Archive - July 2020

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THE BEST FOR LAST
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AS A CHILD OF GOD
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TO KNOW HIM
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ALL INCLUSIVE
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MOUNTAIN TOP EXPERIENCE
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Keep Stepping
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DIVINE SHOWOFF
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Hugged Back
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EVEN IF
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EYEBALLS

THE BEST FOR LAST

“But his mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’.” John 2:5  As I edge closer to another birthday, I often think about the rest of my life, and in doing so, a certain thought often hits me. That thought is this – if I am fortunate enough to live to my 80’s or even 90’s, that’s still less time than I’ve already lived. So, even if that were to happen, I could certainly say I’m in my “second half.” Like most folks, I didn’t think much about the brevity of life in my teens, twenty’s or thirty’s, but[…]

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AS A CHILD OF GOD

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 Blind Bartimaeus, as he was known to many, didn’t even have his own name. The word “bar” means “son of.” So, the name Bartimaeus simply means the “son of Timaeus.” That doesn’t seem so bad at first glance, except for the fact the name Timaeus means “unclean.” And that’s exactly what life was like for Bartimaeus as he sat beside the dusty road that led in and out of Jericho. Yet one encounter with Jesus, on a Judean afternoon, changed[…]

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TO KNOW HIM

“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13  Have you ever met someone only to discover that what you had heard about them just simply wasn’t true? That’s certainly happened to me a few times. I’ve met a few people in life, that, as I got to know them a bit, I quickly discovered what I had previously heard about them was a complete mischaracterization of who they really were. That’s exactly how it seems when it comes to our Heavenly Father. Often, He is portrayed as a harsh, mean taskmaster[…]

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ALL INCLUSIVE

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5 Some years ago, my car broke down at my office. There was nothing I could do to get it to start, so I knew it would need to be towed to a repair shop. Times were a little tight, so both a towing and repair bill just wasn’t in order.[…]

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MOUNTAIN TOP EXPERIENCE

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! Isaiah 52:7 What “mountain-top experience” have you had with God that has been life changing for you? According to Word@work “Mountains often had a significant role in God’s dealings with His people. In the English language we have the expression “mountain-top experience”. This expression has originated from the Bible because of the dealings God had with His people on various “mountain-tops”. So, the phrase has come to mean a moment[…]

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Keep Stepping

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 Fear has a mission – to bring paralysis to one’s heart and mind in order to keep them from moving forward. I know something about this because, at times, fear has kept me from moving forward and doing the things I knew I needed to do. But what I’ve discovered is that when I start stepping and moving forward in an area, I quickly[…]

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DIVINE SHOWOFF

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9  God is always good! We see this in 2 Kings 20 and Isaiah 38 as God allows Hezekiah to know that he would be passing away so that he could get his affairs in order. And we see God’s goodness again as He grants Hezekiah 15 more years after he turned his[…]

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Hugged Back

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8a It was a great afternoon with my four kids as we enjoyed dinner and some shopping together. After dinner, we meandered in and out of some stores in the mall, when my middle daughter, who I call my “blond-haired, blue-eyed angel,” reached over and put her arm around me. It wasn’t a hard squeeze, but certainly warm enough that I could feel my eyes begin to water. It was just one of those special moments that you didn’t want to end, and where nothing needs to be[…]

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EVEN IF

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 Never before had the furnace been so hot, but King Nebuchadnezzar, in his anger and rage, ordered that it be fired up seven times hotter than it had ever been. In fact, it was so hot that the guards who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace perished from the heat. What caused the king to be so enraged? It was simply the fact that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down[…]

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EYEBALLS

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This may be one of those analogies that is difficult to relate to, but I clearly remember being in Marine Corps Boot Camp and hearing the command our drill instructor gave when he wanted everyone to look at him. In a loud, authoritative voice he would yell, “Eyeballs,” to which all seventy-some recruits would reply, “Snap Sir,” as we[…]

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