Author - Johnny Jones

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The Substitute
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A SPECIAL CLASS
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UNCONDITIONAL
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THE WITNESS
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YOU CAN
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THE WORK
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POWER AND EFFECT
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THE REST OF THE STORY
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THE POWER OF WHY
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Midnight Praise

The Substitute

 “Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me.” Numbers 3:12 The word “substitute” is defined as “to put or use in the place of another” and substitution is something we commonly see in sports. When one player is injured, a substitute takes his place. But, in the life of the believer, we can give thanks for an even greater, more important substitute.  In the last plague to hit Egypt, God claimed the firstborn for himself. By doing so, all the[…]

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A SPECIAL CLASS

“Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.” Numbers 1:49  Because of his amazing talent on the field and his ability to lead his team to an NCAA National Football Championship, Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been described by many in the sports world as a “Special Class” of player. Others have called Lawrence a “special person,” not because of his athletic ability, but because of his rootedness in his faith and outspokenness for Christ.   Of the twelve tribes of Israel, the Levites were placed in a special class[…]

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UNCONDITIONAL

“I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.”  Leviticus 26:12 What would motivate someone like Paul to endure the hardships that he faced and keep on going? For him it was simple, the Gospel was so good that Paul felt it was worth every ounce of harassment and persecution he would face. So, what specifically was it about the Gospel that made Paul feel this way? The answer was, and is, Jesus.  In Leviticus chapter 26, the distinction between the blessing and the curse is abundantly clear. If Israel obeyed God and kept[…]

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THE WITNESS

“For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.” Acts 22:15  According to the History Channel,“a prolific hit man, Salvatore ‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano rose through the ranks of both the Colombo and Gambino crime families in the 1960s and 1970s. Promoted to underboss in the late 1980s by the infamous Gambino kingpin John Gotti, Gravano was arrested alongside his boss during a raid on the Ravenite Social Club, their hangout in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood. The next year he cut a deal with the government and testified in court against Gotti in exchange[…]

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YOU CAN

“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?    Who may stand in his holy place?” Psalm 24:3  David asks two serious and very important questions in Psalm 24: “Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?” Then David answers these questions in verse four by saying, “Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.”The three things that David points out as qualifications for one to come into the Lord’s presence, no one could keep. Throughout all of Israel there would never be one found whose hands and hearts were completely pure.[…]

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THE WORK

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”  Acts 20:24  There have been those, throughout history, whose life’s work has made a huge impact on the world. Without their work, there are things we know and enjoy today that may not have been possible. Orville and Wilbur Wright believed it was possible for us to enjoy air travel and because of their dedication to that work, today we can go anywhere in the world[…]

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POWER AND EFFECT

“So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.”   Acts 19:20  As early as two years before a presidential campaign, candidates start coming out of the woodwork in droves. Some have name recognition, while others may not. There are certainly candidates among the field that have good intentions, but often times there are just as many that do not. The line of distinction is simply based on one’s sincere desire to serve versus a selfish quest for power. Unfortunately, when, and if, the wrong politician gets elected to office, the people and society suffer.  God’s intent[…]

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THE REST OF THE STORY

“When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”  Acts 18:26  He had such a distinct voice and way of telling a story that could captivate his listening audience. For decades, Paul Harvey spanned the airwaves across America shedding a different light on topics, people and stories of interest. As a kid, I found myself listening intently, trying to figure out who he was talking about, which he would always reveal at the end of his one-to-two-minute segment with the phrase, “And now you know the[…]

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THE POWER OF WHY

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”  Acts 17:11  Growing up, did you ever hear the words “because I said so?” Those were usually words from a parent or authority figure in your life and were most often preceded by the three-letter word “why.” Now I’m not saying that every time you asked the question “why” it was with good intention, but sometimes you’ve asked that question because you really wanted to[…]

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Midnight Praise

“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.”   Acts 16:25  So, what is a “midnight praise” you may ask? A midnight praise is when you praise God even in a moment when everything’s gone wrong. In fact, a midnight praise is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s those moments that you feel the least like praising God, but you do it anyway.  After all, to “praise” means you’re celebrating something good or great that’s happened.  Paul and Silas were simply doing what they had been sent by God to do; to share[…]

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