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You are not Condemned!

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What does this picture say about your Christian life? Do you see it? I'm sure there are other thoughts that could go along with mine but I see the chains that once bound me to my sin and the post that kept me in check to do the bidding of my former master. Here's the beauty of the picture. I'm not there anymore! By God's grace I've surrendered my life in repentance and f...

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Thinking the Best of Others

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What would you think if you walked by a bar and saw a Christian brother or sister inside? Many of us would instantly cast judgement upon our brother or sister or maybe just wonder in the back of our mind if they are struggling with a secret issue. We may even go so far as to let others know about who we saw so they can 'pray' for them. In our world today it's really easy...

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Everything in Excellence

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How the Quality of our Work Tells the World About Our God Obviously this picture is getting a little out of control. I don't think that's what God is referring to when he tells us in Colossians 3:23 that whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. The point of the passage is to make us aware for whom we are working. Whatever our labor is i...

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The Judicial System - Who Knew?

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You've probably seen or heard me talk about keeping God relevant in current times. Some people struggle with reading about the God of the bible from thousands of years ago, but feeling Him in the now of our lives. Of course to that I always suggest that a ongoing, real relationship with the Creator requires time with Him. In His word and in prayer. In actions of obedience ...

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Stop whining! Have faith and believe!

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I love the book of Exodus. I've always been intrigued by the entire story of Moses, Pharaoh, the massive rescue. Even the back story of Joseph before that. I guess that is why one of my favorite animation movies is The Prince of Egypt. This morning I was reading Exodus chapter 13 where God has finally allowed Pharaoh's heart to be broken by the death of his (Pharaoh's) so...

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I hope!

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How many times do you hear yourself saying "I hope ......."? You know you do it more than you think. "I hope traffic isn't bad today". "I hope my kid does well on his/her test". "I hope this new President does a good job". "I hope I get this promotion". I know I'm probably busting your chops for something you don't even think about, a statement that is more slang that anyt...

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We went....there is more to be done!

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"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8) When asked by his disciples if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel, Jesus replied by sending them to be His witnesses, both nearby and to the ends of the earth. If you've been a part ...

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It was God who sent me here!

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I have so many "favorite" stories in the bible, but this morning during my time and the word, I was thrilled to be reading one of the best. In Genesis, the story of Joseph. Here is a kid who goes from being hated by his brothers to the point they wanted to kill him! Threw him down a well and then sold him as a slave. By God's grace and design, he becomes a powerful and imp...

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The Name of Jesus

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“…And they took offense at Him.” Mark 6:3 “…they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:42 Have you ever had a conversation about God with an unbeliever in which the discussion wasn’t confrontational? The dialogue was actually cordial and comfortable and as long as the subject was God; the emotional a...

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Family Can Be Hard...

Family can be hard...especially around Christmas! Within the last 48 hours I've been brought into four different but each very difficult family scenarios from people within our West Valley family. I'm betting many, if not most, of you can relate to them at some level. One is an early forties heavy-hearted daughter who is having to travel out of state with her husband and...

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Simplicity & Purity of Devotion to Jesus

"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3 It's only the 13th of December, we still have 12 days to go before the 'big' day and life couldn't be more hectic. Granted, Laurie and I got a late start in preparing for Christmas this year as we had...

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The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing

One of my favorite chapters of any book I've ever read is titled "The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing" in A. W. Tozer's book The Pursuit of God. In it Tozer uses the story of Abraham being directed by God to take his only son (Isaac) and sacrifice him to picture what God Himself would do with His own Son, Jesus (see Genesis 22). Tozer brilliantly demonstrates how the sac...

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Ah...Thanksgiving

The house is quiet tonight. I'm sitting in disbelief among the cans of pumpkin and boxes of stuffing that will soon be whipped into the traditional feast. How did we get here already. After tomorrow, we'll just be a hop, skip, and a jump to Christmas and 2017! I was reading Titus earlier today. Not one of the most mentioned bible books, written by Paul. I'm generally a th...

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Be a Good Watchman

I was in Show Low yesterday for the 2nd funeral in as many weeks. Nothing gets me to examine my own life like watching others go through that experience. I keep hearing Hebrews 9:27, "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement..." This time, the examination revealed something a little different. I am secure in my own salvation through God's grace...

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What did you bear?

Ah Friday. The end of the week for those readers who work traditional schedules. All over the valley, hair is let down, pants are loosened, and relaxing begins. Planing for the crazy weekend is in the back of our mind: kids sports, household chores, maybe some social time. Do you ever stop and take stock of your week? Do you spend any time reflecting on how you spent your...

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Neighbor Update - Be ambassadors for Christ

Sorry for the typos last night. I guess my fingers were going faster than my mind. Or is it the other way around... So the neighbor actually called! They want to get together next weekend! See what happens when you step out a little bit on faith? Today I was reading in 2 Corinthians again and I saw Chapter 5, verse 20, "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though ...

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OK I confess - they're weird...

Confession time: Skip has really challenged me the past few weeks with his message about what family really is. Lately, we've made our family mission official (we always had one unspoken). We talked about our vision and how to accomplish the display of God's love and His mission through our daily lives. We have a new neighbor. When I say new, I really mean several months ...

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We do not lose heart

I love being in God's word in the early morning, before I start my day. Nothing sets my mind and heart better than encouragement from Him and the men and women of the bible that came before me. I can't tell you how many times a passage that I read in the morning actually applies to my life later that very same day! Today is no different as I start another new assignment a...

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It's a Heart Issue

“When Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.” Matthew 26:6-7 Mary was identified in John 12:3 as the woman who poured the costly perfume on Jesus. The word costly doesn’t seem to explain the significance of the perf...

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It's a Heart Issue

“…whose heart stirred him…” Ex 35:21 “…whose heart moved them…” Ex 35:22 “…whose heart stirred…” Ex 35:26 “…whose heart moved them…” Ex 35:29 I am sure you have heard the statement, “It’s a heart issue” many times. I know when I have hear that stateme...

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Come and you will see.

38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"39 He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. - John 1:38-39 "Come and you will see..." I'm the type of pe...

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Full of Grace and Truth

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 Full of Grace and truth... this is one of my favoriate descriptions of Jesus. Something I so long for in my life. Most of the time, I swing to the one side or the other in a skewed way. Full of harsh truth and delivering ...

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Satisfied with Life

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“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” I Timothy 6: 8 In Matthew 21:33-39, Jesus tells a parable about a landowner who planted a vineyard. He rented it out to vine-growers who were thought to be reliable. The vine-growers agreed to pay a percentage of the proceeds to the landowner as rent. The remaining proceeds would be theirs for all...

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Heart of Prayer

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“…And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” Genesis 16:2 Genesis 16:2 says “…Sarai, Abram’s wife had born him no children…” Sarai had been childless for 10 years and since it was a custom of the day, she could get a child by using her own maid servant. So, “Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to h...

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Revive Me According to Your Word

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“Redeem me from the oppression of man that I may keep your precepts.” Psalm 119:134 I feel there needs to be a disclaimer on my blog with all that’s happening in the news the last few days. This is not a political statement at all. This is something God put on my heart several weeks ago. Since retiring, Diana and I spent a lot of time in the car while t...

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You are Dead....Rejoice!

There are some many great things about being a follower of Jesus, and resting at the foot of the cross. One passage that kept jumping into my head this morning was in Romans Chapter 6, verse 11 which says "In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Have you ever stopped to really think about that verse and what it means to be "alive t...

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You are the Light of the World!

Ask yourself: Am I the light of the world? Do I live my life each day in such a way that those around me would describe me as "a light"? I'm studying a book with a group of guys from church and we starting discussing the concept of biblical character as it relates to church leadership. One of the suggestions on the topic was the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. The aut...

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Like a Bride, Waiting For Her Groom...

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Today I woke up with the song, "Even So Come" by Kristian Stanfill running through my mind, particularly the verse, "Like a bride waiting for her groom, we'll be a church ready for You".I will admit that the concept of being a bride, even as a member of the Body, is difficult for me. I am male after all.Pondering this as I went through my routine, I began comparing a 1st c...

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Simple Heart, Happy Heart

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For you parents out there, you might agree that one of the most difficult concepts to teach our young ones is contentment. Actually, that is difficult for some adults too! Just about every night, I pray with my kids at bed time. I try to change it up and stay away from praying the same robotic prayer all the time. Lately, we've been praying for things that God has blessed...

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Are They Biting?

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Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men". They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:17) How's the fishing going? Are you intentionally seeking and praying for opportunities to cast your line or just getting through your day with as little stress as possible. It is so easy for us to get wrapped up in our schedules, ne...

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The Power of Prayer in Parenting

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"Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instructions and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me, finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:32-36, t...

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Just How Deep is the Father's Love?

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Yesterday, we sang one of my all time favorite songs during worship: "How Deep the Father's Love for Us". I'm always moved how the author of the lyrics beautifully captures the message of the gospel, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I can't help but shed a few tears of pure joy and shame as I belt out the words. "How deep the Father's love for us, how vast bey...

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Boldness to Speak

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“…as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God…” 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Every week, my wife meets with an accountability group. As they were studying/sharing last week, a friend that hadn’t attended before joined the group. She was unsure of her relationship with God but wanted to know more. As you might expect...

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2016 Coming!

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HERE WE GO AGAIN! This will be my 55th New Year's celebration. Of course I don't remember any of them prior to around age 10-12. However, whether conscience of them or not, they came and went each year and each time symbolizing something really significant for the human psyche. It's not hard to see it coming: all the diet programs start blitzing the airwaves with promise...

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The Gift Left Unopened...

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Good Morning. I know I'm blogging out of order, so forgive me! I just felt compelled to share what was on my heart this morning as I enjoyed my coffee and time in His word amongst the wrappings and kids playing with their latest treasures. It is my hope this morning that someone might read this blog and realize there is a gift yet unopened for them. Someone who awoke this...

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Don't You Realize Who I Am? (or how important I am?)

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Thank you to the men of my small group who gave me the idea of today's blog: Read 2 Kings 5. You will read the story of Naaman, a "commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded...". (2 Kings 5:1) Naaman had one big problem though; leprosy. In those days, leprosy was a huge issue both medically and socially. S...

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You Aren't Normal

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Psalm 139: 13-16 says "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed...

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Because He First Loved Us!

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Why do believers love? In my morning bible reading today I was in 1 John 4:1-21 reading about the power reasons that John lists why Christians practice love. I was reading out of the MacArthur Daily bible and I appreciate how MacArthur summarized verse 7-21. I'd like to pass along the essence of what John the author and Dr. MacArthur say about the five reasons why believe...

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September 11th

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September 11th: Those words cause mix reactions in different people. 14 years ago, those of us on the west coast were waking up to a nightmare in the United States. Even now, so many years later, there is still anger, fear, and questions associated with them. Evil still exists in the world. Now we have police officers being targeted, sex trafficking, domestic violence on t...

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Let's Do This!

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The small group I'm in is starting Francis Chan's "You and Me Forever". We are excited about what we've heard from other believers about this book and how it has impacted their lives. There are a couple concepts just in the introduction that spurred great conversation last night and a feeling about what God could be starting to do in our own lives! There is one passage in...

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Happy Labor Day!

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It really is a happy labor day! For we are given the victory over sin by God through His Son, Jesus Christ! I was reading today in my daily bible and I love how the calendar and what I was reading aligned. Paul writting to the church has much to say in 1 Corinthians, but today a couple things caught my eye. He writes in 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be decieved: Evil compan...

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Do Likewise

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In 1 Samuel 3 we read about the account of the LORD revealing Himself to Samuel. Basically, Samuel is sleeping and he hears who he thinks is Eli calling his name. Three different times Samuel hears his name and gets up and runs to Eli. After the third time Eli perceives that the LORD was calling Samuel so he told him to go lie down and say to the LORD next time, "Speak, LO...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:18-20 & 53:1-4

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We are in some really interesting times. We see the depravity of men and women all around. We are living in a society that everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes. There is no fear of God! Psalm 53:1-4. I can become so complacent that I am just as guilty as they are. Do I condone sin? Psalm 50:18-20. Do I fear the Lord? I catch myself thinking at times wondering ...

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Humility - That's a Tough One!

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Good Morning Blog Land! Please forgive me as I was assigned to start at the begining of the week and I've failed you. I'll try to catch up... I love the word of God and His ability to use and apply any passage to our day, either directly or through someone else. This morning I read Proverbs 18, verse 12; "Before destruction, the heart of man is haughty, And before honor i...

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Devoted to God's Word

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Thirteen years ago I had a hunting accident that caused me to be unable to umpire baseball games, something that I had done for several years during basketball off-season. Due to a new teaching assignment and some renewed strength found through a physical therapist, I started calling baseball games again. I soon saw a problem developing. Due to my pride and arrogance , I f...

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Just like Israel

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I actually wrote this nearly two years ago, but never posted it because the Spirit prompted me not to. I've made a few edits from the original draft and I hope it is encouraging to you. Growing up in the Church I've heard the account of the children of Israel wandering in the desert for forty years probably more than forty times. I don't know if you're like me, but their ...

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Like a Game of Hot Potato

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I just finished reading a book by Francis and Lisa Chan called You and Me Forever. It's a marriage book but reads nothing like what you would think a book on marriage would be. Instead it might be the best best thing I've read on how to accomplish the mission other than the Bible. At the the very end Francis makes this statement to sum up all that they had written: "Like a...

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By Whose Interpretation?

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I had the pleasure this morning of meeting with a group of men who have a heart for Jesus and a desire to study His word. We discussed how to study the bible and talked briefly about interpretation. A great question was raised. How many interpretations of God's word are there? We discussed 2 Peter 2:20-21, "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture cam...

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Self Check

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If you are reading this on Thursday morning, March 19, 2015, you are enjoying the rain. I love rain in the desert and there is something about waking up to cloudy skies and rain. Thank you Lord! Sometime today, during your quiet time or your time in the Word, read Galatians 5:22-23 for a quick "self check". Are you living by the Spirit? Does it show? Would your kids, spou...

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"I am Your Salvation"

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I was reading in Psalm today, specifically 35, and those words grabbed my attention: "I am your salvation" (vs 3). Just before those words, the Psalmist says: "Say to my soul, I am your salvation". He's writting about fighting, spears, stoping those who pursue, etc, so I'm guessing it is a plea for comfort and reasurrance. A reminder, not to our intellect, but to the v...

