Archive - 2021

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GOD’S TWO-STEP
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PURPOSEFUL BUILDER
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HELMETS ON
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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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GUARANTEED HARVEST
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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER
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HAPPY FEET

GOD’S TWO-STEP

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”  Philippians 2:13  I may have a few moves, but I wouldn’t consider myself much of a dancer. Dancing, however, has been around for ages and, in scripture, we even see dance as a means of worship that pleases God. The “two-step” has been called the “most popular couples dance” in the US, and most dance authorities believe it’s because of its simplicity. With just two basic moves the two-step gives dancers the basis for a variety of different dancing genres. The more[…]

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PURPOSEFUL BUILDER

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6  An article in the New York Daily, recounting the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, sites that, “Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) succeeded her father-in-law, John Roebling, and her husband, Washington Roebling, as the field engineer aiding her disabled husband to completion of the Brooklyn Bridge.” The Brooklyn Bridge was the dream and vision of John Roebling, but three days into the construction one of his feet was badly crushed and he[…]

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HELMETS ON

“Take the helmet of salvation and 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 included knowing[…]

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LED BY THE HEAD

 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 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, continued to run around the back yard for what[…]

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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 1969. 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 a one-hour break[…]

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GUARANTEED HARVEST

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”. Galatians 6:9 I have a lot of admiration and respect for the American farmer. They are entrepreneurs who have very few paydays throughout the year, and that’s usually only once a year when they take their harvested crops to market. When they start their planting in the spring, they don’t even know what the market prices will be in the fall, but yet they plant their crops with the hope and anticipation that[…]

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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER

“So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”  Galatians 4:31 There’s a catchy, popular phrase I hear from time to time, and it’s usually shared among guys who are close friends. The phrase, “Hey, this is my brother from another mother,” is said by one or the other in a fun, slang way, again as a gesture of close friends. One day a friend told me that we were “brothers from the same mother,” to which I responded with a half smiling, sort of confused look. So I[…]

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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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