Archive - April 2021

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WALK IN THE LIGHT
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DISAPPOINTMENT DETOUR
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ROLLED AWAY
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THE SIMPLE GOSPEL
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NEW NAME, NEW SONG
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DIVINE 911
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RECALL
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HAPPY AND BLESSED
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POSSESS IT
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HANG ON

WALK IN THE LIGHT

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 From the beginning of time our adversary has done everything in his power to snuff out the Light. As far back as the Garden of Eden, he knew that a Light would one day come into the earth, a Light, so powerful and bright, that it would change the world forever. That Light did come, and His name is Jesus Christ. John describes Jesus as “the light of men.” Have you come to know this Light? And are you allowing this Light to guide you along[…]

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DISAPPOINTMENT DETOUR

 “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:5  Two of Jesus’ followers were headed in the wrong direction. Things had not worked out as they had hoped, and now this disappointment had detoured them back to their home in Emmaus. Jesus, however, though He kept them from recognizing Him, came to their rescue as He came and walked alongside them on their seven-mile journey. On the walk, He opened up the scriptures concerning Himself as the Messiah to them, causing their hearts to “burn within them.” They begged Him to stay[…]

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ROLLED AWAY

“They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.” Luke 24:2 Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were all on a mission. They wanted to take care of Jesus’ body, giving him the proper burial they felt He deserved. It’s obvious God was behind all of this because He wanted them to be the first to announce that Jesus was indeed the resurrected Savior. The only thing standing in their way was the “very large stone” that the Roman garrison had rolled over the opening of the tomb. How would they, three women, ever be[…]

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THE SIMPLE GOSPEL

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Luke 23:34  In an age where trends and fads can often rule, we may feel the need to “change it up” from time to time when it comes to the Gospel, thus complicating it. But, keeping it simple is imperative when it comes to the Good News and nothing is simpler than the Good News summed up in the story of Barabbas. As the religious leaders of Israel demanded that Barabbas be released, and Jesus be sentenced[…]

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NEW NAME, NEW SONG

“Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!” Psalm 96:1  What’s in a name? A lot, depending upon who, and why the name is given. In Bible times for example, “last names,” which really weren’t last names in the way we think of them, were given to people based on where they were from. For example, when we say, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Nazareth was the name given to Jesus that let everyone know where He was from. In more modern times, like the 15th through 18th centuries, people were often given names based on their[…]

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DIVINE 911

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].” Psalm 91:1 (AMP)  In the sparcly populated county in Eastern North Carolina where I live, our 911 Call Center Telecommunicators have undergone some significant training in recent years resulted in lives saved. Not to long ago our local Telecommunicators underwent intensive training in the Emergency Medical Dispatch Interface which allows them to interact with the callers to the 911 center, by giving them medical instructions to assist victims of heart attacks, strokes, choking, childbirth and more. This training has[…]

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RECALL

It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So, we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.” Joshua 24:18 My wife and I were having dinner with her parents some time ago and my mother-in law asked me a question, to which I responded with a 30-minute story of my life. LOL! Afterwards, feeling a little embarrassed, I told them I was sorry for going into such a long story, to which they were very kind and said they really enjoyed hearing every detail. It actually left me feeling[…]

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HAPPY AND BLESSED

“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.” Psalm 89:15  Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, of the reality TV series, Duck Dynasty, became famous for his clumping together of the three words “Happy, Happy, Happy,” of which he titled a book. Phil explains to his readers that the only thing that can make one truly happy in life is having a relationship with Jesus. David knew this truth long before Phil, and long before Jesus had even been born. How could this be possible? Because David knew about the[…]

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POSSESS IT

“Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” Joshua 21:45 Finally, it all came together just has the Lord had said. Every single promise the Lord had made to Israel, going all the way back to Abraham, had finally come to pass. Israel could trace the hand of God throughout the generations. How He called Abraham and gave him a son. How He turned Joseph’s trouble around, taking him from a sold-out slave to the hero that saved the known world, including his[…]

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HANG ON

“But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.” Luke 19:48  In Luke chapter 19, the religious leaders had had enough of Jesus and were looking for any opportunity they could find to crucify Him. They were indignant and furious at His teaching, and as you can imagine, they boiled over with hate at His turning over the tables and clearing out the temple. Yet, as much as they hated Jesus, there was another group that hung on every word He said. This is what made it difficult for those religious leaders to[…]

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