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Here are some uplifting articles, messages, and prophecies that are certain to help build your faith.

Speaking Out About These Immoral Times

There are times when I feel the need to speak out about the path this nation has followed for several years and what God has placed on my heart.  This is one of those times.  Whether you agree or disagree is not my concern.  I feel compelled to say it and let the chips fall where they may.  So, with that said, here goes . . . . . This nation is in serious trouble internally and the majority of the population is only concerned over the price of gas and the increasing inflation, and rightly so. But there are ...
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The Priest Who Found Christ

A note from Val:  To my Catholic friends,  I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, and many times in my youth I prayed to Mary, St. Christopher, St. Anthony, St. Philomena, and others, but I was never taught to go directly to Jesus in prayer.  Looking back, I remember nuns who came to church to teach catechism.  There was one nun in particular who was so sweet and pure in her mannerisms that I, at the age of about 10, found myself falling in love with her.  She would talk about heaven as if she was a frequent visitor ...
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On This Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, the nation is crying out and looking for answers to the recent tragic shootings and so many innocent lives lost. The article below is from the book, A Closer Look at Prophecy by Richard and Tina Kleiss. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  The prophet Hosea detailed the causes of Israel's downfall.  The list below is worth reviewing because it mirrors society today.  (Scriptures are from the New King James Version) • "...There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and ...
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Free Printable Tracts in English and Spanish

Now you can print out your choice of a variety of tracts in English and Spanish by taking advantage of TheGospelTract.com ministry's web page offering free tracts.  This is not related in any way to Covenant Messenger Ministries but we know a blessing when we see it and like to share it with you.   The tracts are set up in PDF a file to be printed on both sides on a standard 8 1/2 X 11-inch copy paper.  Each sheet will produce 3 tracts to be cut from the paper and folded.   There are many Spanish-speaking people coming into the ...
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What Manner of Man is This?

Luke 8:22-25 "Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake, and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and ...
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Heaven’s Gain – January 1, 2022.

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must report the passing away of our dear friend and brother in the ministry, Rev. Jerry Smith of Claremore, Oklahoma.   Jerry and his wife, Paula, were faithful in their support of this ministry and who as a team, also conducted annual graduation and ordination services for the ministry in Ghana.  The C.M.M. staff and everyone who knew him there loved him very much, just as Jerry loved them.  Jerry was an exceptional Bible teacher and upon retiring after founding and pastoring a church, he became a missionary to many nations.   Jerry and ...
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The 70 Weeks of Daniel – (a teaching by Val Black)

It has been said that "God works in mysterious ways" but the more we study the Bible the less the mysteries are to us and instead of mystery, we discover revelations of God's ways to accomplish His will. The Book of Daniel is essential to know for every student of Bible prophecy.   It has been described as the Book of Revelation of the Old Testament.   In Daniel, we are shown how God works to bring forth His plans for Israel and mankind in general.   Daniel chapter 9 reveals to the reader the first coming of Jesus, the Messiah and His ...
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FREE LUNCH!

On this Thanksgiving Day my wife, Julie, and I wish you the very best and may the Holy Spirit flood your hearts and home with His presence! Thanksgiving Day has brought to mind a Gospel tract that I wrote many years ago.  It was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek message.   I had previously been writing and printing other more serious tracts and thought the title, Free Lunch, would catch people's attention.   To my surprise it has turned out to be one of the most popular messages used by the C.M.M. team when witnessing to others.   So, if you haven't read ...
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Bible Prophecy by Val Black

Signs of the end-times are all around us and Jesus could return at any moment.   Sadly, many people are not aware of what is happening in the world that is fulfilling prophecy.  Bible prophecy is not being taught in many churches because of lack of interest, ignorance of prophecy scriptures, or pastors have not been prepared to teach Bible prophecy while attending seminary or Bible school.   America has been receiving "wake-up" calls from God.  All you have to do is turn on the evening news to see and hear of it but if not familiar with particular scriptures you will ...
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FEAR AND COVID-19

