Archive - May 2019

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TRUTH WINS
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THE FATHER’S HEART
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PRICELESS PRAISE
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FOREVER LOYAL
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KISSED BY THE KING
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MERCY AND RESTORATION
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UNDER YOUR FEET
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COME TO THE TABLE
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FROM LAST TO FIRST
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THREE SIMPLE GIFTS

TRUTH WINS

“Cast your burden on the Lord,And He shall sustain you;He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 Have you ever been betrayed and wanted to get even? Or, at least maybe you’ve felt like you needed to get the word out in your defense? Through the years, I’ve discovered that in those moments I can trust in and rely on my Heavenly Father to take care of it. I know it’s hard, in those moments, when you feel as though you’ve been misjudged, mistreated, or misunderstood, but the truth is our Father is big enough and good enough to make every[…]

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THE FATHER’S HEART

“For you have rescued me from death;    you have kept my feet from slipping.So now I can walk in your presence, O God,    in your life-giving light.” Psalm 56:13 Everyone could finally breathe a sigh of relief. At the cost of twenty-thousand lives, the rebellion was over. But not everyone was celebrating. As we see in 2 Samuel 18, instead of shouting and dancing in victory, David walked away in great sadness. Despite Absalom’s open betrayal and effort to kill him, in David’s eyes, Absalom, “young Absalom,” was still his son and David’s heart ached at the news of Absalom’s death. While everyone[…]

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PRICELESS PRAISE

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?”  Psalm 71:19 Have you ever found yourself doing the very thing, or things, you swore you’d never do? Such was the case for Peter. On their last night together, just before His crucifixion, Jesus warned His disciples that one of them would betray him. They all looked around among themselves trying to figure out just who it could be. It was then that Peter spoke up and told the Lord he would never betray Him. He swore that even if it[…]

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FOREVER LOYAL

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.    I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 In the age of the “selfie,” true loyalty has become harder and harder to find. The Apostle Paul defined it at “perilous times” as he wrote to his young protégée Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, which says; “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult (perilous)times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money (own interest.) They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider[…]

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KISSED BY THE KING

“So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned Absalom, who came and bowed low before the king, and the king kissed him.” 2 Samuel 14:33  Family tension can be the worst. When one family member won’t speak to another, or even come around, it can put a damper on everyone. Being forced to pick sides isn’t easy either, especially when you see things from both sides. That’s exactly the situation David’s family was in.  In 2 Samuel 13-14, we see the whole story of how Jonadab became fixated on and obsessed with the beauty of[…]

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MERCY AND RESTORATION

“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 In 2 Samuel 11-12, we see that David committed the two “biggies.” Not only did he commit adultery, which is pretty bad, but he also committed murder. According to the Levitical Law, David should have been drug out to the center of the city and stoned to death. There was no ambiguity in the law when it talked about an “eye for an eye.” And, when David finally did repent for these heinous sins, it wasn’t like he did it[…]

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UNDER YOUR FEET

“The Lord said to my Lord,Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.” Matthew 22:44  David was indeed a mighty warrior. As kingdom after kingdom rose up against David, he defeated them one after another. No matter how many kingdoms collaborated together to defeat Israel, they just simply couldn’t do it. In 2 Samuel 10, one such king rejected David’s kind gesture when ambassadors were sent to express sympathy during his father’s passing and, instead of welcoming them, the ambassadors were sent home in disgrace and humiliation. David returned the rude gesture of the[…]

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COME TO THE TABLE

“Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, ‘Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven’!” Matthew 21:9 In 2 Samuel 9 we see the story of Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. As a young child, Mephibosheth was dropped by his caretaker as she fled Israel at the news of Saul and Jonathan’s deaths, and now he was crippled and lived in constant fear in Lo-debar. He lived in fear because of the assumption that if[…]

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FROM LAST TO FIRST

“What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like.” 1 Chronicles 17:18 Most everyone loves a “come from behind victory” and Tiger Woods gave the world just that as he won his 5ThMasters! It’s been done before, but not by someone who’s had such a storied past and has overcome some many personal and professional obstacles.   Brad Jackson with The Federalist.com writes, “For a man who thought just a few years ago that he might never play the game of golf again because of intense back pain, this[…]

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THREE SIMPLE GIFTS

“Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage.” Psalm 106:5 It seems that every town these days has some sort of festival to call their own. In Grifton, a small Eastern North Carolina town where I spent some childhood years, they’re known for their annual Shad Festival in early Spring. The event marks the annual migration of the Shad fish that makes its way from the coastal waters up the rivers and creeks to spawn, and although they’re not much for[…]

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