Archive - 2020

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OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD PLAN
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PHOEBE STRONG
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OVERFLOW
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RESTORING YOUR SOUL
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DON’T PUMP THE BRAKES
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OUR STRONG TOWER
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KEEPING IT SIMPLE
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SO CLOSE AT HAND
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THE ROCK
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KEEP IT STRAIGHT

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD PLAN

“God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.”  Ephesians 1:9  June 20, 2019 was the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. What began as a presidential challenge from JFK, became a reality just seven years later. Buzz Aldrin had a plan to celebrate the landing that many may not know. Aldrin, a deacon in his church, had asked his pastor for a chalice, wine and bread to take with him to the moon. Once they landed on the moon’s surface the command center had the three-man crew take[…]

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PHOEBE STRONG

“Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time.”  Romans 16:25 (NLT) In Romans 16:1, the Apostle Paul makes a cameo mention of a lady by the name of Phoebe. Although we don’t know a lot about her, we know she was entrusted by Paul to take his letter to the Church at Rome and present it to them. With that said, she most likely read his letter to the[…]

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OVERFLOW

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 (NLT)  I’ll never forget the first time I saw this powerful illustration. The speaker took a clear glass filled with dark cola and asked the audience, “How can you change what’s in this glass without pouring it out?” Then he preceded to pour clear water in the already full glass, and in just a few moments the soda was gone, and the glass[…]

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RESTORING YOUR SOUL

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”  Psalm 23:2 It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Eastern NC as I headed out for a visit to Goose Creek State Park. The afternoon couldn’t have been any better as I set out to do a complete round on the wooded walking trails. My heart was full of anticipation. I was asking Him for an encounter….“Father, I’m asking you to restore my soul on this walk.” Just that morning I had heard one of my favorite Christian speakers talking about how we needed to[…]

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DON’T PUMP THE BRAKES

“For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.”  Romans 13:3 I had a friend once who would pump his brakes every time he saw a law enforcement vehicle and he was never speeding. He had this over-the-top fear of getting a ticket, of which he had never had one. So he would hit the brakes when he saw a patrol car. I understood his idea of not wanting a[…]

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OUR STRONG TOWER

 “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10   Most all of us can remember being afraid of “the boogie man” when we were children. For me, he was that invisible monster under my bead. I can remember walking out of my room, turning out the lights and then making a bee-line straight to my dad’s leg on which I’d wrap myself around. Turning back to that dark bedroom I would stick my tongue out toward “the monster.” It was my childlike way of letting the boogie man know I was safe and[…]

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KEEPING IT SIMPLE

“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” Romans 11:33 Known as “America’s Pastor,” God used Billy Graham to share the Gospel with millions around the world. Even from his earliest days of preaching in a tent, Reverend Graham had a knack for explaining the Gospel in the simplest of terms. As his ministry grew and his fame spread around the world, people would come in droves to hear him, packing out large arenas and open-air stadiums. Millions more would tune in by television, yet his[…]

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SO CLOSE AT HAND

 “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’.” Romans 10:13 Having accepted the Lord at a young age, my grandmother had been a Godly woman all of her life, but for my granddaddy that wasn’t the case. He was a “good man,” and a hard-working provider for his family, but he had a rough side too. He was known to have quite a temper along with a few other bad habits and tendencies as well, but all that changed one hot summer day. He was pulling a wagon down a path when a freak accident took place.[…]

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THE ROCK

“God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, ‘I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced’.” Romans 9:33  According to Wikipedia, “The Rock of Gibraltar, also known as the Rock, is a monolithic limestone promontory located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, near the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 426 m (1,398 ft) high. Most of the Rock’s upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 300 Barbary macaques monkeys. These macaques, as well as a labyrinthine network of tunnels, attract a[…]

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KEEP IT STRAIGHT

 “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” Proverbs 4:25  Riding mowers changed the game when it comes to mowing the lawn. If your yard is big enough to justify a riding mower, then you probably enjoy the experience. I guess it’s a guy thing, but for me I find being outdoors on a riding mower relaxing and enjoyable, especially when there’s a decent amount of yard to be mowed. A church I pastored years ago had some 10 acres of land, and even with a second mower going, it took quite a while to get it all[…]

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