 2019

“Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Rom 8:5 NIV To become the person God wants you to be, you must “set your mind” on the right things.  You say, “if only my circumstances were di...

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GIVE YOUR CHILDREN SELF-CONFIDENCE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 24, 2019

“Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won't be lost.” Pr 22:6 MSG   Journalist William Hodding Carter wrote, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other is wings.&rdqu...

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YOU’RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS STORM

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 17, 2019

“I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Ac 27:25   On his way to Rome, Paul went through a devastating storm.  His story teaches us three valuable lessons:  (1) Your disobedience can cause a storm.  Because the captain wouldn...

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BE A BURDEN BEARER

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 10, 2019

“Carry each other’s burdens, and…you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2 NIV   Everyone you meet is hiding something, and it’s not because they’re deceptive, it’s because some wounds are too personal to talk about.  Whe...

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BEFORE YOU BORROW

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 03, 2019

“Give me neither poverty nor riches!  Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.” Pr 30:8 NLT When you think about it, you can be rich in one of two ways:  either in how much you have or in how little you want.  Much of the recent debt crisis ha...

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THERE’S GOING TO BE A GREAT FAMILY REUNION

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 27, 2019

“There will be one huge family reunion with the Master.  So reassure one another with these words.”   1 Thess 4:18 MSG In the movie, Heaven Is For Real, Colton Burpo was only four years old when he survived an emergency appendectomy.  Over the...

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SECRETS OF SELF-CONTROL - PT. 3

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 30, 2018

“The grace of God…teaches us to say ‘No’”   Tit 2:11-12 NIV Talk back to your feelings. We put far too much emphasis on our feelings. We think everything has to feel good or it’s not worthwhile. We say things like, “I don&rsq...

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SECRETS OF SELF-CONTROL - PT. 4

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 30, 2018

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Php 4:13 NKJV Start believing you can change. Your beliefs control your behavior. The way you think determines the way you feel. And when your feelings become strong enough, they determine the way you act. The...

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SECRETS OF SELF-CONTROL - Pt. 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 23, 2018

“With the Lord’s help, [you] will stand.”    Ro 14:4 NLT Put your past behind you. “[This] one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining forward toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (Php 3:13 NIV). This Scriptu...

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WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 16, 2018

“Nothing…can separate us from God’s love.”    Ro 8:39 CEV That first Christmas, God did something extraordinary. Max Lucado puts it this way: “Stepping from the throne, He removed His robe of light and wrapped Himself in skin: pigme...

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SECRETS OF SELF-CONTROL - PT 1

December 03, 2018
“A man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires.” Jas 1:14 PHPS For the next few days let’s look at how to develop self-control. Here’s the first step: Accept responsibility for your lack of self-control. Admit your problem. &ldquo...

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THIS YEAR INVEST WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 28, 2018

“Remember, each of us will stand personally before the Judgment Seat of God.”   Ro 14:10 TLB Judgment day will be characterized by two things: rewards and regrets! Jesus highlights this is the story of three servants who were given talents to invest on beh...

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THIS YEAR GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE - PART 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 21, 2018

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid…[of] them!”    Dt 31:6 NLT Incredible though it may seem, when Israel encountered difficulties in the wilderness, they wanted to return to their old life of slavery in Egypt. The security of the known was ...

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THIS YEAR GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE - PART 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 14, 2018

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.”   Isa 41:10 NLT Two of our biggest fears are-failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as...

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 07, 2018

“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”   Php 3:13 NKJV Be honest: How many of last year’s resolutions did you keep? They say, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” We keep promis...

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 31, 2018

“A gentle response defuses anger.”   Pr 15:1 TM Even in the best of marriages arguments will arise from time to time. With two people of differing temperaments, tastes, and ways of thinking. How could it be otherwise? So here are a few rules of engagement:...

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INSTEAD OF WORRYING, PRAY

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 24, 2018

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.”  Php 4: CEV One Bible teacher writes: “The pressures of our times have many of us caught in a web of the most acceptable, yet energy-draining sin in the Christian family: worry. Chances are go...

