1. That they be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act.  
(Proverbs 9:10)
2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge, and  
understanding. (James 1:5)
3. That they be presented with the gospel and a loving Christian witness. (Romans 10:14)
4. That, if unsaved, they be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born-again, that they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith.  
(1 Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 1:17-23)
5. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God.
(Proverbs 3:5-8, Luke 11:9-13)
6. That they be convicted of sin, transgression, and iniquity. (Psalm 51:17, John 8:9)
7. That they heed their conscience, confess their sins and repent. (Proverbs 28:13, James 4:8)
8. That they read the Bible and attend prayer meetings and Bible studies. (Psalms 119:11, Colossians 3:2)
9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ.  
(Psalm 19:7-11, John 8:31-32)
10. That they respect and honor their own parents if living. (Ephesians 6:2-3)
11. That they respect authority and practice accountability. (Romans 13:1-7)
12. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. (Proverbs 24:6)
13. That they be honest and faithful to spouses and children. (Malachi 2:15-160)
14. That they be practicing members of local congregations. (Hebrews 10:25)
15. That they desire purity and avoid debauchery, 
pornography, perversion and drunkenness. 
(1 Corinthians 6:9-20, Titus 2:12)
16. That they be timely, reliable and dependable.  
(Matthew 21:28-31)
17. That they be honest in financial, tax and ethical matters.  (1 Corinthians 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
18. That they seek pastoral care and counsel when needed. (Hebrews 13:7)
19. That they seek out and nurture godly friendships. (Psalms 1:1-3)
20. That they have thankful and teachable spirits.  
(Romans 1:21)
21. That they be generous and have compassionate hearts for the poor and needy.
(Psalm 112:9, Luke 10:33-37)
22. That they redeem their time and know priorities. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
23. That they desire honesty, integrity, and loyalty.  
(Psalm 26, Proverbs 11:3)
24. That they have courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man.
(Proverbs 29:25, 2 Timothy 1:7)
25. That they be shielded from occultism, New Age cults, false religions, and secret societies.
(Isaiah 1:29, 2:6)
26. That they be presented with Biblical worldviews and principles. (Ephesians 3:10)
27. That they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, families, divine order and morality in our nation.
(Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
28. That they would work to reverse the in our nation.
(1 Chronicles 12:32, Isaiah 59:19)
29. That they desire humility and meekness and be willing to serve and cooperate. (John 13:14, Titus 3:1-2)
30. That they be prepared to give an account to Almighty God. (Hebrews 9:27)

~ Compiled by Gary Bergel, former president of Intercessors for America. 
By Rebecca Seaton
As the former Creative Food Specialist of the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, I was always experimenting and trying new recipes.  I was hesitant to try the following recipe.  Once I tried it, I served it several times to guests.  Some people tell me it's the best they've ever eaten. I have given this recipe to many.  

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My life has not exactly gone the way I had planned but it has gone exactly the way God had planned!  In the fall of 2010, after working in Healthcare for 22 years and then a short six-month stint at another job doing Corporate Training, I found myself out of a job for the first time since I was 16 years old.  This forced me to do some intensive praying and searching for God’s direction for my life. 

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By Joann Jordan
​Time to do some mental "spring cleaning!"   Refresh your mind with the following book recommendations, including, a book of poetry (Overflow) from Grace Mimbs.  You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan digs deeper into the marriage covenant.  A.W. Tozer writes about man's full reason for existence in The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship
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By Donna J. Roland
Every scrape, callous and scar on my Mama’s hands was like an artist’s brushstroke, each one blending into the other, softening the rough edges of a hard life.  A never-ending list of chores like hoeing the garden, chopping firewood and washing mountains of clothes on a rust-speckled and wobbly wringer washer left its mark on Mama’s palms, on her lifeline.  Tragically, in 1961 at age 43 she was widowed.  With a large family to support, hard work was as common to her as money was scarce.   Her hands merely got rougher.

