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Smooth Grace
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Keep The Vision Alive
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Think On It
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Take The Leap
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He is Willing
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Always Faithful
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And Then There Was One
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Put It All Together
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Let It Go
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“Shed It”

Smooth Grace

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 The giant known as Goliath was issuing threats that had the whole Hebrew Army paralyzed with fear. 1 Samuel 17:11 says, “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” The word “dismayed” here is from the Hebrew word “chathath” and it literally means “to terrify.” Sound familiar? Our adversary the devil loves to terrorize and[…]

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Keep The Vision Alive

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3   In the latter part of the 1800′s a bridge builder by the name of John Roebling had what many considered a “crazy idea.” He had a vision of building a suspension bridge that would be long enough to connect New York City to Long Island. No one had ever dared to build a suspension bridge this long before. The engineering community thought[…]

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Think On It

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 I recently came across a book that I’ve known about for years, but something occurred to me that I had never thought about before. The book, Think and Grow Rich, was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 which was the era our nation went through  known as “The Great Depression.” I’ve had opportunity to talk to some folks that were around during those times and from everything I’ve heard or[…]

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Take The Leap

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3   I remember so vividly as just a young kindergartner the parade that came by my school one day honoring some astronauts that had recently returned from space. It was a pretty big deal for all of us as we poured out of the school and lined the street just to get a glimpse of a real-life astronaut. There they were sitting on the back of a convertible waving as they passed by. The space race was in full swing and anything to do[…]

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He is Willing

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out [His] hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3 Probably the number one question among believers is “What is God’s will for my life?” I’ve heard it said that faith begins at the knowledge of God’s will. In Matthew chapter eight, we see a man encounter Jesus with this same question but in a very specific[…]

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Always Faithful

If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.   2 Timothy 2:13 His boots were always shined, his uniform was always crisp and he was always willing and ready to do what needed to be done. He was what we called a “squared away Marine.” As a young Marine at Camp Lejeune, Morales was two years my senior and I looked up to him. I didn’t get to know him all that well, but anytime I was around him he always impressed me. Within a year or so Morales transferred out and I never saw him again,[…]

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And Then There Was One

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 Do you live with the constant expectation of good, or do you find yourself constantly waiting for “the next shoe to drop?” That may sound like an odd question, but the answer to that question will determine whether you live your life in victory and blessing, or defeat. Jesus had twelve disciples, three in His “Inner Circle,” Peter, James and John and then there was one. There[…]

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Put It All Together

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 I’ll never forget his brokenness as he sobbed and cried in my office. In his line of work he was supposed to be strong, rugged and tough, but not on this day. His wife, whom he loved, had just cleaned out her stuff and took off and he thought his whole world was coming to an end. I didn’t know what to say or how to console him, so I just sat there with him as he broke down. In the silence God gave me a[…]

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Let It Go

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV) It was way back in1959 through1960 when the last restoration improvements were made to the Federal Capitol, one of our countries most cherished landmark buildings. Authorities hope that after sixty million dollars and four years of intensive labor, the Capitol Building will be better than new. Just the scaffolding needing for this project is[…]

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“Shed It”

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 1 Corinthians 9:24 My grandparents were fluent in Eastern North Carolina vernacular. There was a phrase that I can still hear my Granddaddy and Grandma say, “Get shed of it,” which translated means, “Get rid of it.” You’ve heard the phrase “shed the pounds” etc. It just means to cast something away, or throw something away you don’t need. Mike and Jill Hatfield are so very proud of their daughter Maddie, who has become one of the fastest female runners[…]

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