Archive - March 2019

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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
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NOTHING BUT BLESSING
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ALL IN
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THE REAL GOSPEL
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ROLLED AWAY

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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NOTHING BUT BLESSING

“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:28 I’ve watched some great college basketball games lately, and as tournament season gets closer, there’s a lot of great basketball still ahead. I particularly love watching someone on my favorite team sink one of those three pointers. The velocity of a shot when launched from such a far distance means that the greatest chance of it going in the basket is when the ball never touches the rim. That’s when all the[…]

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ALL IN

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”  Galatians 2:21 Although I’ve played cards before, in particular Spades back in my Marine Corps days, I’ve never played Poker. I have no real concept of the game, but I’ve always thought it was cool when in a movie, particularly a western, one player slides all of his chips to the center of the table and says, “All in!” I’ve always waited with anticipation to see just what would happen next.[…]

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THE REAL GOSPEL

“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4 “Will the real Melvin Purvis please stand up?” That was one of the final lines from an episode of the game show, “To Tell the Truth,” that featured ex-FBI Agent, Melvin Purvis, who was made famous for catching the infamous John Dillinger. “To Tell the Truth” was a popular show that garnered one of the largest viewing audiences on television and aired from 1956 through 1978. From a series of questions, four panelists[…]

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ROLLED AWAY

“But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.” Mark 16:4 Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were all on a mission. They wanted to take care of Jesus’ body, giving him the proper burial they felt He deserved. It’s obvious God was behind all of this because He wanted them to be the first to announce that Jesus was indeed the resurrected Savior.  The only thing standing in their way was the “very large stone” that the Roman garrison had rolled over the opening[…]

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