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“Dare to Believe” “With God all things are possible”, is the theme running through the works listed below. Dare to read and you will find that “God is the same yesterday, TODAY and tomorrow”. These men of God listed below have found that statement to be absolutely true!
Seek God and ALL of His ways and you will also. “Signs and wonders shall follow them that believe”. Dare to believe!


We suggest reading your Bible Daily. We are under the New Covenant and the New Testament is Bibleour guide for living a victorious life. However the Old Testament has many “likes and types” of what was to come and holds examples for us to follow.
“Study to show thyself approved”. There is just no substitute. Most of what you will get you must get for yourself.

Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon is a great tool for understanding Bible words. concordanceTalk about “taking things out of context”. English words such as “Dear, deer, oh dear” have different meanings. The Bible has been translated from Greek and Hebrew into English. To understand what certain English words meant in that language and that time one has to translate back to have a full understanding of what was being said.

For instance: In Mark 16:18 it says, They shall take up serpants. The Greek Dictionary (3789) translation of “Serpents” is: (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning); an artful malicious person, espes Satan.
This tells that people who work to harm others by maligning, gossiping, backbiting and the like, are the “serpants”, not literal snakes. “Artful (sly) malicious persons” have said, “we hear they handle snakes at Hosanna”. There are many serpants in the Earth today, and we have to deal with them, but the ones you must “take up” are malicious and walk on two legs! Backstabbing, jealous, pride filled, walk on two legs kind of snakes.

Smith Wigglesworth was without doubt one of the most anointed men of God that has lived in recent times. Smith WigglesworthHe was known as the Apostle of Faith, and if anyone deserved to be described as “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost”, it was him. He lived and walked continually in the presence of God. And the miracles that accompanied his ministry were of the sort that have seldom been seen since the days of the Pentacost and the apostles. People born blind and deaf, cripples – twisted and deformed by disease, others on death’s door with cancer or sickness of every kind,- all were healed by the mighty power of God. Even the dead were raised.
He said “I believe the word of God is so powerful that it can transform any and every life. There is power in God’s word to make that which does not appear to appear. There is executive power in the word that proceeds from His lips. The psalmist tells us, “He sent His word and healed them” (Ps. 107:20) ; and do you think that word has diminished in its power? I tell you nay, but God’s word can bring things to pass today as of old.

Read A Chapter Of: “Ever Increasing Faith”

A. W. Tozer is said to be one of the greatest spiritual minds of our time.
A W TozerQuoted by many well known Preachers and Evangalist, like Billy Graham. Start with “What Ever Happened To Worship” and you probably will not want to stop.
Although A. W. Tozer died in 1963, his life and spiritual legacy continue to draw many into a deeper knowledge of God. Tozer walked a path in his spiritual life that few attempt, characterized by a relentless and loving pursuit of God. He longed to know more about the Savior-how to serve and worship Him with every part of his being. Throughout his life and ministry, Tozer called believers to return to an authentic, biblical position that characterized the early church-a position of deep faith and holiness. “He belonged to the whole church,” says James Snyder in the book, In Pursuit of God: The Life Of A. W. Tozer. “He embraced true Christianity wherever he found it.”

Read A Chapter Of: “The Pursuit of God”

Norvel Hayes is a successful businessman, internationally renowned Bible teacher, and founder of several Christian Norvel Hayesministries in the U.S. and abroad. Brother Hayes founded New Life Bible College, located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1977. New Life Bible Church grew out of the Bible school’s chapel services. The bible college offers accredited degrees on-campus and through the online Global Campus. Among its many other outreaches, the church ministers God’s Word and hot meals daily to the poor through New Life Community Kitchen.
Known internationally for his dynamic exposition of the Word of God, Brother Hayes spends most of his time teaching and ministering God’s deliverance and healing power in churches, college classrooms, conventions, and seminars around the world.