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STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH - PART 3

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 17, 2018

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”    Ps 56:3 NKJV Faith is like a muscle; trouble may strain it, but in the end, it grows stronger. David understood this truth. He was continually hounded by his enemies. Even as he was being anointed to sit...

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STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH - PART 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 10, 2018

“Position yourselves, stand still and see the [deliverance] of the Lord.  2 Ch 20:17 NKJV   When you doubt God you disappoint Him, because He deserves better. So you must seek to strengthen your faith because faith honors God and God honors faith. And He will s...

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STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH-PART ONE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 03, 2018

"The act of faith…set them above the crowd.”    Heb 11:2 TM   The Bible says: “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our ha...

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HANDLING PANIC ATTACKS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
September 03, 2018

“Do not be afraid of sudden of fear.”   Prov. 3:25 NASB In the Bible, panic attacks are referred to as “sudden fear.” You can’t breathe, your palms sweat, your chest gets tight, and you feel weak. If you’ve ever experienced a panic ...

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IF CHRIST HAD NOT COME

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 27, 2018

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."   Jn 1:29 Scholars disagree as to the exact date of Christ’s birth, Nor do they know if the Church of the Nativity that’s visited every day by pilgrims in Bethlehem, is the exact location of...

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WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 20, 2018

“Nothing…can separate us from God’s love.”   Ro 8:39 CEV   That first Christmas, God did something extraordinary. Max Lucado puts it this way: “Stepping from the throne, He removed His robe of light and wrapped Himself in skin: pig...

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REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED YOU

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 13, 2018

“You sent help more than once”    Php 4:16 NLT Charles Swindoll tells the story of the giving tree: when the boy was young he swung from the tree’s branches, ate her apples, and slept in her shade…But as he grew up he spent less and ...

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WHERE ARE YOU LIVING TODAY?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
August 06, 2018

“To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…be glory…forever.”    Eph 3:20-21 NKJV Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land illustrates three different places you can choose to live: ...

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KEEP PRESSING ON

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 29, 2018

“Straining toward what is ahead, I press on.” Php 3:13 NIV Developing your faith is like taking swimming lessons. Observe: (1) Fear is like water; if you let it, it will take you under. (2) You can only tread water for so long before you drown. (3) When you reach a ...

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SOUND FINANCIAL ADVICE - Part One

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 22, 2018

“The wise have wealth…but fools spend whatever they get.”    Pr 21:20 NLT It’s foolish to buy things you don’t need and can’t afford, especially when your bills are overdue and you’ve nothing set aside for the future. Yo...

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SOUND FINANCIAL ADVICE - Part 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 08, 2018

“The godly love to give!” Pr 21:26 NLT The level of financial blessing God will entrust to you depends on three questions: (1) Are you mature enough to handle it? (2) Are you hoping to reap but unwilling to sow? (3) Are you a hoarder or a giver? God knows we can&rsq...

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WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
July 01, 2018

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well” Ro 12:6 TLB Paul writes: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each…has a special function…We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other…God has given us d...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 24, 2018

“Learn to sense what is vital…and of real value.” Php 1:10 AMPC To achieve greater self-discipline, you should: (1) Start by doing the hard things first. And when you get sidetracked, make yourself go back and complete them, For example, make your bed, p...

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DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 17, 2018

“Your words…were my joy and heart’s delight.”   Jer 15:16 NIV    People in Bible times dealt with depression too. Elijah said, “I have had enough, Lord…Take my life” (1Ki 19:4 NIV). Job said, “I loathe my ve...

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SEVEN SECONDS - PART 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 10, 2018

Let your light…shine before men.”   Mt 5:16 NKJV Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” When you’re in darkness, you see the light before you see the carrier...

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SEVEN SECONDS - PART 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
June 03, 2018

“Who is wise…among you? Let him show it by…wisdom.”  Jas 3:13 NIV   In the first seven seconds, people often decide if they do or do not want to hear what you have to say. It may not be fair but it’s a fact. InHow to Talk So People Lis...

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GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE (2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 21, 2018

“Remember…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes…when God called you.” 1 Cor 1:26 NLT Max Lucado writes: “Edith Hayes was a spry eighty-year-old with thinning white hair, a wiry five-foot frame, and an unquenchable compassion for South Fl...