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A Simple Plan

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If you are a follower of Jesus, it is likely that right now you are experiencing a trial of some kind. Jesus and Paul said that it would be this way. It could be various trials, sickness, fatigue, feelings of despair or hopelessness, grieving for the loss of a loved one, persecution, the effects of someone else's sin or maybe even your own. These things happen in this worl...

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Merry Christmas

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Isaiah 9:6-7"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to u...

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Nice Try, World!

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"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1) Today caught me a little off guard. I was going along all happy and such because next week is Christmas! (BTW - I'm still happy). At work though, I felt like the enemy was trying to derail me at every turn. Trying to get me to react...

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Guard Yourself!

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Are you busy this time of year? LOL It is the night of December 17th as I write this and time is rushing towards one week from now, Christmas Eve. Some of you might be in a crazy mode by now; gifts still to buy, cookies to bake, family gatherings, parties... Oh no! I haven't even started the Christmas Cards. This is the time when you start to cheat things like your praye...

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Mary DID know!

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"And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - Holy is His name." (Luke 1:46-47, 49) Try to picture Mary's situation in today's terms or your life directly. We are really busy living moment by moment; kids to school, kids to practice, appointments, work duties, social engagements, house...

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Do Not Fear

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I am really learning to appreciate Isaiah as I mature as a follower of Christ. There is so much wisdom found there that is applicable to our lives even today. I remember being a child, a new believer, even a young man but not much of a follower and discounting the Old Testament as, well, Old. I couldn't see that it was full of Christ. I recently had a "close call" at work...

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The Power of the Tongue

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Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. My favorite description of Jesus is that he was "full of grace and truth." Why is it so difficult for me to deliver truth and lack so much grace. Foot in mouth tends to be one of my biggest diseases. Lord, I beg you to fill me with your Holy Spirit and cause the words...

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It is His Glory to Overlook an Offense

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As I was desperate to hear from Him this morning this is what he said: Proverbs 18:11-13 11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. 12 A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. 13 A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain. Lat...

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"I Hold You in My Heart"

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I got about ten minutes into my day this morning when a really scary, and sadly, all too common thought hit my mind. Every thought I had up to that point was only about me. I hadn't thought about my wife, or my kids, and even though I was about to open up my Bible, I hadn't considered God either. My mind was already consumed with how every situation in the day was going to...

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For Such a Time as This

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This morning I read Chapter 4 of Esther. The book is interesting because God is not mentioned once in the book, yet His presence and sovereignty is seen all throughout. You know the story. Mordecai, a Jewish exile, ticks off a man named Haman who is high in the King's court. Haman really doesn't like Mordecai or the Jews and enacts a dastardly plot to have all of them kill...

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First Things First

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"To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are ...

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It's in There!

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"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Philippians 2:3-4 So much easier said then done, this verse. Last night I was taking my son to the first soccer practice of the season and we were talking about his team, who might be on it...

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Rejoice - Everyday

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Ah the morning shift of getting kids off to school. One kid is happy and jumps out of bed, getting dressed, talking about the day. The other kid, GRUMPY! Everything is awful, difficult; you get the idea. I'm reminded of a song my mom used to sing to me that we sang in church. "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice". Why do I just expect my grumpy kid to be h...

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Distressed... and Pressing on to KNOW HIM

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DistressedThe past few days I have been distressed. Distressed by the magnitude of God's love for me Distressed by my complacency Distressed by His patience Distressed by the magnitude of my sin. Distressed by His Overwhelming Grace Distressed by my fickle and wandering heart. Distressed by His Unconditional Love in spite of me...So what does he want? Hosea 5:15 ~ ...

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Get Out of the Way You Moron

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It can definitely be said about me that I like to take care of my problems on my own, if I am in sin my natural tendency is to "fix it" or try and overcome it on my own. This weekend, while up at the #menference in Prescott with a bunch of guys from Church, God, like He is always so faithful to do, hit me with my sin. Now we were encouraged, told, sometimes even held down ...

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Life is Short

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Ephesians 5:15-1715 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Here are some words from of our SCW group's study of Ephesians BE RICH, by Warren Wiersbe. ...We cannot know what a day may bring forth (James 4:13-17)....

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I Can't Believe You Gave Me Wrong Directions!!!!!!!!!

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Vicky, her sister, their Mother, and I just got back from a week of traveling in central California. Didn't get through the first day without falling to my biggest weakness (sin)--anger and bitterness. Over what? Getting on the wrong road due to none of us having ever been in this area, and wrong directions given to the directionally challenged driver. As our community gr...

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Precious in the Sight of the LORD

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July 18th is an awkward day for me to say the least. It is my birthday, but it also happens to be the day that my dad passed away. I hesitated to write about it, but my wife said that maybe someone would be encouraged by it. I am hoping that is the case because despite being one of the hardest moments of my life it is also a reminder of one of the kindest things the LORD h...

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Grace Upon Grace

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I was reading about Paul and Barnabas in Acts 14 today. Here's how the account begins: "Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed." Acts 14:1 The phrase "spoke in such a way" stood out to me. What was this "way?" Whatever it was, it was effective because allot of Jews and Gr...

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Getting Real with Rabbi Jesus

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This past "Father's Day" I received a gift of the book lots of folks have been talking about, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. (interesting that this book titled, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus would become a follow-on favorite to our study of Walking as Jesus Walked.) The study, research and insights of these authors is very expansive. Yet their stated, "goal of ...

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Why God Has Us In Arizona!

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Wow, there is nothing like vacationing with one of our kids' family, total 7 of us, out of town,, to remind me that living this grandparent season of life is a daily/hourly or minute by minute, walk in Proverbs 16:9 The mind of a man plans his way, But he Lord directs his steps. Yes, we started with a singular purpose in mind, sharing some time at time shares in Sedona. F...

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Bush in the Desert

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Was challenged to find a passage that could help me with an area in my walk that, well let's say needs improving or I miss the boat on. For me it can be summed up as, trying to do things in my own strength instead of being led by the Spirit. In Luke 4, the temptation of Jesus, verse one talks about how the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, an...

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Did Your Rooster Crow?

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I was reading about the crucifixion of Christ and though I know the story well, I'm always amazed at many things. It never ceases to amaze me that the God of all creation would endure such a horrible thing for me, for you. Each time I read about it something else stands out. This time it was Peter. Peter had it good during the time of Christ. He had complete access to Jes...

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So You Think You Are That Important?

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This morning I was reading in 2 Kings, chapter 5 where Naaman, who was suffering from leprosy, sought a cure from Elisha. There are several points learned from this story that go beyond the healing that was provided from God through Elisha. Naaman was a very important man. He was the supreme commander of the army of Syria, a great man of high social standing. He was highl...

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An Inheritance Worth Going For

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By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 An inheritance... Something given to me that I didn't earn and I don't deserve. Strange to think that the Lord might want me to go somewhere that I don't know where I'm going in order to receive it. Why doe...

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Un-Gracious Confrontation

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The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.Proverbs 16:23-24 September 2009... I found myself in a situation where I needed to confront someone in the moment. It was a time where I was deeply angry... and in the midst of my confrontation, I was loud...

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Prayer of a Slug

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And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.Hebrews 6:11-12 As if the word "sluggish" was highlighted in my bible, it jumped off the page when I read this the other morning. Lately this is how I have b...

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Repost

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One year ago, April 22nd to be exact, I was doing this exact blog for the week and on that day God hit me with Psalm 55. Well, in God's sovereignty, I find myself one year later doing this exact blog for the week again and He hits me with Psalm 55 again. Since God has reposted this Psalm in my life, I will repost this blog in your life. Repost from 4/22/13... Psalm 55 W...

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Tools to Equip Us for Our Walk

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In recent times of trial, I was looking through a study of Ephesians by Warren Wiersbe and read the following words: "Christ is equipping us for our walk and our work here on earth. To do this, He uses three special tools: the Word (1 Thes. 2:13 And we thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as th...

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I Need Jesus

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Learning to walk as Jesus walked is hard. I don't just mean emotionally hard, but physically hard. I hope you know what I mean by that. My present circumstances are forcing me to realize something I desperately need to understand: I need Jesus. More and more I desire to have meaningful, Spirit led conversations with my co-workers and students. I need Jesus. I want to love ...

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A Blog About Nothing and Everything

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So a little bit ago I whined to my wife and said "I'm supposed to be blogging but I don't have anything to say." She responded with "Why don't you write about that?" I laughed and began brushing my teeth and started thinking "that's not a bad idea." After all, there is a pretty catchy song out right now called Just say Jesus. Part of the lyrics go "When you don't know what...

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What is My Real Worldview?

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Does anyone remember the 90s song by Audio Adrenaline titled My Worldview? The chorus went like this: My world viewit's how I see the worldit's how I look at youMy world viewit's how I see the worldwould you like to see it to?My world view Our worldview is the lens through which we see life. It's what shapes our attitudes and actions. Every person regardless of wheth...

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Homeward Bound

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Anybody older than 40 probably knows or has at least heard the song "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel. Being musicians and on the road most of their career they knew the feeling of being homeward bound as they longed for the month and day they would go home until the next tour started. I can only imagine how our men & women in uniform can relate to that song. A...

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Seeing As Jesus Saw

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Today I was traveling most of the day. Started by getting into Dallas about 1:00am then off to Minneapolis in the afternoon and ended up in Toronto, Canada (Don't-cha know) tonight. Besides being vividly reminded why I don't travel for a living I was also struck by the countless faces I saw. Empty, stressed, bewildered, disillusioned, tearful, & sorrowful. There were a...

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HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!!

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There are so many memories and so many faces that fill those memories. I can't begin to express how honored I feel to be a small part of what God has done and is doing. Truly only the King of all kings can take credit for all that's happened in these past 10 years through wvBc, Sunago Surprise, the Christian Liberty Center Church, and Sunago El Mirage which includes the Li...

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Peter's Roller Coaster

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A few weeks ago, our pastor's sermon title was, "Who do you say I am?" from Matthew 16:15. In that passage, Peter is quick to answer, in verse 16, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Jesus calls him blessed, immediately saying ". . . .because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." Having known Peter as Jesus did, he con...

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Useful to the Master

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Proverbs 16:9 the mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Late last year I received news of a critically ill friend. Amazingly, my wife and I each, separately came to the same thought; I should go to visit and encourage him. This was a big deal thought because he was in Bellingham, Washington. The mind of this man planned the trip, the Lord directed, ...

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He Knows Me

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Daniel 4 & 5 God loves me, and He reminds me that He is God and I'm not, therefore posting these Hearing God's Voice blogs is intimidating. Especially when getting a late start writing, how busy can a retired guy be? And staying at it too late. So diligence requires an earlier start. I'll go right to the core of this. In our pastor's message Sunday he used a quote fr...

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

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I have already prepared myself for the day when my kids come home and ask me questions about their homework and I have no idea what they are talking about(I am gonna pretend like that hasn't happened already and that I have never searched google for an answer). However, I don't know why it surprises me when one of my kids asks a question about the Bible that challenges or ...

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Does "Begat" Mean Skip Ahead?

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If you are like me when you run into a chapter that has genealogies you might have a temptation to skip ahead or at least skim through (I would NEVER do that, can you smell the sarcasm). Well Genesis chapter 5 has all the descendants of Adam down to Noah. Now I will confess I was doing a little bit of skimming until I got to the last verse, 32 Noah was five hundred years ...

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From the End to the Beginning

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So as part of my reading I do 2 chapters in the old testament. Once every other year I run into the crazy phenomenon (ok so its just normal math) where I read the last chapter in Malachi and the first chapter in Genesis on the same day. Today I just thought it was pretty cool to read the end of the Old Testament followed by the beginning. Malachi 4: 1 saysFinal Admonition...

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Listening

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“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13 Communications in a marriage relationship is listed as one of the top reasons for divorce. Whenever we ask the Young Marrieds class what topics they would like to study, the answer usually includes communication. I realize there is much said and written about this topic, so ...

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Impatience

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“…this Moses…..we do not know what has become of him.” Exodus 32:1 When Moses hadn’t returned from the mountain after being with God, the people were becoming fearful and concerned something had happened to him. They wanted Aaron to have God do something. Once again they weren’t trusting God and became impatient; they wanted something...

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Children Marked by Obedience

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“By those who come near Me, I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored.” Leviticus 10: 3 This verse follows the incident when Aaron sons disobeyed God and “… died before the Lord.” (Leviticus 10:2) My first response as a dad would be to say, “But that’s not fair!” However, we must realize that hi...

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The Best Influence

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“They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me…” Exodus 23:33 In Exodus 23 God warned the Israelites not to intermix or make a covenant with the Hivites, Canaanites or Hittites because the people “will make you sin against Me.” What has been the most influence in your life? Whatever it is, have you ever stopped ...

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FIRST STEP...ADMIT YOU'RE AN IDOL WORSHIPER

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As I was reading in Hosea today, something hit me. I worship idols. I would have never labeled myself something that extreme but I am convinced now, via God's word, that I am...and you probably are too (unless you are an elder of the church or something, then you have no issues spiritually) :) "...And you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior besides ...

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A Soft, Wise and Gentle Tongue

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life,but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:1-4 Lord, give me a soft answer in the times my fle...

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Let Me Ask You Only This:

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Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:2-3 Sarcasm... sometimes it just really gets the attention of those who enjoy to dish it out a bit... or a lot like myself. Paul is asking a very simple and sarcastic quest...

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Becoming Poor, For Others to Become Rich

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.2 Corinthians 8:9 So simple... yet why do I have such a hard time living this out. Giving when it hurts... when it really cost me something is so hard for me. My rights, my pride, my recognition, my hard work, m...

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Word of the Day: Jeremiah 23:29

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Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?Jeremiah 23:29 As I study and prepare for leading the sheep entrusted to my care, its very tempting to think to myself, 'this is what I need to say' or 'that is what I need to do'. In the midst of these thoughts, I drift away from the simple, basic yet POWERFUL truth that Go...

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Saved to Serve

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Mark 1:30-31 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him (Jesus) about her. And he (Jesus) came and took her by the hand and lifter her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. When Christ saves or heals us he does it for a reason far beyond ourselves. He saves us so that we might serve him. This is exactly what we see whe...

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We Go Because of Who He Is

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Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on hearth has been given to me." As I was reading this extremely familiar verse the other day I was struck again that we go out into the world in the name of Jesus because of who he is. I am able to face whatever problem I come across because Christ has "all authority" over that problem. And in th...

