Author: Ray Bentley

He Called Her Woman

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”—Jeremiah 18:7-8 Some of the religous leaders dragged the woman caught in adultery before Jesus to see what He would do. Imagine this woman’s humiliation, rounded up like some prize catch. As she stood surrounded by her accusers, Jesus knelt down and wrote in the […]

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To Live the Life God Intends for Us…

To live our best lives, we need a vision, or revelation, from God. To help us realize that vision He takes us through a process: Preparation The prophet Isaiah encountered God and his world changed. “I saw the Lord! Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,” he […]

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When to Surrender

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? … Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” —Psalm 139, a psalm of surrender In the Christian life we talk a […]

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You Are a Treasure

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”—Romans 12:2 I have been a pastor/teacher for a long time and am disturbed by what some of my colleagues teach. We are indeed sinners, for “all have fallen short of the glory of God.” That fact has been drilled into the church for centuries. But the inference […]

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We Have Not Been This Way Before

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God… follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”— Joshua 3:4. At the beginning of every day, every year, or new season of life, we can say, we have not been this way before. A new adventure, […]

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We All Start as Babies

“Now the man Moses was very humble [meek], more than all men who were on the face of the earth.”—Numbers 12:3 The Bible calls Moses the meekest or humblest of all men. Moses, a powerful prince, a shepherd and finally the leader of his people— meek? Humble? Do you know what made Moses meek? He was teachable. In spite […]

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A Powerful Weapon of Spiritual Warfare — You Can Use It!

“Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”—James 4:7 Obedience. We don’t always like that word. For some it evokes rebellion, fear, and memories of harsh discipline or heavy restriction. But obedience is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Obedience, in the right context, is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare! In our […]

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Do You Listen?

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed…”— Luke 10:41-42  “As you listen to the conversations of the world, they are for the most part, conversations of the deaf.” —Paul Tournier Everybody has something to say. Everyone wants to be heard. The problem is, not everyone listens. Jesus […]

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You Can Turn Around! There is a Way. There is Hope!

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”—Matthew 3:2 When we hear the word “Repent!” we often picture an angry preacher pointing his finger, shouting us down. Or, a street preacher holding a sign. But here is how I see it: You are falling down a rabbit hole, grasping at the sides of the […]

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Winning the Battle for Your Mind

“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5  Walking down a barren, parched, desert road in Israel, a Jewish man was attacked by a gang. The thugs stripped off his clothes, robbed him of valuables, […]

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