Archive - 2019

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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
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A CLEAR PICTURE OF SOZO
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BREAKTHROUGH
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PRESCRIBED PRAISE
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PLANTED IN THE PROMISE
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THE WINNING SIDE
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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL

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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A CLEAR PICTURE OF SOZO

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”  Psalm 105:1 I have to admit the struggle was real. Because I had never heard the word, “Sozo,” before, my first thoughts were, “This couldn’t possibly be true.” Surely having grown up in church my whole life someone; some pastor, some Sunday School teacher, some deacon, someone would have told me the complete meaning of what it means to be saved. Even today, as passionate as I am about the full gospel and message of Sozo Salvation, it perplexes me when I share this message[…]

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BREAKTHROUGH

“So Israel came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated the Philistines there. Then David said, ‘God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.’ Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.” 1 Chronicles 14:11 Have you ever noticed that in the moment God is doing something new and big in your life, the enemy comes right in with an attack? It seems that just as God is bringing increase, promotion, or blessing in an area that our adversary comes in simultaneously with an attack to cause distraction and defeat.  We see in 1 Chronicles 14 that just as[…]

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PRESCRIBED PRAISE

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.His name is the Lord—rejoice in his presence!”   Psalm 68:4 Praise wasn’t new to David. He had learned how to praise the Lord way back in the day as a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep. And now, as the Ark of the Lord came through the gates of Jerusalem, David praised the Lord with full abandon. Someone not used to praise like that could have thought David was being foolish, and his wife actually did, but that didn’t stop David from praising the Lord[…]

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PLANTED IN THE PROMISE

“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5 In 2 Samuel chapters 4 and 5 we see that what David had, for so long, believed God for had finally come to pass. As all the leaders of Israel and Judah came together, they gathered around David and made him their king once and for all. For David, the long struggle was finally over. Some estimate that the wait between the time David was anointed to be king until the time he began his combined reign over Israel and Judah was somewhere[…]

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THE WINNING SIDE

“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. Matthew 15:28  Wouldn’t you hate to one day discover that the side you had been on the whole time was actually the wrong side? That’s exactly what many men from Israel began to discover as they realized that David’s side was indeed the right side and not King Saul’s. Bit by bit, group by group, they began to leave Israel and join David’s side in the wilderness until, as 1 Chronicles 12:22 says, “Day after day more men joined David until he had[…]

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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL

“They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.”  Matthew 14:20 Anything “superhero” is all the rage and has been for decades. In the early days, superhero comic books would fly off the shelves almost as fast as store managers could get them out, and now, even today, superhero movies continue to set box office records. So why so much interest in the world of superheroes? Could it be there’s something in us that just simply loves the idea of man being enabled to do something superhuman? Scripture is full of superhuman[…]

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