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SO CLOSE AT HAND
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THE PRECEDENT
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THE SUBSTITUTE
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JUST FACE IT
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THE SPOT
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THE GLOW
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GOD’S PLATFORM
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YOUR GIVING STORY
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GOD’S PRIZE PATROL
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FOLLOWING THE BLESSING

SO CLOSE AT HAND

 “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’.” Romans 10:13  Having accepted the Lord at a young age, my grandmother had been a Godly woman all of her life, but for my granddaddy that wasn’t the case. He was a “good man,” and a hard-working provider for his family, but he had a rough side too. He was known to have quite a temper along with a few other bad habits and tendencies as well, but all that changed one hot summer day. He was pulling a wagon down a path when a freak accident took place.[…]

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THE PRECEDENT

“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10 We hear a lot about “precedent” these days, especially when it comes to constitutional and legal matters. Precedent is defined as “an earlier occurrence of something similar,” and “a person or thing that serves as a model.” When you have precedent for something, it gives you grounds to take your stand. Paul tells us in Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” So, what exactly gives Paul the boldness[…]

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THE SUBSTITUTE

 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 The word “substitute” is defined as “to put or use in the place of another” and substitution is something we commonly see in sports. When one player is injured, a substitute takes his place. But, in the life of the believer, we can give thanks for an even greater, more important substitute. In the last plague to hit Egypt, God claimed the firstborn for himself. By doing so, all the firstborn[…]

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JUST FACE IT

“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5 Let’s face it, there’s a Simon and a Peter in all of us. There’s that “best side” of ourselves we want everyone to see that represents the Peter in us.  The name Peter means, “rock” which is the steady, honest, trustworthy, and best representation of who we strive to be. Then, there’s the Simon, that shaky, unpredictable, not so easy to get along with,[…]

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THE SPOT

“The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.”  2 Chronicles 5:14  Most everyone enjoys traveling, visiting and enjoying different places and locals. My wife and I were just recently talking about one of our favorite trips together and how we would love to experience that again. Traveling can be fun and relaxing, depending on the destination, but Dorothy was right when she said, “There’s no place like home.” After a trip, getaway, or excursion, it’s always nice to get back home. There’s something about the “getting away”[…]

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THE GLOW

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11  I’ll never forget the shock when I stepped of the plane, into the airport and on the street in India. The though went through my mind, “this is what a nation without God looks like.” The streets were filled with trash and cows meandering around, and in the faces of the people there was a darkness. As we waited outside the terminal for a van to pick us up and take us to the mission we[…]

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GOD’S PLATFORM

“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” Romans 4:7-8  During election season, political candidates begin to pop out of the wood work. In a recent presidential primary, there were well over twenty candidates all vying for their party’s nomination for President. Most often these candidates come with their own specific platform. Whether it’s health care, raising the minimum wage, border security, foreign affairs, or any other plethora of ideas, most candidates will have a primary platform on which they choose[…]

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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[…]

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GOD’S PRIZE PATROL

“Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.”  Romans 1:5   I love seeing those Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes commercials! Maybe it’s because I get lost for just a moment in the thought of what it would like to get that knock at my door and a fellow holding one of those big checks that say’s something like, “$5,000 A Week for Life.” Second to the recipient, the other thing that is really cool about[…]

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FOLLOWING THE BLESSING

The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 According to Wikipedia, “The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.” People literally picked up everything they had and moved entire families west for just the hope that they could get in on this gold rush before it all ended. Many called it “Gold Fever.” In 1 Chronicles, we see a man by the name of Obed-Edom, whom he[…]

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