Archive - August 2016

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Divine Etiquette
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Even If
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Twin Peaks
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All In
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The Pause
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“Eyeballs”
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Look Up
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Victories Remembered
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When Your Prayer Comes Knocking
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Be Quiet

Divine Etiquette

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20 As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t take my little five-year-old eyes off the bowl of peanut brittle. My mouth watered and all I could think about was how good it would taste, so I asked the nice lady if I could have some. She graciously obliged and I thoroughly enjoyed, but what followed was one of my first lessons in etiquette. When my cousin and I[…]

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Even If

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 Never before had the furnace been so hot, but King Nebuchadnezzar, in his anger and rage, ordered that it be fired up seven times hotter than it had ever been. In fact, it was so hot that the guards who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace perished from the heat. What caused the king to be so enraged? It was simply the fact that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down[…]

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Twin Peaks

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23:6 I remember on one particular family vacation as a kid; we went to Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. There we could “look out” and see seven states. The placard in front of us said that from the peek we could view Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. There were no defined state lines like we see on a map, but it was an amazing thing to be able to look out[…]

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All In

The Lord is good, a strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 (AMP) What if I told you there was a place, a safe place, where you never had to worry or be in fear of your adversary’s attacks, schemes, or plans? That may seem “too good to be true,” right? But that place does exist and it is in the will and plan of God for your life. Now I’m not saying that in the “will of God” you’ll[…]

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The Pause

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 46:7 One of the definitions for the word “Selah” in Hebrew is “to pause.” The word “Pause” is defined as causing (someone) to stop and think about something carefully. So what exactly could the writer of this Psalm, David, want us to “pause” and think about? Anytime we see the word “LORD” in scripture, it represents the covenant side of God: the side of Him that is always for us, always with us, and always fighting for us. David had many experiences throughout his[…]

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“Eyeballs”

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This may be one of those analogies that is difficult to relate to, but I clearly remember being in the Marine Corps Boot Camp and hearing the command our Drill Instructor gave when he wanted everyone to look at him. In a loud, authoritative voice he would yell, “Eyeballs,” to which all seventy some recruits would reply, “Snap Sir,”[…]

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Look Up

“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” Luke 21:28 Recently I was in an awesome Church service, where the worship was so sweet and moving that I found myself absorbed in His presence. Standing there with my eyes closed, and my head bowed, I heard His still small voice in me say “Look up.” It wasn’t a call to look up at any particular thing or person, but it was a sense to lift up my head and soak Him in. As I thought about it later I realized that[…]

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Victories Remembered

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” 1 John 5:4 I’ll never forget as a young Marine when I really learned for the first time what battle streamers represented. It was at a Change of Command Ceremony when I noticed these brightly, multi-colored, ribbons hanging down from the Marine Corps flag and the announcer told what each one stood for. Each streamer represented previous battles and wars that Marines had so valiantly fought and been victorious throughout their history. In 1 Samuel Chapter 21, David finds himself[…]

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When Your Prayer Comes Knocking

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 Have you ever prayed for something so long and so hard that when it finally showed up it shocked you? It can definitely happen! I know in my own life there’s been something near and dear to my heart that I’ve been praying for for a very long time, and as the answer finally showed up it was a shock to my system.  It all seemed so surreal as the “answer to my prayer” answered back. The same thing happened to a young girl[…]

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Be Quiet

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 As this new potential client sat across from my desk, I knew right away we were meeting that day for more than just business. We both knew it was His business first as we began talking about God’s goodness and sharing our stories with each other. I love hearing peoples stories. Everyone has a story and I always realize after hearing someone share their story, just how unique and awesome they are. I find that if I[…]

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