Archive - 2019

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The Simple Recipe
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The Main Thing
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The Fix
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The Family
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The Master Craftsman
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Dynamic Duo
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The Glow
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The Master “One-Upper”
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Power To Forgive
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The Light

The Simple Recipe

“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11  Depending on where you’re from, the word “barbeque” can mean different things. To a Texan, BBQ is smoked brisket, but when a Missourian hears the word BBQ, they probably think of smoked ribs. Where I’m from in Eastern North Carolina, we’ve got our own brand of BBQ too, and some distant relatives of mine have gotten pretty famous by sticking with a simple recipe that’s been handed down for generations. In fact, they can trace the origin of their simple recipe[…]

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The Main Thing

“But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.” Acts 14:3  Suppose you were invited to speak to a group; maybe a civic club, a local college, or a community group of some kind, and suppose that with this invitation to speak you were given a very limited amount of time to share with your audience. Maybe you would have within yourself the ability and expertise to speak on a variety of topics, but you knew[…]

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The Fix

“Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do.”  Acts 13:39  What was once so pristine, shiny and beautiful was now splattered and covered in blood. The Alter and Ark of the Covenant had the blood of sheep, goats and birds on them. It was a bloody mess, but that mess was necessary and saved lives. Hebrews 9:22 says that, “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” All of this would change one day in the future[…]

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The Family

“The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.” Exodus 40:38 I look forward to Sunday afternoons when we all get together for lunch, usually around a big pot of spaghetti or chili. There’s nothing like family, and God made it that way. His desire from the very beginning was to create a family that He could love, protect, provide for, and most importantly, enjoy.  God wanted to be just a close as He could be to[…]

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The Master Craftsman

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.    The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1 Recently, my wife called out to me from our sunroom and said, “Hey, come see this!” As I stepped from the kitchen and looked out the windows, I could see the most amazing color- filled sky as the sun was setting. Clouds streaked to the left and right and were engulfed in bright colors of orange, yellow, purple and blue. Living in the Inner Banks of North Carolina, I get to see some amazing sunrise and sunset moments. Only God could craft something of such amazing beauty! I[…]

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Dynamic Duo

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!” Acts 10:4b Roman officers weren’t known for their acts of kindness and generosity, but Cornelius was a little different than the rest. I’m sure it wasn’t without hard work that he rose through the ranks to become a respected Roman officer, charged with an entire Roman regiment. He obviously had proven his allegiance to Caesar and the Roman government, or such a position of stature and authority would never have been granted to him. In spite of such allegiance, Cornelius had an even greater allegiance, and[…]

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The Glow

“You will show me the way of life,    granting me the joy of your presence    and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11 I’ll never forget the shock when I stepped of the plane, into the airport and on the street in India. The though went through my mind, “this is what a nation without God looks like.” The streets were filled with trash and cows meandering around, and in the faces of the people there was a darkness. As we waited outside the terminal for a van to pick us up and take us to the mission we would be[…]

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The Master “One-Upper”

“So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.” Act 8:36 The Gospel was starting to spread like wildfire, but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. The early Church was coming under great persecution by the religious leaders, so they began to spread out, leaving Jerusalem. But everywhere they went, they took the Gospel with them. Judea, Samaria, and towns along the way were hearing the Good News for the first time, and “Great Joy” was filling the cities and villages.  You would think that after a while our adversary would finally get it. You would think[…]

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Power To Forgive

He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Acts 7:60 Forgiveness so often is given to those least deserving, which is what makes it so hard. It’s not easy to forgive, especially to the one who isn’t seeking or asking for forgiveness. When someone isn’t sorrowful for what they’ve done, it makes it so much harder to forgive that person, especially when it’s personal. When you’ve been personally wronged, mistreated, or misrepresented it makes forgiveness a lot more difficult.  As Stephen was being stoned by his accusers, his last words[…]

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The Light

“At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.”  Acts 6:15 Electric light is one of the all-time greatest inventions, but who does the credit actually go to; Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison? Certainly, Thomas Edison could not have invented the light bulb had it not been for Ben Franklin’s discovery of the fact that electrical power could be transferred through current.  Regardless of who should get the credit, one thing is for sure, light has been a game changer. Can you imagine what your life would be like without[…]

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