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Abiding in Christ

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Matthew 27:20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. I just finished reading through the book of Matthew recently and was struck by the above verse. Only days before this particular verse took place the crowd had celebrated the arrival of Jesus on Palm Sunday, even in defiance of what the chief priests and elders wa...

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What is Eternal Life? 5

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Tonight, Thursday Night, the Young Adults had their weekly bible study / community group at Paradise Bakery. Such an awesome time together in God's word, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and prayer. We talked about God's amazing grace and asked if God's grace is amazing anymore in our own lives. At the end of our time together, a young college student sitting at a diffe...

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What is Eternal Life? 4

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This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 What is eternal life? Eternal life is knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ who was sent! If eternal life is to know, what does it mean to know? The answer to that question is huge, and its more than the word "k n o w" in English offers us. The very though...

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What is Eternal Life? 3

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This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 Who gets to experience this eternal life that God offers through His Son Jesus? Who is "they", that verse three speaks of? They is... John 17:2 ...all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. John 3:14-16 “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the...

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What is Eternal Life? 2

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This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 The same God who gives us zoe (life), is the same God who gives us eternal zoe. Eternal, meaning, never to end. God not only allows us to experience this amazing life that scripture describes, here and now, but He is ever so gracious to allow us to experience th...

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What is Eternal Life?

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This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 The word for life here in the greek is zoe. This word zoe, speaks of the life which only comes from Jesus and focus more on the life only He gives and not so much of the idea of physical life. Zoe or life, is the very thing we lack apart from Jesus. Without Jes...

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What Should I Do With My Life?: Eight Aims for Our Career

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Desiring God Ministries--8th aim that should drive every Christian's career path. 8. Aspire to Work for What Lasts Lastly, work for what lasts. Have in mind that this life is short, and everything not done for Christ will be in vain. Defy the deceitful notion that we have to build up and acquire here. Jesus says, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 5

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Desiring God Ministries--part 6 & 7 of 8 aims that should drive every Christian's career path. 6. Aspire to Overflow to Others For the glory of God, you should aspire to provide for yourselves, but it shouldn’t end there. God has much more in mind for your money than simply your family’s food, rent, and gasoline. “Let the thief no longer steal, but ...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 4

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Desiring God Ministries-- Part 4 & 5 Aims that should drive every Christian's career path 4. Aspire to Confound the World With Paul, I appeal to you, future employers and employees, “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). Your life — your whole life, including your work ...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 3

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Desiring God Ministries-- part 3 of 8 aims that should drive every Christian's career path 3. Aspire to Find Your Joy in God, Not Money You were created to know, love, display, and enjoy God (Psalm 37:4). But there are a thousand other things vying for that place in your heart and priorities. Perhaps no deadly distraction will be more subtly compelling than your career (...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 2

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The second of eight aims that should drive every Christian's career path--by Desiring God Ministries. 2. Aspire to Do God’s Work If the only category you have for the Lord’s work is Christian ministry, it won’t take long for you to functionally disconnect your life’s vocation from your life’s mission — to make much of God. All work is ...

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What Should I Do With My Life?

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My son-in-law posted an interesting writing from Desiring God Ministries, written by Marshall Segal--the executive assistant to John Piper. Thought it was a great outlook on living our daily walk with God. It has several parts, so I will be adding some each day. What should I do with my life? It’s one of the biggest questions on most young minds, especially during ...

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The Gospel is Growing

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If you're anything like me you might be prone to looking at the current condition of our country with fear, frustration, contempt, and cynicism. It is pretty easy to do. The economy seems to get worse every day. The news is full of stories of children being abused and even killed by their own parents. Families are breaking apart every day. The culture is inundated with por...

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The Encouragement Dare

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After many years leading the 5th and 6th grade group my wife and I took a pay bump, which includes free half donuts at the Common Grounds cafe (beat out HEbrews) to lead the newly formed 4th and 5th grade group. From the beginning we have tried to stress to the kids that we are a group and not a class. I was encouraged that this concept may have a chance of sticking when E...

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Hearing God's Voice: Proverbs

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Proverbs 1:20–21 20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square; 21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: Father, please open my ears. I know You're speaking, I know You're shouting. It's my ears that need to be unplugged and refocused on You.Please give me ears to hear! ...

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All Things New!

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All Things New! Revelation 21:5 It's now upon us...a brand new year! It's very strange, in a mysterious kind of way, how we tend to gravitate to the newest, the latest, & the greatest in some form or fashion. Technology has that mysterious draw on me and that monster was fed to the full this year. First, our kids gave me a pen for Christmas that as your writing it se...

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The Other Wise Man

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So here it is, Christmas day; full of wondrous times with family. Gifts, meals, laughter, and, for some, tears. A fun little devotional was published this year, titled It’s a Wonderful Life. Sub-titled A 31-Day Devotional Based on Favorite Christmas Classics and by written David McLaughlin. He has complied some wonderful, memorable stories, each chapter concluding w...

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Christmas Eve 2013

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Driving to and from an errand today, the “car stereo” was playing an audio book by a favorite Bible teacher 1. His teaching is so deep and methodical; it is like a “gym-workout” for my brain. Last week, with this same audio book teaching I was lead to stop at the public library and get the book he was teaching. Yes it is another of those books about...

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Consider Jesus

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In a little over one week, West Valley will hear some testimonies and witness baptisms. These testimonies will be a witness to others of the power of God to save His people. Consider the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. After her encounter with Jesus, she leaves her waterpot and went into the city, apparently so excited about the “Christ.” John 4:29 &ld...

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Nothing Can Separate Us!

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Dear God, Forgive me - Today I took my eyes off of you and worried about myself. Forgive me - Today I focused on myself and lost sight just for a moment of your wisdom and love for me. Forgive me - Today I took things into my own hands not believing that all things are for my good and Your glory. Forgive me - I've been missing the opportunity to hear Your voice through...

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Seek Goodness!

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Proverbs 11:27 "He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it" OK folks. This one is a short one but a difficult one for sure. In everything you do, are you seeking good? How often do I jump to the conclusion that someone is speaking ill of me, or acting out of malice or bad intentions towards me. Seek the one who's birth we will celebrate i...

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Wouldn't It Be Great to Know the Future.....

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This morning I was reading the last few chapters of Daniel, specifically in Chapter 12 which my bible titles "The End Times". Chapter 12 - At that time, Michael, the great prince who protects your people will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the begining of nations until then. But at that time your people - everyone whose name is found...

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Driving Range, Taco Bell and My Son's Eternal Destination

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Colossians 3:1-7Put On the New Self3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is,seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be rev...

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Not Meant for Civilian Life

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2 Timothy 2:44 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Often at West Valley we will hear how we stink at communication, and then usually the we is clarified to say that men/husbands really stink at communicating. So in an effort to better communicate with my wife we starte...

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Faith

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 There is nothing more I can add to what already has been written about and what has been said about Hebrews 11 which is known as the Hall of Faith chapter. It’s really hard to imagine some of the difficulties; actually they were pretty much down right imposs...

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Win Their Trust

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I came to the exiles …..and I sat there seven days where they were living….” Ezekiel 3:15 Sometimes there are opportunities, situations or downright uncomfortable experiences in which the Lord ordains in our lives. Ezekiel had one of those opportunities as the Lord directed him to prophesy among his people who cared very little about anything from God....

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Speak to Them

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Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.” Ezekiel 3:11 There are many people that touch our lives that don’t know Jesus. They might be family members, co-workers, close friends and neighbors that clearly show no interest in spiritual things or Bibli...

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Word of the Day: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16 is a banner verse for us so called Bible believing Christians. The question is however, do we actually believe this verse? Do we in our own liv...

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Word of the Day: 2 Timothy 2:4-5

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No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:4-5 Am I willing to serve Christ as an active duty soldier? Or as an athlete competing for the prize? What does this mean for my life as a servant of Christ? The soldier and athlete are relent...

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The Three R's

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Last week I was struggling to have the right perspective of my circumstances. So, I decided to ask my 5th grade class what they do when they are struggling in life. I explained to them that people usually do one of three things. Some people try to escape their problem, some try to ignore the problem, while others will attack the problem. I asked them to talk about which on...

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Determine to Love

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I am finishing up reading a book titled Broken-Down House by Paul David Tripp. One of the last Chapters is titled Determine to Love. Below is my "book report" on part of the chapter. Tripp uses 1 John 4:9-11 to help us understand what love really is and what it practically means for us to love others. I have added verses 7 and 8 as well, below. It reads. Beloved, let us ...

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Another Season

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Walking in a shallow stream yesterday, I first thought myself to be most impressed by the large rocks that forced the water to flow over or around them. How steadfast they seemed! And, as the water rushed past, it caused deep holes and soft, movable sand around the rocks. The rock's steadfastness allowed the water to run deep, where it could be absorbed and retained to nou...

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The Long Silence Broken

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Jonah 1:4 .....Well there has been so much "noise" in this personal, perfect storm that was "hurled" at me this week, that only now can I begin to hear again. What it might have been like when that man Jonah suddenly stood on the dry land, hearing God's voice, the second time. How can I say, I love you Lord, while floundering through another godless day. Trying in my fles...

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Pray - Make Plans - Pray

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" There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord". (Proverbs 21:30) We sure are busy creatures. Last night my kids and I picked up my wife at the airport around 8:30 PM after she was out of state for work for a couple days. We drove home happy to be together, but everyone very tired after a long day of school, work, and play. "Tomorrow is very b...

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Reconciliation - Thankfully.....

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Boy, this week all my favorite verses are coming up. I don't think it is a coincidence that is happening during my blog week. God has always been so good at giving me thought material! If you are reading along with the church outline this year, you just read 2 Corinthians chapter 5 today. Two parts always jump out to me and I'm so thankful for them time and time again. ...

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You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

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Last night I was with a group of people and we were talking about what verses did God use lately to speak to us. Mine was Psalms 139 which I love for a couple different reasons. It starts out with reminding us that we are never alone. This is both encouragement for when you feel alone and afraid and also a warning for when you feel like God won't be watching you in your si...

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Chop His Head Off, Tell the End, He is Praising Jesus!

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I tried writing and rewriting several times what I learned today reading Luke 7, especially verses 24-28, but it was terrible. Attached you will see a video clip from Mark Driscoll that does a way better job summing up what I wanted to write.  When you look up synonyms for the word "justify" you can find words like excuse, explain away, or, rationalize. It is way t...

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Quit Kissing Me Satan

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So recently I have been working through a student who is choosing a life of serving self and what it looks like for me to lovingly/Biblically confront them. Also watched a tv show where the main character, who was a doctor, was dealing with being addicted to pain meds and I watched as his friends and family tried (horribly i might add) to help him by confronting him on the...

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Word of the Day: 1 Corinthians 2:2

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“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 In Acts 18, Paul arrives in Corinth a political and commercial center of Greece which had a reputation for wickedness and immorality. It’s in Corinth that Paul meets Aquila and Priscilla who had just been expelled from Rome by Emperor Claudius’s de...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 5:10

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“And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean." 2 Kings 5:10 I really enjoyed reading this account of Naaman’s way to God. It’s good to be reminded of the many ways that God works! We already talked about who Naaman was a little bit. MacArthur explains him so...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 5:2-3

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“Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, "Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." 2 Kings 5:2-3 In reading 2 Kings 5, verse 2 it mentions a little girl who was taken captive. Her family ...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 5:2

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“Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife.” 2 Kings 5:2 In...

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Grit Your Teeth and Pray for the Jerk

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Luke 6:27-28 "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you " Lets keep this short and practical: *Who can you think of right now that hates you or at least strongly dislikes you?(remember, Jesus promised the world will hate you because of Him...so someone out there doesn't like y...

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Tell Them Today

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I found out today that an acquaintance from work took his own life last night. He was in his early fifties and the few times I had worked with him he seemed "happy" and "normal". He is one of probably 5-6 firefighters this past year that have committed suicide. I did not know him well or any of the others, but from what I did know is that it was completely unexpected from ...

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Back to School

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Romans 1:1616 For dI am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is ethe power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew ffirst and also to gthe Greek. School is back in session and along with that comes new teachers, friends and of course, homework. My son brought home a sheet explaining he had to create a Pennant with 5 things on that describe who he is in some...

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Lovely People

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Matthew 22:34-40The Great Commandment34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and wit...

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New Kicks

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Ephesians 6:12-20 The Whole Armor of God My wife and I have had the opportunity to teach the 1st-4th graders during second service for the next 3 months. In that time we are doing a several-week study on the the whole armor of God and this past week the focus was on Ephesians 6:15. and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. NLT...

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Word of the Day: Romans 7:18

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Romans 7:17 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For our entire lives, society and our own minds, teach us and lead us to do what is right. We are taught and think that if we change and follow the law we will have the ability to do the right thing. Nearly all religi...

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Word of the Day: Romans 6:16

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Romans 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? Who is your master? You can only have one master, and it can't be yourself. If I try to be my own master, doing what I please, I become a slave to sin. Or, if I ...

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Word of the Day: Romans 5

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Romans 5:14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. When we read in Romans 5:14 that Adam was a "type", we should see that we have a real problem. "Type" can be defined as a model, pattern or example. Because Adam was or is these things, he is falling far short o...

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Word of the Day: Romans 4

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What is true Biblical faith? When it comes to faith, we hear all kinds of things that it may or may not be. We hear people say, "I have faith that everything will work out..." Or, "If you just believe..." Or, "If your faith is strong..." When we say things like this, what really is our faith in, what is the content of that faith or belief? If we read Romans 4 closely the c...

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Word of the Day: Romans 3:23-24

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Romans 3:23 is one of the better known verses of the Bible. But do we really believe it? it says, "all have sinned..." Do we really believe that we are sinners just like everyone else? If I believe this verse, I believe I am a sinner just like everyone else and have no room to boast or claim I am a better person compared to anyone else (see verse 27). Remember Romans 2 whe...

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Word of the Day: Romans 1:16

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Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Why is it that we don't share the Gospel like we should? Or, why is it that we don't live out the Gospel like we should? Or, why is it we just can't get past some of these problems in our lives or others lives? I am ...

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Word of the Day: Romans 2:3-4

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Romans 2:3 Do you suppose, O man - you who judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself - that you will escape the judgement of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? What annoys you? What things do people do or what type of person just drives you cra...

