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Are we willing?

Tough Skin, Reactions- Giving God Glory

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” (Exodus 31:1-4) Motivating Monday It is Motivating Monday! What better way to be motivated than to know what God is willing to do for one, He will also do for you!  God shows no favoritism. As people having free choice, we have to decide who we are going to favor.  Today is the last Monday in January. […]

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Gift of God

Materials: Choosing Fireproof to Stand Test

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6,7 NIV) Fan into flames the gift of God! How do these words make you feel?  Guess what? I know you will be surprised… they make me feel empowered!  I hope many of you are with me!  However, we do not instantly get to the point of being empowered.  Let’s be realistic, Timothy was […]

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Strength Under Control

Fierce Warriors, Trusting In God's Word

The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” (Acts 16:27,28) Choosing our reaction Today we are taking a deeper look into these two contrasting responses.  The jailer jumped in fear  and Paul stayed calm.   Paul and Silas had been falsely accused.  These two men were taken from their place of prayer into town.  The crowd grew as did the attack against Paul and Silas.  They were stripped, beaten, […]

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Freedom

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When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.  Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  Then it was said among the nations,  “The Lord has done great things for them.”  The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:1-3) This scripture is describing a group of jubilant exiles returning to their land after decades of captivity.  This is a new season for the Israelites. Ezra, a key person, led this group from thoughts of fighting enemy armies into focusing on fighting […]

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Sabbath Day

Life: Choosing Real Over Artificial...Abundant Life!

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words ….then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 58: 13,14) A Challenge I am setting forth a challenge […]

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Persevering Through Trials

Struggle: Understanding Source and Resolve

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12) Trials pure joy? James was bold and direct in his letter.  I believe we all choked a little when we first read…consider facing trials as pure joy?! Trials have us in a heightened sense of self. How are we going to respond?  We would be happier sliding into the background, considering 10 other people who we would rather see in our place.  Unless we developed Christian maturity […]

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Jesus is Willing

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Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize it was Jesus.  He called out, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.  He said, “Throw your net to the right side of the boat and you will find some.” (John 21:4-6)   Motivating Monday! A day with endless opportunities! Today is a chance to set our course for the week evaluating and adjusting how to make this better than last week.  Oh! You very well may have had the best week ever…last week! Let’s keep it  going!! We will see empty nets We […]

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Taste the Sweetness

Peace: A Supernatural Sweetness- Don't Miss

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. (Psalm 34:8,9)   Are you willing to taste? Many of us are saying…Yes! right now!! Maybe you are not one of us? The voice of hate is growing louder and louder in our Nation.  Long lost are the days when most disagreements were kept quiet to our own neighborhoods. Where families went to church because it was Sunday. Honestly, when the only churches here were the ones who believed God […]

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God is our Shelter

Trouble? Finding Shelter, A Very Present Help

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9,10 NIV) After reading this verse, a weight can be lifted off your shoulders. I personally felt like a balloon would be losing its air, slowly releasing all the pressure.  The Lord is our refuge.  A refuge, is a shelter protecting us from danger.  He is our shelter when a situation causes oppression, when strongholds attempt and sometimes consume us.  Oppression is not a soft term. […]

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Power of God for All Believers

Reward, Good, and Perfect...God's Gifts

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first the Jews, then the Gentiles.  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from the first to the last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16,17) A name change…A change of desire. Once Paul left his life of Saul, he became a passionate servant of Christ.  These verses were part of his letter longing to visit Rome.  We have a world all the way down […]

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