Archive - June 2019

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SHOUT TO THE LORD
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GOD’S PRIZE PATROL
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SANDWICHED BY GRACE
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THE PRINCIPAL THING
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PASS IT ON
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BETTER THAN 911
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FOLLOWING THE BLESSING
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BUILD IT
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CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE
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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

SHOUT TO THE LORD

“Shout to the Lord, all the earth;break out in praise and sing for joy!” Psalm 98:4 Darlene Zschech, in her book “Shout to the Lord”writes, “I think God just means some songs to be written. It’s very embarrassing when people expect some big, dramatic story about a song God gave me in a time when I just needed to hear from Him. I was simply in the right place at the right time. It just happened to come out of my personal worship time with the Lord. Desperate for His peace, I opened to the Psalms. I sat at our old out-of-tune piano[…]

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GOD’S PRIZE PATROL

“Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.”  Romans 1:5  I love seeing those Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes commercials! Maybe it’s because I get lost for just a moment in the thought of what it would like to get that knock at my door and a fellow holding one of those big checks that say’s something like, “$5,000 A Week for Life.” Second to the recipient, the other thing that is really cool about that[…]

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SANDWICHED BY GRACE

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”  2 Thessalonians 3:18 Here in the South there’s nothing like a good sandwich. And here, a really good sandwich doesn’t have to be complicated, only a few basic components are necessary. Particularly in the spring and summer, you can choose pretty much any kind of filler or meat you like, but for me Dukes Mayonnaise is a must, a brand not widely seen around all parts of the country. And along with that Dukes Mayonnaise, fresh garden tomatoes this time of year are pretty awesome, with just a[…]

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THE PRINCIPAL THING

“He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Thessalonians 2:14  In 1 Kings 3 and 2 Chronicles 1, Solomon begins his reign as Israel’s third king by worshiping the Lord, and it wasn’t just any kind of worship!  By offering over 1,000 animal sacrifices to the Lord, it was an extraordinary, extravagant worship. The kind of worship that invoked a response from the Lord that came in the form of a visit through a vision and included a question. The question to Solomon from the[…]

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PASS IT ON

“The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.”  1 Chronicles 29:9 In 1 Kings 2 and 2 Chronicles 29, King David comes to the end of his life here on earth. His reign over Israel as their second king had been a long and fruitful period. 1 Chronicles 29:28 says,“He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. Then his son Solomon ruled in his place.” Just as Solomon was about to take the helm, his father David offered him some great advice.[…]

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BETTER THAN 911

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most HighWill remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].”  Psalm 91:1 (AMP) In the sparcly populated county in Eastern North Carolina where I live, our 911 Call Center Telecommunicators have undergone some significant training in recent years resulting in lives saved. Not to long ago our local Telecommunicators underwent intensive training in the Emergency Medical Dispatch Interface which allows them to interact with the callers to the 911 center, by giving them medical instructions to assist victims of heart attacks, strokes, choking, childbirth and more. This training has resulted in[…]

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FOLLOWING THE BLESSING

“God had richly blessed Obed-Edom.”  1 Chronicles 26:4b According to Wikipedia, “The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.” People literally picked up everything they had and moved entire families west for just the hope that they could get in on this gold rush before it all ended. Many called it “Gold Fever.” In 1 Chronicles, we see a man by the name of Obed-Edom. He and his sons were assigned duties as gatekeepers and musicians at the[…]

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BUILD IT

“Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Build the sanctuary of the Lord God so that you can bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the Lord’s name.” 1 Chronicles 22:19 In 1 Chronicles 22, the Temple of the Lord was sizing up to be quite a magnificent thing. David had furnished Solomon with an abundance of only the best building materials that would be used in the Temple’s construction, and all the skilled workers were ready to start this incredible project of building a house for the Lord[…]

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CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.”Psalm 30:11 There’s a Rhode Island judge who’s become pretty famous, but not for his harsh sentences, but rather for his mercy. Judge Frank Caprio is the Chief Municipal Judge in Providence, Rhode Island. Someone took note of Judge Caprio’s bent toward mercy and decided to create a You Tube channel and Facebook page. His philosophy, as seen from the bench, differs from the typical “tough on crime” approach and instead leans heavy on mercy. Not only do defendants often leave his[…]

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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

“God’s way is perfect.    All the Lord’s promises prove true.    He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” 2 Samuel 22:31  In 2 Samuel 21, a severe drought hit the land and David needed answers. He knew that, as God’s chosen people, they weren’t supposed to live in lack, so he sought the Lord. The Lord showed David that, because of the previous king, Saul’s, failure in breaking a covenant that had been in place long before him to live at peace with the Gideonites, a curse had come upon Israel. Saul, in his anger, had mercilessly killed many[…]

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