Inspiration from God’s Word - Four Creatures Small and Wise

By Toni Ford The Book of Proverbs is, “the book of wisdom,” and has often been referred to as a “collection of collections.” Full of Biblical wisdom, Proverbs also raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life and righteous conduct. King Solomon, the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in history, wrote
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Journey to the Promised Land

By Toni Ford How many of you remember the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage? Do you happen to remember who actually led the children of Israel into the Promised Land? It was Joshua, Moses successor. Moses led Israel out of bondage, but it was Joshua who took them into blessing. Moses
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The truth will set you free

By Toni Ford John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” As a believer, we know that Jesus, is the ultimate truth, the definition of truth itself.  Jesus’ primary mission on earth was to set people free by helping them see, know, and believe the truth! However,
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Inspiration from God’s Word: A Touch of Heaven

By Toni Ford People who know me know how much I love worship music. If you were asked the question of what helps you enter the Lord’s presence faster than anything, what would you say? Some would say praying, reading the Word, taking a walk or listening to a sermon, but for me it is
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Beatitudes

By Toni Ford In the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, we read what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount. In chapter five, Jesus begins this sermon by introducing His followers to a superior way of living, which was a new way of the kingdom. Up until this time, the Jews primary standard
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Searching for Wisdom

By Toni Ford Due to various circumstances in my life, lately I have found myself searching for wisdom more than ever. My pastor has been doing a series recently on the Book of Proverbs, which reminded me that one of the topics often covered in this particular book is wisdom. Several chapters in Proverbs was
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never Give Up

By Toni Ford Have you ever felt like giving up? I am sure we all have at some point in our lives. Depending on their situation, some people have had to battle this thought on a daily basis. In the Gospel of Mark, we find a group of men that were faced with this same
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Righteous

By Toni Ford I am not sure if you have ever read many of the Psalms, but there are some incredible promises to the believer all throughout this book. Two of these beautiful psalms stood out to me this week, Psalm 111 and 112. Psalm 111 ends by admonishing us to fear the Lord and
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Inspiration from God's Word - What does God hate?

By Toni Ford As I was thinking of a name for this article, I really didn’t want to use the word “hate,” mainly because it is such a strong word. This generation especially does not like to recognize that God has the capacity to hate. They would rather see Him as a soft-hearted God who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Don’t be pulled by things of this world

By Toni Ford Paul gives us a great challenge in Philippians 4:6 when he says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing…” When I first read this verse, my first thought was “Yeah, right – how in the world do I keep from being pulled in different directions and worrying about
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Toni Ford This week, often called Holy Week or Passion Week, is often considered the most important week for a believer. It was during this week that our Lord began His trip to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down His life for the sins of the world. There are so many significant truths
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Inspiration from God’s Word - His Last Week

By Toni Ford This is the time of year in which people begin to refer to the Scriptures about Jesus’ death and resurrection. As I was reading in John this past week, I started reading the chapters leading up to His death and resurrection, and I realized for the first time the importance of Jesus’
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What voice do you recognize?

By Toni Ford Each year in December, I begin to pray about the upcoming year. I ask the Lord to show me a vision, focus or a word that He wants me to pursue for the coming year. This year, the Lord did not give me a vision or a subject area to focus on,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From the very beginning

By Toni Ford The very first words in the Bible begin with, “In the beginning God, created the heavens and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1). I am not sure if you have ever read the creation story in Genesis chapter 1, but it is a beautiful story about the heart and love of God for His
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Samaritan Woman

By Toni Ford In John chapter 4, verses 1-30, we find the story of the Samaritan woman and her encounter with Jesus. Samaritans were Jews who married Gentiles, so they were considered outcasts by the Jews. There was both political and religious hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. This hatred and dislike between these
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Inspiration from God’s Word - In times of trouble

By Toni Ford If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our lives we all walk through hard times. Lately it seems as if many of my friends and students I talk to are walking through difficult situations, which has reminded me that the Lord is our only source when walking through tough
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A broader vision

By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject and yet you know deep in your soul that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree, a
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Comfort of Jesus

By Toni Ford The Lord recently placed the word “comfort” on my heart and mind. When I looked up the meaning of the word, Wikipedia defines comfort as “contentment, to relieve the distress or suffering of.” As I look around at all that is happening in our nation, state, and our own lives, I see
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What Do I Represent?

By Toni Ford Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus, knowing the Jewish leaders were looking for Him to kill Him, took a great risk and went to visit His dear friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This story takes place in John chapter 12. I love this story for several reasons. First, we see
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Behold, I am doing something new

By Toni Ford I just returned from a two-week trip to Israel, touring the Holy Land and serving a Messianic Jewish congregation in the city of Ashdod. On New Year’s Eve, our team had the privilege of praying over the city of Jerusalem from a prayer tower that overlooked the city. It truly was an
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Inspiration from God’s Word: For unto us a Savior is born

By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Essentials for everyday life

By Toni Ford As I was reading this week in the book of Psalms, one of the Psalms I came across was Psalm 131. This psalm is only three verses long. Within those three verses, however, I saw what I believe are, “essentials for everyday life.”  David, the author of this psalm, possibly understood these
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Challenge of Waiting

By Toni Ford I am not sure about you, but I am not a very patient person when it comes to waiting. I looked up the word “wait” in the dictionary and Webster defines the word as; “to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.” As
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