Author - Johnny Jones

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THE MAIN THING
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THE FATHER’S HEART
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THE FIX
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SIMPLE RECIPE
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A DYNAMIC DUO
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The Master “One-Upper”
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WHAT SHE SAW
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GOD SPACE
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COMEBACK STORY
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POWER TO FORGIVE

THE MAIN THING

“But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.”  Acts 14:3   Suppose you were invited to speak to a group; maybe a civic club, a local college, or a community group of some kind, and suppose that with this invitation to speak you were given a very limited amount of time to share with your audience. Maybe you would have within yourself the ability and expertise to speak on a variety of topics, but you[…]

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THE FATHER’S HEART

“For you have rescued me from death;  you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.” Psalm 56:13  Everyone could finally breathe a sigh of relief. At the cost of twenty-thousand lives, the rebellion was over. But not everyone was celebrating. As we see in 2 Samuel 18, instead of shouting and dancing in victory, David walked away in great sadness. Despite Absalom’s open betrayal and effort to kill him, in David’s eyes, Absalom, “young Absalom,” was still his son and David’s heart ached at the news of Absalom’s death. While[…]

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THE FIX

“Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do.”  Acts 13:39  What was once so pristine, shiny and beautiful was now splattered and covered in blood. The Alter and Ark of the Covenant had the blood of sheep, goats and birds on them. It was a bloody mess, but that mess was necessary and saved lives. Hebrews 9:22 says that, “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” All of this would change one day in[…]

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SIMPLE RECIPE

“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11   Depending on where you’re from, the word “barbeque” can mean different things. To a Texan, BBQ is smoked brisket, but when a Missourian hears the word BBQ, they probably think of smoked ribs. Where I’m from in Eastern North Carolina, we’ve got our own brand of BBQ too, and some distant relatives of mine have gotten pretty famous by sticking with a simple recipe that’s been handed down for generations. In fact, they can trace the origin of their simple[…]

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A DYNAMIC DUO

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!” Acts 10:4b Roman officers weren’t known for their acts of kindness and generosity, but Cornelius was a little different than the rest. I’m sure it wasn’t without hard work that he rose through the ranks to become a respected Roman officer, charged with an entire Roman regiment. He obviously had proven his allegiance to Caesar and the Roman government, or such a position of stature and authority would never have been granted to him. In spite of such allegiance, Cornelius had an even greater allegiance,[…]

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The Master “One-Upper”

“So, beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.”  Acts 8:36 The Gospel was starting to spread like wildfire, but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. The early Church was coming under great persecution by the religious leaders, so they began to spread out, leaving Jerusalem. But everywhere they went, they took the Gospel with them. Judea, Samaria, and towns along the way were hearing the Good News for the first time, and “Great Joy” was filling the cities and villages. You would think that after a while our adversary would finally get it. You would[…]

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WHAT SHE SAW

“When the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house (palace) which he had built, 5 the food on his table, the seating of his servants (court officials), the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, his stairway by which he went up to the house (temple) of the Lord, she was breathless and awed [by the wonder of it all].” 1 Kings 10:4-5 AMP  Some years ago, I was tasked with remodeling an area in the church I was pastoring, so I set out to get ideas that would help me create the perfect look. Walls had been[…]

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GOD SPACE

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” Mark 1:35 A few years ago, I was on vacation at a resort. Every morning I would wake up and go eat breakfast and immediately hit the beach. I’d spend the day swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, shooting hoops, and exploring nature. Each day was packed full of events that by the end of it, I was exhausted and ready for bed. As the trip carried on, I realized that although I was in paradise enjoying[…]

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COMEBACK STORY

“So God Sent back the same man his people had previously rejected…” Acts 7:35a Rocky Bleier was living the dream.  The Notre Dame football team he played for had just won the National Championship and he was drafted by his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.  However, after finishing his rookie season with the Steelers in 1964, he was drafted again, only this time into the U.S. Army. On August 20th, 1969, he was on patrol with his platoon when they were attacked.  Rocky was shot in the leg.  While on the ground from the gunshot wound, a grenade went off next to[…]

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POWER TO FORGIVE

He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Acts 7:60  Forgiveness is given to those least deserving, which is what can make it so hard. It’s not easy to forgive, especially the one who isn’t seeking or asking for forgiveness. When someone isn’t sorrowful for what they have done, it makes it so much harder to forgive that person, especially when it’s personal. When you’ve been personally wronged, mistreated, or misrepresented it makes forgiveness a lot more difficult. As Stephen was being stoned by his accusers, his last words were,[…]

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