I do not like heights.  My wife and I were driving home one day and we saw men working on a cell phone tower that must have been about 300 to 400 feet tall.   They were dangling by harnesses but they didn’t seem to be afraid.   I do not envy people who work in high places.   I am reminded of a joke once told by a comedian in a movie many years ago.  He was in danger and was told to climb up to safety, but he confessed, “I don’t like high places. They make me sick. I even get ...
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The Christian Tree

The Christian Tree In a few days it will be Christmas and a lot of us are going to be around friends and relatives who we see only at this time of the year. Many of those people will be unsaved and because of the season, they will be more receptive to spiritual things than they would at other times of the year. It's a good opportunity to share with one or more of them what Jesus has done in our life. After all, this could be the last chance we have to see them. We never know when death ...
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Did Jews Kill Jesus?

By Val Black Throughout history, Jews have been persecuted for many things and if you were to pin down just one, the most common denominator would be the belief the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. But did they really kill Jesus?  Let’s take a look at some history and a few scriptures pertaining to the question at hand. At the time of Jesus, Judea was controlled by Rome under Emperor Tiberius Caesar.  Pontius Pilate was the Roman Procurator, or Governor, who was chosen to represent Caesar in Judea.  Pilate was the official who presided over the trial ...
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FEAR IS JUST A “SHADOW”

by Val Black If you are going through a hard time, you can't see a way out and are in fear of what tomorrow may bring, read Psalm 23 but focus on verse four for now. Verse four says, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." If you are a Christian, you are a child of God and this is what you need to realize: You may be in that "valley" that is filled with fear but ...
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He Is Risen!

Matthew 28:1-6 (NKJV) "Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.   And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.   But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that ...
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Val’s Blog

Old-time prospectors would spend years digging for gold with a pickaxe and in more recent times, men are using heavy machinery for the same purpose and the same goal. To become rich. There is another "gold" that will make a man/woman even richer, although spiritual, and that is in the Word of God and you won't even get your hands dirty by digging. Join Val in digging for "golden nuggets" found throughout the Bible. Here's the link:  Val's Blog ...
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“When He Sees The Blood . . . . ” Exodus 12:22

An article by Val Black There is a saying about the Bible that goes like this, “The new in the old concealed, the old in the new revealed”.   That may not make sense to someone reading it for the first time but it’s talking about the two divisions of the Bible, the Old Testament, and the New Testament.   There are prophecies in the Old Testament that are hidden or concealed, but with careful study, they are fulfilled, or revealed, in the New Testament. Some of the things that are hidden in the Old Testament are known as “types”, meaning a ...
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70 TIMES 7

by Val Black When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive others for their offenses, Jesus replied, "70 times 7". (Matthew 18:22) In other words, God doesn't put a limitation to our forgiveness of others. But where did Jesus come up with the number, "70 times 7"? It wasn't done arbitrarily by Jesus but actually done intentionally.   In order to understand the reason why Jesus used that particular number, a look into the Old Testament book of Genesis will provide an answer. In Genesis, chapter 4, we read of Cain, one of two sons of Adam and Eve, ...
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A Christian’s New Year’s Resolution: To Witness

Sometimes in the life of a Christian, a person comes along to whom it seems practically impossible to explain the love of God in such a way as to convince that person to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  It could be a lifetime friend, a sibling, a husband or wife, or any number of people who have become so set in their "ways of the world" the thought of changing their lifestyle is unthinkable.   To them, although lacking in spiritual aspects, life is good.  Materially speaking, they have most of what they want, but always lacking and wanting ...
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The Three Gifts of the Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-2, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." (NKJV) Matthew 2:11 “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  (NKJV) Most people are ...
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Forgiving AND Forgetting

“I'll forgive, but I'll NEVER forget"    Does that sound familiar?  You may have heard that said by someone or maybe you have said it yourself.  When others say or do something to hurt someone, either physically, verbally, mentally, or sexually, that person is inclined to engrave the offense in the back of their minds, even after announcing forgiveness. How does God feel about such a situation and what may the consequences be if we do forgive but never forget?   Or, would there be any consequences?  After all, isn’t God a loving God?  Doesn’t God know our hearts and understands ...
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