Archive - September 2020

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HAPPY FEET
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ALL IN
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THE REAL GOSPEL
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EMBRACE THE GRACE
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PRIDE AND PRAISE
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BETTER THAN NEW
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SETTLED
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MOST LOYAL
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TRUE PURPOSE
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DIVINE AMBASSADORSHIP

HAPPY FEET

“The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.” Galatians 3:7 Within less than 24 hours, Tucker knew exactly what feet were the “go-to feet.” Just after one night of being with us, Tucker, our new yellow lab pup, knew what feet to follow. It’s hard to imagine what it must feel like for a pup when it’s taken away from the familiar surroundings of its mom and siblings. We felt sad for him that first night, watching him roam aimlessly around the living room, searching for anything that looked familiar. It was cute, but[…]

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ALL IN

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”  Galatians 2:21 Although I’ve played cards before, in particular Spades back in my Marine Corps days, I’ve never played Poker. I have no real concept of the game, but I’ve always thought it was cool when in a movie, particularly a western, one player slides all of his chips to the center of the table and says, “All in!” I’ve always waited with anticipation to see just what would happen[…]

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THE REAL GOSPEL

“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4  “Will the real Melvin Purvis please stand up?” That was one of the final lines from an episode of the game show, “To Tell the Truth,” that featured ex-FBI Agent, Melvin Purvis, who was made famous for catching the infamous John Dillinger. “To Tell the Truth” was a popular show that garnered one of the largest viewing audiences on television and aired from 1956 through 1978. From a series of questions, four[…]

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EMBRACE THE GRACE

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b Most folks can remember right where they were the moment they learned the US was under the biggest terrorist attack in our nation’s history. We all stood there in shock, glued to our TV’s, as we saw the first tower fall, and then in complete disbelief as we saw the second tower collapse. As we heard the stories of those trapped in the buildings, and of those on Flight 93 and their last-second phone calls to family, our hearts ached. Then, as a nation, we fell to our[…]

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PRIDE AND PRAISE

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1  One can only imagine what Isaiah must have saw. It’s not until crossing over to Heaven that one can behold the beauty and magnificent splendor of God in all His Glory. Yet, Isaiah was privileged to get a sneak peek of God’s glory, awe, and majesty, all of which came about after something left the scene. What was that “something” you may be wondering? It was pride! And that pride was in the form[…]

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BETTER THAN NEW

“Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.” Psalm 53:6 The TV show Overhaulin’ had great success on both TLC and the Discovery Channel for several seasons. In each episode, the “mark” would be an unsuspecting antique or classic car owner who would make the list to have their car fully restored. Family members would be in on the ruse, coming up with some story as to why the car was missing long enough to be restored. But it would all be worth it for[…]

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SETTLED

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18  There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you pay off a bill or debt. It can be as small as a credit card balance or as large as a mortgage, but either way you feel a little bit lighter. A weight, big or small, has been lifted off your shoulders and it’s great! Then you get that “PAID IN FULL” receipt in[…]

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MOST LOYAL

“For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.” Psalm 48:14 Most would agree that loyalty is becoming harder and harder to find. It seems that in this age of self-gratification, the only true loyalty we often see is the loyalty people have to themselves, and this shouldn’t surprise us. The Apostle Paul tells us, in 2 Timothy 3, that we will know we are living in perilous and dangerous times when people are “lovers of themselves.” Even in the business world, companies find “brand loyalty” becoming[…]

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TRUE PURPOSE

“For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him?” Ecclesiastes 2:25  One of the top things I enjoy doing is getting out for a nice walk, and especially right here where I live in the charming little town of Washington, or as some may call it, “Little Washington.” Beautiful historic homes of various sizes line the streets, some dating as far back as the 1700’s, while most are from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Thoughts and questions go through my mind as I walk past these homes. Who lived there? What were their lives like back in that[…]

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DIVINE AMBASSADORSHIP

“So, we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God’!”  2 Corinthians 5:20  You may be surprised to know that the US has 189 ambassadors around the world which includes countries that most of us have never heard of or, as in my case, can’t even pronounce. Sure, you know Germany, France, England, and Brazil, but what about Benin, Djibouti, Eswatini and Timor-Leste? There are even US Ambassadors representing organizations like the UN, the Vatican, and more.  Although they may have varying duties, the main purpose of[…]

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