Whether we realize it or not, words can be weapons. And most of us have found ourselves embroiled at some time in a war of words, even if we would never fight with our fists. Words can be more powerful than a boxing punch and cut more deeply than any knife. When used as weapons, words are able to mutilate and destroy.
Some “faith people” seem to think if you believe God, nothing bad will ever happen to you. Some have taught that if you have faith, you’re going to float through life on flowery beds of ease. However, if you live for God, sometimes you’ll have to swim upstream! Walking by faith is not always easy.
Cameras flashed and onlookers waved and cheered as RHEMA Bible Training Center’s class of 2009 entered the Tulsa convention center. Following a procession of instructors and parade of flags, 420 graduates marched into the arena. Their caps and gowns made it clear that they had successfully completed their training, and they were equipped and eager to enter the harvest fields of the earth. Seventeen of the graduates represented seven countries outside the United States: Canada, Colombia, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, South Africa, and Zambia.
Paul Foslien, a 1988 graduate of RHEMA Bible Training Center, along with his wife, Maria, started Living Word Family Church in Naples, Florida, in November 1998. Seventeen people attended the first service. More than 10 years later, the congregation is nearing 700. Paul credits his church’s growth to consistency and simplicity.