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HEART TO SEE
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NO PRETENSE
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THE PURPLE BEAR AND DIVINE PROTECTION
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DON’T STOP
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YOUR SOZO STORY
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THE DIFFERENCE
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DELIGHT
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MORE THAN A SONG
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STILL ABLE AND WILLING
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SANDWICHED BY LOVE

HEART TO SEE

“Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” Mark 8:25 Without a doubt the preferred choice of communication in this modern day has become texting, instant messenger and email and although convenient, these platforms make it hard to express one’s true feelings and heart in a conversation. So often, true sentiment and heartfelt meaning gets lost in translation. Without hearing one’s tone of voice or seeing their body language and it can become easy to miss what’s really being said. Jesus often[…]

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NO PRETENSE

“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!” Psalm 41:13  The mother in Mark 7 had a revelation that hardly any Jews had, even though she was of Syrian-Phoenician decent.  She knew in her heart that Jesus was the Messiah, and she approached Him from that revelation. She desperately wanted Him to heal her daughter who was bound and tormented by the adversary. She was right in coming to Jesus as the source for healing, but she was wrong in thinking Jesus would heal her daughter because she had the revelation as to who[…]

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THE PURPLE BEAR AND DIVINE PROTECTION

Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. Psalm 40:11  As news became public about little 3-year-old Casey Hathaway, folks throughout Eastern North Carolina and beyond began to pray. He had wandered away from the backyard and headed into the deeply wooded area of Ernul, a rural/farming community in north western Craven County. A massive search party formed, and as nighttime temperatures plunged into the twenties, everyone was worried that Casey may not survive the night. By day two and after a torrential rainfall and wind, most people were thinking[…]

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DON’T STOP

“Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.” Mark 6:56  Of all the places you would expect Jesus to be received in His calling and destiny, you would think that would be in His own hometown. He had played in those streets, studied in the local school, and I’m sure had gone with his mom to the market to shop many times. People around town knew Him as Mary and Joseph’s[…]

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YOUR SOZO STORY

“But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been’.”  Mark 5:19 Mark chapter five tells the story of three different people with four different needs. The man from the region of Gerasenes had been bound and tormented by a legion of demons for years. He was undoubtedly the worst possible case around and no one could do a thing for him. That was until Jesus stepped onto the shore and brought instant deliverance to this man, forever changing his life. This man encountered the pure[…]

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THE DIFFERENCE

“Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31  In Numbers 14 through 16, the rebellion of the Israelites had reached a new watermark. From their refusal to enter into the Promised Land; to their outright rebellion they had taken God to His limit. There was, however, a remnant of followers who were willing to do exactly what God commanded and go where He would lead. That band, of course, included Moses and Aaron, but it also included Joshua and Caleb. In fact, God referred to Caleb as one “of a different kind of spirit,”[…]

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DELIGHT

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 Do you have a vision to see something or some things come to pass that are seemingly impossible? I mean a “God-sized” vision or dream. A dream or vision so big that you know if God doesn’t do it, then it simply won’t happen. If so, what is the key to seeing a God-sized vision or dream come to pass in one’s life? The key is found in how it all got started. I find that when I’ve had a big dream or[…]

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MORE THAN A SONG

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,     your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5  It was just a regular afternoon at the Powell home when, suddenly, Aimee began to complain about a severe headache that continued to worsen. As the excruciating pain became more than she could bear, her husband, Mac, dialed 911 for help. Aimee was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered she was having a brain aneurysm and they began to take immediate steps to stop the bleeding by putting two coils in her brain. All Mac knew to do was to cry out to the Lord in prayer[…]

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STILL ABLE AND WILLING

“Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing’, he said. ‘Be healed’!”  Mark 1:41 All of the hoops man had to jump through in the book of Leviticus can be exhausting to read, let alone perform. But that’s exactly what God expected from His people in order to receive the forgiveness, healing, and right standing with God they continually needed. If the proper conditions were not met concerning worship and sacrifices, one could never except to receive from the Lord. All of that changed, hallelujah, when Jesus stepped on the scene. Jesus introduced a new way and a[…]

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SANDWICHED BY LOVE

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy’.” Mark 1:11  Two times we see in scripture where Jesus received love and affirmation from His Heavenly Father. Have you ever stopped to consider why God did that? I have to conclude that God did it because He knew His Son needed to hear it. Jesus, having set His Godly endowment of power aside to take on the form of a man, needed to hear those words from His Heavenly Father. We see this at both the beginning of His earthly ministry,[…]

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