Author - Johnny Jones

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KINGDOM ANGLERS
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LOVED AND ACCEPTED
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WHEN FACING YOUR GIANTS
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WHAT WORSHIP CAN DO
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A TRUE STANDOUT
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ORDER AND GRACE
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WHAT RIGHTEOUS ANGER REVEALS
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COMMENDATION THAT COUNTS
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YOUR GIVING STORY
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BEST CALL YOU’LL EVER TAKE

KINGDOM ANGLERS

“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people’!” Matthew 4:19 Although I love to fish, I’m by no means an “angler.” For me it’s more about being on or near the water that I enjoy most. And yes, I love catching the fish when they’re biting, but just being out there on a beautiful day is plenty satisfying to me. I do have a friend, however, who’s a real pro when it comes to fishing and he’d be considered a pretty good angler by most anyone’s standard. He knows exactly what the[…]

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LOVED AND ACCEPTED

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’.” Matthew 3:17 Tim Tebow was one of those special athletes many just loved to watch play. According to Wikipedia, Tebow became the Florida Gator’s starting quarterback during the 2007 season and then became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2008, Tebow led Florida to a 13–1 record and its second National Championship in three years and was named the offensive MVP of the National Championship game. The Gators again went 13–1 in 2009, his senior year. At the conclusion of his college[…]

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WHEN FACING YOUR GIANTS

“And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:47 Most everyone loves rooting for the underdog. Whether it’s the team no one expected to be playing for the National Championship, or the NASCAR driver who makes a come-from-behind win to take the checkered flag, we all love to cheer for the one least expected to win.  Such was the case for David as he stepped out of the crowd to take on the giant. Aside from the story of Jesus’ birth,[…]

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WHAT WORSHIP CAN DO

“So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.” 1 Samuel 16:13 In 1 Samuel 17 we see that because of Saul’s continued disobedience and his lack of willingness to follow God wholeheartedly, the Holy Spirit left him. God had told Samuel that He had found another, one who was “after His heart.” I can remember hearing that phrase, “David was a man after God’s own heart” and thinking,[…]

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A TRUE STANDOUT

“’Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,’ Jonathan said to his armor bearer. ‘Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few’!” 1 Samuel 14:6 Dictionary.com defines the word “standout” as someone remarkably superior to others. We often hear this term, “standout,” in reference to a baseball player or other athlete who seems to have the athletic edge and pulls away from the crowd of competitors.   In 1 Samuel 14, Jonathan was certainly a “standout.” Israel needed a breakthrough as they had found themselves at a stalemate against the[…]

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ORDER AND GRACE

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “So help me God.” It’s a phrase found in most all oaths of office taken by political leaders and anyone being sworn into public office. This simple phrase was made famous by the first one to be sworn into the office of President of The United States, George Washington, as he placed his hand upon a Bible and said those words. Those four[…]

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WHAT RIGHTEOUS ANGER REVEALS

“Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he became very angry.” 1 Samuel 11:6 What makes you angry? Hopefully it takes more than getting cut off in traffic or being behind a slow driver. And yes, in this I’ve revealed a personal trigger point. Certainly not to the point of road-rage by any means, but nothing gets me more irritated than being stuck behind a slow driver driving in the fast lane while refusing to merge to the right lane. If that’s you, then please don’t get upset with me if I politely flash my lights at you,[…]

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COMMENDATION THAT COUNTS

“When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.” 2 Corinthians 10:18 There’s a lot of “self-commendation” going on around us these days. From sports stars bragging about a three-pointer, touchdown, or homerun; YouTubers boasting about their huge number of subscribers; to company CEO’s boasting about their latest financial report and cash on hand, self-commendation just reveals a shallowness in one’s thinking. And, to be quite honest, it’s a big turnoff for most. As Paul shared in 2 Corinthians 10, what matters most at the end of the day is the[…]

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YOUR GIVING STORY

“Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.” Psalm 72:18 Do you have a giving story? I’ve compiled a few through the years, but none more vivid than this one. I had moved from Eastern North Carolina to the Raleigh area and had gotten myself into somewhat of a financial pickle. I had bought out a small business in the area and had merged it in with my current business, and in the process of trying to grow things too fast, my overhead had gotten out of hand. Feeling the pinch, I decided to sell my home[…]

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BEST CALL YOU’LL EVER TAKE

“And the Lord came and called as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Speak, your servant is listening’.”  1 Samuel 3:10 Along with modern-day computer and phone technology comes a lot of unwanted phone calls. Marketers are able to “scrape list” for callers’ numbers, load them into computer programs and dial for dollars by the thousands. But, along with those same technological advances we have voice mail, caller ID and the ability to block phone numbers. Without this ability to do some screening and call blocking, we would never catch a break or be able to enjoy a nice dinner with the family,[…]

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