Archive - June 2020

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All and You
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IF WE ONLY ASK
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CELEBRATE YOUR TEAM
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KEEP ON POUNDING
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HIS TRUE HEART
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FEAR NOT
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HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT
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DOUBLE SAVED
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HIS BATTLE

All and You

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” Titus 2:11 Do you ever stop, from time to time, and think about God’s vast creation? From the sun, moon, and highest, most magnificent mountain to the depths of the sea, it’s all so truly amazing!  And all of His creation, and every living creature in it, both big and small, speaks to His majesty and glory. Psalm 104:24-25 illustrates this well, stating: O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here[…]

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IF WE ONLY ASK

“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,  so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”Psalm 86:5  Our ten-month-old has this new thing where he doesn’t want Mom to feed him anymore, but instead only prefers to eat what he can pick up and put in his mouth himself. It’s such a cute thing, but it’s got my wife wondering what kind of food options that gives her right now considering he only has two little bottom teeth that have popped in. It’s amazing to me the things you don’t have to teach a little[…]

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CELEBRATE YOUR TEAM

Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Amos 3:3  We’ve all been given a Divine task, assignment and/or purpose here on earth, and the truth is it’s impossible to accomplish it alone. Whether your assignment is to raise godly children, be a godly CEO of a corporation, or whatever your calling may be, you and I are going to always need the help of others in this endeavor. Thankfully God sends us those folks which may come in the form of a husband, a vice president and so on. These are “right hand” people sent by our[…]

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KEEP ON POUNDING

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 2 Timothy 3:14 If you’re a fan, or familiar with the Carolina Panthers then your most likely aware of the team’s rally cry “Keep Pounding.” In fact, just before every home game various guest are asked to pound the “Keep Pounding” drum which is always followed by exuberant cheers from the Panther faithful. What makes this rally cry so special is found in how it all got started. Sam Mills played in the NFL[…]

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HIS TRUE HEART

I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Jonah 4:2   When most people read or talk about the book of Jonah the thing that makes such a big splash (pun intended) is the story about Jonah being swallowed by the whale. If it weren’t for fact that this story really is in the Bible, I admit it would be hard to believe, but yet the story is true. But, what recently jumped off the page at me and almost knocked me overboard[…]

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FEAR NOT

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7 In 1933, at his inaugural address to the nation, newly elected President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt set a new tone for the future to a fearful nation. The famous words from that speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” will forever be etched in the heart of American history. This statement brought a glimmer of hope to a nation that had found itself paralyzed with fear on the heels[…]

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HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

“For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” 1 Timothy 6:15  In 2 Kings 11, we see the story of Joash and how, as just a small child, God hid him and his caretaker away in a room in the Temple for “just the right time.” I can only imagine what it must have felt like in a dark room with no windows for seven whole years. Young Joash and his caretaker both must have wondered, “has God forgotten[…]

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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT

 “In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.” 1 Timothy 5:25  For most of us, when we hear the phrase, “It will all come out eventually,” negative and fearful thoughts rush through our heads. We usually think of something we’ve done wrong, that we can’t even remember exactly, but are pretty sure we did. But 1 Timothy 5:25 sheds a different light on that phrase. Here, Paul’s is encouraging Timothy to keep on doing good things and even if others don’t know about it[…]

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DOUBLE SAVED

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16  When the flight attendant gives the safety briefing just before take-off, most people tend to look at their phone, a magazine, or stare out the window. But something struck me on a flight once that I’ll never forget. When she was giving instructions about putting on the oxygen mask, she said to first put on your own mask before helping the person next to you. The reality is, if you pass out, how can you possibly help[…]

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HIS BATTLE

“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’.” 2 Chronicles 20:15  In 2 Kings 6-7 and 2 Chronicles 6, we see three stories of God’s people facing overwhelming circumstances. From Elisha being surrounded by a vast army, to Samaria being besieged into starvation, to invaders coming to wipe Israel off the map, God’s people were outnumbered and out of options. Although these natural circumstances left some feeling hopeless, they were never without[…]

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