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A 2x4 tied to a Baseball Bat?

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“Christianity is NOT a settle in, live in peace with the world the way it is religion.” – Piper “War educates the senses, (it) calls into action the will…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “There is something about war that sharpens the senses…” – Piper As I am spending time in Romans (always, always a powerful ex...

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Pursued

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“The great tyrant has not forgotten you, and he designs your capture and re-enslavement.” – Charles Spurgeon [5] When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” [6] So he made r...

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Is Fiction Stranger Than Truth, Or?

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Among those that belong to Him I will assume that we can agree that there is nothing that God cannot do! He can raise people from the dead, He can send a great fish to secure a Prophet, He can rain down fire, send various plagues; flood the entire world, etc… If the co-authors of the New Testament (breathed by God, written by man, with the human authors personality...

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Up to You or Up to Him? Part 1

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Our Community Group (CG) is such an awesome, eclectic, open, loving mixture of people from all walks of life and various levels in their walks with the Lord. This last week as we started through a summer event of the “Tough Question Series” a question came up….ok dialogue that included old and young earth, John Calvin, Joseph Arminius, Noah’s Ark, ...

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Up to You or Up to Him? Part 2

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Do you know God? Really know Him? We have all heard the stories of men or women that “know” Scripture but “know” nothing of the God whose word they quote. I am sure that there are religious groups that come to mind that fit that bill as well, maybe even members of your own family. Those that would say they know God, say they are Christians but have ...

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U of G

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Have you ever found yourself asking “where was God?” Where was He when…Where was He when she or he…Why did He allow me to be addicted to meth, porn, gambling, alcohol? Why did He allow all of the pain of loss of a loved one, a fellow Soldier, a spouse, a home, a job…etc. He was there…. He’s always there…. Always has b...

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The Blackhorse in a Ziploc

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It was a dicey mission at best, there had already been a potential of attacks against the hospital (stolen drugs, needless murder of those in beds needing help, Doctors killed)…a hotbed of insurgency that we were sent to help clean up. The hospital sat in a small section of winding roads in the middle of a community of stacked homes and winding alley ways. We knew ...

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September 11th

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The enemy attacked without warning…we knew that the enemy was there but the attack was a surprise. General Howe landed in Maryland and was headed to Philadelphia…but General Washington knew it almost as soon as he landed. Immediately General Washington moved his army towards the Brandywine River….but when Washington arrived he was welcomed by British ...

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Heart of a Child

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I was freshly reminded of the purity of a child’s love and thirst for Jesus. I was able to spend several days with my nephew. One night on the way home from dinner he asked me, with the innocence of a child; if I would go back up north with him and baptize him in a lake near his home. With that a discussion ensued about salvation, Jesus, His life, death, and resurre...

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Will You Stand Strong?

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The thought of facing an enemy who is willing to die (right or wrong) can certainly give you pause of how willing you are to face them in battle. Ask yourself what you would do when facing an enemy that won’t quit in that endeavor creating that struggle (Eph 6:11 – “struggle” severe opposition). When you feel your world crashing down, when what seem...

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Foxhole Covenant…

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It is amazing what will happen when you are under fire – when you are facing an attack from the enemy or a coordinated attack from multiple enemies. Have you ever found yourself saying “God, if You only let me get through this………then I will……..” Maybe that has happened in a foxhole, maybe holding onto something porcelain...

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What Condition is Your Wall In?

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When Artaxerxes came to the Persian throne, he authorized Ezra the scribe and a small number of Jews to return to Jerusalem in 458 B.C. Upon their arrival they found things in sever disarray. The temple was there; however, there was a tremendous disregard for the Law of God (or things of God in general for that matter). Now, since the time of the Babylonian Captivity (appr...

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No More Excuses…

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One does not have to go very far into the Old Testament to see that anything and everything that could happen to the Israelites would, could, and did happen….and in every case it was THEIR fault. Why? What did they do? They did what most of us followers of Jesus when we are in one of the peaks instead of one of those valleys? When things are going great are we auto...

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Fog Of War…

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The term “Fog of War” is a term that defines what we sometimes cannot discern. Think of facing an enemy that you cannot see. By this I mean that while all hell is breaking loose and your eyes are filled with sweat, you smell the mixture of combat smells…smoke, sweat, blood, gun powder, and vehicle exhaust – you sometimes cannot see who the enemy is...

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WWJ(efferson)D?…

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Some in America would say that President Jefferson is a complete deist, others may say that he is more of a spiritualist, and yet again some may even suggest that he was a follower of Christ. Ultimately, I am not sure that I am prepared to say that any of the above is, in totality – TRUE. Few can argue the fact that President Jefferson did produce what is today know...

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JONAH-FI…

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Are you a prophet? Are you malleable to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Have you ever tried to run away from God only to find that He will meet you in a dark alley somewhere? Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord [1:1] Now the word of the LORD came (John 1:1 tells us that the WORD became flesh….Jonah did not listen to Jesus?) to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ...

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The Black Robe Regiment…

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“Mighty men they were, of iron nerve and strong hand and unblanched cheek and heart of flame…And such were the sons of the mighty who responded to the Divine call.” - Bishop Charles Galloway As I reflect on God’s Word and what history in this great place has shown me, I can’t get out of my mind a discussion I had with the Pastor about the a...

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Liberty or Death...

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General Washington was known as the SWORD of the Revolution, Jefferson was known as the PEN of the Revolution But, Henry was known as the VOICE of the Revolution – As a speaker Patrick was said to be “incomparable” to the extent that an allusion used to describe him was the “American Cicero” and that he spoke as “Homer wrote.” M...

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Battle for the Heart…

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A version of the story goes…Robert the 17th Earl of Bruce (the very one that betrayed William Wallace on the field of battle), as you know picked up where William left off after Wallace’s life was dispatched. When Robert was close to death he made one of his trusted men cut out his heart to carry it with his army when they were engaged on the field of battle! ...

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PTSD in the Old Testament?

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I am blessed to work (in ministry) with a man who not only shares the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) diagnosis with me, he has had it since 1967. “JB” has 4 purple hearts and is probably the main reason that PTSD is recognized by the VA (Veterans Administration) and DOD (Department of Defense). We have talked recently about how “new” is PTSD ...

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The Ice is Too Thick…

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That icy night the General (General G. Washington) knew that if he could surprise the German conglomerate under the command of Colonel Rahl across the Delaware River – this grand experiment called the United States would have a chance…What many do not know that in the amazing portrait of General Washington crossing the river, the group with him was very eclect...

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INDEPENDENCE

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As we come upon another day of Independence, remember that is more than barbeques and pretty lights that will undoubtedly OOOOOH and AHHHHH us this July the 4th, I would like to simply present to you a speech given on live TV 14 1969. Red Skelton Commentary on The Pledge of Allegiance This When I was a small boy in Vincennes, Indiana, I heard, I think, one of the most o...

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Brother of the Original Son of Liberty

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John Adams (the lawyer made famous by defending the accused British Soldiers of the Boston Massacre) is recorded to have a profound but important reflection within days of signing the Declaration of Independence.“…(Independence) should be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty…..through the gloom (of war and d...

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One Nation Under God…

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One Nation Under God… The Lord has convicted me over that statement recently as I think about what has ultimately been given for this Country throughout its brief history. There has never been a country that was founded on the Word of God until this one or like this one, there has never been a country that has been writing its founding documents only to break for t...

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