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Select the topic or date of your choice to view a detailed outline of the teachings. Each time you study the Word, you position yourself to receive divine direction from God. When you spend time researching the Scriptures, you acquire wisdom tor every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

Equal to Serve

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

When we look at godly relationships between men and women, it is with an eye toward operating in biblical equality. This equality does not just apply to marriage, but to all aspects of life, including the ministry. Service to God is an open opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender or marital status. It is wrong to allow worldly traditions to contradict the Word of God in this area and set up parameters on who is qualified to preach. This affects the body of Christ, our ability to connect with each other through personal relationships, and even our ability to reach the next generation. God can, and does, use women as well as men to fulfill His plan as He sees fit. Whether male or female, we must all yield ourselves to Him and put aside our own selfish interests.

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Sanctification

By Creflo Dollar

Summary 

The Bible tells us that those who are in Christ are new creatures, that old things have passed away and all things have become new. Something supernatural happens to us when we are in Christ, and the concept of this vital union with God is so important that the New Testament has more than three hundred references to it.  Being born again gives us a new identity in Christ, but it is imperative to understand that when we are saved and make Jesus the Lord of our lives, the changes that occur do not take place in the physical realm. Our bodies and our souls are not affected, but rather our spirits. In the same way that God’s Spirit gave life to Adam after God created man, the spirit is the part of us that gives life.  Being born again molds God’s Spirit with ours, and His Spirit gives us a radically new and different life. As Christians, we should then focus on bringing our minds into agreement with what has already taken place in our spirits.

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Thanksgiving: The Key to Fruitfulness

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

If we want to see and experience God’s blessings in our lives, we must embrace an attitude of deliberate thankfulness. This involves glorifying God even when we do not physically see what we believe Him for, which is an act of faith. We have a strong example in Abraham, who refused to believe anything that contradicted the Word of God. Because of his faith, Abraham was mightily blessed. We have another example in Jesus giving thanks for a few loaves of bread and a few fish, just before He fed the multitudes with them. There is real power involved in being thankful, because giving thanks is the key to fruitfulness. We are accustomed to hearing the world’s murmuring and complaining, but proactively thanking and praising God in advance will activate increase.

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How to Experience Real Life Transformation (Part 3)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Jesus accepts us as we are, regardless of the emotional baggage we may be dragging around with us; but His intention is to transform us. Christians must understand that transformation should happen in our lives, but we will not experience any change until we understand our true identity. Our beliefs affect our entire lives, and wrong-believing is behind every fear, addiction, shame, and other struggle we have. We must examine our belief system and determine where it came from, so that we can rightly interpret the Scriptures and renew our minds to God’s perfect will. When we are born again, our spirits are as perfect as Jesus Christ Himself.  We are not our body, our mind, or our actions—our identity is based in Him. Knowing who we really are is the key to transformation.

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A Better Way to Pray—the Outline Part 2

By Creflo Dollar

 Summary

Done properly, prayer is not just communicating with God, but it is also communing with Him. This loving communion should be constant, not just for a few minutes each day. We strive for continual communication with our family members, and this should be especially true with God. We must approach our heavenly Father as a real person, not as a religious symbol. True prayer is not a recitation of words, but going before God with praise and thanksgiving. With this kind of attitude, we can magnify Him over any issues we face, and acknowledge that His name is above all other names. Coming before God because we want to, not because it is religiously mandated, empowers our prayer life.

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Prayer: Old Covenant vs. New Covenant

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

In the Bible, there is a clear distinction between the old covenant before the cross, and the new covenant after the cross. Under the old covenant, the children of Israel would only receive God’s blessings if they perfectly obeyed His commandments. The people attempted to be righteous through their works. By comparison, under the new covenant, we are blessed because we are in Christ Jesus. Righteousness is a gift we receive by faith in Him. The cross changed everything for us, including how we pray. Studying the Scriptures, we see that there is a difference between Old Testament prayer and New Testament prayer.

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