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Hearing God's Voice

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Hearing God’s Voice “This site is shared by the Elders and Leadership of WVBC.Each post is a description of what the Lord is speakingto their heart through the Word.” So what do you do when you’re not “hearing” God’s voice, when He’s not speaking to your heart through His word? What do you do when you come to the water wel...

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A Change in Our Plans

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Acts 20: 1-4 "After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 9:10

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"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10 In another of many proverbs about wisdom Solomon again promotes the value of accepting wisdom's invitation and the foolishness of rejecting it. In this chapter, just like chapter 8, wisdom is personified as one sending out an invitation ...

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Why Listen, Why Watch, Why Wait?

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"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:34-35 Why listen, why watch, why wait? As many have said over the years, the Christian life isn't difficult, it's impossible! Only One has ever lived it; Jesus! So again, why listen, why watch, wh...

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David, Friend of Sinners

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I'm sure there are quite a few reasons why David was called "a man after God's own heart" but I came across a verse recently that really struck me. It wasn't just God who recognized his heart. 1 Samuel 22:2 says "And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there w...

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At My Right Hand

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Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me;because He is at my right hand, I shallnot be shaken. This is one of my favorite verses. I read it again this morning in my time with the LORD. I have taught my three older sons to memorize it. They put their hands straight out as they say "I have set the LORD always before me;." As they say the next line "because He is at ...

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We Follow the Living, Resurrected Lord, Jesus. He is Alive!

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Recently I’ve been reading the really exciting period of the Bible, the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, on this earth. Just think about that, the risen Jesus, walking this same earth that I walk every day. That thought should make it easy for me to follow Him. However He didn’t just walk around, He interacted and He spoke. Words like in Matthew 16:24 w...

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Unworthy, Yet Useful

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Deuteronomy 8:2, tells me that I shall remember the whole way that the Lord my God has led me these many years in the wilderness (my earthly existence), that He might humble me, testing me to know what is in my heart, whether I would keep His commandments or not. His Word also tells me, “Oh Lord, you have searched me and known me! Totally; sitting down, rising up, m...

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Don't Be a Go-To Guy!

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As each of us move through our lives, the busy stuff that can keep us distracted from the Word. Things to do, appointments to keep. And yet our frequent cry is for confidence and the mind to rest in our decisions. Imagine for a moment, that tomorrow you will be Joshua, trying to devise a plan to take Jericho. Just your average "go-to guy" kind of day. Quick, look up Joshu...

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Grandfathering with God's View

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While making me a grandfather, in 2007, God brought me into a new season of life. He provided me with a view toward more generations of our family. Today, in Job 1:5, I read of Job's concern for the spiritual welfare of his children...."And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise up early in the morning and off...

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Did Jesus Have to Die?

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Our Lord God is Sovereign over the entire universe. Nothing happens that he does not ordain. There are many scriptures that proclaim this. One of my favorites is Acts 4:27-28, where the Apostles and Disciples of Christ in the early church proclaimed with one voice, “27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anoin...

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Is Jesus a Liar?

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Many prominent people have said that heaven can be likened to a mountain top, where there are many paths that lead to the top. Others compare God to the center of a wagon wheel, and say there are many paths to God, just as there are many spokes on the wheel which lead to the center. The Bible, however, says something quite different. Peter, when questioned by the religiou...

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Seek, Pray, and Trust

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"David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. It shall be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” 1 Chronicles 1...

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Growing

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“Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way, He leads the humble in justice, He teaches the humble His way.” Psalm 25:8-9 It was so easy to quickly read these words this morning during my time with the Lord. However, reading it again, I was particularly impressed by the words “instructs… leads… teaches.” I...

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Mt. Horeb

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This is my last post as my week has come to an end, so I have one last cheating post that my uncle really wrote. He has wrote so many posts as God has been guiding/teaching/leading him through this painful process. The following post he actually wrote Saturday morning (25th) almost 5 weeks after his wife of over 25 years "got lucky" as he puts it. Last night climbed Mt ...

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Trudging

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The following post was written by my Uncle about a month after his wife Connie passed away. Maybe the toughest day yet. When things are normal I am usually out of whack from a trip(Going to see his son graduate college in Colorado) like that and right now everything is magnified by 25 times. Emotions were in my throat all day ready to bust out at any moment. Got home fr...

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So We Might Share in His Holiness

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Hey I told you the first day I was gonna be cheating, I really feel that what my Uncle is going through many have gone through or know someone who is going through this and what God is teaching him in the middle of the storm is pricesless. The following was written about 20 days after his wife Connie passed away. So last night started clearing out Connie's clothes from ...

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Perfect Peace

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My Uncle started writing just as a mass way of keeping those close to him informed of how he was doing but quickly began to realize it was an opportunity for the Gospel. Most of his extended family including his brother, sister, and parents are all not followers of Christ and when he sits down and talks about Spiritual things with them they would quickly change the subject...

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God's Grace Like Job

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So this week is my week for the blog and I think I might cheat a little. About a month ago my aunt, who loved the Lord, passed away at the young age of 51. As my Uncle and their 3 sons (19, 22, 25) are dealing with their loss my Uncle has began to chronicle his thoughts, emotions, and what God has been teaching him through all of this. So this week you will be getting to r...

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Word of the Day: 2 Samuel 23:5

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“For does not my house stand so with God?For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all thingsand secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?2 Samuel 23:5 Exactly 1 year ago, the Lord used this verse to speak clearly to me about a ministry situation that I was wrestling through. Through some "intense fellowship" with my wife,...

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Persuasive and Gracious Words... Lord Help Me

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The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:23-24 This morning I woke up from a dream where I was reminded a situation of over 10 years ago that reallysparked some anger in me. It was an old wound that was all but forgotten, but the dre...

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May You Increase!

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Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.”2 Samuel 12:26-28 When I c...

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The Greatest Among You...

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Luke 22 After three years of an unbelievable ministry full of miraculous healings, silencing his opponents strongest arguments, speaking transformational truths and often with masses of people following after him, Jesus concludes his ministry before the crucifixion with something I find shocking. These last words he speaks to his disciples are profoundly simple. Anyone ca...

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The Far Reach of Subtle Sins

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1 Kings 12-13 The reign of Solomon is marked to this day by God's amazing grace in wisdom, prosperity and peace. In the background of all this prosperity though we can see, even from the very beginning a subtle root of sin taking hold. Back, at the very beginning of Solomon's reign we see him make an extremely wise political move when he marries the daughter of Pharaoh Ki...

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The Prosperous King

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1 Kings 10-11 It is very easy to get caught-up in political parties and our favorite politicians who of-course have the right point-of-view. And if our party or politician was just in control, life would be better. Well, after reading about Israel during the reign of Solomon, I sure wish I could vote for him. Solomon, the wisest ruler to have ever lived. So wise, that he ...

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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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The Ultimate Love Dare

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Thursday morning, even before I could get to my Bible reading, God spoke. My brain began recall a discussion Wednesday with brother community group leaders. Some groups flourishing, others struggling. Within the groups, interpersonal relationships are faltering and time intensive efforts not producing the fruits we hope they would. A memory of the movie Fireproof, took me...

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Apprentice-in-training

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Some time ago, a man called Tony, told me of a group, a Community Group. He said God was calling him to move his ministry to a planted church elsewhere. He asked me to pray and consider leading this Community Group. I felt unworthy and unprepared. Having prayed, I consented to give this a try. I began by visiting the group a couple of times, while Tony taught. Then Tony w...

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The War for Humility - every thought captive.

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Near the end Monday’s reading in Joshua, Chapter 21 verse 45, it’s written : “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” Am I living my life like I believe His promises?. Just one week ago, my day/week started with a review of 3 weeks of Sunday sermon notes, The War for Humil...

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Amazing Grace

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Yesterday in church, I was amazed anew at God’s amazing Grace, first during Communion, and then during the service. The idea that Grace often comes most when we deserve it the least always amazes me. But the idea that it cannot be deserved is nearly incomprehensible to me. (Rom 11:6) Truly, we have a God that defies understanding, and yet He asks us to understand Him...

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Salvation, Past, Present, Future

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Below you will see a short video that we watched and then discussed with our High school students last night. In the video Driscoll talks about Salvation, how eternity starts the moment we meet Jesus and that we are freed from the power of sin but not the presence of sin. This morning in my reading I was in Romans chapter 6, now I felt like posting the whole chapter but I...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go...

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...well those aren't just lyrics to an 80's punk rock song, it was the question my wife and I were praying about on whether or not she should go with me to Africa for a WVBC mission trip. God had already made it clear that I should be going but whether or not my wife should go remained unclear, so we started praying and reading. Somewhere along the line God gave me an ans...

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The Man and His Wife Were Both Naked and Felt... Shame?

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Well I first must confess that I am not on the same reading plan as the rest of our church is on, so I do apologize that these posts probably won't be from the same passages you are in. This morning God used Genesis 3:7 to convict me of some specific "guilt" and remind me that in Him there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1) Genesis 3:7-87 Then the eyes of both of them were...

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A Faithful Servant

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Numbers 12: 7 "Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My Household." 'He is faithful…" John MacArthur says this is "a reference to Moses loyal performance of his role as covenant mediator between the Lord and Israel." God watched the faithful heart of Moses demonstrated in over 40 years of his life, as he walked a life of righteousness and purity and ...

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Changed Lives

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Mark 5:18 "As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him." Do you ever remember an instance when God made it clear to you that the answer to your prayer request was no? Well, sometimes it's clear and sometimes it isn't so clear. In the event with the demon-possessed man, Jesus answer was clear. The man ...

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Giving My Best

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Numbers 4: 2-3 "Take a census of the descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their Fathers households, from thirty years and upward, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting." It is easy for me to sometimes skim while reading and not always consider the meaning. In these verses God is instruc...

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Eternal Life

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Mark 3:35 "For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother." John 6:40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life…" A question; do you consider yourself to be a mother/brother/sister of Jesus? The only way for this relationship to occur is for you to come to Christ in re...

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True Friends and True Faith

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Mark 2:3 "And they came bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men." There are 2 characteristics about a friend that stand out to me in this event of the paralytic being healed: 1. They demonstrated true love for a friend. They did everything they could to get their friend to Jesus. It would have been very easy for them to give up when they saw all the people blocki...

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A Heart to Listen

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Leviticus 25:18 " So you shall thus observe my status and keep my judgment's so as to carry them out that you may live securely on the land." Wow! The book of Leviticus is sure full of laws, rules, regulations and stuff, isn't it? However, when I think like that I wonder if I'm focusing incorrectly. According to verse 18 God is looking for people who have listening hearts...

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Follower of Jesus

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Mark 1:17 "And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." Whenever I read verses 16-20 of Mark 1, I have a tendency to make my walk with Jesus so complicated. I think if only I could become more knowledgeable about the Bible, I would be so much more helpful to Him. You notice in this section of scripture Jesus doesn't ask us to learn more B...

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Tired? Weary?...PRAY!

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Well...its been one of those work weeks. I was at the office until a little after 10pm last night, drove 55 minutes home and got back up again to make sure I was back at the office 55 minutes away by 8am. Let me be clear, I am not complaining...but I am tired (mentally, emotionally, ect.). Six days a week can wear a person down. BUT we have, as true believers, the source o...

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Name of God's Spiritual Gym "Trials"

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Lets imagine, just for fun, someone wanting to get in shape by lifting weights...hold on...not the "fun" part yet. Now this person talks big about getting into shape and doesn't shut his yapper about it. So as you watch him work out (which is a little weird that you're watching but he has a big mouth), the second he puts any weight on the bar he lifts it up an inch and for...

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Thank You For the Cross!

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So the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin,and he shall be forgiven Leviticus 4:26 And the priest shall make atonement for him ,and he shall be forgivenLeviticus 4:31 So the priest shall make atonement for him,for the sin which he has committed,and he shall be forgivenLeviticus 4:35 Again in Leviticus 5:6, Leviticus 5:10, Leviticus 5:16, Leviticus 6:7... W...

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The Glory of the Lord Fills the Tabernacle

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Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting,and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.Exodus 40:34 What an amazing thing to be there and see the Glory of the Lord fill the tabernacle. All the work and preparation for God's presence has been completed and God shows up. I can't help but think how that scene must have felt for Moses and the people. I try to think honest...

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Written By the Finger of God... Again

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Often times I become impatient with my kids. Phrases like, "how many times to I have to tell you..." are very common around our house. Being patient with my kids is frequently something that I pray for. Then I read this verse: The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the fir...

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Show Me the Pattern

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When Moses was receiving the instructions for building the tabernacle they were very detailed as to the measurements, layout, materials etc. Envious of Moses, I was wishing that the Lord would give me such clear direction in my life. Then I read this verse: Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.Exodu...

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Getting Seized By the Hand

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A couple weeks ago something happened to Val and I that was significantly difficult. We were put into a situation where we needed to make a decision about something that seemed impossible. After I came home from work and we discussed things, the weight of our discussion was upon me like a heavy blanket that I couldn't deal with. It was so heavy that I couldn't wait until t...

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Word of the Day: Exodus 19-20, Matthew 18:21-35

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Exodus 19-20, Matthew 18:21-35 We have been reading about God's continue providing for the Nation of Israel as He continues to lead them to the promise land. We have seen several times were God has said He is testing them. We have also seen several times how they are so rebellious in complaining about their circumstances but yet God is so faithful to continue to provide a...

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Word of the Day: Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15:1-20

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Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15:1-20 I have been praying and asking the Lord what he wants me to learn these past few days. I prayed the same prayer last night before I went to sleep. Then this morning in our reading it became a little clearer. We are given a new heart once we surrender our lives to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17. But I still fight the flesh. We have covered the parabl...

