Archive - April 2020

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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
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RECOVER ALL
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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

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[…]

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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[…]

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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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RECOVER ALL

“Then David asked the Lord, ‘Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?’ And the Lord told him, ‘Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you’!”  1 Samuel 30:8 David’s confusion created an open door for the enemy to come in and attack him. In 1 Samuel 30, we see that while David had lined up with the Philistines to fight against his own people, Amalekite raiders invaded the town he had left behind, burned it to the ground and had taken away all of David and his men’s wives, children and belongings.[…]

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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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