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GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE (1)

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 21, 2018

You will be my witnesses.” Ac. 1:8 NIV A witness is someone who sees and experiences an event, then testifies to it in court in a way that convinces others. And that’s what you have been called to do! You say, “But I don’t feel qualified.” God does...

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TRUST GOD, AND ACT!

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 14, 2018

“Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.” 1 Sa 14:6 NIV During the early days of Saul’s kingship, the Philistines controlled the western border of Israel, and battle lines were drawn at the pass called Michmash. Saul seemed content to sit on the sidelines, bu...

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A PROMISE TO PRAYING PARENTS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
May 07, 2018

“ They shall come back from the land of the enemy.”  Jer 31:16 NKJV Are you living under a cloud of guilt, feeling like a failure because your child has gone astray? Don’t do it! The Bible teaches that sometimes children simply won’t listen to the c...

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THE MARRIAGE COVENANT (4)

By Dr.John A. Tetsola
April 30, 2018

“The wife must respect her husband.”  Eph 5:33 NLT Paul writes, “The wife must respect her husband.” Pay close attention to the word “must.” This is a command from the Lord, not a suggestion of a topic that’s open to debate. Noti...

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THE MARRIAGE COVENANT (3)

By Dr.John A. Tetsola
April 23, 2018

“Being heir together of the grace of life.”  1 Pe 3:7 NKJV A good marriage is built on mutual sacrifice. Adam had to sacrifice something near and dear to him in order to get Eve-a rib. And your wife will know you love her when you’re willing to give up t...

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THE MARRIAGE COVENANT (2)

By Dr.John A. Tetsola
April 16, 2018

“Husbands, love your wives.” Eph 5:25 NLT We throw the word “love” around loosely, leaving it to be defined in many different ways. People say things like, “I love chocolate cake,” or “I love football,” or “I love that tele...

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THE MARRIAGE COVENANT (1)

By Dr.John A. Tetsola
April 09, 2018

“For those who are married, I have a command that comes…from the Lord.” 1 Co 7:10 NLT Having God’s blessing on your marriage is contingent upon your operating according to His rules. To enjoy His protection, peace, and prosperity you must follow His i...

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HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
April 02, 2018

“When he had found one pearl of great price…[he] sold all that he had and bought it.” Mt 13:46 NKJV In one of the most unique corporate take-overs ever, Stanley Tam legally transferred 51 percent of the shares of his company to God. He started United States P...

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DON'T TAKE THE BAIT

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 26, 2018

And they took offense at Him and were hurt [that is, they disapproved of Him Mark 6:3 AMPC Everybody, every single person who has ever lived on earth, has been offended. Not once, but many times. In some cases, many, many times. Sometimes we may view an offense as being sl...

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BREAK OUT OF FEARS BOUNDARIES

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 19, 2018

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear) 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but unfortunately, many Christians have received a spirit of fear at some time in their life. When we live and w...

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ARE YOU DRIFTING OFF COURSE?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 12, 2018

“Cross-examine me, O Lord.” Ps 26:2 TLB The story’s told about a guy called Bill who telephoned his boss and said: “I believe you’re looking for an experienced, talented, hard-working manager for your front office. I’d like to apply for the...

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DON'T GET BITTER

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
March 05, 2018

“Watch out that no…bitterness grows up.” Heb 12:15 NLT Betrayal is something others do to you; bitterness is something you do to yourself. It’s impossible to go through life without being hurt. It may be an unfaithful mate, an employee who slanders you...

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FOUR WAYS TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 26, 2018

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.” 2 Pe 3:18 NKJV First, make up your mind. Spiritual growth doesn’t happen by osmosis. You don’t just wake up with it one morning, you have to set your heart on it and make it your highest priority. Otherwis...

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THE BENEFITS OF MAKING JESUS "LORD"

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 19, 2018

“No,one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” 1 Co 12:3 NKJV Making Jesus “Lord” of your life means that He must have the first and last word in all things that concern you. It means you are called to walk with Him, to prove yourself va...

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HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF GOD

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 12, 2018

“I will…tell you…things you do not know.” Jer 33:3 NIV In tough times we’ve a tendency to lower our expectations. As a result we end up settling for less than God wants. The Bible asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Ge 18:14...

