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How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place

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1 Kings 8-9 When it comes to extremes, God seems to have poured out an extravagant amount of grace upon Solomon's ancient Israelite kingdom. Solomon was the wisest person to have ever lived by God's grace, and through God's wisdom Solomon made his ancient kingdom likely one of the richest to have ever exist. Chapters 5 through 7 of 1st Kings goes into seemingly excruciati...

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Unanswerable Questions for Jesus

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Luke 20:27-40 Is there any question God cannot answer? Have you ever had any particular question or problem where it seems that not even the Bible could answer it? I sure have on many occasions, far more than I would probably like to admit. These questions and problems can nag at us for years, even lifetimes, and prevent us from growing in a meaningful and fulfilling way ...

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Long Live The King!

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1 Kings 1:39-41Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” All the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise.Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him...

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Shhh...

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  My soul waits in silence for God only;From Him is my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.Psalm 62:1-2   RyanWhitson...

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Be A Stream Of Life

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Proverbs 25:26Like a trampled spring and a polluted wellis a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. What good is a spring of water if it’s all muddied up? What good is a well that is polluted with garbage? What good is a Christian if he lives wickedly amongst the wicked? In ancient days, water was precious; it was a source of life. Where water was, there yo...

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Today The War Wages On!

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You turn on the news, read the paper or even browse the internet and in the headlines your hearing of the wars that are taking place and you also hear of all the rumors of war. Nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And who can forget hearing about all the famines and earthquakes happening in various places. These are the daily headlines. Today, the war ...

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The Charge of a King and the Choice of Two Servants

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May the text speak for itself! 2 Samuel 18:5-155The king charged Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king charged all the commanders concerning Absalom. 6Then the people went out into the field against Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. 7The people ...

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Word of the Day: ´╗┐Psalm 55

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Psalm 55 What do you do when you don't hear God's voice?What do you do when you cry out but it seems like no one is there? v.1-2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me.... What do you do when when life comes crashing down?What do you do when your broken down from the circumstances of life? v.4-5 My hea...

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Word of the Day: Luke 15:11-24

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A couple of things that I got out of studying this passage were 1) The father ran to the son. The father seeks out his son as the sovereign God seeks out unworthy sinners. 2) The father did not ask him to "earn" his forgiveness, because no amount of good works can save us from our sins. Randy Smith...

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Lowell Peterson's Influence

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I only had one opportunity to meet and visit with Lowell when he attended a Christmas party at our home that had our community group having a shared fellowship with his community group. I could tell that he was a Godly man and enjoyed getting to visit with him. Little did I know that after he moved back to live near his children that he would still be influencing my life. ...

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Humility

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LUKE 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. JAMES 4:6....God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. PROVERBS 3:34Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. "Many writers in the Bible advise us to be humble, but we often think that our status in society or church carries so...

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The Fruit Inspector

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When I read today's reading from Luke 13:1-22, I always find myself guilty of inspecting other's fruit production instead of examining my own. Luke 13:6-8And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tr...

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Behaving Like the Citizens of Heaven

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Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worth of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. Paul reminds us how important it is to live our daily lives living for Christ. We should be behaving like the citiz...

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I Should Have Read Proverbs This Morning

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Today, I didn't do a very good job of being a dad. There are lots of ways I messed up but I'll just tell you about one of them and how it all might have been avoided if my son and I had read and applied Proverbs 10 this morning. One of my sons directly disobeyed me when he decided to do what he wanted instead of what I had told him to do. He should have had this on his bra...

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The Best Testimony

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At some time after you became a Christian, you were probably challenged to work on your testimony just in case you have the opportunity to share it. This is really good. Paul tells us to "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season." Likewise, Peter challenges believers to always be "prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that...

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Big Decision Every Day

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“…they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them…” 1 Samuel 8:7b“For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it…” Luke 9:24a What an interesting ‘coincidence’ for today’s reading. Different authors, very different circumstances, multiple centuries apart and yet a very consis...

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Tears in a Bottle?

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When was the last time you cried out to God? I mean literal crying with actual tears. I'll be honest up front. I'm a crier. I'm not saying this is good or bad. Some would probably say it makes me less of a man and some would say it's good for a dude to cry every now and then. David said in Psalm 30:2 "O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me." Was thi...

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Useful to the Master

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“…He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples…” Luke 9:16b While reading this very familiar passage in Luke 9 describing Jesus feeding the 5,000, I was instantly reminded of the verse and more specifically the phrase I would like to be remembered by once I've gone to be with Jesus face to face. It’s in 2 Timothy 2...

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Only Believe

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"Do not be afraid any longer; only believe..." Luke 8:50 The most repeated command in the Bible is represented in this verse. God inspires the authors of Scripture to say it in different ways; fear not, be not afraid, do not fear, etc. but it always has the same message. God wants us to trust Him rather than be gripped with fear. Fear can be terribly debilitating, leaving...

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He's Always There

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“Master, Master, we are perishing!” If you're anything like me, there are times we feel very much like the disciples who are casually moving through life and suddenly the proverbial rug is pulled right out from under us. We've all experienced the shock...a boss informs you that they had to make one more round of cuts and you're in it; a beloved family member d...

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Our Perspective

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Today's reading includes two very compelling messages at opposite ends of the human condition. The first was found in the very last verse in the book of Judges:"In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21:25). The second was found in Luke 7:47, "...her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but ...

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The Predetermined Plan

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What an amazing weekend as we celebrated the very intentional, planned, purposeful and even predestined life, death, and resurrection of our King, Jesus! Most people who follow Him don’t have much problem with the “predestined” will of God as it relates to the Cross; in fact, we truly find great comfort and joy in His saving grace represented at the Cross...

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Just Say The Word

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“…just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Luke 7:7b Not most times but absolutely ever time I read this account of Jesus healing a centurion’s slave I feel like a second class Christian. This guy’s faith blows me away! I immediately identify with another guy who was also asking Jesus for a miracle; he wanted Jesus to heal his son ...

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