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By Jo Harris
There is nothing more precious to me than when God's people come together with surrendered hearts to pray.  But not only that, it is so awesome that our loving and gracious God is the One Who orchestrates life to bring us to this place of verbalizing our total dependence on Him in prayer.  There is a wonderful truth found in Galatians that makes this time of prayer even richer!  

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By Dr. Jerry L. Spencer
Chicken Little cried, “The sky is falling.” In his beautiful song, “God Bless America,” Irving Berlin wrote, “While the storm clouds gather . . .”   As Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 3:1, ". . . in the last days perilous times shall come.”  Balancing our responsibilities of family, work, church, etc. in this fast-paced world is not easy.

We wake up and go to bed each day inundated with the reality of Al Qaeda, Boco Haram, ISIS and terrorism by other names.

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The Bible tells us “to everything there is a season.”  The expression of each of the seasons is an inherent and important rhythm in nature.  As winter comes to an end, we begin to experience the rejuvenation and growth that comes with spring.  We experience the same rhythm of seasons of change in our own lives.  While we have certainty that change will always be occurring, we are not always able to predict or schedule changes by the calendar. 
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By E.B Hutchinson
When was the last time you spent a day working on something in exchange for nothing?

I "volunteered" for the first time toward the end of my 8th grade school year.  One of my teachers offered the class extra credit for picking up litter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   I can still remember the trash pickup day.  It was a warm and sunny Saturday.  About ten of us scaled the side of a steep hill in the park, maneuvering through the thick of trees that blanketed the mountain.
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What does life look like in the John 10:10 fullness of God's highest calling for you – life in abundance?   Is it really possible for your passions and purpose to be a part of the daily job you work, with the adventure and ‘newness’ you crave somehow intermixed?  Living a life that takes us over our current experiences or even above the many times stifling expectations of others . . . 

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By Joy Snuffin
​Jesus paid the price for us on Calvary to give us the victory over sin and death; but we do have an adversary called Satan and it’s his ploy to pull us down by deceiving the heart (1 Corinthians 15-57).

So what must we do to walk in an undefeated life? 

First of all, we must recognize what we have to work with.  You and I have been created by God as a tri-part creature . . .

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Beautiful weather has arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We can always count on God to bring the spring rain and delight us with beautiful flowers.

The scripture chosen for this edition (John 7:38) reminds me that our hearts - flowing with living water - will produce enlightenment for others who may not be aware that God is seeking to draw them closer to Him.  God wants His children to bloom into the amazing people that He designed them to be.
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by Fernando Ortega
April 9, 2015
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The beauty of Spring also brings a lighter step in our walk, causes us to smile more, and gives us reasons to visit the Garden Department of our favorite store as we begin designing our lawns and gardens for summer enjoyment.   

I pray you continue to be inspired and informed through our virtual e-magazine.  This is our second Spring edition.  We are so thankful for our authors and beloved readers.  With God's blessing, we continue to expand and grow our readership.  Currently, we have readers from 81 countries and all 50 states!  Our statistics show that visits are up 60% over the first year of publication.  Please visit again and again.  Share articles with your family and friends.  And, most of all, we cherish your thoughts with us on our Guest Book. 

Let the heart of Christ flow generously through you this Spring
like "living water."

National Day of PrayerGrace's PlaceTeddy Bears 4 KidsThe Jesus Film ProjectString of PearlsShoebox SistersPraise Singers

6:00 - 7:30 PM | Sevierville, TN

This is event is free and open to the public.  Please add this date to your calendar and plan to attend.  Bring family and friends!  Seating is provided or you may bring your own lawn chair.

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He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.  He grew up in another village.   He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home.   He never wrote a book. He never held an office.  He never had a family.  He never went to college.  He never put His foot inside a big city.  He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born.  He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.  He had no credentials but Himself...

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.  

~ Dr. James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia
Dr. Wayne A. Barber will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 National Day of Prayer Luncheon on April 2.

"The Encouraging Prayer of Christ"
(Galatians 4:6) is the title of his address.
Dr. Wayne A. Barber
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