Author - Johnny Jones

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KEEP ON POUNDING
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HIS TRUE HEART
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FEAR NOT
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HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT
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DOUBLE SAVED
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HIS BATTLE
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HIS BATTLE
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The Salt Life
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SEASONED SPEAKING

KEEP ON POUNDING

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 2 Timothy 3:14 If you’re a fan, or familiar with the Carolina Panthers then your most likely aware of the team’s rally cry “Keep Pounding.” In fact, just before every home game various guest are asked to pound the “Keep Pounding” drum which is always followed by exuberant cheers from the Panther faithful. What makes this rally cry so special is found in how it all got started. Sam Mills played in the NFL[…]

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HIS TRUE HEART

I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Jonah 4:2   When most people read or talk about the book of Jonah the thing that makes such a big splash (pun intended) is the story about Jonah being swallowed by the whale. If it weren’t for fact that this story really is in the Bible, I admit it would be hard to believe, but yet the story is true. But, what recently jumped off the page at me and almost knocked me overboard[…]

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FEAR NOT

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7 In 1933, at his inaugural address to the nation, newly elected President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt set a new tone for the future to a fearful nation. The famous words from that speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” will forever be etched in the heart of American history. This statement brought a glimmer of hope to a nation that had found itself paralyzed with fear on the heels[…]

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HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

“For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” 1 Timothy 6:15  In 2 Kings 11, we see the story of Joash and how, as just a small child, God hid him and his caretaker away in a room in the Temple for “just the right time.” I can only imagine what it must have felt like in a dark room with no windows for seven whole years. Young Joash and his caretaker both must have wondered, “has God forgotten[…]

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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT

 “In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.” 1 Timothy 5:25  For most of us, when we hear the phrase, “It will all come out eventually,” negative and fearful thoughts rush through our heads. We usually think of something we’ve done wrong, that we can’t even remember exactly, but are pretty sure we did. But 1 Timothy 5:25 sheds a different light on that phrase. Here, Paul’s is encouraging Timothy to keep on doing good things and even if others don’t know about it[…]

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DOUBLE SAVED

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16  When the flight attendant gives the safety briefing just before take-off, most people tend to look at their phone, a magazine, or stare out the window. But something struck me on a flight once that I’ll never forget. When she was giving instructions about putting on the oxygen mask, she said to first put on your own mask before helping the person next to you. The reality is, if you pass out, how can you possibly help[…]

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HIS BATTLE

“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’.” 2 Chronicles 20:15  In 2 Kings 6-7 and 2 Chronicles 6, we see three stories of God’s people facing overwhelming circumstances. From Elisha being surrounded by a vast army, to Samaria being besieged into starvation, to invaders coming to wipe Israel off the map, God’s people were outnumbered and out of options. Although these natural circumstances left some feeling hopeless, they were never without[…]

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HIS BATTLE

“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’.” 2 Chronicles 20:15  In 2 Kings 6-7 and 2 Chronicles 6, we see three stories of God’s people facing overwhelming circumstances. From Elisha being surrounded by a vast army, to Samaria being besieged into starvation, to invaders coming to wipe Israel off the map, God’s people were outnumbered and out of options. Although these natural circumstances left some feeling hopeless, they were never without[…]

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The Salt Life

“And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said.” 2 Kings 2:22 In my part of the country, there’s a popular brand that’s seen on car decals, but also on shirts, jackets, hats and all kinds of apparel. “Salt Life” appeals to folks who love being close to the saltwater which, for our area, is abundant. For me there’s nothing like the smell of the ocean breeze. Whether it’s a day spent at the beach or on the boat, “salt therapy” is a real thing and can make a big difference in one’s life. For me a day[…]

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SEASONED SPEAKING

“Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].” Colossians 4:6  One morning, on a recent visit to my in-laws, I offered to cook breakfast. As I was getting things going, I jokingly asked, “Where do you keep your jar of bacon grease?” Laughter followed. After all, we were in New Jersey and not North Carolina where seasoning food is a southern necessity. Every cook in the South knows that when it comes to cooking, everything’s got to be seasoned “really good!” Your choice of seasoning[…]

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