Archive - 2016

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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
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Don’t Miss that Sunset
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Her First True Love
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Put It All Together

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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Don’t Miss that Sunset

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Recently I finished my work day early and decided to head out to Goose Creek State Park, just a few miles up the road from where I live. My walk was so peaceful and serene as I took in the beauty of that late after noon sunlight glistening on the rippling waves of the Pamlico River. There’s nothing like talking to your Father and enjoying[…]

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Her First True Love

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:14 (The Message) She was the “queen of failed relationships.” She knew it and so did everyone in town. That’s why she came to get her water in the heat of the day to avoid all the morning well gatherers. She had felt their glairs and heard the gossip. She had been through five marriages and the guy she was[…]

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Put It All Together

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 I’ll never forget his brokenness as he sobbed and cried in my office. In his line of work he was supposed to be strong, rugged and tough, but not on this day. His wife, whom he loved, had just cleaned out her stuff and took off and he thought his whole world was coming to an end. I didn’t know what to say or how to console him, so I just sat there with him as he broke down. In the silence God gave me a[…]

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