Author - Johnny Jones

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Uncommon Love
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At The Right Time
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Don’t Worry
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Take it Personal
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Mix It With Faith
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From a Curse to a Blessing
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Make Those Deposits
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You’re the Solution
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The Current of Truth
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Keep Your Joy

Uncommon Love

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 There is probably no greater example of enemies loving each other more than that of the Civil War.  Men found themselves lining up on opposite sides of the battlefield, who had just previously enjoined the camaraderie of being students together at West Point and family members sharing meals together at the same table. In some cases brothers actually lined up against each other for the cause of[…]

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At The Right Time

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 As a young teenage boy Joseph had a dream and that dream almost cost him his life. Even after years of being misunderstood and even imprisoned, Joseph’s dream finally came to fruition. In the “fullness of time” God put it all together and this dream of Joseph’s propelled him to be the second in command of all of Egypt, thus[…]

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Don’t Worry

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 I’ve heard it said, “If you’re going to pray, don’t worry and if you’re going to worry, don’t pray.” One of the definitions for the word “supplication” in Philippians 4:6 is “to that of childlike confidence, by representing prayer as the heart’s conversation with God.” Prayer, as it is defined in this verse is a “confident petition, with childlike faith.”  Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[…]

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Take it Personal

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 It was a perfect ending to a perfect day and just another one of those moments you hope you never forget. After a full day of outdoor fun with two of my girls, the three of us were sitting back relaxing and enjoying a movie. With one on my right and the other on my left I was rubbing ones hand and the others back when I said, “I love you” to which they replied simultaneously, “I love you too.” Neither one[…]

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Mix It With Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Growing up in Eastern North Carolina I was blessed to have two Grandmas that each knew how to make some good biscuits and their specialty was “Cat Head Biscuits.” Now I understand if that name doesn’t sound too appetizing, but those biscuits got their name because they were the size of a “cat’s head.” They were hand formed, without a biscuit cutter and baked in a round pan. Once done, you could pull those flaky biscuits apart and throw a slab of butter and[…]

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From a Curse to a Blessing

But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the LORD your God loves you. Deuteronomy 23:5 Who can forget the Bible story of the time when the donkey talked? I can remember sitting on the edge of my seat in Sunday School as my teacher put up the flannel graph figures depicting the scene found in Numbers 22 and 23. Balaam was on his way as a “hired prophet “ to curse the Israelites when the Angel of the Lord stood in the roadway with his sword drawn. Although[…]

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Make Those Deposits

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”          Matthew 6:21 Have you ever wondered what really makes a relationship go south? It’s surprising at times that it can happen and how fast it can happen. I’ve come to realize that ever person/relationship that comes into your life is like an investment account. Everyone comes into your life with a certain amount on deposit. The question then becomes, is that account added to, or subtracted from. I’ve found that when more “withdraws” than “deposits” are made, any relationship, no matter how solid it may seem, will eventually go[…]

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You’re the Solution

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27 The days of strong-armed sales tactics are over. People have grown weary from any attempt to force them into making a purchase. This push back has brought about a lot of change in the world of sales and marketing. Companies today, are finding much more success in the softer approach of “Solution Selling.” Even in the Church world, there has been a realization that the old ways of evangelism[…]

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The Current of Truth

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 A young man near and dear to my heart recently faced a tragic situation and I knew that over the days to come he would hear a lot of voices. I knew the adversary would want him to go adrift in a current of lies. So, those that love him began to flood him with truth, truth in words, truth in action and truth in just being there. In this age of “many voices” how does one[…]

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Keep Your Joy

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT) You and I pass people everyday that, even though there may be a smile on their face, there’s no joy in their heart. It’s just human nature to want everyone to think you’ve “got it all together.” The truth is there are hurting people all around us and many who have just simply lost their joy. It’s so important to keep our[…]

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