Archive - 2019

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ONLY THE BEST
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CONSULT
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THE WINNING SIDE
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INSIDE JOB
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IF THEY ONLY KNEW
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THE CODE
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THE FORCE
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GUARANTEED HARVEST
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FULFILLING FRUIT
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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER

ONLY THE BEST

“But Moses gave no allotment of land to the tribe of Levi, for the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised that he himself would be their allotment.” Joshua 13:33 It was the day everyone had been waiting for! As the Tribes of Israel lined up one by one, anticipation must have filled the air. Everyone waited with bated breath for Joshua to give out the allotments of land they had all been promised. Everyone knew it was only the Lord who could have helped them defeat so many kings as they did. Though they were vastly outnumbered on many battle[…]

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CONSULT

“So Joshua took control of the entire land, just as the Lord had instructed Moses. He gave it to the people of Israel as their special possession, dividing the land among the tribes. So the land finally had rest from war.”  Joshua 11:23 Everything was a first for Joshua. Being tasked with leading Israel and facing vast army after vast army were things he had never done before. When faced with such formidable foes, Joshua didn’t have the luxury of relying on past experiences, he had to go to the Lord for the battle plans.  In one such experience, Joshua learned a valuable[…]

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THE WINNING SIDE

“Answer my prayers, O LORD, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.” Psalm 69:16 Israel wasn’t supposed to lose, and Joshua knew it. I think as believers, we can sometimes get accustomed to loosing and lose sight of the Truth that, “If God is for us who can be against us?” We aren’t supposed to be losers now any more than Israel was then. So, when Israel returned from such a great defeat by such a tiny foe, Joshua began to pray. He opened up his heart to God because he[…]

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INSIDE JOB

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 In an article posted at AmericanExperiment.org, Katherine Kerstenwrites the following about George Washington: “When George Washington died in 1799, Congress passed a resolution naming him ‘First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.’ What personal traits made Washington great? Nature gave him the raw material to be a leader, but he could just as easily have become a Napoleon, a would-be dictator. His greatness sprang from his life-long effort to mold himself to conform with his[…]

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IF THEY ONLY KNEW

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Joshua had some big shoes to fill. Moses had died and now he was God’s appointed leader to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. One of the first things Joshua did was send spies into the land on a reconnaissance mission to gather intelligence. Just like he and Caleb had spied out the land 40 years early, Joshua knew it would only take two to be in agreement and come back with a[…]

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THE CODE

“For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’   But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 The US Navy had to figure out a way to keep the Japanese from intercepting their codes. As the Marines were on shore fighting the fierce Japanese forces in World War 2, they would radio back to the ships to direct Naval gunfire onto targets ahead of them. The Japanese would intercept those radio transmissions and their forces would move out of the target area, thus dragging out battles and causing the deaths[…]

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THE FORCE

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 Although I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie in its entirety, I know the phrase, “May the force be with you,” is a saying that’s common throughout. So what is “the force?” Well, again I’m no Star Wars  enthusiast, but I have to assume it’s a backing, of sorts, given to the one who’s willing to rely upon it.   As a Chaplain with the NC Highway Patrol, I’ve[…]

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GUARANTEED HARVEST

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”. Galatians 6:9 I have a lot of admiration and respect for the American farmer. They are entrepreneurs who have very few paydays throughout the year, and that’s usually only once a year when they take their harvested crops to market. When they start their planting in the spring, they don’t even know what the market prices will be in the fall, but they plant their crops with the hopes and anticipation that the[…]

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FULFILLING FRUIT

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25 I was surprised recently to learn that there are 7,500 different varieties of apples around the world. There are at least 100 varieties of apples being grown and produced commercially right here in the U.S. And that’s just one type of fruit! The fruit industry as a whole is a $25 billion industry in just the U.S. alone. Wow, that’s a lot of fruit!  Paul gives us the secret to being big-time fruit producers ourselves. No, not from the[…]

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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER

“So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”  Galatians 4:31 There’s a catchy, popular phrase that I hear from time to time, and it’s usually shared among guys who are “really tight” and mutually considered close friends. The phrase, “Hey, this is my brother from another mother,” is said by one or the other in a fun, slang way, again as a gesture of close friendship.  One day a friend told me that I was his “brother from the same mother,” to which I responded with a half smiling,[…]

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