Archive - March 2016

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Nothing To Lose
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Make The Call
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He Is Willing
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Abundant Living
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The True Power Source
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Their Quandary
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The Right Hold Up
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Acceptable
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Closing The Book On Works
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Taking Your Seat

Nothing To Lose

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 I remember as a young boy having a burden for an uncle who did not profess to be a believer in Jesus. He and my aunt lived several states away, and it was only on rare occasion that we got to see them. I remember one particular summer when they were down for a visit, I began to have a particularly strong burden for him. He wasn’t much for talking, so I was trying to think of some way I could[…]

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Make The Call

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 How fast could you dial 911 in the event of an emergency? Pretty quick I would imagine. Even little ones know how to dial those three famous numbers. When a situation arises beyond one’s control and there is danger or an emergency, we know those numbers will bring the much needed help we seek. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us of another call we can make anytime we need and that’s directly to God. And, what I find so great[…]

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He Is Willing

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out [His] hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3 Probably the number one question among believers is “What is God’s will for my life?” I’ve heard it said that faith begins at the knowledge of God’s will. In Matthew chapter eight, we see a man encounter Jesus with this same question but in a very specific[…]

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Abundant Living

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 (Amplified Bible) There is a lot of talk these days about deficits and deficit spending. It’s hard for me to understand how and why any government, business, or entity of any kind can continue to spend out of what they do not have. Sadly in the same way people everywhere are spending their lives out of a deficit.They put on a smile when deep down inside[…]

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The True Power Source

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Boy am I thankful for air conditioning. With record heat waves, I can’t imagine life without this comfort that many of us have come to take for granted. Isn’t it amazing to consider that the world as we know it today would not have been possible without electricity? All of the major comforts we enjoy today were only made possible as a result[…]

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Their Quandary

“About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said.” Genesis 21:22 The world just simply doesn’t know what to do with us as believers in Christ. It seems that the more they try to mock us or swindle us, we just get stronger and better and such was the case with Abraham and Issac in Genesis Chapter 21. Issac, the long awaited son of Abraham and Sarah was finally born and to celebrate him being weaned from his mother, Abraham called for a[…]

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The Right Hold Up

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20 (NLT) A Pastor friend of mine was just recently sharing a story with me about his friend Jorge, who was held up at gunpoint. A young man pulled out a huge hand gun, stuck it in Jorge’s neck and said “Give me your IPad,” to which Jorge complied. The robber was quickly identified through photos and was later arrested and Jorge’s IPad was recovered. Although this could have been the end[…]

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Acceptable

For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Romans 5:17 (Amplified Bible) In Luke chapter four we see the account of Jesus returning to his home town synagogue just after He had been anointed by the Holy Spirit and won back the keys of authority after He had been tempted of the Devil[…]

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Closing The Book On Works

For the law was given through Moses, [but] grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 If someone told you that they could give you the key to living a victorious Christian life, would you want to know what that key was? Just about a year and a half ago someone shared this key with me and I can honestly say it has completely changed my life. I can look back over my life and count a total of three spiritual milestones. The first was when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. The second was when I asked God[…]

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Taking Your Seat

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) In Luke chapter four, after Jesus read from Isaiah 61 in His hometown synagogue, He did something astonishing. Luke 4:20 says, “Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.” Notice, after He closed the book and handed it back to the priest, He sat down. Now sitting down may not sound significant at first, but it is[…]

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