Entries by Melanie Stone


By Marti Landis As a wife, mother, friend, leader in ministry I understand and appreciate women. We have many hats to wear, including the ability to multi-task and remain fluid at any given moment.  However, as women we oftentimes push our real feelings aside. We don’t want to appear emotional, weak or unable to handle […]


By Melanie Stone Is your perspective clear or are you seeing through a filter of past experience? Do you have a wide perspective or is your sight constricted by adamant attitudes, limited knowledge, selfishness or obsessive thought patterns? Perspective is the way we look at things. Perspective tremendously affects the way we think, act and […]

Created for Community

By Melanie Stone Our Father created us for community, kingdom community. A community is a group of people who share characteristics, interests, goals and attitudes. We see the concept of community in the Bible in the word fellowship. In the Greek the word is koinonia, which describes association, participation and sharing. There is a flow […]

January 4

Genesis 10-12 Genesis 10-12: In our reading today we will look at Shem’s generations down to Abram. The record is listed in Genesis 11:10-26. I will not print it out but will only show the results of my study. Shem lived a total of 600 years, 502 of those years after the flood. When the […]

January 3

Genesis 7-9 In our reading today we have a fascinating account of Noah and his family in the ark. It began raining when Noah was 600 years, 2 months and 17 days old. Not only did it rain for 40 days and nights, the fountains of the deep were also opened. These were great subterranean […]

January 2

Genesis 4-6 In our reading today we have a record of how early the blood covenant was instituted. Genesis 4:3-5 “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock […]

January 1

Genesis 1-3 Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Included […]

Testimonies from Mexico

By Ruth Martinez-Ost A pastoral couple had serious marriage problems and were on the verge of separation As we were finishing up one day, Vic said to the husband, “just treat and love your wife, like Christ loved the Church”. All the lights went on, from that moment forward everything changed in their marriage, family […]

What Would Love Do?

“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” I Timothy 1:5 One purpose for God’s commandments is to reveal the goodness of God. Then we can know Him better – His character, His values, His behavior. We can learn what is upright, what […]

Give On and With Purpose

“So let each of you give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7 We’re not all that different from God – who would want to receive a gift from someone who didn’t want to give it? Not me! To receive something from […]

God’s Purpose For Your Life

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 God has a purpose, a reason, for your life. One purpose is to know His love, to receive it and to share it. We have a purpose in existing […]

Is There Not a Cause?

“… Is there not a cause?” I Samuel 17:29 The Philistines were an enemy of Israel, Israel being the people group God chose to reveal Himself to, make covenant with, and bring His Son into the world through. Saul was king over Israel. Goliath was a champion of the Philistine army who challenged any one […]

God Moves On Purpose

“… I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:11 The purpose is the reason why something is done or why something is created. The purpose can give motivation to the action required to accomplish a matter. When God acts, He acts with purpose. God doesn’t do anything unless there is a reason. […]

Overcoming Fear

There will be times in everyone’s life when they will be invaded by the spirit of fear! There are all kinds of circumstances & situations that may pop up in our lives unexpectedly that will cause you to doubt and fear. It’s so important to understand the influence fear can have and how it works against us […]

God’s Covenant With You

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14 All of the promises God has made to you are based on this very thing – His covenant. The covenant is a binding union, not just an agreement, but a UNION where God has chosen […]

Your Hands Are Conductors

“…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:18 Jesus is the one who told His followers to lay hands on the sick to minister healing in His name. In Jesus’ ministry, physical contact brought transference of power, or anointing. The same will happen for those who represent Him today. The […]

Show Us How It’s Done

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, we went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38 Jesus spent about three years ministering on the earth before He went to the cross as a ransom for the sins […]

Let Him Flow

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” II Corinthians 4:7 The anointing of God is tangible. Even though spiritual things are usually invisible to our human eye, it doesn’t mean that they are not made of a substance. God’s power […]

The Anointing and You

“I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” Acts 2:17 Jesus was anointed by the Anointing, the Holy Spirit. The name “Christ” literally means, “anointed one.” After Jesus rose from the dead, instead of staying […]

Meant for Great Things

“The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.” I John 2:27   If you’ve ever felt like you were meant to do something great, it’s because you ARE! Your Daddy is the creator and originator or all power, all wisdom, and all things good and true. He made you to know Him, […]

Minister Life

“God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 The mission of the Christian and of the Church is the commission we received from Christ, our Head, who told us to go and make disciples. Similarly, the motive, message, and […]

Snatched Out Of Depression

“The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14 There is no doubt that depression brings a person down emotionally, but it also can drag someone downward mentally, physically, and spiritually as well. Depression is a lower condition from the higher position God has intended for us. Depression […]