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Word of the Day: Lamentations 3:20-26

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Lamentations 3:20-26 We are back from a quick trip to Dallas for the funeral of my 26 year old nephew. Thank you for your prayers as we saw God's amazing grace and protection throughout our trip. Just to give you a few examples of what I mean. We drove through 9 hours of solid rain. I mean rain not drizzles. We arrived safely. We were able to serve as much as we could and...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 23, 24 Matthew 7

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Genesis 23, 24 Matthew 7 I was finishing my quite time this morning moving a head in the daily reading so when you read the blog it would be where the daily reading is that we are going through as a church body and not a day behind. I received a message to call my dad which at that time of day is unusual unless something is wrong. My dad informed me that Becky my sister ...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 20, 21, 22 Matthew 6:19-34

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Genesis 20, 21, 22 Matthew 6:19-34 Can you imagine being promised to be the father of a great nation through your wife in an old age. Then to see this promised fulfilled by the birth of a son but then be asked to sacrifice your only son. Why? Was this son now an idol and more important than the Lord? Was this incredible faith knowing God had bigger plans than what we huma...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 18, 19 Matthew 6:1-18

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Genesis 18, 19 Matthew 6:1-18 Is anything if possible for God? I know the answer to that question. Do I live life consistent to that answer when faced with difficult situations. I would like to say yes but being honest I struggle with it just as Abraham and Sarah did with the promise they have been hearing for years. God is faithful and is going to bring us to that realit...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 16, 17 Matthew 5:27-48

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Genesis 16, 17 Matthew 5:27-48 It is so easy to read and wonder what were people thinking. God had just promised Abram a child and that he would be blessed and be the father of many. Then we see how Abram an Sarai take matters into their own hands. Then I reflect back and see how I take matters into my own hands without even praying. I forget the promise just as quick as ...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 13, 14, 15 Matthew 5:1-26

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Genesis 13, 14, 15 Matthew 5:1-26 Abram understood where his blessing came from. Abram's righteousness came from believing in God's promises. His worship of God was evident as he built altars and sacrificed to the Lord. People knew God was with Abram. In Matthew 5 we see Jesus giving the sermons or beatitudes. Can people see that I am a true follower of Christ? Do I get p...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 10, 11, 12 Matthew 4

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Genesis 10, 11, 12 Matthew 4 Genesis we are now introduced to Abram. Here we see his obedience to the Lord when called to leave his home and family. Then in Matthew we see Jesus being led by the Spirit to the wilderness where He will fast for forty days and nights then be tempted by Satan. Later in the chapter we see the calling of the Disciples. The Disciples immediately...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 7, 8, 9 Matthew 3

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Genesis 7, 8, 9 Matthew 3 We just read about the flood. I often wonder when I am in this part of Scripture why God did not just start all over. Why did He save Noah? We see that Noah was considered to be righteous before the Lord. His faith is remarkable in the fact God told him to build a ark and he does. There is only one way into the ark and God shuts Noah and his fami...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 4, 5, 6, & Matthew 2

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Genesis 4, 5, 6, & Matthew 2 Cain an Able present offerings to the Lord. I have not seen any instructions on what the offering is suppose to be but we see that the Lord was pleased with Abel's offering and not Cain's. Then we we see Cain's countenance change. The Lord then visits with Cain about the sin that is crouching at his door. God has just given Cain away out o...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 1, 2, 3 & Matthew 1

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Genesis 1,2,3 & Matthew 1 As we start a new year I will be joining the rest of wvBc in the reading plan announced on Sunday of reading the Bible through in the year. I like the fact we start in Genesis for a new start to the year. We start a new year with the book known as the origin or beginning. Chapter 1 has the creation account. As I was sitting eating breakfast w...

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Six Day Creation and a Young Earth

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About 20 years ago in an Oklahoma Baptist Church, I listened to a high school science teacher share the importance of being able to explain how science and the Bible fit together. After his presentation, I started reading and studying more. Ken Ham, the president and CEO of answers in Genesis, seemed to have the best resources in this area, and much of my reading has been ...

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Word of the Day: Romans 6:5-7

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Sin is not just the breaking of Sunday school do’s and don’ts. It is not the violating of some impersonal cosmic code of morality. Sin is a personal offense against the creator. It unravels and corrupts each aspect of creation… 1. Sin distorts the distinction between Creator and created. We put ourselves at the center of the universe and the center of...

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Should I Give to the Beggars of the World?

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Jesus said, "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. "(Matthew 5:42 NASB) Does this verse give you heartburn? It does me. I mean, really, that guy standing on the corner with his cardboard sign that says, "Viet Nam Veteran. Homeless. Need money for gas." I'm supposed to give him some of my hard earned money? Is this an iso...

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Digging Deep

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Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.Luke 6:47-48 When I think of digging deep, I am quick to think of studying th...

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Send Me a Skilled Man

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2 Chronicles 2:6-7 6 But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? 7 So now send me a man skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who...

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Prayer In Marriage

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"…and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7c We have looked at praying when we don't know, praying when we are stressed, and praying with the Body of Believers. Today I want to look at prayer in marriage and specifically the condition which has been placed on the husband's prayer life. The cond...

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Pray With And For The Church (Body Of Believers)

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"Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread. When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of so...

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Pray When You Are Stressed

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O God of my praise, Do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. Psalm 109:1-4 Are you experiencing a lot of stress in your life? Str...

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Pray When You Don't Know

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"So Moses brought their case before the Lord." Numbers 27: 5 In Numbers 27:1-4, Zelophehad's daughters went to Moses with a question. They wanted to know who would assume the inheritance of their father, who had recently died. The reason they asked Moses is because it was the Jewish custom that upon death of the father the land inheritance was to pass to his son, however,...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 27:7, 8; 86:7; Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 7:7; 18:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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"What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul. " Corrie Ten Boom "...when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn't command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' He called this the 'first a...

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Word of the Day: Numbers 14: 6-9; 32:11, 12

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Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, "The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land."If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with mil...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:6-8

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"The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, 'You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. S...

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Word of the Day: Acts 26: 1, 29

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Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: ………. And Paul said, "I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains." Acts 26: 1, 29 The scene in Acts 26 is...

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Word of the Day: Zechariah 7:5

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"So to all the people of the land and to the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months these seventy years, was it actually for me that you fasted?" Zechariah 7:5 When I read Zechariah 7, I think about Sunday morning service and meditate on why is it that I worship. If you were asked the question, why do you worship, what would be your answer? ...

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Word of the Day: John 4:28

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So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men…….. John 4:28 "I need to attend more Bible studies so I learn more scripture which will help me to be prepared to go out and share Jesus with people." Have you ever felt like that? If you are struggling with that issue I would like you to consider reading John chapter 4 about the woma...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 107:5-6, 12-13, 18-19, 27-28

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They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:5-6 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:12-13 And they dre...

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Word of the Day: Acts 18: 9-10

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And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city." Acts 18: 9-10 Paul was in the synagogue in Corinth testifying about Jesus. He had just previously been in Athens and had come away a little depre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 71: 4, 6, 14

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Psalm 71 Verse 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. Verse 6 "…My praise is continually of You..." Verse 14 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Bible theologians believe the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 71 is probably in h...

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Word of the Day: Exodus 20:14

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"Do not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14 Today I celebrate the 39th year that Diana has been my bride. She not only is my bride, she is my girlfriend, my partner and my "bestest" friend. In fact, I REALLY like her! Anyway, as I was reading Exodus 20, where God lists the 10 Commandments, I was impressed with verse 14 more than at any other time that I can remember. Mayb...

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Word of the Day: John 13:5

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Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples feet …" John 13:5 If you have ever wondered what a servant's heart should look like, I believe the example of Jesus in John 13 will provide the answer. This is the scene called the Last Supper in which Jesus is with His disciples. It is extremely difficult to grasp the emotions of Jesus at this ti...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 55:1; 56: 3; 57: 9

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"Give ear to my Prayer, O God; and do not hide yourself from my supplication." Psalm 55:1 "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." Psalm 56: 3 "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations." Psalm 57: 9 These 3 chapters, as in most of the Psalms which were written by David, are a distinct glimpse into David's ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 8:39

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"Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." Luke 8:39 What a great scene that must have been in Luke 8 when Jesus was confronted by a man who was possessed with demons. Luke 8:27 says the man "…was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time and was not living in a house, but in tombs." So he didn't eve...

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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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Flawless

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If you have been a part of West Valley Bible Church or attended any of the services, you have probably heard more than once about the importance of being in God's word daily. You've heard how a personal relationship with Jesus means being in His word and letting it renew you each and every day. If you are a new believer or you find yourself struggling to stay consistent i...

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How Good Is Your Guarantee?

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If you stop and think about it, we are always worried about the future. We plan, we save, we prepare, we insure, we forecast....... When we spend our (God's) money, we want a guarantee that whatever it is will hold up, meet the demand, stand the test. When it doesn't, we shrug our shoulders and say "well, nothing lasts forever", or "they sure don't make things like they u...

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What Does Love Look Like?

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Romans 12:10-13, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Our family has had the honor to be a part of God's plan in the lives of some...

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Is it Enough?

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In today's world, we use the word "enough" maybe more than you realize and it usually has to do with our comfort or satisfaction level. Did you get enough sleep? Did you get enough to eat? Is it cool enough in here for you? I don't make enough money.... How easily I forget that Jesus in my life is ENOUGH for all those situations and more. That God's love for me is more th...

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His Presence

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Over the last few days, things around us at home have been falling apart causing me to invest more of my time. Leaky toilets, broken water heaters, you name it. How quickly a few frustrating trials can sneak in and try to hide God's presence in our lives and each daily moment. Of course it is our own sin which hides His spirit when we try to "handle the situation" without ...

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Word of the Day: John 18

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John 18 The truth! So what is the truth? This is a question that Pilate asks Jesus. I find this so interesting. Prior to Pilate asking the question about what is the truth in the last part of John 18:37 Jesus said, "He came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears Jesus voice." The truth is standing right in front of Pilate when he ask th...

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Word of the Day: John 13-14

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John 14 We just arrived home from Tulsa last night where we had the great privilege to watch Christopher graduate. The ceremony was very well done. It starts off as any commencement with the precession of everyone involved in the proceedings. Then the University Chaplin comes to the podium to lead us in a prayer. I am praying along with him and I hear others around me agr...

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Word of the Day: 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

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2 Corinthians 2:15-16 As Cathi and I are going through the study of Real Marriage with our community group we were challenged with coming up with a family vision or mission statement. Cathi and I prayed for a week seeking the Lord on what would be become our verse we could use to reflect that vision or mission. We came across 2 Corinthians 2:15-16. 15 For we are a fragra...

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He Must Increase

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At the end of John Chapter 3 there is a neat little scene that takes place between John the Baptist and a few of his disciples. John's disciples get a little hacked off because people are leaving John and flocking to Jesus to be baptized. John's response to his disciples is basically "I already told you guys that I'm not the Christ." He tells them again that Jesus is the M...

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Choose Life

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On Tuesday nights my wife and I meet with a couple that God has blessed us with. My friend Kevin likes to sing and does it out loud (often). This last Tuesday he was singing the words to a song that I hadn't heard in awhile. All I picked up on was the line "let it be said of us." It was bugging me a lot this week that I couldn't remember the words to the song, so I finally...

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Sweet Talk

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I actually had most of this entry typed and ready to go a few days ago, but on the advice of my wife and the Holy Spirit (sometimes those are eerily similar) I decided not to. I had written the beginning and then deleted it. What was left my wife said "just didn't sound like me." It just didn't work because the intro was missing. In the intro there was (and is) a part abou...

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You Can't Go Your Own Way

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Fleetwood Mac wrote a catchy tune called "You can go your own way" sometime in the 70s. Going your own way is something that seems like a pretty good idea. I'm sure there were thousands of school assemblies just this year with motivational speakers telling kids to have a dream and go for it (I know because I've sat through a few in my day!). It feels so right to go with yo...

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How I'm Fighting For JOY

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John Piper wrote a book called "When I don't desire God: How to Fight for Joy." To be honest, I've never finished the book, but that title has always stuck out to me....How to Fight for Joy. It seems like those two things, fighting and joy, are opposites. I've been realizing more and more lately, however, that this is one of those paradoxes of following Jesus. I am natural...

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The Full Moon and God's Love

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Tonight I noticed that there is a full moon in the sky. For me, there is something very comforting about a full moon. It reminds me that God is still God. God is the one who is in control of all of my circumstances and even though I don't always FEEL like it, God loves me. I think David may have had this in mind when he said this in Psalm 8:3-4 "When I look at your heaven...

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Hear, O Sons

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First off, I want to apologize for something I said in my last post. I mentioned that "any good Christian" reads Proverbs every day. This was actually a weak attempt at humor. I realized after that some who don't know me may have taken it as arrogance. Please forgive me if I offended you. Thanks A friend reminded me recently that Proverbs 1 though 7 is basically a convers...

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What Does God Really Enjoy?

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It's actually kind of weird to think about God enjoying anything in the way that we understand it. I enjoy watching a good football game, eating really good food, and spending time with my wife(I should score points for this). However, when I think about it nothing gives me more joy than seeing my kids run up to me and say "Daddy", when they do something they know I want t...

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Little Fishermen

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There is nothing more dear to my heart than my children learning to love God and fear Him. I know that this desire is Godly, but I also know that my desire for my kids to love God can easily become an idol. I keep that thought in mind as I write this.I have been a professional teacher for the past 10 years. I have spent significant amounts of time around kids from Kinderga...

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Love God, Love Others, Love Pain

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For some reason God wants me to learn about pain this week and the more I learn about it the less I feel I have truly experienced it, if ever, as an American Christian. The message in God's Word in the past couple of weeks has been consistent...pain. It almost seems coincidental, and I believe in coincidence like I believe in the easter bunny, but even the sermons I have b...

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A Glimpse Into The Future

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I am out of town on a business trip visiting our largest client. Yesterday a meeting was scheduled on my behalf with the new CEO. I have never met him as is typical with large corporate companies. One of my relationships here felt it necessary for me to pitch a revolutionary business model to the CEO that we have been developing for the last 8 months. Its a meeting I could...

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Beer Me for Jesus or Milk Me for Jesus...?

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Eric House made a post on 11-16-11 that apparently caused an uproar that amassed over 16 views of his blog...16! He knows how to work a crowd into a frenzy. The blog was great in that (short version) it encouraged all believers to be Spirit led in how we interact with others for the purpose of sharing the gospel. Sometimes the spirit may, in freedom, lead you to have a bee...

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"I WILL NOT FAIL!"...Unless...

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I had the privelage, as you may have already heard, to see my brother graduate basic training for the Air Force. The discipline, the passion and the determination were intense and inspiring. What I really loved was when the graduating Airman recited their creed in unison (see video). Their creed states who they are and whose call they have answered, what their mission obj...

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Strength For The Weary

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Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.1 Samuel 30:6 There are times in my life that I find myself distressed when alone. But the HARDEST times are when I am in a group of people who are di...

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Revenge Is Sweet... And Belongs To The Lord

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But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” And David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish.1 Samuel 26:9-10 Revenge... Vindication... Something my flesh so desperately desires. But the...

