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“No, I don’t want the blue one; I’d like the pink one instead, please.” “Can I have that burger with mayonnaise instead of mustard?” “Excuse me, but this is mine.” “Mommy, can I have that?” Every day, humans profess opinions, desires, and wants. We have no problem with speaking boldly when it comes to self-preference or self-preservation. Why is it, then, that we struggle with boldness in prayer? This is something I have been working hard to apply, and teach others, for years; we must be bold when speaking with our Heavenly Father. Our pastor, William L. Sciscoe, taught us…

“And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41). The early church enjoyed a glorious beginning on the Day of Pentecost, and thousands were filled with God’s Spirit. The early church faced great difficulties and was immediately persecuted for its beliefs. The two above statements don’t contradict each other; both are correct. The believers experienced a glorious time as the Spirit fell upon those in the upper room. Before the day was over, three thousand were filled with the Spirit and baptized (Acts 2:41). Yet, persecution…

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. (Genesis 37:3-4, NKJV) Joseph’s brothers didn’t like that Joseph was so special in his father’s eyes. They didn’t encourage him, rather, they hated him for how he was treated by his father. They mocked him and ridiculed him for his dreams. Even so, Joseph carried on and didn’t…