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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”
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The Life Limp
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You’re the Miracle
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Hand In Hand

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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The Life Limp

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 I’ve heard it said, “Never trust a man who doesn’t walk with a limp.” Not just any kind of limp, but a “Divine Limp.” In Genesis 32:22-31, we see[…]

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You’re the Miracle

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. Thessalonians 5:11 You know that feeling you get when you meet someone for the first time and instantly hit it off? That’s exactly what happened with a dear friend and myself. I had met him about a year ago when he helped me on a project I was working on and because of his help that project exceeded my expectations. We hadn’t talked for many months, when I reached out to him one day regarding a new project. He quickly informed me he was no[…]

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Hand In Hand

But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 Faith and trust, there are no two things that go hand in hand any better than these two. Many may think that these two words are synonymous with each other, and all though they are a perfect match, they are distinctly different. So what is the difference? Faith believes for something specific, while trust believes in something or someone specific. In Mathew, Mark and Luke we see the amazing story of a woman who had “specific faith.” She needed healing because she[…]

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