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The Voice of Reason... or The Voice of God

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David was running from Saul, staying undercover and out of sight was top of mind. Saul was on a killing spree and killed 85 priests along with women & children because one of the priests gave David some bread and a spear. Hiding in caves, hiding in the forest, David was on the run. Then he gets some news: Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fightin...

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The Talking Commandments

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My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Tie them around your neck. when you lie down, they will watch over you;and when you awake, they will talk with you. Proverbs 6:20-22 When I think about the commandments of the Lord, I usually start to focus on me and where I don't measure up. I think about the things that I should...

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Practicing With Lions And Bears...

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1 Samuel 17: 37And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” How many times have I read the story of David and the Goliath... many. And this time the Lord in his grace impressed on me how Davi...

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Word of the Day: 1 Peter 4:10

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"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10 As Peter begins to wind down his letter to the Christians, who were scattered throughout the area (1:1), he mentions a very simple phrase. It's one of those phrases which is very easy to read and very easy to understand, but sometimes har...

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Word of the Day: Colossians 1:9

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9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. 11 We...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 79:5a

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Psalm 79 "How long, O LORD....? Psalm 79:5a God's people have probably watched the destruction of Jerusalem and God's holy temple and are experiencing a deep sense of depression. They had a sincere desire for God to get involved and they are waiting for some action from Him. They prayed in vs 9, "Help us; O God of our salvation for the glory of Your name; And deliver us ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 71

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Psalm 71 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3 By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. Psalm 71:6 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. ...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 14:31

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"He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him." Proverbs 14:31 God has created everyone in His image and it doesn't matter what ones status is economically, culturally, politically or whatever; God has created everyone. It is interesting that He especially shows concern for the treatment of the poor. Matthew Henry says: "&hel...

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Word of the Day: 1 Peter 3:7

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"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them (wives) with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of live, that our prayers may not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7 A Godly Man's Heart…. In verse 7 of I Peter 3 it says for husbands to "dwell" with their wives. David Guzik offers this commentary on the word dwell ...

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Word of the Day: 1 Peter 3:3-4

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"Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God." 1 Peter 3:3-4 A Godly Woman's Heart…. In Peter's time as in our time, there was and is so much emphasi...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 55:1, 56: 3, 57: 9

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"Give ear to my Prayer, O God; and do not hide yourself from my supplication." Psalm 55:1 "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." Psalm 56: 3 "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations." Psalm 57: 9 These 3 chapters, as in most of the Psalms which were written by David, are a distinct glimpse into David's ...

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Word of the Day: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

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"You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia." 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 Does my life reflect a person who is a follower of Jesus? Have you ever asked yourself that question? It can be a little uncomfortable because t...

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Word of the Day: Jeremiah 44:16

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"As for the message that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we are not going to listen to you!" Jeremiah 44:16 This verse is a quote from the people telling Jeremiah that he was wasting his time in telling them about God's message. Obviously, these people were bold in their defiance of God. They wanted to do what they wanted to do; "we will certainly carry out...

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Word of the Day: Jeremiah 40: 2-3

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"…the Lord your God promised this calamity against the place; and the Lord has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the Lord and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you." Jeremiah 40: 2-3 When you read these verses, it sounds like a prophet admonishing the Israelites, doesn't it? Well, it is not...

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Word of the Day: Jeremiah 38:20

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"Please obey the Lord in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and you may live." Jeremiah 38:20 King Zedekiah came to Jeremiah inquiring what the Lord's message was for him. He asked Jeremiah not to hold anything back. The issue at hand was whether the Babylonian king was going to wipe out him and his people. Jeremiah told him that the Lord said the only ...

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Word of the Day: Colossians 4:2

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"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;" Colossians 4:2 In this verse Paul is asking the people to devote themselves to pray boldly, fearlessly without ceasing. He also told them while praying to keep alert; stay focused on what they were praying for. Have you ever heard a person request prayer for a difficult circumstance only ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 25:4-5

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"Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day." Psalm 25:4-5 Why do you read the Bible? I have heard many reasons, as I am sure you have too. They seem to range from "it's got nice things in it" all the way to "it is God's Word." When I read Psalm 25 this morning I ...

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Word of the Day: Colossians 4:12

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"Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God." Colossians 4:12 I am always impressed to read the testimonies of the great men of faith and their commitment to prayer. Some literally spent several hours a day, ...

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Word of the Day: Colossians 1:3

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"We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you…"Colossians 1:3 During my time with the Lord I have been reading Colossians and I Thessalonians. I am particularly impressed with how Paul demonstrates the significance of his prayer life. In fact, following his greetings and salutations, one of the first things he mentions is that ...

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Word of the Day: Mark 1:35, 10:43-45

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"In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there." Mark – Mark 1:35 "But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to ...

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Word of the Day: 1 Corinthians 9:19, 23

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"For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all,so that I may win more.""I do all things for the sake of the gospel…" Paul – 1 Corinthians 9:19, 23 In John White's book Magnificent Obsession he records part of an actual letter written by an American communist living in Mexico City. He's writing to break up with his fiancée for th...

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Word of the Day: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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"Flee immorality! Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body." Paul to the Church – 1 Corinthi...

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Word of the Day: 2 Timothy 3:12

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"And indeed, all who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Paul to Timothy – 2 Timothy 3:12 Nobody in their right mind would choose to have their heart broken, their spirit crushed, or their bodies beaten…or would they?!?! So many suggest following Jesus is the beginning of a great, abundant life since now the King of all creation is our ...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 16:33

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"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD."Solomon - Proverbs 16:33 2012 looks like it's shaping up to be a really interesting year! Perhaps it's too early to be dogmatic but it seems the ingredients are coming together for this to be a year that'll be hard to forget. Consider some of our realities: we're still in the middle of all kinds of ec...

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Word of the Day: Romans 8:37-39

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"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Paul – Romans 8:3...

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Word of the Day: 1 Samuel 3:10

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"Speak for your servant is listening" Samuel – 1 Samuel 3:10 A number of years ago I became mesmerized by something Jesus said in John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, I know them and they follow me." The simplicity of the statement captured my attention and I began to note the passages in Scripture that talk about God's voice and specifically us hearing His voice. C...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 12:27b

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"…the precious possession of a man is diligence." Solomon – Proverbs 12:27b By the inspiration of God Himself, Solomon could not have said anything more profound, more timely, and more desperately needed in our culture today. In large measure men have stopped living like men as God intended us to be. Every time I read this verse I immediately think of my dad...

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Word of the Day: Judges 14:4

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"However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord…" Judges 14:4 One of my favorite things about God is the magnificent reality that He creates, controls, and manages even the "it" of our lives. Sometimes that "it" is really good stuff, sometimes "it" is heartbreaking and buckles our knees. But that's exactly what I've learned and still learning ...

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Word of the Day: John 17:3

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"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Jesus – John 17:3 "In order to…what?" This is truly one of my favorite questions! A number of years ago, while I was working at Shea Homes I was strongly encouraged to ask myself this question continuously. I'm going here or I'm doing this or that "in orde...

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Word of the Day: Romans 4:17

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In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges we face to experiencing the life Jesus intended is our lack of belief. Generally, most sincere Jesus followers have such a hard time believing God for who He is and what He has said. We are so prone to see life from our experience, our perspective, our biases, our fears, and our desires. The biggest obstacle to really experienci...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Matthew 6:33; John 15:1-8

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19"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord s...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-36

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19"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord s...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Matthew 22:39

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19"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord s...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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19"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord s...

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Word of the Day: Matthew 22:36-40

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The questions have already started and confusion has already been admitted…how can I choose life if God chose me for salvation before the foundation of the world? While I believe the Bible clearly teaches God chose us for salvation (John 15:16; Ephesians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:13) I also believe that God holds us responsible for choosing to follow and obey Him every...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:20

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Happy New Year! Well, it's here again, a new year, a new beginning, a new chance to finish previous year's projects, lose previous year's pounds, rekindle previous year's hopes. We all do it, it's part of who we are, we want a fresh start and a new beginning. Fortunately, God is a God of second chances and fresh starts. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness God g...

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This Message Will Self Destruct....

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So I write this unscheduled blog post from a secret location without knowledge of anyone (especially Skip) for fear of retribution. If you guys know Skip at all you know he hates any form of public acknowledgement and I know I take my life in my hands by writing this (kidding... kinda), but reading God's Word today left me no choice. Hebrews 13:7New American Standard Bibl...

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Give... And Be Patient

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I don't think that I normally struggle with patience... but I do. When I am serving or giving of some sort, I often find myself being impatient when it comes to wanting to see the fruit from my effort. The times that I don't see any fruit, or if I see evil in return, I really lose heart and feel that God must not be in it.. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-154 And we urge you, brothe...

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The Lord Is My Rock

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Today was just an off day. When I went to bed last night, I knew that today was going to be stressful. I was rushed this morning (aka slept past my alarm a bit) and only had a few minutes of Prayer and Proverbs before I headed out. I was met with some challenges that I have seen coming for a while, but today they came to a head. Stress & Anxiety gripped me as I fought ...

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Hostility to Reconciliation

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I woke up this morning expecting to hear from the Lord. I have someone in my life that I am certain I am commanded to love and I needed the Lord to speak to me about this person. Then I read the following: Colossians 1:21-2221 zAnd you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, adoing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled bin his body of flesh by his death,cin order to ...

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Birthing Hips

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Usually giving birth is thought of as a good thing with a few notable exceptions (remember that Bill Cosby episode where he dreamed he was giving birth to a giant sub sandwich?). One of those exceptions is listed in James 1 when it talks about giving birth to sin. James 1:14-15New American Standard Bible (NASB)14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed...

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Desperation

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Often Pastor Skip makes a joke about one of his sons "suffering for Jesus" in Hawaii, the joke obviously being ironic to use the words Hawaii and suffering in the same sentence. The same can be said for any of us who live here in America compared to almost every other country. The question I have is would I really be willing to suffer for Jesus? The Church that I grew up ...

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Big Church Snack Time

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When I was a kid I looked forward to when our church (big church, where the grown ups went) would have communion, which I think was about once a month. Now, that might sound good like wow he was really spiritual as a kid, well sorry to disappoint but, I looked forward to it because it meant we got a little snack in the middle of sitting still in a pew for about 2 hours. Lu...

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Working at the Car Wash, Yeah

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There are many things that I have learned or been taught by my parents, like a taste for old country music (Roger Miller anybody??) or burnt toast is better then regular toast. Parents teach many things intentionally, but often its the things that they/we end up just doing that is caught. My dad was one of those guys that was up early for work (in fact one time my brother ...

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Beer Me, For Jesus of Course.

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At wvBc we have all kinds of slogans and sayings, one of them is CPR Cultivate, Plant, Reap which really is a farming analogy (in the Bible as well) of cultivating/tilling the soil, planting the seed, and reaping the crop. Now this doesn't always have to be a linear thing, we can call people to repentance the moment we meet them, it all really is a led by the Spirit thing....

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Walk This Way

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Galatians 5:16-25New American Standard Bible (NASB)16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under t...

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Just What I Needed, Some More Puke In My Life.

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Matthew 6:19-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. F...

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God, Where Is My Eunuch?

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We all know the Matthew 28 passage (make disciples) and the Matthew 22 passage (love the Lord with all your heart....and your neighbor as yourself) and so when I am in my right frame of mind I pray for opportunities to love people, to tell them about Jesus. Well many times I find my self frustrated at not getting the results that I wanted, whether its a conversation that n...

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Thank You, May I Have Another?

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A few days ago I wrote about the passage from Luke 9:24 For whoever wishes to save his [n]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [o]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. Talking about the cost of being a follower of Jesus, which is tough enough to swallow, then today I read Acts 5:40-4240 They [a]took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogg...

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Fighting Harlots

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Part of my reading includes reading a Proverbs a day, well on the 7th I was reading, go figure, Proverbs 7, and if you have read this chapter then you know its full of verses blasting warnings to run like your hair is on fire (or your clothes if you're bald) from the dreaded harlot, verses like: 12 She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.2...

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The Demon Whisperer

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My 6 year old son and I like to watch channels like the Discovery channel and National Geographic (can't beat Shark Week), well there is a show called the Dog Whisperer where Ceasar takes what seems like crazy out of control dogs and turns them into the most obedient house pet. Ceasar spends time training the dogs but also a good amount of time training and spewing his wis...

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Channeling My Inner Isrealite

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Recently my wife and I found ourselves going through a bout of what really are minor inconveniences/disappointments/changes including having our daughters little pre-school close down. Things that got us frustrated and even wondering what is God doing, is He really doing anything, why isn't He answering us, hello McFly (well didn't really say that one, but felt that way). ...

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Naked Man

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Mark 14:43-5243 Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.” 45 After coming, Judas...

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Word of the Day: Luke 9:23-27

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Well not sure what kind of lottery everyone won to get to read thoughts from me but my advice is stop playing that lottery! So for better or worse tell December comes you get to read about what God is doing in my life and hopefully by reading about how God beats me over the head encourages you to spend more time with Him. Quick background, my wife Sarah and I have 4 kids, ...

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Word of the Day: Ephesians 5-6

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Ephesians 5-6 Just today I was in a situation at work I was not very happy about. Putting in long hours during a recruit class comes with my position. I do not look for a lot of recognition and fact my goal is to keep as much off my bosses plate as possible and continue to run the program as smooth as possible focusing on serving the recruits and the other recruit trainin...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 22:3; Psalm 51; Isaiah 1

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Proverbs 22:3; Psalm 51; Isaiah 1 Today there is a common theme about sin and what God wants us to do. He is even giving a warning in the Proverbs verse about being aware of sin and that a prudent man sees the evil coming and avoids the sin. I catch myself many times battling the mind. When I am doing my yard it seems that I do a lot of thinking to myself which is very da...

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Word of the Day: Galatians 3

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Galatians 3 The purpose of the law is the fact it leads people to Jesus as they now come to the conclusion they are sinners and could never keep the law. (Romans 3:23) This is a great reminder to bring in God's Word about sin when witnessing. Sometimes I find myself trying to explain the Deity of Jesus and forgetting to bring in the law into the gospel. Another thing thi...

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Word of the Day: Galatians 1

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Galatians 1 In Galatians 1:12 Paul talks about receiving the gospel through a revelation through Jesus Christ and not from man which reminds me that God opens the heart to the truth of Jesus. My call is to make sure I am giving the truth of the gospel and not a man centered gospel. They need the truth of Jesus. I remember having people speak the truth to me. I am glad the...

