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Face It
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Leave It Behind
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The Answers
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The Plan
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Fear Not
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Keep Stepping
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Good Good Father
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You’re a Winner
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Persistent Faith
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Declare Your Independence

Face It

But – When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 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 3:4-7 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[…]

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Leave It Behind

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 You’ve heard the saying, “It’s impossible to move forward while looking backward.” It’s true, and Elisha knew it. After Elijah came out in the middle of his “field of the familiar” he knew that in order to make the full commitment he’d have to burn those plows and roast those oxen. Farming was probably all he had ever known and although there’s nothing wrong with farming, Elisha knew in that moment[…]

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The Answers

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3 Have you ever noticed that answers to questions you may have never received answer for, often come when you answer? That’s certainly happened in my life. There’ve been times when I knew God was calling me, or leading me, in a certain direction and when I answered that call, it brought answers to questions I had never had answers for before. I remember it was in high school when I started developing an interest in radio. I[…]

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The Plan

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 For Elisha it most likely started out just like any other routine day as a farmer. There he was out in the field, doing what he had most likely done for a long time. It’s obvious that there had been a real measure of success in his life as a farmer by the simple fact that he had twelve teams of oxen plowing in the field and he[…]

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Fear Not

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 In 1933 at his inaugural address to the nation, newly elected President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt set a new tone for the future to a fearful nation. The famous words from that speech, “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself,” will forever be etched in the heart of American History. This statement brought a new glimmer of hope to a nation that had found itself paralyzed with fear on the[…]

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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, and that is to bring paralysis to one’s heart and mind in order to keep them from moving forward. I know something about this because fear has kept me from moving forward and doing the things I knew I needed to do at times. But, what I’ve discovered is that when I start stepping and moving forward in an area,[…]

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Good Good Father

Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Joel 2:13 If your impression of God was like mine growing up, then you’ve always wondered like I did, “Is it possible to please God and make Him happy?” Growing up in my “religious” tradition I had this constant feeling that I could never quite do enough to make Him happy with me. And, if truth were told I[…]

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You’re a Winner

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 Yes, I have to admit I was a little nervous. It was her first volleyball game ever, and most of the girls on her team had played for years. My youngest sitting beside me said, “Dad, you’re too loud,” as a let out a cheer after seeing my middle girl volley the ball. She did extremely well, made some great plays and yes, I was right there cheering her on the whole time. If I as an earthly dad want my kid[…]

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Persistent Faith

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Galatians 6:9 Dictionary.com defines Persistence as: 1. Persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc., persevering: 2. Lasting or enduring tenaciously: 3. Constantly repeated. Google defines Persistence as “continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” And, it was that kind of “Persistent Faith,” that the mother in 2 Kings 4 had. The deepest desire of her heart had been fulfilled and now he laid lifeless[…]

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Declare Your Independence

Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Zechariah 4:6 There are plenty of great stories throughout scripture that demonstrate how God showed up and came through for His people in the most amazing ways. From the story of David in his defeat over Goliath, to King Jehoshaphat in his deliverance from three massive invading armies, to Joshua conquering the fortified city of Jericho, one thing is clear. It was “Not by might, or by power” these great[…]

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