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Keep Stepping
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DIVINE SHOWOFF
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ALL BY HIMSELF
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WHEN YOUR ANSWER COMES KNOCKING
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Hugged Back
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EVEN IF
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EYEBALLS
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MIX IT
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THE DISTINCTION
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BEST LAWYER MONEY CAN’T BUY

Keep Stepping

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 Fear has a mission – to bring paralysis to one’s heart and mind in order to keep them from moving forward. I know something about this because, at times, fear has kept me from moving forward and doing the things I knew I needed to do. But what I’ve discovered is that when I start stepping and moving forward in an area, I quickly[…]

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DIVINE SHOWOFF

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9  God is always good! We see this in 2 Kings 20 and Isaiah 38 as God allows Hezekiah to know that he would be passing away so that he could get his affairs in order. And we see God’s goodness again as He grants Hezekiah 15 more years after he turned his[…]

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ALL BY HIMSELF

“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.” Psalm 67:2  Have you ever needed God to deliver you from something? I can remember various times in my life when I needed God to show up and deliver me from situations that were bigger than me. In fact, as I write this, one such situation jumps out in my mind so vividly, though it was well over twenty years ago. In Isaiah chapters 36 and 37, we read an account where Israel faced a situation far bigger than themselves, and they needed God to deliver them.[…]

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WHEN YOUR ANSWER COMES KNOCKING

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 Have you ever prayed for something so long and so hard, that when it finally showed up, it shocked you? It can definitely happen! I know in my own life, there’s been something near and dear to my heart that I’ve been praying about for a very long time, and as the answer finally showed up, it was a shock to my system.  It all seemed so surreal as the “answer to my prayer” answer back. The same thing happened to a young girl[…]

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Hugged Back

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8a It was a great afternoon with my four kids as we enjoyed dinner and some shopping together. After dinner, we meandered in and out of some stores in the mall, when my middle daughter, who I call my “blond-haired, blue-eyed angel,” reached over and put her arm around me. It wasn’t a hard squeeze, but certainly warm enough that I could feel my eyes begin to water. It was just one of those special moments that you didn’t want to end, and where nothing needs to be[…]

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EVEN IF

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 Never before had the furnace been so hot, but King Nebuchadnezzar, in his anger and rage, ordered that it be fired up seven times hotter than it had ever been. In fact, it was so hot that the guards who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace perished from the heat. What caused the king to be so enraged? It was simply the fact that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down[…]

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EYEBALLS

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This may be one of those analogies that is difficult to relate to, but I clearly remember being in Marine Corps Boot Camp and hearing the command our drill instructor gave when he wanted everyone to look at him. In a loud, authoritative voice he would yell, “Eyeballs,” to which all seventy-some recruits would reply, “Snap Sir,” as we[…]

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MIX IT

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I was blessed to have two grandmas who each knew how to make some good biscuits, and their specialty was “Cat Head Biscuits.” Now I understand if that name doesn’t sound too appetizing, but those biscuits got their name because they were the size of a cat’s head. They were hand formed, without a biscuit cutter, and baked in a round pan. Once done, you could pull those flaky biscuits apart and throw a slab of butter[…]

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THE DISTINCTION

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” Hebrews 10:10 Joseph, who saved Egypt from famine, had been long forgotten, and now many generations of Israelites had been born into slavery and oppression. The Israelites had grown accustom to the atmosphere and culture of their surroundings, sharing in the same foods and even worshiping the same gods as their Egyptian captures. But on one particular night, something made a huge distinction between these two people groups. Moses had been raised up by God to deliver[…]

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BEST LAWYER MONEY CAN’T BUY

“Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Hebrews 7:25   Shrouded in mystique and exclusivity, the United States Supreme Court decides cases that impact American’s daily lives like none other. Along with all of this mystique is an exclusive group of about 65 lawyers that are said to be among the top attorneys in the land. Considering that the court only hears about 75 out of the 10,000 petitions they receive annually, these “top attorneys” are supposedly at the top of their game[…]

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