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They have Been with Jesus

  • Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 ESV

    The disciples of Jesus were mostly uneducated fishermen, but later people lined up in the streets wanting even the shadow of Peter to fall on them (Acts 5:15). There is certainly nothing wrong with an education, but if turns you away from God, then you would be better off without it. There is a wisdom available that is greater than what man can teach you, and it is gained by spending time with Jesus.

    I grew up in the country, on a farm, but learned computer programming by prayer and practice, without books. It was something that I really wanted to do. Anytime that I have ever been stumped, spending some time in prayer reveals the way to fix it. Suddenly I know what the problem is. You can call it inspiration, coincidence, or my imagination. All I know is, I have a problem that I don't know how to fix, I pray about it, and soon I do.

    Don't be discouraged if you want to do something, however impossible it may seem. If you have a strong desire for it, and you know that it is what you want to do with your life, take it to the Lord in prayer. He has the answer and can make it happen. Spending time with Jesus will make you smart.

    Prayer: Father, please anoint me and reveal the gifts that You have placed in my life. Guide me into the place that I am supposed to be, in the name of Jesus.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Yes! AMEN! Guide me to that place I am supposed to be!! I am ready!! Give me  purpose and patience as I wait for your perfect timing. Pastor's Prayer: Father, please anoint me and reveal the gifts that You have placed in my life. Guide me into the place that I am supposed to be, in the name of Jesus. Thank you for sharing your anointed inspirations. They bless me daily :)
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Deleted Member A beautiful prayer, Dianna, I thank you for sharing it with us, I pray this prayer over my life today too. I am ready Jesus to do what You want me to do and be where You want me to be, I pray that I will be a light shining for Jesus in this dark world, I pray that I will in someway help others to come to know Jesus as their Savior. Love and hugs my precious friend.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes my Lord Jesus,  amen. 
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Deleted Member Amen, may the prayer today, be a prayer that we all desire for our lives. God is so good and we can do and be anything that Jesus wants us to be, all we have to do is truly put our faith and trust in Him and know that He will be with us all the way. He is always with us. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen, Brian, God is so good and I pray that you and your sons are doing great. God bless you, you surely bless my heart with all the wonderful things you share and for all the love that you have for your sons. Love and prayers.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you Lord amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, I too thank Him for all He is doing and all He is going to do in our lives as we continue to love and serve Him. Love and hugs.
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan This hits Me so hard this Morning!!!!!!!!!!! I've just started Cancer Treatment!!! In the Lord-all His goodness, been in Recovery from Alcohol, we put ourselves through the worse!!!!! Lying down at night- Prayer-Fellowship all the great stuff we can rteceive-sleep sound Blessed and awake feeling like a Million dollars is what I'd learn too do!!! Hum this morning-stomach ake nausea and pain!!!!!!!!! whoa!!!!!!!!!!! feeling better-next pain med drinking liquid jingerly!!!!!! I'm a Man A vet! Don't wine complain! I endure!! Who checked on in Home care and too My surprise the VA has it! yep 2 hrs a day 5 days a week!! You bet I'll be on it today!!! This sight is so beautifull!!! I've been on here about 6 months! I was on fire than went cold!!! Hum-- wow the lessons we learn!!! Jes thought I would spit that out!! Bodacious ole dude struggling too become the Man He wants Me too be ,even in this!! Point He tyold Me weeks ag, as I go through this all- I will be a Mighty witness, for Him in all I encounter!! Tear- I thank Him that I did serve-The Military great Tour hurt no one, and certianly relize how fortunate I am!! May He Bless all you today== Brothjer Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Wow! You certainly have been through battles!Thank you for serving our country!I will be praying for God's healing and mercies to cover you brother! Thank you for sharing today.
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Deleted Member Amen, you truly have been through some really touch battle, and I like Dianna, thank you so much for serving our country, to help us to have our freedom to serve Jesus and to be free to live for Jesus and be able to go to church. We are truly blessed. Again thank you for your service to our country. God bless.
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Deleted Member Brother Mike, you are an inspiration to my life. I admire you so much, you are facing such storms in your life physically, but you are so strong in The Lord and you give me hope in knowing that no matter what, Jesus is with us all the way. Thank you for this beautiful and heartfelt testimony. It brought tears to my eyes, just knowing how strong you are standing up for Jesus through all that you are going through, you, Brother Mike are a true inspiration and I know that Jesus is going to let this sickness be used for good to help others come to know Jesus as their Savior and I believe that through all this that healing will come to you. I pray for you cancer to be gone and for all the nausea and any other sickness or disease that you are facing, I pray healing in Jesus Name. Love and hugs. God bless you.
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Amen
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Deleted Member God is so good. He will be with you through all things, He loves you so much.
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Deborah (Deb) Harrington
Deborah (Deb) Harrington Amen!
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Deleted Member God is so good.
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Deleted Member Thank you so much for the words of encouragement this morning and for that beautiful prayer, I pray that over my life too, thank you and Sylvia for this amazing ministry that has so helped me through some really tough times, I can always come here and know that I have many friends that love me and are praying for me. God bless y'all. Miss y'all bunches, I pray that y'all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with y'alls family and that y'all have so much fun and take lots of pictures. Love y'all bunches and bunches.
