Archive - April 2020

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PLANTED IN THE PROMISE
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THE WINNING SIDE
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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL
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REST FOR THE WEARY
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EVER WATCHING
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GOOD NEWS BYPRODUCTS
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FAITH FROM ORDER
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THE GREATEST GIFTER
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TRUE MARKET VALUE
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TASTE AND SEE

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[…]

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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL

“Then I pray to you, O LORD . I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.” Psalm 142:5 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[…]

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REST FOR THE WEARY

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’.”   Matthew 11:28 In Samuel 28 and 29, we see that David had grown so weary from the long struggle he had endured being chased by King Saul, that he found himself in the last place on earth he would have ever imagined. He had sought shelter and comfort with the very enemy of his people, the Philistines. Goliath was a Philistine and God had helped David defeat him years earlier, and these same Philistines had been oppressing and waging[…]

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EVER WATCHING

“So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31 According to People.com, “A Southern California man was in for a howling surprise recently when he rescued what he believed to be a puppy and soon discovered that it was no snuggly house pet after all. While walking his dog in a Tierrasanta canyon on March 22, the man came across the abandoned furry creature, Dariel Walker, a representative at San Diego Human Society, tells PEOPLE. With no hesitation, Walker says the man brought the little “puppy” back home before the Humane[…]

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GOOD NEWS BYPRODUCTS

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.” Matthew 9:35 According to Wikipedia, “A by-product, or byproduct, is a secondary product derived from a manufacturing process or chemical reaction. It is not the primary product or service being produced.” Listverse.com sights, “Cow intestines led a pretty depressing existence prior to the nineteenth century. Their taste was overshadowed by the rest of the delicious parts of the cow and their utility was overshadowed by the versatility of pig and[…]

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FAITH FROM ORDER

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. Matthew 8:10 David had his chance. Saul was right there in his grasp and all David had to do was take Saul out in the darkness of that cave and all of David’s troubles would be over. By killing Saul, David would no longer have to be on the run, live in hiding and could take his rightful place as the next king of Israel for which he had already been anointed. But[…]

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THE GREATEST GIFTER

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”  Matthew 7:11 I can remember my parents going to great lengths to give us gifts, especially on holidays and birthdays. I remember one Christmas, in particular, that it seemed they went way beyond anything my eleven-year-old mind expected. Even with a meager income, they often went above and beyond to get us gifts. On Easter, my mom especially, made sure we had Easter baskets chocked full of goodies. One year my[…]

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TRUE MARKET VALUE

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 According to workandmoney.com, “A circa-1500 da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb representing the “crystalline sphere” of the heavens sold at auction for $450.3 million.” I learned several years ago in real estate school that “the market” for anything, whether that be property, a car, or art work, is determined by what someone is willing to pay. In the world of art collecting, buyers commonly pay hundreds of thousands, to even millions of dollars, for what they consider a prize piece of[…]

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TASTE AND SEE

“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8  All doubt had been removed from David’s mind, and there was no denying the fact that Saul wanted to kill him. If David ever wondered if just maybe it was King Saul’s bad mood that led him to throw a javelin at David twice, or send guards to his house to arrest him, now all doubt had been removed. Jonathan confirmed David’s worst fears that, yes indeed, Saul wanted him dead. David’s heart must have sunk in fear as he asked[…]

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