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No middle ground

By Barbara Ho | December 18, 2020

When it comes to our relationship with God, the bible is clear. We must put God first. There is no middle ground. Jesus often drew a clear line in the sand when it came to people’s commitment to him. In Matthew 12:30, the Lord Jesus told the people following him “Whoever is not with me…

Praying to a merciful and mighty God

By Barbara Ho | December 10, 2020

Over the past several months I’ve been deeply burdened to pray for Christians suffering in the country of North Korea. I’m not sure why I have this particular prayer burden but I do. God has burdened me and I pray for these precious saints of God every morning. I pray for those suffering in prison.…

Praying in the Spirit, praying continually

By Barbara Ho | December 1, 2020

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Eph.6:18 Part of praying in the Spirit is praying on all occasions. I take this to mean praying anytime. Simply put, it’s stepping out…

What if we prayed in the Spirit?

By Barbara Ho | November 22, 2020

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~ Eph.6:18 This verse gives us a major directive and that is to pray in the Spirit. Let me ask you, when you pray,…

Jesus prays for us

By Barbara Ho | November 8, 2020

“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:32 Can you imagine having Jesus pray for you? How might that change the way you see things? One of the major ways Satan works to tear down our walk of faith…

Thanking God first changes everything.

By Barbara Ho | November 2, 2020

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Notice when this scripture tells us to thank God. It’s as we present our requests to him.…

You Can Never Out-Pray God

By Barbara Ho | September 17, 2020

You can never out pray God. Let me rephrase that; you can never ask for a request that God is unable to answer. He is able to answer beyond anything you could ever ask for. We not only need to believe that truth but to also pray it and live it out. There’s a story…

Cave Dwellers

By Barbara Ho | August 17, 2020

The book of I kings tells us that Jezebel, the evil wife of King Ahab decided that she was going to kill the prophet Elijah. “So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life…

Praying for the beyond

By Barbara Ho | July 23, 2020

Does it ever feel like praying for a particular need is too big? Praying for some concerns may seem like they don’t count for anything, like our prayers are a pebble in the huge ocean of life. This can be true when praying for concerns like the persecuted church or praying for an end to…

Whatever is of good report

By Barbara Ho | July 15, 2020

Our world is being plagued with negative reports. You need only to turn on the TV to be emotionally brought down with the dismal news of our times. It seems most directions we turn to have dire warnings, updates and forecasts. Many are struggling with concerns about their future as well as the future of…

God’s never-ending mercy and grace

By Barbara Ho | July 9, 2020

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 Nothing you face today, or any day, is ever beyond the mercy and grace available to you at the throne of God. There is never a time or circumstance…

What if we were free from worry?

By Barbara Ho | June 29, 2020

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”   Phil. 4:6-7 Can you imagine not being anxious about anything? Wouldn’t that be a blessing? I know very few…