Life Has a Name

“I am the resurrection and the life…” John 11:25 Jesus told us, “I am the resurrection…” One meaning for this noun “resurrection” in the Greek New Testament means to be set into place like a stone. As a stone, some will use Christ to climb up, and others will run into Him and fall down. […]

Lifter Of My Head

“…My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 There is a Hebrew word for poor that means to be needy, weak, and lowly (aniy, 6041). The root word (anah, 6031) has the idea of being bowed down, stooped over because of a heaviness or depression. If you can imagine, a person […]

Resurrected Health

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up…” James 5:15 There are three historical stories from the Bible that I want to share with you. In all three you will see people who were in a low position and could not get themselves up. The first is […]

Lifted Into Position

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24 Is there anyone out there that is struggling to rise up to what you sense is your God-given destiny? You try your best and still you feel like you continually fall short of your purpose? Do you have that knowing on […]

Resurrection Breakthroughs

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Phil. 3:10 God offers you a supernatural life filled with power and breakthrough. This life of glory isn’t just for life after death; it is a life offered to us right now. It […]

God’s Power to Resurrect

“…He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11 God not only has the power to create life; He also has the power to resurrect, or to bring back to life. Not only can God raise us from spiritual death […]

Are You Going Over or Under?

“…Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30 This past week I was shocked to hear our accountant say that Jerry and I owed a large amount of tax. It was unexpected, and the news came right before we were to close on a […]

We Always Win

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ…” II Corinthians 2:14 God wants us to win in this life. God doesn’t want you to be defeated by anyone setting himself or herself in opposition to His plan for your life. He certainly doesn’t want Satan to win either. God is on […]

Super Self-Control

“… hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled.” Titus 1:8 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul lists in Galatians 5 is self-control, a characteristic that is possible because of the help we receive when we are yielded to the Holy Spirit. Self-control describes the character and behavior of someone […]

Super Gentleness

“…be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Titus 3:2 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul lists in Galatians 5 is gentleness. As with any fruit of the spirit, we understand that gentleness is a character quality developed in us as a result of being yielded to the Holy Spirit. The Greek […]

Super Faithfulness

“… it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” I Corinthians 4:2 Faithfulness means “the character of one who can be relied on.” It also means to be steady in allegiance or affection, loyal, constant, and trustworthy. The quality of faithfulness has greater value than any talent, skill, education, influence, or appearance because […]

Super Goodness

“…you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” Romans 15:14 According to the Spirit Filled Life Bible, the Greek word for goodness is agathosume, meaning “an intrinsic goodness producing a generosity and a Godlike state or being. It is a rare word that combines being good with […]

Super Kindness

““…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing with one another, and forgiving one another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:12-13 As a fruit of the Spirit, kindness is a characteristic of a person who is living surrendered to the Holy Spirit, enabling him or her with a […]

Super Endurance

“strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Colossians 1:11 Longsuffering is a fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. It is a characteristic of God, and it is a quality the Holy Spirit will empower us to walk in. The word for longsuffering in […]

Super Peace

“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul mentions is peace. Peace is not just an absence of anxiety or fear. Peace is a word used to describe being complete, fulfilled, or satisfied. […]

Super Joy

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 Joy is not just a mood or emotion; it is a state of being. Being joyful is a position of being lifted up, being light-hearted, being filled with gladness. Joy is the result of a heart that is full and satisfied to […]

Super Love

“…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 If you are familiar with the fictional story of Superman, compare Lois Lane with the Man of Steel. Whatever kind of strength Lois Lane has, she has human limitations, but Superman has super […]

Producing God-Like Characteristics

“(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23 The Apostle Paul gives us some God-like characteristics that the Holy Spirit will work in us when we yield ourselves to God’s grace. He refers to them as the fruit of the Spirit. These are […]

As the Spirit Wills

“But one and the same Spirit works all things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” I Corinthians 12:11 Paul says that the nine manifestations (or gifts) of the Spirit would be distributed as the Holy Spirit wills, or as He sees fit. The word “wills” means to have a purpose or the mind […]

Spiritual Awareness

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”  I Corinthians 12:7 In verse 1, Paul says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren…” The word “gifts” is not actually there in the original text in this verse. What it says in the Greek could actually be translated, “Now concerning […]

A Bold Anointing

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13  When the Holy Spirit anoints a person, a spiritual boldness from the Holy Spirit comes with it. The meaning describes a supernatural unction […]

Standing in the Spirit

“Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 Living in the Spirit means that we are completely yielding to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to encompass our life. We are not living on our own; we are living with the presence […]