Archive - 2020

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No Place Like Home
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The Blessing
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Checkmate
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Irreversible
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One Thing
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Listen
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More Than A Test
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Peace Through Forgiveness
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Hold Out
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Follow

No Place Like Home

“And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.”Genesis 35:15 God called Jacob back to a place I’m sure he had heard of before. No doubt his father had passed down the story from his grandfather, Abraham, and his encounter with God at this place called Bethel. It was the place in Canaan where Abraham first arrived and where he offered up the first sacrifice to God in this land God had called him to. Now, God was calling Jacob back home to this same place.  Jacob had been a stranger[…]

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The Blessing

“This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” Luke 13:16 Jacob had seen the blessing of God at work in his life, and he knew that had it not been for God’s blessing, he would be and have nothing. At every turn, despite every attempt by Laban to rob him, God turned every one of those attempts into a blessing. The blessing of God even showed itself in the form of protection. Laban heard directly from the Lord not to[…]

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Checkmate

“And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke 12:28 Jacob found himself playing a bizarre game of chess with his Uncle Laban, and he had certainly met his match when it came to trickery. His Uncle Laban tricked him by giving him Leah instead of Rachael and made him work an extra seven years for the bride his heart was set on. Then, after they had made a deal for the spotted and speckled members of[…]

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Irreversible

“And yes, that blessing must stand!”Genesis 27:33 Isaac and Esau were both in shock when they discovered that Jacob had tricked his father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing that had been reserved for his older brother, Esau. It was just plain and simply through a bold-faced lie that Jacob tricked his father, at the request of his mother Rebekah. Mom had hatched the plan, but Jacob, meaning deceiver or trickster, went along with the scheme. No matter how loud Esau wailed or how much he begged his father, there was simply nothing Isaac could do. The blessing had been[…]

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One Thing

 “There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 So, what’s on your “To Do List” today? If you’re like most folks, the list is long and continually growing, especially if you’re a mom. At current count, my list stands at 18 tasks and counting. But, of all the things that are on the list of things you need to do today, what is that “One Thing” that you deem most important? What if I told you that there is “One Thing,” that if it were[…]

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Listen

“Then a voice from the cloud said,” “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.”Luke 9:35 When we need advice, there’s a vastness of voices out there. On any one topic or subject, you can find plenty of opinions just in your circle of friends and family, not to mention Google. You can usually find good advice from many experts on a topic just by typing in a phrase or key word, or just asking Siri. But of all the voices out there, there’s one voice above them all – Jesus. The Father made a distinction with Jesus[…]

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More Than A Test

 “And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:’ so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8  So, what exactly was God testing when He asked Abraham to take his son and sacrifice him on an alter? Genesis 22: 1 tells us that God was testing Abraham’s faith.  But faith in what exactly? In Genesis 15 we see that God made a covenant with Abraham when He passed through the bloody carcasses of the animals He asked Abraham to cut into halves. Abraham also participated in his part of the covenant when he, and all of[…]

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Peace Through Forgiveness

“And Jesus said to the woman,” “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50 She had just simply lost herself in worshiping her Savior and it didn’t matter to her who gazed or gawked in contempt. Her singular focus was on the one who had forgiven her. This woman, written about in the Gospels, who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil, washed them with her tears and dried them with her hair, wasn’t just any sinner. Sin for her had not been just an “occasional missing the mark.”  No, sin for her was a lifestyle and a way of[…]

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Hold Out

He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! All eyes were on Jesus, but not all were looking to see what great thing He might do next. There were skeptics in the crowd who wanted to do nothing but catch Jesus in a trap. They weren’t interested in anyone being healed, they just wanted to protect their religious traditions. For the man needing to be healed, he was faced with a choice. As Jesus called him to the front[…]

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Follow

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. Luke 5:27b  Jesus’ reputation was preceding Him. Word had spread like wildfire, as Luke later recorded, that this Jesus of Nazareth was going “about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.”  Peter experienced this goodness first hand when, after Jesus used his boat to speak to the multitudes, He blessed Peter with a boat sinking load of fish. To which Peter responded by saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man.” The word sinful turned around means “full of sin.” Peter wasn’t just saying I occasionally[…]

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