Archive - 2021

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THE MOST LOYAL
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ALL IN
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THE REAL GOSPEL
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OUR STRONG TOWER
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SMOOTH GRACE
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BETTER THAN NEW
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THE GREAT DEFENDER
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MORE THAN ENOUGH
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THE PAUSE
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SIX SCOOPS

THE 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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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, 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 next. Would[…]

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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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OUR STRONG TOWER

 “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10  Most all of us can remember being afraid of “the boogie man” when we were children. For me, he was that invisible monster under my bead. I can remember walking out of my room, turning out the lights and then making a bee-line straight to my dad’s leg on which I’d wrap myself around. Turning back to that dark bedroom I would stick my tongue out toward “the monster.” It was my childlike way of letting the boogie man know I was safe[…]

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SMOOTH GRACE

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”              2 Corinthians 12:9 The giant known as Goliath was issuing threats that had the whole Hebrew Army paralyzed with fear. 1 Samuel 17:11 says, “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” The word “dismayed” here is from the Hebrew word “chathath” and it literally means “to terrify.” But, David relyied on[…]

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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 that 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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THE GREAT DEFENDER

“Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might.” Psalm 54:1 Have you ever felt the need to defend yourself when falsely maligned or accused of something? In Numbers 16, Korah incited a rebellion against Moses that led to him and over 250 of his followers meeting a tragic end. In the moment, Korah didn’t realize that in choosing to fight against Moses he was actually fighting against the Lord Himself. Moses, instead of making it about him and taking matters into his own hands, put the whole thing in the Lord’s hands and relied[…]

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MORE THAN ENOUGH

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need, and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt like you had nothing? That’s exactly how the widow in 2 Kings 4 felt. After her husband passed away and she was left with a mountain of debt she felt desperate. When she came to Elisha for help, his question to her was “What do you have?” And first her response was “nothing.” Then she said, “except a small jar of oil.”[…]

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THE PAUSE

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 46:7 One of the definitions for the word “Selah” in Hebrew is “to pause.” The word “Pause” is defined as causing (someone) to stop and think about something carefully. So, what exactly could the writer of this Psalm, David, want us to “pause” and think about? Anytime we see the word “LORD” in scripture, it represents the covenant side of God: the side of Him that is always for us, always with us, and always fighting for us. David had many experiences throughout his life when the LORD[…]

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SIX SCOOPS

“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.”  2 Corinthians 6:2 Sometime ago, a picture posted on Reddit showing a bowl Kellogg’s famous Raisin Bran cereal with only a sparse supply of raisins caused an uproar among some cereal lovers. In response, BusinessInsider.com set out to investigate, leaving those same cereal lovers feeling a lot better. What they discovered was that although Kellogg has never really made it clear on exactly how big their “scoop” is, BusinessInsider.com[…]

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