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rejuvenation for your soul and spirit.

...Blessings -Johnny Jones

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EVER WATCHING
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GOOD NEWS BYPRODUCTS
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FAITH FROM ORDER
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THE GREATEST GIFTER
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YOUR TRUE MARKET VALUE
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TASTE AND SEE
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KINGDOM ANGLERS
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LOVED AND ACCEPTED
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WHEN FACING YOUR GIANTS
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WHAT WORSHIP CAN DO

EVER WATCHING

“So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31 According to People.com, “A Southern California man was in for a howling surprise recently when he rescued what he believed to be a puppy and soon discovered that it was no snuggly house pet after all. While walking his dog in a Tierrasanta canyon on March 22, the man came across the abandoned furry creature, Dariel Walker, a representative at San Diego Human Society, tells PEOPLE. With no hesitation, Walker says the man brought the little “puppy” back home before the Humane Society[…]

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GOOD NEWS BYPRODUCTS

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.” Matthew 9:35 According to Wikipedia, “A by-product, or byproduct, is a secondary product derived from a manufacturing process or chemical reaction. It is not the primary product or service being produced.” Listverse.com sights, “Cow intestines led a pretty depressing existence prior to the nineteenth century. Their taste was overshadowed by the rest of the delicious parts of the cow and their utility was overshadowed by the versatility of pig and sheep[…]

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FAITH FROM ORDER

“Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, ‘Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.’ And the young servant was healed that same hour.” Matthew 8:13 David had his chance. Saul was right there in his grasp and all David had to do was take Saul out in the darkness of that cave and all of David’s troubles would be over. By killing Saul, David would no longer have to be on the run, live in hiding and could take his rightful place as the next king of Israel for which he had already been anointed. But 1 Samuel chapter seven tells[…]

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THE GREATEST GIFTER

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”  Matthew 7:11 I can remember my parents going to great lengths to give us gifts, especially on holidays and birthdays. I remember one Christmas, in particular, that it seemed they went way beyond anything my eleven-year-old mind expected. Even with a meager income, they often went above and beyond to get us gifts. On Easter, my mom especially, made sure we had Easter baskets chocked full of goodies. One year my Easter[…]

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YOUR TRUE MARKET VALUE

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew6:21 According to workandmoney.com, “A circa-1500 da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb representing the “crystalline sphere” of the heavens sold at auction for $450.3 million.” I learned several years ago in real estate school that “the market” for anything, whether that be property, a car, or art work, is determined by what someone is willing to pay. In the world of art collecting, buyers commonly pay hundreds of thousands, to even millions of dollars, for what they consider a prize piece of artwork. It can seem unimaginable to[…]

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TASTE AND SEE

“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 All doubt had been removed from David’s mind, and there was no denying the fact that Saul wanted to kill him. If David ever wondered if just maybe it was King Saul’s bad mood that led him to throw a javelin at David twice, or send guards to his house to arrest him, now all doubt had been removed. Jonathan confirmed David’s worst fears that, yes indeed, Saul wanted him dead. David’s heart must have sunk in fear as he[…]

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KINGDOM ANGLERS

“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people’!” Matthew 4:19 Although I love to fish, I’m by no means an “angler.” For me it’s more about being on or near the water that I enjoy most. And yes, I love catching the fish when they’re biting, but just being out there on a beautiful day is plenty satisfying to me. I do have a friend, however, who’s a real pro when it comes to fishing and he’d be considered a pretty good angler by most anyone’s standard. He knows exactly what the[…]

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LOVED AND ACCEPTED

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’.” Matthew 3:17 Tim Tebow was one of those special athletes many just loved to watch play. According to Wikipedia, Tebow became the Florida Gator’s starting quarterback during the 2007 season and then became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2008, Tebow led Florida to a 13–1 record and its second National Championship in three years and was named the offensive MVP of the National Championship game. The Gators again went 13–1 in 2009, his senior year. At the conclusion of his college[…]

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WHEN FACING YOUR GIANTS

“And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:47 Most everyone loves rooting for the underdog. Whether it’s the team no one expected to be playing for the National Championship, or the NASCAR driver who makes a come-from-behind win to take the checkered flag, we all love to cheer for the one least expected to win.  Such was the case for David as he stepped out of the crowd to take on the giant. Aside from the story of Jesus’ birth,[…]

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WHAT WORSHIP CAN DO

“So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.” 1 Samuel 16:13 In 1 Samuel 17 we see that because of Saul’s continued disobedience and his lack of willingness to follow God wholeheartedly, the Holy Spirit left him. God had told Samuel that He had found another, one who was “after His heart.” I can remember hearing that phrase, “David was a man after God’s own heart” and thinking,[…]

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