Author - Johnny Jones

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LISTEN TO HIM
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AS MUCH AS YOU WANT
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DELIBERATELY
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A THOUSAND TO ONE
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PEACE FROM FORGIVENESS
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TAKE A LITTLE TRIP
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FOLLOW
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WHILE WE’RE WAITING
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BOLDLY ASK
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INCREASE

LISTEN TO HIM

“Then a voice from the cloud said,” “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” Luke 9:35  When we need advice, there’s a vast number of voices out there. On any one topic or subject alone, you can find plenty of opinions for advice and information just in your circle of friends and family, not to mention Google. But of all the voices out there, there’s one voice above them all – the voice of Jesus. The Father made a distinction with Jesus that set Him apart from all the rest when He declared that Jesus was His[…]

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AS MUCH AS YOU WANT

“They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!” Luke 9:17  Can you imagine the scene? There they were, gathered along a Galilean hillside as far as the eye could see. So many, in fact, that just the men alone numbered about 5,000. When you add in the women and children, some believe it could have been upwards of twenty thousand people. All those folks coming out to hear the words of Jesus. Why? Because they were hungry. Yes, we know how the story goes, and, in the story, hunger crept[…]

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DELIBERATELY

“But Jesus said, ‘Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me’.” Luke 8:46  Jesus, on his way to the home of Jairus to heal his daughter, was stopped in his tracks. As the crowds were pressing in upon Jesus that day, a woman touched Him in such a way that got His complete attention. So, what was it about this woman’s touch that got Jesus’ attention? Jesus said that she touched Him “deliberately.” This word, deliberately, in the Greek means “to fasten one’s self to, adhere to, cling to.”  When this woman touched Jesus so deliberately, she[…]

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A THOUSAND TO ONE

“’No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you’. So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:39 I’m not a betting man and I don’t know much about gambling and odds making, but I know enough to know that if the odds are a thousand to one, then there’s a pretty good chance that what you’re banking on probably isn’t going to happen. That’s exactly the odds the man in Luke chapter eight was facing as he was filled with a legion of demons. In[…]

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PEACE FROM FORGIVENESS

“And Jesus said to the woman,” “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50  She had just simply lost herself in worshiping her Savior and it didn’t matter to her who gazed or gawked in contempt. Her singular focus was on the one who had forgiven her. This woman, written about in the Gospels, who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil, washed them with her tears and dried them with her hair, wasn’t just any sinner. Sin for her had not been just an “occasional missing the mark.”  No, sin for her was a lifestyle and a way[…]

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TAKE A LITTLE TRIP

“He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:35  Whether it’s a new job opportunity, or new venture of any kind, taking that next step can bring with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety and worry. You know in your heart that God is opening that door, yet uncertainty has its way of creeping in. It’s right there in those moments that we need to take a little trip. In Deuteronomy, as the children of Israel were getting closer to crossing over into the “Promised Land,” Moses took them on a[…]

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FOLLOW

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. Luke 5:27b Jesus’ reputation was preceding Him. Word had spread like wildfire, as Luke later recorded, that this Jesus of Nazareth was going “about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.” Peter experienced this goodness first hand when, after Jesus used his boat to speak to the multitudes, He blessed Peter with a boat sinking load of fish. To which Peter responded by saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man.” The word sinful turned around means “full of sin.” Peter wasn’t just saying I occasionally[…]

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WHILE WE’RE WAITING

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.” Psalm 62:1  In the world of instant messenger, instant noodles, and instant coffee (yuck) waiting can be a hard thing to have to deal with. Waiting is that period in between “the asking” and “the receiving,” that can test one’s faith. And it’s in the waiting that some lose faith and pull away from the God they have trusted. Such was the case with John Waller, a hopeful musician who wanted so desperately to get his break into the music business, which he felt had been a promise from[…]

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BOLDLY ASK

“O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!” Psalm 61:1 So, is it OK to ask God for something in bold fashion? Typically, when we think about coming to the Lord for a request or petition, we think of doing so with timidity, out of fear of being irreverent. And I get being reverent and honoring the Lord, don’t get me wrong. But is it OK for us to come to Him with boldness in our heart and voice? In Numbers 27 we see the story of the daughters of Zelophehad who, because there were no sons born of[…]

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INCREASE

“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Luke 2:52  Not much is known about the early life of Jesus, but Luke chapter two gives us just a little peek. One of the things we see is that Jesus had a hunger for the things of His Father, so much so that on a family trip to Jerusalem, unbeknown to Joseph and Mary, Jesus stayed behind at the Temple. After three days of frantic searching, they found him sitting there “among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions.”As a result[…]

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