Archive - June 2020

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HIS BATTLE
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The Salt Life
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SEASONED SPEAKING
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HIGHER THINKING
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BUILD ON HIM
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GROW IT
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THINK ON IT
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PRESS ON
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GOD’S TWO-STEP
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PURPOSEFUL BUILDER

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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The Salt Life

“And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said.” 2 Kings 2:22 In my part of the country, there’s a popular brand that’s seen on car decals, but also on shirts, jackets, hats and all kinds of apparel. “Salt Life” appeals to folks who love being close to the saltwater which, for our area, is abundant. For me there’s nothing like the smell of the ocean breeze. Whether it’s a day spent at the beach or on the boat, “salt therapy” is a real thing and can make a big difference in one’s life. For me a day[…]

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SEASONED SPEAKING

“Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].” Colossians 4:6  One morning, on a recent visit to my in-laws, I offered to cook breakfast. As I was getting things going, I jokingly asked, “Where do you keep your jar of bacon grease?” Laughter followed. After all, we were in New Jersey and not North Carolina where seasoning food is a southern necessity. Every cook in the South knows that when it comes to cooking, everything’s got to be seasoned “really good!” Your choice of seasoning[…]

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HIGHER THINKING

 “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 Dr. Robert Schuller was known as the pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove California, a mega church before mega churches were even considered possible. Dr. Schuller cites many of his life’s accomplishments and successes to what he coined as “Possibility Thinking.” My new favorite TV show is the hit reality show, “The Profit,” with its[…]

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BUILD ON HIM

 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7  As it opened its doors welcoming retail tenants and shoppers in 1968, The Vernon Park Mall was the pride of the East. As the first shopping mall east of Raleigh, in the rural farming town of Kinston, North Carolina, the mall bustled with commerce as folks drove from miles around to walk the corridors, shop the stores and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Many a shop[…]

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GROW IT

“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 Bill and Bette had no idea what the little farm they had just purchased would one day turn into. The year was 1953 and the young couple couldn’t wait to start planting sweet corn in the fertile soil of Southern New Jersey. Bill started selling that corn from the back of a wagon, and as the family grew, so did the farm. […]

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THINK ON IT

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 Some time ago I came across a book that I’ve known about for years, but something occurred to me that I had never thought about before. The book, “Think and Grow Rich,” was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 which was the era our nation went through what’s known as “The Great Depression.” I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some folks who were around during those times, and from everything[…]

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PRESS ON

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:14  If you’ve ever seen the movie Secretariat, you know how inspiring it is. One friend of mine has seen it so many times that he almost has every line in the movie memorized. Secretariat, a race horse that overcame incredible odds, set race horse records that still stand to this day, and in his time, he inspired Americans and the world with his tenacity to press on toward the finish line, often leaving his[…]

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GOD’S TWO-STEP

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”  Philippians 2:13  I may have a few moves, but I wouldn’t consider myself much of a dancer. Dancing, however, has been around for ages and, in scripture, we even see dance as a means of worship that pleases God. The “two-step” has been called the “most popular couples dance” in the US, and most dance authorities believe it’s because of its simplicity. With just two basic moves the two-step gives dancers the basis for a variety of different dancing genres. The more[…]

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PURPOSEFUL BUILDER

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6  An article in the New York Daily, recounting the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, sites that, “Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) succeeded her father-in-law, John Roebling, and her husband, Washington Roebling, as the field engineer aiding her disabled husband to completion of the Brooklyn Bridge.” Roebling was an accidental engineer. The bridge was the dream of her father-in-law, John Roebling. But three days into the construction one of his feet[…]

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