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Select the topic or date of your choice to view a detailed outline of the teachings. Each time you study the Word, you position yourself to receive divine direction from God. When you spend time researching the Scriptures, you acquire wisdom for every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

Prayer After the Cross

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Prayer is incredibly important, and there is a difference between praying before the cross and praying after the cross. Before Jesus came, the people’s law-based prayers focused on efforts to get God to move; afterward, grace-based prayers now focus on thanking Him for what He already did. Whatever happens in the natural begins in the supernatural. Trusting in Christ empowers us with the same authority as He has, with the same ability to make things happen in the earth by praying. Prayer is the connection that opens the door for all of God’s blessings to be manifested in our lives. It is the process of granting permission for heaven to show up with the finished works of Jesus. Prayers prayed in faith have the power to change lives.

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Who Speaks to Whom?

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we are studying the Scriptures, it is important not to just read words, but to understand the spirit of the meaning behind them. If we take them out of context, we can get an incorrect meaning from them and our entire spiritual walk is affected. Not only do we need to keep in mind whether the particular Scripture is before or after the cross, but we must also pay attention to who is being quoted and who they are talking to. Taking into consideration custom and cultural differences can also help keep us from misinterpreting the Bible.

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The Requirements of Praying and Prayer

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Biblically, there is a clear difference between before and after Jesus went to the cross; when we pray we need to be aware of that difference. We can detect the contrast when we carefully read the Scriptures. Under the old covenant, the people were commanded to follow the letter of the law and maintain strict obedience first, in order to be blessed. Prayers were structured accordingly. Under the new covenant of grace established by Jesus’ blood, we are already blessed because of our faith in what He did. Under grace we no longer have to beg God to bless us; instead, we can give thanks for the blessings that have been made available. Praying in faith like this gives us results.

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Grace-Based Prayer: How to Pray for the Lost

By Taffi Dollar

Summary

When we pray, it is important to pray for everyone, not just the individuals we know or those who attend church. We can easily forget about the lost souls who do not know God and the lost souls who have backslidden. However, grace-based prayer requires that we sow the Word of God to everyone. As believers, our Christian life can exert a powerful influence on others and lead them to God. We have the life-giving Word of God, and it is our responsibility to share it with others. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us and help us to be the salt of the earth and the light in a dark world.

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Prosperity is Not Selfish

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a mistaken belief that being prosperous is sinful and having money is against God’s will. However, if we study the Scriptures, we see that He wants to bless us in every aspect of our lives, including our finances. Money itself is not evil, but the worship of it is. In the Scriptures, we see example after example of God teaching us the difference between the right attitude and the wrong attitude about money. Biblical prosperity is not simply about monetary wealth; it also affects our marriages, our family relationships, our health, and every area of our lives. God wants to meet all our needs, regardless of what they are. If our heart is right and our motives are pure, it is okay to prosper.

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Free to Tithe

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is widespread misunderstanding about how money and giving affects our lives as Christians. Wrong teaching on these subjects has kept people in bondage and caused them to dismantle their relationship with Jesus. Religion teaches us that we have to perform works through our own efforts in order for God to love and bless us, and many churches have mistakenly bought into that way of thinking. This philosophy has seeped into what is taught about money, namely that we must tithe a certain amount or God will curse and punish us. One of the most controversial issues in the church today is over the issue of tithing. The truth is that because of what Jesus did we are now under grace and no longer under the law; therefore, we are no longer under the threat of punishment or condemnation. God wants us to give freely and from a grateful heart, not out of a sense of obligation.

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