Archive - 2021

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THE GREATEST GIFTER
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YOUR TRUE VALUE
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THE PRECEDENT
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LET IT SHINE
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RESTING IN PEACE
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HERITAGE OF VICTORY
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THE SEED
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GOD WITH US

THE GREATEST GIFTER

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”  Matthew 7:11 I can remember my parents going to great lengths to give us gifts, especially on holidays and birthdays. I remember one Christmas, in particular, that it seemed they went way beyond anything my eleven-year-old mind expected. Even with a meager income, they often went above and beyond to get us gifts. On Easter, my mom especially, made sure we had Easter baskets chocked full of goodies. One year my[…]

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YOUR TRUE VALUE

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 According to workandmoney.com, “A circa-1500 da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb representing the “crystalline sphere” of the heavens sold at auction for $450.3 million.” In the world of art collecting, buyers commonly pay hundreds of thousands, to even millions of dollars, for what they consider a prize piece of artwork. It can seem unimaginable to the average person, but there really are people out there who have “a heart for art” and are willing to pay millions for the right piece.[…]

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THE PRECEDENT

“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Genesis 15:6 We hear a lot about “precedent” these days, especially when it comes to constitutional and legal matters. Precedent is defined as “an earlier occurrence of something similar,” and “a person or thing that serves as a model.” When you have precedent for something, it gives you grounds to take your stand. Paul tells us in Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” So, what exactly gives Paul the boldness to make such a[…]

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LET IT SHINE

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Our home looks a little different now that the lights are gone. Yes, we have lights, but no more Christmas lights. My wife, like so many others, waits until the new year sets in and then all those    decorations and lights get stored away until next Christmas. One of the things I so enjoyed about this past Christmas was seeing that sparkle in the eyes of our little one, Jonas, as he so enjoyed seeing all the Christmas lights. One night, we[…]

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RESTING IN PEACE

“In peace I will lie down and sleep,  for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8  “Rest in peace” are words not usually thought of for everyday living, but rather commonly used during times of death. But that’s exactly what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, “rest in peace.” After ten and a half months adrift, Noah and those in the ark finally came to rest. Genesis 8:4 says, “Exactly five months from the time the flood began, the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” The number five is the number of grace and Genesis[…]

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HERITAGE OF VICTORY

“Victory comes from you, O Lord May you bless your people.” Psalm 3:8  One of the greatest testaments to one’s life is what that individual passes down to the next generation. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Typically, when it comes to “heritage,” most folks think of material wealth, and while leaving a monetary inheritance can be a good thing, there are other things that can be even greater. All of us, having been re-born in and through Jesus Christ, have been given the heritage of victory. Psalm 3:8 tells us that “victory” comes from the[…]

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THE SEED

“The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: The Lord said to me, ‘You are my so Today I have become your Father’.” Psalm 2:7 Just before their banishment from the Garden of Eden, God pronounced a curse upon Satan and Eve in Genesis 3:15. But in God’s graciousness, a promise was found in that curse. That promise was Jesus, the “Seed,” who would one day come through Eve’s bloodline and the Savior who John the Baptist prepared the way for. Satan, in all his cleverness, couldn’t figure out who that Seed was. At first, he thought it was Abel because Abel’s sacrifice had been accepted by the[…]

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GOD WITH US

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son,and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’.” Matthew 1:23 As the words, “Happy New Year,” ring out, many are hopeful that this year will be a good one. It’s always so interesting to think back to the previous New Year’s Eve and remember what your hopes and expectations were for the year ahead. This past year, many folks were met with things they didn’t see coming, both good and bad. Just yesterday, I was thinking about one such family in my community that had[…]

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