Author - Johnny Jones

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PRIDE AND PRAISE
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BETTER THAN NEW
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SETTLED
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MOST LOYAL
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TRUE PURPOSE
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DIVINE AMBASSADORSHIP
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TROUBLES DON’T LAST ALWAYS
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A GLORIOUS NEW WAY
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KEEPING THE VICTORY
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HAPPY PEOPLE

PRIDE AND PRAISE

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1  One can only imagine what Isaiah must have saw. It’s not until crossing over to Heaven that one can behold the beauty and magnificent splendor of God in all His Glory. Yet, Isaiah was privileged to get a sneak peek of God’s glory, awe, and majesty, all of which came about after something left the scene. What was that “something” you may be wondering? It was pride! And that pride was in the form[…]

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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 who 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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SETTLED

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18  There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you pay off a bill or debt. It can be as small as a credit card balance or as large as a mortgage, but either way you feel a little bit lighter. A weight, big or small, has been lifted off your shoulders and it’s great! Then you get that “PAID IN FULL” receipt in[…]

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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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TRUE PURPOSE

“For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him?” Ecclesiastes 2:25  One of the top things I enjoy doing is getting out for a nice walk, and especially right here where I live in the charming little town of Washington, or as some may call it, “Little Washington.” Beautiful historic homes of various sizes line the streets, some dating as far back as the 1700’s, while most are from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Thoughts and questions go through my mind as I walk past these homes. Who lived there? What were their lives like back in that[…]

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DIVINE AMBASSADORSHIP

“So, we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God’!”  2 Corinthians 5:20  You may be surprised to know that the US has 189 ambassadors around the world which includes countries that most of us have never heard of or, as in my case, can’t even pronounce. Sure, you know Germany, France, England, and Brazil, but what about Benin, Djibouti, Eswatini and Timor-Leste? There are even US Ambassadors representing organizations like the UN, the Vatican, and more.  Although they may have varying duties, the main purpose of[…]

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TROUBLES DON’T LAST ALWAYS

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18  Having grown up as a traditional Baptist I hadn’t strayed very far away from the hymnal I was familiar with, so when I heard a new style of church music for the first time it made a real impression on me.  As a young Marine assigned to work as a chaplain’s assistant one of my duties[…]

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A GLORIOUS NEW WAY

“Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life?” 2 Corinthians 3:8  Between 1886 and 1924, nearly 14 million immigrants entered the US through New York Harbor and the first thing they saw greeting them was the majestic Statue of Liberty, which has come to be known by many as “Lady Liberty.” What a glorious sight this must have been for them as they stood there in awe, eyes filled with tears. They came from different places and for different reasons. While some fled their country’s brutal regimes, others just simply[…]

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KEEPING THE VICTORY

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2:29  I’ll admit, the Book of Revelation isn’t the easiest book to understand. But as it is with every Book in the Bible, there is always something for us to learn, which is why it is so important that we ask and rely on the Holy Spirit to help us comprehend the very words He Himself inspired. Jesus told us we could rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us into all truth. So, with that in[…]

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HAPPY PEOPLE

“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 144:15b During the height of election season, politicians make a lot of promises. And, regardless of who wins, only about half of the electorate is happy, while the other half is usually very unhappy. In addition, a portion of those voting for the winning candidate can find themselves in the unhappy group if the person they voted for doesn’t keep the promises they campaigned on, which can often lead to a one term politician. On the contrary, according to Psalm 144:15b, those who put their trust in the LORD are “happy indeed,” simply because the[…]

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