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16 entries from April 2014

The Battlefield of the Mind: Claiming and Praying God’s Promises

Last week we talked about Feasting on God’s Word. Have you started your own search for the truths and promises that God has for you? I hope you brought them with you today. Remember, this is a journey about transforming our minds, so I’ll ask you again, what are your thoughts focused on right now? What is sapping your attention on a daily basis? Are you ready to take control of your thoughts and emotions and claim the mind of Christ? Then let’s start claiming those promises you found. Speak them out loud as prayers and claim them as your truth. The next day, go back and reread what you've written. Do this each day, recording each Scripture in whatever translation brings its truth and meaning to your heart. The amazing thing is that every promise in the Bible (and I think I read somewhere there are about 6,000 of... Read more →

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It Doesn't Make Sense

Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. ~Joshua 6:1 Yep, I see this verse as a metaphor. Do you? Let’s move forward with our story in Joshua. In chapter six God gives specific instructions to Joshua. Walk around the city, in silence. But I wonder if Joshua explained to the entire population of the Isrelites the entire plan? Sometimes we don’t receive the entire plan for our lives either. So let’s ponder this a bit more. In verses 6-8 we read: So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.” When Joshua had... Read more →

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A Reader Question: Could I Be Unequally Yoked?

Let’s tackle a reader question today. Often I receive an email such as below. Today, I’m sharing this reader’s question and my reply. I hope for all of those in our SUM House who are walking this particular journey in marriage find encouragement. Hugs, Lynn Hello, Lynn: I've been wondering about something: is it assumed that the spouse who is not a believer knows s/he is not a believer and is okay with the other walking the path of Christ? I ask this, because I get the feeling, as I was watching your book promotional video, that both parties are okay with claiming "I am a believer" and "I am not a believer." This is not the situation I have; I am married to a man who thinks he is a Christian but I see no spiritual fruit, no evidence that he is a true follower of the Lord Jesus.... Read more →

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Joshua, The Wall's AND Who Is This Guy?

Hey Gang, Let’s get back to Joshua, the Israelites, and those ever present and menacing Walls of Jericho. I find it interesting as I began to write this series, I was also reading this very story in my Daily Bible this past couple of weeks. There is such a depth and richness in these chapters that I could probably write a book about the parallels to our life today. But alas. I have too much to do right now. *grin* Today I want to specifically address something that I think most of us miss in this story. But before I go there I think we need to remember that in several places in this story, the beginning chapters of the Book of Joshua, God calls the people to consecrate themselves. Before crossing the Jordan River (Joshua 3:5) and on this particular day the people witnessed a miracle. Both Dineen and... Read more →

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The Battlefield of the Mind: Feasting on God’s Word

What are you thinking right now? What are you worried about? What has your heart and mind twisted in knots on a daily basis? Do you know you have control over this? That you are not at the mercy of your thoughts and emotions? I didn't understand this for a long time. Only recently have I come to more ably see just how much I judged my faith (and myself) by my emotions. It’s an ongoing process that I want to share with you, my friends, so we can grow together in this area—one I believe is crucial to every area of our lives and especially in our mismatched marriages. Because as we are transformed, you better believe your prebeliever is going to notice! And what I thought would be one post has now become multiple parts. So welcome to this series about the battlefield of our minds and how... Read more →

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Kingdom Miracle - Fantastic Update

On this late Easter Sunday afternoon I find it absolutely the perfect time to update you about one of our community miracles. Many of you who are new to our community have yet to participate in one of our miracle adventures. But you can read about our past miracles on our Kingdom Miracle page. (Link is in the navigation bar at the top) But for many of you who have been family here for a few years you will remember our Kingdom miracle for Gina. You can read Gina's story by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. So many, many of you prayed for this girl who was 17 years old and facing life-threatening melanoma cancer. You mailed letters, cards and sent emails by the hundreds. Makes me all teary-eyed again to just think how our community went to the Father in prayers of healing for... Read more →

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It's About A Wedding

I’m deeply moved on this day, Good Friday, as I consider my Betrothed. Since writing the Wedding Day series a few weeks back, and my experience meeting the Prince of Peace, I’m continually reminded that I am a bride. We, all of us believers, are a bride. We are THE bride of Christ. This past week while I was on my walk-n-pray, I was listening to a new song on my iPhone. This song was sent to me by a sister SUMite, Colleen Rogers. It’s title: Holy (Wedding Day) As the song queued up and began to play. It was very early in the morning just before the break of dawn. There were low clouds on the horizon and as I walked the sun burst through to greet me. The music swelled and I saw a picture in my mind. We, all of us, millions upon millions were gathered for... Read more →

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The Day the Devil Came to Steal My Life

Today it's my supreme pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Bujanda. She along with her husband, Gil, are the pastors of my church here in Temecula. I adore Lisa and count it a true blessing to have her as a sister in Christ. She has been walking in the gifts of the spirit since she had a miraculous encounter with love. So today, I pray her true and personal story will inspire you. I love you Lisa and Gil. May your story bring great honor and glory to Jesus. Hugs, Lynn ----- It was the week of my 23rd birthday. I was at death’s door with a Heart & Lung disease. Doctors had given me no hope and no cure. On October 3rd of 1983, I sat in the doctors office with my fiancé Gil as the doctors words echoed in our ears. “You have six months to a year... Read more →