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WAIT AND YOU'LL EXPERIENCE GOD'S BEST

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
February 05, 2018

“God…will fufill his purpose for [you].” Ps 57:2 NLT If you’ve been praying for God to send you the right partner, or for a better job, or to change the heart of a rebellious kid, remember, whether He changes the situation or changes you, He “wil...

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BEARING FRUIT

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 29, 2018

“I chose you…to go and beat fruit-fruit that will last.” Jn 15:16 NIV Before Leaving this world Jesus took His disciples aside to prepare them for the problems they would face after He was gone. “I am the vine; you are the branches…apart from m...

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WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE - PT 3

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 22, 2018

“Serve the Lord with gladness.” Ps 100:2 Paul writes: “When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them” (2 Co 10:18 NLT). If your self-worth is based on anything other than God&rsquo...

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WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE - PT 2

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 15, 2018

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Php 2:5 NIV Paul wrote: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,...

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WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE - PT 1

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 08, 2018

“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Jn 13:8 NIV Jesus “took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist…poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying then with the towel that was wrapped round...

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HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
January 01, 2018

“You have great faith! Your request is granted.” Mt 15:28 NIV Matthew records” “A Canaanite woman…came to him, crying out, ‘Lord…My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession’…He answered, ‘I was sent onl...

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IF YOU PERSIST YOU WILL PREVAIL

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 31, 2017

“Don’t give up.” Gal 6:9 NTL James Watt spent twenty years perfecting the steam engine. William Harvey worked for eight years to demonstrate how blood circulated in the human body, then for another twenty-five years trying to convince the medical establishment...

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DRAW ON HIS POWER WITHIN

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 24, 2017

“To him who is able to do immeasurably more.” Eph 3:20 NIV There are words in your Bible which have so much power in them that they’re more effective than any therapy. God can illuminate a Scripture that goes back into the past and heals your wounds, gives y...

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DO YOU LOVE GOD’S WORD?

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 17, 2017

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Mt 24:35 NIV One of the first books to come off the printing press when it was inverted was the Bible. And it’s still the world’s best-selling book. An anonymous author has writte...

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THE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 10, 2017

The people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Jdg 17:6 NLT You’re never more vulnerable than when you can hide from others. Secrecy is the ideal breeding ground for deception, leading us into sin. Jesus points out that we love darkness rather than l...

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DON'T BE A FOOL

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
December 03, 2017

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Ps 14:1 NKJV   The atheistic fool. It’s said, “An atheist can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.” Sometimes pride is at the core of athe...

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SPIRITUAL LANDMARKS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 26, 2017

“This I call to mind and therefore I have hope.” – Lamentations 3:21 NIV You need to establish some spiritual landmarks in your life to remind you of the times when God intervened on your behalf. Someone said, “We’re not slow learners, just quick...

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THE WORD FOR “WORRYWARTS”

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 19, 2017

“Martha…you are worried and upset about many things.” Lk 10:41 NIV Worry acts like a thief; it robs us of the joy God wants us to experience each day. Basically, all our worries come down to two things: that we won’t get what we need, or that we’...

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HOLD UP YOUR PASTOR’S HANDS

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
November 12, 2017

“I will give you shepherds according to My heart.” —Jer 3:15 NKJV Here’s a sad statistic: Over 50% of those who enter the ministry leave it within ten years because of discouragement. Make sure that doesn’t happen to your pastor. Picture this: Joshu...

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THE LAW OF CONSEQUENCE

November 05, 2017
“Do not be deceived…A man reaps what he sows.” —Gal 6:7 NIV Your child says, “I didn’t mean to break the window.” You reply, “But you threw the rock that broke it, right? So you’ll pay for repairing it.” And when you...

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DISCIPLESHIP

By Dr. John A. Tetsola
October 29, 2017

Whosoever doth not bear his cross…cannot be my disciple.” — Luke 14:27 Brenda Goodine says, “My friend decided it was time to talk to her bright four-year-old son, Benji, about receiving Christ. “Benji,’ she asked quietly, ‘Would you li...

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