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A Thought From Larry

I would like to clarify something that was brought to my attention from the blog on October 4. First what God was teaching me is the fact that when I seek some ones forgiveness at times I am not doing it with a sorrowful heart and true repentance of a wrong I have committed against the individual. God showed me that I was going through the motion of seeking forgiveness bec...

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Word of the Day: 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

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2 Corinthians 7:9-11 Like I said yesterday God seems to bring the right Scripture to me when I need it. In these verses Paul is talking about true repentance and what true repentance looks like and where it is driven from. I find myself many times saying will you forgive me but is this just because I know we are to seek forgiveness. Is it truly repentance as Paul describe...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 19

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Psalm 19 I love how God's Word restores the soul at the right time. Seems like every time I start getting stressed no matter whether I am dealing with things from work, church, or people in general and I get my focus off the one true thing I should be focusing on God brings the right passage along. As the week begins my prayer is that the words of our Lord will permeate m...

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Word of the Day: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

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2 Corinthians 4:1-6 What an incredible passage to start the new month with for me personally. I am getting ready to start a new recruit class October 3. This means I will be working with 7 new recruit training officers and 44 recruits for the next 13 weeks. My prayer will be that they will see the light of Jesus through me as I have a great opportunity to lead and serve t...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 96:4a

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"For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised…"Psalm 96:4a I come before You with a heart of joy and Thanksgiving, O Lord, the Rock of my Salvation. You alone who is above all, for there is no ocean which is too deep, nor are there any mountains which are too high, because You have formed all things. I bow before You and I give You all my worship. You are my Lor...

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Word of the Day: Judges 13:8

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Then Manoah entreated the LORD and said, "O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born."Judges 13:8 As I continue to people watch or observe Manoah and his wife in Judges 13, I notice the initial response after Manoah heard the news about the baby, was that he "entreated the Lord," whic...

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Word of the Day: Judges 13:6a

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"Then the woman came and told her husband….."Judges 13:6a If you didn't know already I love being married! With that being said, whenever I read about people who are married in the Bible it stands out to me. I feel like I'm kind of people watching, just observing. In Judges 13 we are introduced to Manoah and his wife, the soon-to-be parents of Samson. Like some wom...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 86:1

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"Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy."Psalm 86:1 I am sure that you have heard the phrase, "it's all about Him," at some point or another. Perhaps that phrase is not demonstrated any more than in Psalm 86. Even during the most stressful experiences of life, those times when we feel the most helpless, Psalm 86 will cause us to pause and re...

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Word of the Day: 2 Chronicles 19:2

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"Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?"2 Chronicles 19:2 To be admonished is to be warned or notified of a fault or to be reproved gently or kindly, but seriously. It's very easy when being admonished to become defensive and not readily be able to admit any fault. I think ...

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Word of the Day: Acts 16:30

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"And after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"Acts 16:30 We never know how our actions and words will be used by the Lord. I wonder if Paul or Silas thought that the jailer, who had no feeling toward prisoners, would be the one God would cause to be effected by them. The jailer threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the s...

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Word of the Day: Acts 13:52

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"And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."Acts 13:52 Many of us have experienced rejection of one kind or another. Whether it's being rejected by a fellow employee, a friend, a relative or even a spouse it can be very difficult to handle. Sometimes it can even cause bitterness to develop in our heart. In Acts chapter 13, Paul and Barna...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 99:6

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"….they called upon the Lord, and He answered them."Psalm 99:6 I love to pray! In my devotions I was reminded again of the account of Peter and when he was miraculously delivered from prison. The church was fervently praying for Peter. It must have been something to be there and hear the earnest and sincere prayers of these brothers and sisters in Christ. With all ...

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Word of the Day: 2 Chronicles 7:14

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"And if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."2 Chronicles 7:14. Lord, thank you for Your Word. Thank you that You know us personally and intimately. I acknowledge that You are a Holy, Holy, Holy God and we are...

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Word of the Day: Acts 9:43

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"And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon."Acts 9:43 On the surface this verse doesn't seem very significant, does it? That's what I thought too until I began to look into who Simon was. Simon was a tanner, which meant he dealt with the skins of dead animals. The Jewish culture of the day would strictly forbid anyone to associate with someone with thi...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 59:11

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"Do not slay them, or my people will forget; Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield."Psalm 59:11 There is a small phrase in verse 11 that caught my eye; "or my people will forget." I have read a couple of interpretations from biblical scholars and this verse centers on how easy it is to quickly forget what the Lord has done in our lives. The B...

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Word of the Day: 1 Chronicles 28:3

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"But God said to me, 'You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood."1 Chronicles 28:3 David was very anxious to build a dwelling place for the Lord. In Ps 132 he prays for blessing upon the building and shows his excitement in vs. 4, "I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD&hel...

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Word of the Day: John 20:21

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"Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."John 20:21 Jesus has appeared to the disciples and just prophesied Peter's martyrdom. For whatever reason, Peter asked Jesus about John and what the future held for him. Is it that Peter just wanted to know if John's life would end similar to his? Or was it concern bec...

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Word of the Day: Acts 6:14

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"for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us."Acts 6:14 The Bible says that Steven was "full of the Spirit and of wisdom" and "performed great wonders and signs among the people" (Acts 6:8). The men from what was called the Synagogue were interested in arguing with Steven to try and prove...

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Word of the Day: 1 Corinthians 2:2

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"For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."1 Corinthians 2:2 Over a week ago the Lord put this verse on my heart during my prayer time with Him. He kept reminding me that I am focusing on people and circumstances rather than on Him. It was interesting how my priorities changed by meditating on this verse. A few days ago I was aske...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 8:6

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"…Restore all that was hers…from the day that she left the land even until now."2 Kings 8:6 In this chapter Elisha advises the Shunammite woman about an impending seven year famine and directs her to "arise and go" where her and her household will be safe. When the famine was over she returned to her homeland and went to appeal to the king for her house and ...

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Word of the Day: John 9:16a

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"Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, "This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath."John 9:16a Thank you Pharisees; with this statement you have helped us indentify what it means to be religious. To be religious means to give attention to outward service or another way to say it would be, we try to make ourselves look good. If we are "religious"...

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Word of the Day: John 4:50

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"Jesus said to Him, Go, your son lives." The man believed the Word that Jesus spoke to him and started off".John 4:50 This real life event took place 2000 years ago as a son of a "Royal Official" was on his death bed. If you are a parent, you know that when your child is seriously ill, the seriousness of the situation seems to be multiplied 100 times. So it is easy to und...

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Word of the Day: John 4:10

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"Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is …..."John 4:10 Such a fascinating event takes place in the fourth chapter of John. I love this event because we read how Jesus takes a person from death to life. What's fascinating is that this is not a well known individual; in fact, I don't even know her name. All we know is that she is ...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 21:3

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"To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."Proverbs 21:3 I desire to be pleasing to the Lord. I desire to be useful to Him! That desire comes from HIS work of salvation in me. He is the author and perfecter of my faith (Heb 12:2). I know I can never pay him back the debt that he covered for me. I just want to show him my love and thank...

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Word of the Day: Romans 2:6-8

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Intense fellowship. I guess that is the politically correct way to describe an interaction with my wife that involved my impatience and anger. I know that my relationship with the Lord is intimately linked to my relationship with Val. I am unable to come to the Lord in prayer without being at peace with Val (1 Peter 3:7). The Lord used this verse in a powerful way to rebuk...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 16:23

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"The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips."Proverbs 16:23 Today I set out for a big day. A 2nd meeting with a very significant customer for our family business. Someone who's size could triple our sales. As I knew I would be heading into corporate politics needing to persuade a multitude of people why our services are good for t...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 127:2-3

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"It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."Psalm 127:2-3 "Lord, cause me to fully understand and embrace this passage. I cannot build something unless you build it through me. Starting work earlier and staying ...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 6:7

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"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach them diligently... What a calling. I have so much growing to do. As I reflect on my life, I wonder, If someone followed me when I sit in my house, when I walk by the wa...

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Word of the Day: Luke 22:43

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"And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him."Luke 22:43 How cool would it be to have an angel appear and strengthen me! Knowing that I was totally doing the Lords work, submitting to the Lords will and in desperate need of the Lord's strength. I have read this passage many times. Jesus, in the garden, pouring his heart out 3 times as we witness the ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 22:31-32

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"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."Luke 22:31-32 To think that Satan continues to accuse me and demand to sift me like wheat... what a scary thought. To think that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me and prays f...

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Word of the Day: Luke 21:34

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"But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap."Luke 21:34 This life seems to carry a constant stream of things that can weigh me down and allow me to lose perspective. When I heard this verse from the Lord, what struck me was the 'cares of this life.' How ofte...

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Word of the Day: Luke 20:14

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"But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.'"Luke 20:14 There are many things that the Lord struck me with this verse, but the overwhelming principal here that I am guilty of is 'so that the inheritance may be mine.' Every blessing of my life is inherited from the Lord. Where I live and g...

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Word of the Day: Luke 19:40

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"He answered, 'I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out'"Luke 19:40 The praise of God cannot be stopped. All of creation sings your praise, and you still desire praise from us. In every moment of every day there is opportunity to praise you. "Father, you turn the Kings heart like streams of water in your hand, you uphold the universe by the word of...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 106:13

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"But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel."Psalms 106:13 How is it that I can forget the works of the Lord? When my circumstances seem pretty good, and when I think all the doors are open and I can handle it, then I move without waiting for His counsel. Just this week my mind was consumed with an idea that I could do. It was something that I thoug...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 3:25-26

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"Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked when it comes,for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught."Proverbs 3:25-26 Do not be afraid... The most frequent command that Jesus gave his disciples. Why? What does that say about us as the creatures... that we are a fearful being. And even though the answer is so simple ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 18:38-40a

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"And he cried out 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent.But he cried out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!'And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him."Luke 18:38-40a There are so many times that I feel distant from the Lord. Times where I feel like I am on the side of the road a...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 103:5

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"Who Satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."Psalm 103:5 Often times I look to be satisfied with the good of my circumstances. I arrange my schedule, spend money, save money, engage with people, disengage with people all with a focus to orchestrate desirable circumstances... why? To provide comfort and security for myself. Often times, I ev...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 55:9

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For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higherthan your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 I don't know about you but sometimes God feels so distant, so far away, so not there. Circumstances can seem so insurmountable, so beyond human understanding. We emotionally translate that into "God doesn't care about me, He's abandoned me." F...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:21

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"you thought I was just like you." Psalm 50:21 Ever since we humans populated the earth in the sinful likeness of our 'grandfather' Adam we have shared a common ambition...control. We want control nearly at any cost. It may not feel like that, we may not even be conscious of it but it's there. Sometimes the desire to control actually looks noble, maybe even Godly as some ...

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Word of the Day: John 10:27c

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"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27c Jesus makes a humanly wild statement: "they follow Me." Doesn't it feel that following Jesus is difficult and at times a real struggle? It seems as if much, if not most, of the time we're fighting to be good followers of Jesus! Why does He say so matter of fact "they follow Me"? If you stop and thi...

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Word of the Day: 1 Kings 13:1-26

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1 Kings 13:1-26 Vs 19: "So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house". In this account in I Kings 13, a prophet came to King Jeroboam with a word from the Lord. This prophet was given specific words to say and specific actions to take ("You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.") The prophet obeyed God when asked by the ki...

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Word of the Day: John 10:27b

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My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" John 10:27 July 6th: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them," John 10:27b Jesus moves from the amazing reality that He gives us His life giving voice to a statement that is beyond human comprehension. The God of all eternity, the God who rules the nations, the very sovereign King of all kings knows us! H...

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Word of the Day: John 10:27a

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"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" John 10:27 July 5th: "My sheep hear My voice," John 10:27aJesus makes a statement here that has riveted me for many years: "My sheep hear My voice..." He doesn't say "My sheep might hear my voice" or "My sheep can hear My voice" or "My sheep have My permission to hear My voice." Instead Jesus says, as a stateme...

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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 16

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Reading: Ezekiel 16 'God of Grace' "When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, 'Live!' Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, 'Live!' Ezekiel 6:6 God's grace and splendor is so easily forgotten when everything is going well. God's grace is the focus in this story about an unwanted child born out of har...

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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 14

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Reading: Ezekiel 14 'Idols in the Closet' Then some elders of Israel came to me and sat down before me. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all? Ezekiel 14:1-3 A continual examination of my ...

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Word of the Day: Ezekiel 3

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Reading: Ezekiel 3 'Preparation for Service' "Then He said to me, 'Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you." Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezek 3:1-3...

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Word of the Day: Job 38

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Reading: Job 38 'Hey Mister Know-it-All!' "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Job 38:2 The best way to acquire and maintain humility is residing in the presence of God. It is His doing and delight to keep us humble, not ours, because we are not very good at it. The Puritans knew how to practice the presence of God in prayer. Consider the follow...

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Word of the Day: Nehemiah 1

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Reading: Nehemiah 1 'Prayer that Gets God's Attention' "When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven". Neh 1:4 When all things are lost, and your freedom is taken away, without a doubt one can feel a sense of hopelessness. Psalm 137:1-4 gives us a little insight into the life of the children o...

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Word of the Day: Ruth 1

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Reading: Ruth 1 'The Mark of a Follower' "But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go," Ruth 1:16 Loyalty is not a common value practiced in our culture anymore. We know of many instances where spouses are not loyal, politicians are not loyal, law enforcement officers are not loyal, church members are not loya...

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Word of the Day: 1 Samuel 8

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Reading: 1 Samuel 8 'Let's be Like Everyone Else' "Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations." But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge...

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Word of the Day: Judges 1

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Reading: Judges 1 "Who Will Lead Us to War?" "Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them? The LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand." Judges 1:1-2 When Moses died, he passed the baton to Joshua who valian...

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Word of the Day: Exodus 12

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Reading: Exodus 12 "It's All Mixed Up!" "A mixed multitude also went up with them," Exodus 12:38 Every church in America has a mixed multitude in its meeting places. And so it was with the multitudes in the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. The distinctions between them were not always clear. It was more than just being Hebrew or Egyptian.The book of Numbers tells...

