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Truth Vs. Lies…Be Alert/Not Deceived

Truth Vs. Lies...Be Alert/Not Deceived

Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43, 44 ESV) Motivating Monday! When my children were smaller and even today, my comment if a lie is spoken, “When you lie, you align […]

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Fierce Warriors, Trusting In God’s Word

Fierce Warriors, Trusting In God

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their years. But as for me, I trust in you. (Psalm 55:22, 23 NIV) Forward Friday! King David was a fierce warrior, dating back keeping watch over his flock. All who have been in Bible Study Fellowship this year, have been enlightened with King David’s life. He was not perfect, however, his dedication to God, with every repentance made, […]

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Welcomed: Connecting People to People

Welcomed: Connecting People to People

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul- an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus- I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. (Philemon 8-10 NIV) Motivating Monday! Philemon’s pronunciation, tweaked my interest in refreshing my memory. This is a book in the NT, one chapter, very short. Who is Philemon? He was Paul’s dear brother and fellow worker. Is his name pronounced […]

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Minds: Key Element Prepared for Action

Minds: Key Element Prepared for Action

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is reveled. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16 NIV) Physical An athlete must break through physical walls to increase their athletic ability. One of the most visible movie scenes, the death crawl in Facing the Giants, a powerful […]

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Transforming: Avoid Being Weak/Devoured

Transforming: Avoid Being Weak/Devoured

“But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, it’s officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:17-19 ESV) Motivating Monday! Hello dear friends! Many may wonder how I became […]

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Delight In God’s Law…Overcome Sin

Delight In God

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:21-25 ESV) Motivating Monday! Paul struggled, we know he dealt with a thorn. This […]

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Purpose Leads To Peace, Self-Boasting No More

Purpose Leads To Peace, Self-Boasting No More

If anyone else thinks he has reason to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. (Philippians 3:4b-6 NIV) Forward Friday!  Paul was fired up- reminds me of an old high school cheer; Let’s get fired up! Oh, the memories! For Paul, he had not forgotten, a second […]

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Help! Do Not Fear, Reach Out Right Hand…

Help! Do Not Fear, Reach Out Right Hand...

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV) Motivating Monday! People are amazed I do not drink alcohol or coffee. When my children were little, I was asked, “How do you do this, not even wine?” Where does my help come from? Jesus Christ. Coffee is fine, likely requests as a child to drink coffee ended with a sharp- No. My parens loved coffee. Mt. Dew was my vice. I never realized the toll caffeine can have on human bodies. […]

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Shrink Back? Hope/God Vs. Doubt/Devil

Shrink Back? Hope/God Vs. Doubt/Devil

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. (Hebrews 10:39-11:1 NIV) Forward Friday! Moving forward, we no longer shrink back, yet, move forward in truth and deeds. Faith is to Spiritual journey as cherries are to… And seems often my thoughts reflect how Jesus discussed faith of little children. They believe without any hesitation. Do they even know how to doubt? I […]

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Perfect? No, Follow God’s Commandments

Perfect? No, Follow God

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV) Motivating Monday! What happens when questions are asked and we don’t like the answer? When accepting Jesus as Savior- He is our authority. Choices have to be made- are we taking salvation experiences serious or was it a bluff? If […]

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