Archive - June 2020

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HELMETS ON
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GREATER LOVE
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LED BY THE HEAD
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PLUGGED IN
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TAKE YOUR SEAT
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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

HELMETS ON

“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17  “Get your helmet on,” the sergeant barked out, and I could tell his patience was wearing thin. I just wasn’t used to wearing it and it felt heavy and uncomfortable. As a brig guard, it was one of only two or three nights I had spent in the field while in the Marine Corps. However, “Every Marine a rifleman” was more than just a slogan and required every Marine to possess at least the basics in combat training, which[…]

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GREATER LOVE

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”  Ephesians 5:2 NLT As a Marine Corps Pilot and flying for the legendary Blue Angels, Jeff was living his dream. In addition to being a top aviator, Jeff was also loyal, kind, compassionate and a loving father and husband. Life couldn’t have been better for Jeff as he had so much to live for. But, on one routine afternoon, his life was cut short. Not because someone took his life, but because he[…]

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LED BY THE HEAD

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  Ephesians 4:16 You’ve heard the phrase, “running around like a chicken with your head cut off.” Well, it should have scarred me for life the day I saw that happen for real! As a ten-year-old boy I’ll never forget seeing my granddaddy grab one of the chickens in his back yard and chop its head off. That chicken, which we would later eat for dinner,[…]

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PLUGGED IN

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”  Ephesians 3:18   I was recently winding down for the day and watching some videos on my iPad. I couldn’t see the charging symbol because I was in full screen mode and was surprised when I finally noticed my battery indicator showed that my iPad was almost dead, even though I had my lightning cable plugged in the whole time. When I looked down at my power cord, it was plugged into the extension cord too.[…]

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TAKE YOUR SEAT

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:6 After Jesus read from Isaiah 61 in His hometown synagogue, He did something astonishing. Luke 4:20 says, “Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.” Notice, after He closed the book and handed it back to the priest, He sat down. Now sitting down may not sound significant at first, but[…]

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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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