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THE SECRET TO LIFE
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LIFTED UP
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THE ADVOCATE
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WHERE THE LOVE IS
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DOUBLE TRUSTED
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NOW I SEE
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HIS VALUED TREASURE
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TRUTH SPEAKING TRUTH
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AS MUCH AS YOU WANT
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FROM DEATH TO LIFE

THE SECRET TO LIFE

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7  According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, “The dietary vitamin and supplement industry was a $122 billion industry back in 2016. Much of this growth has been driven by an increase in consumer demand for health and wellness products.”  Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that it would be possible for large retail chains, like GNC, to have stand-alone stores dedicated to just vitamins and nutritional supplements. It would have even been hard to imagine there would be enough consumer[…]

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LIFTED UP

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5  According to Wikipedia, “Viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) or winegrowing  is the cultivation and harvesting of grapes. Viticulturists are often intimately involved with winemakers, because vineyard management and the resulting grape characteristics provide the basis from which winemaking can begin. Duties of the viticulturist include monitoring and fertilizing, irrigation, canopy management, monitoring fruit  development and characteristics, deciding when to harvest, and vine pruning during the winter months.” A grape farmer, or viticulturists, knows his harvest depends upon how well[…]

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THE ADVOCATE

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” John 14:16  Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Advocate” as one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group. The Greek dictionary defines “Advocate” as the Holy Spirit who would lead the followers of Jesus to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth and give them the divine strength needed to enable them. Just before Jesus was to endure the crucifixion and then return to the Father, He tried to prepare His disciples by informing them of the things about[…]

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WHERE THE LOVE IS

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 The pop group, The Black Eyed Peas, released one of their first songs back in 2003. The song, with its title posing a question, “Where is the Love?”, quickly became a chart topper.  Part of the chorus stands out as it is actually a prayer… “Father, Father, Father help us Send some guidance from above ‘Cause people got me, got me questioning (Where’s the love).” This valid question is still being asked by many throughout the world today. The good news is the[…]

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DOUBLE TRUSTED

“Jesus shouted to the crowds, ‘If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me’.” John 12:44  After completing her training, my daughter recently stepped into her new career and was ready for a car trade up. There was a particular style and brand she was looking for, so after doing some online research, we found just what she wanted right here in our area at a dealership that’s been around for decades and has a great reputation. As my wife and I were helping her walk through the process, we knew that getting a[…]

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NOW I SEE

“But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” John 9:25b Blind from birth. He had never seen his parents, his friends, the beautiful surroundings in which he lived, or anything else. The young man described in John chapter nine had never seen a single thing, until he saw Jesus. The very first thing his eyes ever focused on was the Lord Jesus Himself, and even then, he didn’t know who Jesus was. When brought before the temple rulers and aggressively questioned, he replied, speaking of Jesus, “I think he must be a prophet.” In John 9:35-38,[…]

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HIS VALUED TREASURE

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12  The first few verses of Habakkuk 1 read like they were ripped from a current news story. It describes chaos, calamity, and a world and society gone crazy, filled with all kinds of evil. And, in the midst of it all Habakkuk asks the Lord, “How long will this go on?” The Lords reply is found in Habakkuk 1:5 which says, “The Lord replied, “Look[…]

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TRUTH SPEAKING TRUTH

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’.” John 7:38  Can you imagine how powerful it must have been to hear “The Truth” speaking the Truth with such passion and conviction? In John 14:6, Jesus is revealed as “The Truth” saying, “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me’.” And we know that everything that came from Jesus’s mouth was indeed the truth. In fact, John 7:16 says, “So Jesus told them,[…]

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AS MUCH AS YOU WANT

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” John 6:11  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[…]

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FROM DEATH TO LIFE

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24  “They took my 30’s, my 40’s and my 50’s, but they could not take my joy.” These words were spoken from the mouth of Anthony Ray Hinton after his release from prison, where he had spent 32 years awaiting execution. Mr. Hinton had been wrongfully accused of a murder he did not commit, and had it not been for the[…]

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