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Your Breakthrough Is Here - Passover

Hi SUMite Family, This week I’m departing from our Joshua and The Walls series. Today I want to share my thoughts and prayer about Passover. And on Friday, I’m sharing a glimpse I had of The Wedding of the Son of God and His Bride. (It’s way cool and perfect for Good Friday. Be sure to stop in then.) What is Passover? Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. The main ritual of Passover is the Seder, which occurs on the first night. As believers we know we are not under the Old Testament law. We are living in the age of grace because of the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus. And as a person who loves God and ponders His ways and thoughts, I’m thinking that many of the ancient feasts and... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Letter of Love

Share on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter My friends, I want to give you some updates on the Miller household as there has been a lot going on lately. Praise God, we now know my daughter’s heart issue is due to her thyroid. She and I share the same issue and now we’re both on the right track to feeling better in this area. She is now on medication for this, and I’m on a new one that seems to be working better so far. Thank You, mighty Jesus that Your healing comes in so many ways. I also want to share with you that God told me toward the end of last year that He was “preparing His vessel.” I see now this was part of His plan for this year of intimacy. What I now understand even more is that it can be quite painful. Forgive me for... Read more →

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Who Is Behind The Wall's of Jericho?

What is the Promised Land for 2014? My Friends, We are standing on the threshold of entering the Promised Land. Let’s pause a minute to contemplate the implications. The similarities of our ancestors, the Israelites, and the implications of entering the Promised Land in our own lives is remarkable. Consider this: The men, women, and children who were about to cross the Jordan River (Joshua), most of them grew up in the wilderness. These children didn’t see the miracles as the Egyptians threw gold and jewelry at them begging them to leave the city as they departed from slavery forever. (Exodus 12) These children were born in the wilderness and they listened and learned from their mothers and fathers in the campground at night or on the path (how about an automobile ride?) about the power of God and His great love that rescued the Family of Abraham from slavery.... Read more →

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The Gentle and Astonishing Message In The Snow

Lynn here. Today it's my great honor to share a miraculos story. Please jon me for something rare and beautiful as told by one of our own SUMites, Joanne. ----- What a privilege and honor this is for me today to be able to share with you an extraordinary event in my life. This event was the first step for me to help me realize how God can reveal His intimacy and love. When I lost my Golden Retriever who was like a child for me, I was devastated. Not only had I lost my canine child I lost my walking partner. I can't even begin to presume how many miles we covered together. After Jake was gone I just had to get myself back out walking again no matter how hard or how lonely it felt. I recall starting down the sidewalk that led from my front door and... Read more →

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New Series: The SUMites and the Israelites

A Revelation. Ephesians 1:17 Keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. This has been my prayer for the past several weeks. I’ve petitioned the heavinlies for an increase of this part of God’s Spirit because I want to know Him better. Well this past Saturday I believe I experienced a revelation. It’s as if God pushed the enter button and I received a download of understanding (revelation) that continues to unfold in in multifaceted wisdom. Wow… I didn’t even know I could talk that way…. *grin* I listened to a message by my friend, Tim Manigault on Friday night. It was inspired and on Saturday morning the heavens opened to expand the meaning and the emphasis upon our community of SUM. So, I have so much to share... Read more →

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A Tribute To Rosheeda Lee

One year ago today our beloved, Rosheeda Lee passed on to glory. Ro was a Pillar of this community and we all love and miss her so much. (Visit her Legacy Page her on SUM) Recently I received an email from one of our SUMite members, Sonya. (Ro named us the SUMites). It's a beautiful and encouraging word from Ro's heart. Today let's honor her memory. I know, without doubt, Ro is on the edge of her chair in glory. She is cheering for us, praying over us, loving on us. She will be one of the first to meet us at the gates when we cross over. (I love you Rosheeda Lee, Hugs, Lynn) SUMites Sonya: Sonya has been part of our community for a long time and several years ago she when through hell. She has held the very hand of God through it and we have loved... Read more →

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Why We Have Trouble Seeing God's Glory

Why We Have Trouble Seeing God's Glory... By Lynette Duquette (SUMite) Some of us in the SUM community were talking about God's word for us in 2014. What specific word is going to be used to propel us this year? I believe mine, through various circumstances, is glory...God's glory, and in these last days there is a hunger for God's glory. The visible, tangible type of glory that is overwhelming. The Hebrew word for glory is kabod. The root word means 'heavy'. I know there have been times during worship that God's glory was so 'heavy' I could hardly move. God's glory is also defined as His riches, power, justice, and majesty. How often do we cry out “show me Your glory”? I said that God gave me the word glory for the year so I started looking up scriptures referencing God's glory. I looked up sermons online about it.... Read more →

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Another Audio Book Giveaway!

This time it's for Not Alone! We love it when we can share with our SUMite family. Enter for yourself, enter for a friend, enter for a family member! No doubt Abba will lead your heart to someone who needs it. He's so good at that. :-) Enjoy! Dineen a Rafflecopter giveaway Post by Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Read more →

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