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Word of the Day: Hebrews 11:24-27

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Reading: Hebrews 11:24-27 'Choosing Ill-treatment' " By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith h...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 19

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Reading: Psalms 19 "The Power of Meditation" Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Ps 19:14 Thoughts continually fill our mind. 'What are we going to do?', 'What are we going to say?', and 'What are we going to eat?', and on and on……. But what is it that we spend time meditati...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 4

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Reading: Proverbs 4 "A Father's Instruction" "When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live..." (Proverbs 4:3-4)Of all the things I experienced and learned growing up in a home of an alcoholic father, one has left its indelible mark. The...

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Word of the Day: 1 Kings 6

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Reading: 1 Kings 6 'The Building of God' "The house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built." I Kings 6:7 The house where God dwells can never be made with our hands, our efforts, or human strength. Steven got stoned speaking this truth, "Howe...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 13:1-13

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Reading: Genesis 13:1-13 'Stop the Strife' "So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me,Nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers." (Gen 13:8) The magnanimity of Abram was clearly evident when strife became apparent among family members. The moment of decision took place near Bethel where he had built an altar and first c...

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Word of the Day: 2 Kings 6:1-7

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Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-7 'School's in Session' "But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; And he cried out and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed." Living in tight quarters has its challenges. To some extent I can imagine how the prophets might have felt. I was raised in a two bedroom house with nine people, always full of activity, family...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 37

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Reading: Genesis 37 'The Ugly Face of Jealousy' "When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer!"Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his d...

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Word of the Day: Haggai 1

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Reading: Haggai 1 'When is the Right Time?' "Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, "Consider your ways!Hag 1:2-8 When is it the right time to begin to build things that have eternal implication? Once I have a seminary degree, or have attended 'X' number of Bible Studies? Or when I get married and as a couple we can share the responsibilities? How about, when my ki...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 1

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Reading: Psalms 1 'Getting Counsel' "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But hisdelight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night". Ps 1:1-2 The source of our counsel directs and influences us in every single area of our lives. The Psalmist tel...

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Word of the Day: Matthew 10:29-31

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Reading: Matthew 10:29-31 'God Determines our Value' "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. " Lies, lies, all lies. The world speaks nothing but deceptive words and the philosophy of men. Noth...

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Word of the Day: Genesis 3

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Reading: Genesis 3 'Eyes Wide Open' "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her...

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Word of the Day: John 5:1-17

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Reading: John 5:1-17 'Crippling Sin' "A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?" vs 5-6 The multitude who gathered at this pool without a doubt had some real physical issues. Out of all the people waiting for the angel...

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Word of the Day: Matthew 20:20-28

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Reading: Matthew 20:20-28 'So You Want to be First' "Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left." There is just something about all human nature. It ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 17:11-19

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Reading: Luke 17:11-19 "Giving Glory to God" "And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan." If we allow ourselves to reflect at our condition before Christ came into our lives, we were just...

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Word of the Day: John 1:43-51

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Reading: John 1:43-51 'No Deceit! Please' "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!" During this time, common conversations among the Jewish people were focused on the arrival of the promise, "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL", which tr...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 25:4-9

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Reading: Isaiah 25:4-9 'Lavishness for His People' 'Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,And refined, aged wine'. v.6 The nature of God is a giving nature. We see it illustrated in this passage by the descriptive word, 'lavish'. When God prepares a table, He chooses the best aged w...

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Word of the Day: Luke 10:25-37

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Reading: Luke 10:25-37 "And Who is My Neighbor?" "Jesus replied and said, a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead." It appears like this man was heading toward a dangerous place called Jericho. If one was a citizen of Jerusalem, they wouldn't even go through it, let a...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 21

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Reading: Isaiah 21 'Watchman, be Alert!' For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, and let him report what he sees."When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, a train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention." Then the lookout called, "O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, and I am stationed every night a...

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Word of the Day: Isaiah 61

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Reading: Isaiah 61 'The Spirit's Work' "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted; To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn; To grant those...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 42

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Reading: Psalm 42 'My Soul Thirsts' "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...." Psalms 42:1-2 We have all heard it said, "A picture is worth a thousand words". The Psalmist gives us a beautiful vignette into his life. Here he uses a deer to draw us into the deepest part of his being. The creat...

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Word of the Day: Matt 25:31-46

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Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 'The Words of the King' "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left....

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Word of the Day: Psalm 150:1

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Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise the Lord I chuckle ... no, I really laugh ... every time I read Psalm 150 (the last in the Psalter). Thirteen times in 6 short verses it says,"Praise the Lord, Praise God or Praise Him".Praising God must be important. To me, praising the Lord means to prize Him and rave a...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 145:4

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Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. Memories It's Memorial Day. Day for reflection on those loved ones who passed their faith on to us. For Jo Ann and I we remember our parents .. who brought us up in the Lord. Yes, salvation is all the work of God, but there is a certain expectation in Scripture that spiri...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 119:105

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Psalm 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Moving Forward Reminds me of camp in the Wisconsin woods. A night walk with a lantern in hand and a narrow path ahead. Just enough light to see a few steps ahead. Important to keep my eyes focused on the pathway just ahead of me to avoid the holes, rocks and roots. Reading God's Word daily is like th...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 118:24

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Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. A Never Before Day If you have called our landline anytime over the last 31 years, and we are not home ... you will hear the above phrase. I really like it because, to me, it brings to light a new day .. a day I have never lived before. I am anxious to see what God will do with the ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 110:1

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Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord; "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." King of Kings David's short, but prophetic, Psalm is one that is most quoted in the New Testament. Jesus attributed the fulfillment of this prophecy to Himself. "Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question. 'What do you think...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 104:34

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Psalm 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. Meditation I chose to stay in the Psalms for the month of May because they are such unique and rich resources for contemplation. I intentionally passed over Psalm 1. It truly is more "wisdom" writing (like Proverbs) than it is "praise" (to be sung). But, I can't get through the m...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 103:1-2

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Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Remembering God's Benefits David is concentrating on God and remembering His benefits. forgiveness (verse 3) restoration of health (verse 3) rescue from danger (verse 4) kindness and mercy (verse 4) provisions (verse 5...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 95:6-7(a)

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Psalm 95:6-7(a) Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Focus A shift takes place from God our creator to God (Jesus) our redeemer. A much clearer focus on who I am ... a sheep brought into the household of God through His Son's sacrifice. God has rescue...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 91:1

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Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. The Shadow of the Almighty This verse brings to mind a book Elisabeth Elliot wrote "The Shadow of the Almighty". The story of 5 missionaries, including her husband, Jim, who were murdered in the jungles of Ecuador 55 years ago by the primitive Auca Indians. Verses 14-15 s...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 90:10

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Psalm 90:10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away. Reflections A psalm of Moses. I wonder when he wrote the words in verse 10 if he was thinking about the conversation he had with God at the burning bush. Was he thinking, "Why now, when I'...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 87:9

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Psalm 87:9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O LORD, and they shall glorify Your name. Let the Nations Be Glad This is, to me, a great missions verse. Jo Ann and I have made many trips to the mission in Costa Rica led by our son Mark, his wife Meg and our granddaughter Melinda. Time after time Mark will ask during our evening devotion, "W...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 85:8

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Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will say; for He will speak peace to His people, to His Godly ones; but let them not turn turn back to folly. Listen Carefully From life experiences the psalmist had decided to listen carefully to what the Lord is saying. In those days the Lord spoke through the prophets who also had responded to His call to listen carefully to t...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 84:7

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Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion. From Strength to Strength Maintaining and gaining strength to stay on track in our service to the Lord requires are all. Consider verse 2, "My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God." Thinking about this stre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 81:10

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Psalm 81:10 I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Open Your Mouth Wide The LORD never tired of reminding His people that, "It was I ... who rescued you." He found it necessary to give them stern warnings as found in verses 8 and 9, "Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 67:1

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Psalm 67:1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. God Bless Us According to Jewish custom, the people recite the above at the end of each Sabbath day. This Psalm is based on the ancient blessing pronounced by Aaron: "May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 66:13-14

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Psalm 66:13-14 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, and my mouth spoke when I was in distress. Foxhole Faith During World War 2 I often heard ... there are no atheists in foxholes. Some of the men I knew who promised God to serve Him if He would spare their lives ... did just that. But most didn't. Seems that as soon as the "distre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 62:1

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Psalm 62:1 My soul waits in silence for God only, from Him is my salvation. Waiting Quietly David was good at waiting before God. And, waiting quietly. That takes a long term and intimate relationship to achieve. He learned well from his past experiences. I am still learning even though, unlike most men, I like to shop. When it comes to Mall type experiences, I'll spen...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 59:16-17

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Psalm 59:16-17 But as for me I shall sing of Your strength; yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving-kindness in the morning. For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me loving-kindness. Songs in the Darkness The introduction to this Psalm (part of Scri...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 57:7-8

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Psalm 57:7-8 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. Awaken the Dawn I think David, the poet-king, was the greatest worship leader of the Old Testament. He wrote half of the of the Psalms ( 75 of 150), sang all his songs, chose all his choirmasters and led ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 51:2-3

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Psalm 51:2-3 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Confession After David's adultery, his planned murder and his efforts to hide the truth and chloroform his conscience, Nathan came and confronted him (2 Samuel 12:1-14). Once David faced his guilt, evil, sin and shame, he called on th...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:14-15

Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High; call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me. What God Wants God wanted His people to thank Him (verse 14). Why? Because saying "thank you" is evidence of a healthy relationship with Him. God also wants His people to trust Him. In the latter ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 40:1

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Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD, and He inclined His ear to me and heard my cry. Waiting Patiently I must admit that when I pray I would like quick answers. But after many years some of my prayers continue ... especially those of salvation for loved ones who are still breathing. It is interesting to note that David's natural desire for a quick answer was tem...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 30:2

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Psalm 30:2 O LORD, my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed Me. Here's to Your Health How many people do you know that seem to take good health for granted? What happens when illness strikes? I am like David. I CRY out to God. Not only for myself, but for my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren ... friends and neighbors ... the list goes on. Why? Because ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 139:13-14

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Psalm 139:13-14 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Two Births One was my physical birth ... thanks God for making me and thanks Mom for bringing me into this world. The second was my spiritual birth (being born again) ... thanks God for Your love that sent Jesus to die for ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 27:7

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Psalm 27:7 Listen to my pleading, O LORD, be merciful and answer me! Conversation with the LORD David was invited to talk with the One who had repeatedly shown He was on David's side. Verse 8 says, "When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." What was on his mind? Perhaps he remembered what he said in Verse 1, "The LORD is my li...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 25:5

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Psalm 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long. All Day Long I get up early. I awake refreshed,renewed and ready to meet the day. But, when my night owl friends are getting started, I'm running out of gas.Nevertheless, we, both morning and evening people, need to make it through the day. The middle of ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. If the Lord is my shepherd, I must be a sheep. That means I am dumb, dirty, timid, helpless and defenseless ... at minimum. Isaiah 53:6 says, "All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way'. So, I am also a self-indulgent individualist. I really do need a shepherd. Jesus said, "I am the ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 19:14

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Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Praising God God gave me His Word. It speaks to me where creation is silent. His Word is "sweeter than honey" (19:10). It is there I find truth that revives and encourages me, warnings that protect and preserve me, instructions that command ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 18:35

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Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. Gentleness and Greatness When I look at David's life and the way God worked in it, gentleness is not the first thing that comes to mind. But perhaps David's greatest moments were not when he was triumphant on the field of battle. Let me look ag...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 15:1

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Psalm 15:1 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? True Worship David brings to mind the need to prepare my heart for worship in His sanctuary. Only God knows my heart, and He alone can say if I am truly ready for worship in His sanctuary. In the formalized worship of the Jerusalem sanctuary,the people would ask, "Who may worship in your sa...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 12:1

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Psalm 12:1 Help, O LORD, for the Godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. Endangered Species There once was a large, clumsy bird called the dodo that had a problem. It couldn't fly. This probably led to it's extinction. Now all that's left is the expression, "As dead as the dodo." Before I became a follower of Jesus, I, too, was as ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 109:4

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Psalm 109:4 "In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer". Many years ago in Seattle, Diana and I participated in a quiet Christian demonstration. What it was for isn't really important and probably today we wouldn't be involved, not because it's wrong, but since then we have learned that making a statement for Christ is much more effective one on o...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 33:27

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Deuteronomy 33:27 "The Eternal God is a dwelling place...." Moses gives his blessing to the sons of Israel in this chapter. His time is coming to an end. God has told Moses he won't be going in to the Promised Land, but does let him see it (Deuteronomy 34:4 "This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants'; I have ...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 31:8

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Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you". In Chapter 31 the Israelites are getting ready to cross the Jordan. They were going to have to face some adversaries. They are changing leadership. Moses is giving his last counsel and has just announced that he is getting old and will not be going with...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 119:46

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Psalm 119:46 "I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be ashamed." I was attending a meeting with about 15 of my contemporaries from around the country. We were sitting at tables formed in the shape of a horseshoe. During one of our breaks and as everyone was talking with each other, a person from across the room asked me what my secret was for s...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 81:13

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Psalm 81:13 "Oh that my people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!" I see God's desire for me - listen and obey Him. It sounds so easy, and maybe it should be. Sometimes there is a fight within me between doing what I know God says to do and what my human nature wants me to do. I love the listening part - being in the Word every morning, hearing and le...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 20:3-4

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Deuteronomy 20:3-4 "....Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you...." I can remember a few years ago, a few of us guys had gotten together to go to a shopping mall. The plan was we would divide into groups of 2 and spend the evening by sharing the gospel with whomever we could. When this was first presented to...

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Word of the Day: 1 Timothy 1:15-16

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1 Timothy 1:15-16 "15It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life." Have you ever spok...

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Word of the Day: 2 Peter 3:18

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2 Peter 3:18 "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." In this chapter Peter is warning the people not to fall prey to the schemes of false teachers. These teachers would purposely distort and twist scripture to confuse and deceive those who were undiscerning. I believe this u...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:14

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Psalm 50:14 "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving…." Do I really have a thankful heart, or do I just have a "polite" heart that looks thankful on the outside? 1 Samuel 16:7 says God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. My "polite" heart might fool people around me, but this heart does not impress the L...

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Word of the Day: Deuteronomy 8:4

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Deuteronomy 8:4 "Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years." Sometimes it's easy for me to forget what God has done for me in the past and what He is doing now. Instead, I focus on the difficult circumstances around me that I am currently experiencing. I ask God constantly to remove them. Vs 4 in Deuteronomy 8 reminds me that God di...

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