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Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran I claim this over my life and the lives of my children. In Jesus name.
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Valerie Fields
Valerie Fields Amen Pastor Dion! I can attest to this message on a personal level! I am in school now studying to get my BSN. I am 52 yrs young and my mind is not as sharp as it used to be when it comes to the books :-) GOD has truly brought me through this program! I have straight A's and a couple of A-'s. I only have 2 more classes to go and I will be done.  Recently I had to do a video on one of the authors in my English Lit class. I had no clue where to start or how to put it all together. I am not technically inclined at all! I prayed about it and the ideas just started to pop in my head! It was as if the HOLY SPIRIT was doing the project and I was just sitting there watching....LOL. I received a 100% on the video and a 95% for the overall class! My instructor left me a very nice message saying how impressed she was with my video and what a pleasure it was having me in her class!  I told her it had absolutely nothing to do with me and that I GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY, ALL THE HONOR AND ALL THE PRAISE!!!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza For GOD BE THE GLORY. AMEN  
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Pastor Dion!  I know my wisdom comes from Him. He constantly educates me , sometimes I fail the test but He always gives me a chance to retake it. 
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman A wonderful prayer, for today and everyday.
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbernedited: December 11, 2015 Sadly, I learned computer programming by brute force while still a teenage atheist. My parents counted that as wasted time, yet, God eventually brought me to Christ through a friend, and eventually, that time learning took me through a master's degree in Computer Science (I now work at that University--the U of I--as a programmer). People who knew me and my grades in High School were blown away that I'd even finished undergrad. I'd never planned to do a masters, but God lined up all the pieces, and when I went to talk to the Chair, I was asked if I wanted to start the next week! God works in your life, even while you don't believe it. The time behind the computer wasn't wasted, nor was my time as an atheist (though I regret it, deeply). Even atheism was used to burn away false arguments--in the same way that forest fire fighters pre-burn certain perimeters--not only for me, but those around me. Also, I am not sure... but He may not be done with my education, yet. I tried going back for a Ph.D. but it was like all hell resisted me, not intellectually--the first class was fun, actually--but just in conspiring circumstances. At the end of it, I heard "do not go into the wilderness," and understood it to be the Ph.D. program. I am in another trial right now, so I suspect He didn't want me compounding trials. Anyway, the professor for that course told me that a class project I'd suggested in place of the default (which was a Sudoku solver, which I'd already made in a previous course) he thought would be impossible, given the time constraints. The Lord showed Him it wasn't. :-) Dion, or any other coders, here, if you're curious, that course project is here: https://github.com/cdibbs/folproof. I may still work on it, in my spare time, actually. I want to expand it, and rewrite it in TypeScript.
December 11, 2015
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K K
K K Feeling discouraged this week by a huge change I didn't anticipate going the way it has. Timely message and I'm praying on it about where I should be and how to know I'm still doing what I should. Thank you! Amen! 
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Annette Walton
Annette Walton Amen. Truly a word from God. He is always right on time
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  I know how to do a few things that I did not go to school to learn how to do and I know it came to me thru God.  
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield So true! God grants wisdom to anyone and all who ask for it, just as He did with Solomen.That's the reason I always pray before Bible study, so that the Holy Spirit opens my eyes to what I'm reading.
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann These devotionals just blow my mind how exact they are, I know God is the one responsible for that but still its so amasing to me to know that my Lord and savior is speaking directly to me using pastor Todd as the vessel Ive seen this alot before in church at revivals ect but to see it unfold before my eyes and its for me just blows me away, anyways Im rambaling I hope this email makes some sense! Thanks again pastor Todd for helping your flock to grow stretch and mature spiritiully I love the way I feel inside when Im doing Gods will for my life, theres no better feeling in this world to me, So once again I say thanku and it dosnt seem to be enough I wish we were closer I would love to do something special for u and your family theres no better way to say thanku than to give of myself like mowing ur lawn or cooking your family a dinner or whatever ur need was I would love to fill it! maybe some day down the road, and forsure we will see each other in Heaven but for now a sincere thank you from the bottom of my HEART! God Bless you and your family pastor.
December 11, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Scott for taking a moment to encourage us. That is enough. ;)
December 11, 2015
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Arthur  Zambrano
Arthur Zambrano Looking forward to spending more time with Jesus! To gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding excellent message Pastor
December 11, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  God, I just ask that You Use me mightily in the counseling and social work field that You Have laid out before me.  And be glorified in me Today!
December 12, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, in Jesus name I pray! 
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Yes please guide me to wherever I'm supposed to be. Thank you Lord?
December 12, 2015
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Rob Clements
Rob Clements thank you pastor dion you done it again. Your devotions just speak to me. God I can't wait to be sitting next to Jesus w all his soldiers !
December 12, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen. Yes Praise God he does give you the desires of your heart.Yet he can direct you into doing something else,later.Praise God,he knows best,and has a plan for each one of us.Heavenly Father,when we come to a cross road,and not quite sure which way we should go.I ask that you show us and lead us the way you want us to go.That we will be open to hearing your voice clearly. In Jesus name I pray.
December 13, 2015