Author - Johnny Jones

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Hold Out
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Follow
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The Promise
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The Ark
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Ponder
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No Shame
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Expect the Unexpected
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Finding Favor
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My Shepherd
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Keep Knocking

Hold Out

Luke 6:10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! All eyes were on Jesus, but not all were looking to see what great thing He might do next. There were skeptics in the crowd who wanted to do nothing but catch Jesus in a trap. They weren’t interested in anyone being healed, they just wanted to protect their religious traditions. For the man needing to be healed, he was faced with a choice. As Jesus called him to[…]

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Follow

Luke 5:27b “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him.  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[…]

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The Promise

Luke 4:19 “And the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”  I get excited every time I see a rainbow in the sky. When conditions are right, and the rays of the sun pierce the clouds, a rainbow can be seen for miles. Many consider it “good luck” when on occasion a double rainbow is seen. As Genesis tells us, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s everlasting covenant with the earth that it would never be completely destroyed by flood again. I also get excited when I see another symbol from God, and that’s the “bread and wine” of[…]

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The Ark

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor with the Lord. Wickedness and lawlessness had taken over to the point that God had regretted, for a moment, that he had even made mankind. A re-do was in order, but for the sake of a covenant He could not destroy all of mankind. He needed at least one that He could consider righteous and that one was Noah.  Noah’s salvation would be found in an ark and just like that, our salvation would be found in an ark too. But, not an ark made of wood and tar, but an Ark made of flesh[…]

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Ponder

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 From that first angelic encounter where she was told she had been picked by God to deliver the Messiah, to the visit from the shepherds, Mary had experienced a lot in such a short time. I’m sure at times it must have seemed overwhelming, yet Mary never dismissed any of these memorable moments, but instead treasured and pondered them. She didn’t consider any of these moments to be insignificant or coincidental, but instead she counted each encounter as extremely valuable and she stored these treasured moments[…]

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No Shame

God’s plan for you and me is and was to always bring us back to the place of His original intent. A place where we could live “fully supplied” and a place where we would live without shame. Adam and Eve where the first to represent God’s intent, but through their sin of eating from the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, instead of the Tree of Life, sin came upon us all. But, thank God He provided a way through Jesus. Jesus would be the Tree of Life that we would be able to constantly eat from[…]

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Expect the Unexpected

Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:30 Yes, I was a little surprised. I wasn’t expecting it to by quite as cold as a frigid -1 in Eastern North Carolina. Maybe in a place like Pittsburg, but certainly not where I live. I’d never experienced temps that cold anywhere in my lifetime. When I stepped outside I thought “Wow, this is what -1 feels like.” Just because we’ve never experienced something before doesn’t mean it can’t happen, though circumstances seem impossible. Such was the case for Sarah. She was well beyond childbearing years, but God had made a promise[…]

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Finding Favor

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! Luke 1:30 Doubt and fear swept the hearts of both of them, Zechariah, who would become the father of John the Baptist, and Mary, who would become the mother of Jesus. This fear was evident in both of their responses to the Angel Gabriel at the announcement of these two unexpected births. Zechariah expressed his doubt by saying “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Mary’s response was similar; “But how[…]

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My Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love[…]

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Keep Knocking

Luke 11:9-10 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  You may not realize it, but you are the answer to someone’s prayer. I know you probably don’t think about it that often, but it’s true. I was recently reminded of this myself when I was standing at the check-out counter of a restaurant, paying for my dinner, and just casually asked the[…]

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