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Coming against the plague

There are so many great aspects to technology and scientific advances. One of these advances in science and medical research has been the eradication of many diseases and plagues that have killed so many people throughout the centuries. Some still remain but most have been eliminated. However, there are still plagues around, but not so much of a medical nature but more of...

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"Faith through the roof"

In the second chapter of Mark’s Gospel, there is a story of four men who tried to get to Jesus to heal their paralytic friend. As Jesus was speaking in a home, they tried to get in but the crowd was too large and they could not even squeeze their way through. But they would not be denied. They went up on the roof, made a hole big enough to let down their friend who w...

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"Holdfast to His Word"

“Take courage, It is I, do not be afraid”. (Matthew 14:27) When I am in a storm or in a painful and difficult circumstance, I thank God for the prayers and support of others that helps so much when things are rough. But there are those times where we simply need a Divine Intervention, a move of God… especially in the storms. He’s the one that can ...

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“The Best Days Are Ahead”

“They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green”. (Psalm 92:14 NIV) As the years go by faster and faster, we come to know how quickly time is going by. I know there are many from my “Baby Boom” generation that realize there are more years behind us than are ahead of us… but that’s still good news. As we grow olde...

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“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4) Grief and sorrow were no stranger to Jesus and grief and sorrow are no stranger to us as well. As Jesus leads us through the seasons of life, we will experience times of grief and sorrow… especially in times of loss, especially loss of a loved one. Sorrow is so...

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“ The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you… and you will be changed into another person.

“ The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you… and you will be changed into another person.” (1 Samuel 10:6) Don’t give up! Don’t even think about it! Get it out of your mind! I am aware of the insane things that face you and the seemingly impossible demands that lay before us. Left to ourselves, we would surely jump over the wall. ...

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“When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?”

“When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?”   (Amos 3:6)  In God’s Word, trumpet blasts were used for a variety of reasons. Some were to celebrate, some were to call the people to assemble, and some were warnings and alarms. Can you here the alarm of today’s trumpet blasts? I believe that all that is happening today...

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What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? It was a time when the Philistines were coming against Israel and Saul was king. However, Saul was not in a good place… he just came from giving an unlawful sacrifice by not waiting for Samuel, he had no swords or weapons to give to his depleted army, and he was just sitting under a pomegranate tree with 600 of his men all around him. Know...

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Because of who you are!

“Because of who you are!” Daniel was a man of prayer like non other! In all the years he spent in captivity in Babylon and under three different kings he never stopped praying. Even when facing great persecution and life threatening situations, he always prayed. One day, Daniel was contemplating the 70 years of captivity due to Israel’s sin and rejectio...

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“ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,…

“ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I, send me!” Isaiah 6:8 Isaiah had an amazing encounter with God in which he saw the magnificent glory of God on the throne. The Lord was exalted and the train of His robe filled the temple. What a sight that must have been! But, whe...

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“Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?”

 “Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14)  Isn’t it amazing that what is an obstacle to us is absolutely nothing before our Lord! When God promised a son to Abraham both he and Sarah, his wife, were well past the childbearing age. They were so old that when the angel promised a son Sarah laughed… as if to say, “...

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“If we do not give up”

“If we do not give up” “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9) There is never a good time to give up! But I know sometimes we feel like it… when we do not see what we need to see, when we get tired or disappointed, when it looks impossible, when we listen to the nay-sa...

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How do you feel today?

How do you feel today? “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2 NIV) So how do you feel today… right now? Angry? Sad? Afraid? Did somebody push your buttons today? Did something in your past come up and depress you? Did some of the news of the world cause you to be worried? I found out a long time ago that feelings lik...

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Keep Rowing

Keep Rowing “Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1 NIV) One of the reasons that I look forward to Summer is that I get to row around the lake near my home in my big red canoe. Sometimes I paddle alone as my son David follows in his kayak or sometimes I take my grandchildren out as we loo...

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Leave it in the Tomb

Leave it in the Tomb Peter saw, “ the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head, the cloth was still lying in it’s place, separate from the linen” (John 20:7 NIV) When Jesus was laid in the tomb, they covered His face and body separately with burial linens as was the custom of the time. When Mary and the others came to the tomb on that Resur...

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Alone No More

 I know our Lord is always with us. He said that He would never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) But there are those times when we need Him more than others. I believe the Lord is never closer or more intimately present than when we are in trouble, afraid or hurting. In those times, He understands how we feel and showers us with His love, compassion, grace and p...

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Are You Listening?

One day, King Jehoshaphat King of Judah and Ahab King of Israel joined together to go to war against their enemy. Ahab was not a very godly king and Jehoshaphat, a godly king, lacked discernment in forming such an alliance. Jehoshaphat needed a Word from God before he actually went to war. He sought God’s will. Ahab gathered together 400 prophets, 400 “yes men&...

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Don't Bow

Unless you have been living on Mars for the past few years, it is obvious that our nation (and the world) is going through a major cultural transformation. The world is changing every day, and most of it not for the better. Mass media and the entertainment industry seems void of morality, medical and health care issues are crossing ethical boundaries, the shifting politica...

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The Fight of Prayer

I love the heart of Paul. During his life he encouraged Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith”(1 Tim. 6:12). And at the end of his life he stated, “I have fought a good fight…”(2 Tim. 4:7) Paul knew about fighting because he never forgot that he was in a war against evil. Sometimes, have we forgotten that we are in a war? We have armor bu...

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Nourished by Christ

Israel has a long history of the victory of God’s faithfulness. But they also have a long history of doubt and unbelief. One time they asked, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” (Psalm 78:19) In other words, they were doubting if God could take care of them in a hard place? Can God furnish what they need in the storms and trials? King David, assu...

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Walking on Water

Could you imagine being there that night when the storm was at it’s peak? The waves billowed and winds were howling and all the Apostles on the boat were terrified. To add to their terror, they saw what appeared to them to be a ghost but it was actually Jesus walking to them on the sea. When Peter heard the words of Jesus, “It is I, don’t be afraid”...

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Detour

Ahead Spending so much of my time, then and now, in my car on the road, I have learned that there is a difference between a wrong turn and a detour. A wrong turn has to do with a choice I make to follow a certain road or path hoping that I know where I’m going choosing the best route. And if I make a wrong turn, I can eventually make a right turn and get back on my w...

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Refuse Him Nothing

 “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks…” (Hebrews 12:25) We should obey God and not refuse anything He says for many reasons. Some amazing reasons to obey Him and not refuse Him is that when we do so, God responds with miracles, guidance, and signs and wonders! In 2 Corinthians 2:9, Paul wanted to test the Corinthian church to see if they woul...

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Foundations

“Behold I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation…” (Isaiah 28:16) One of the most famous landmarks in the world is the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. So many people from around the world come simply to see a building that was built on a very shaky foundation. Without some 21st century marvels of en...

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A Miracle For You

One of the greatest miracle ever done by Jesus has to be the giving of the loaves and fishes. In front of all the Apostles and so many others, the compassion of Christ became so evident in His concern to feed the people who had no place else to go for food. His disciples wanted to send the people away because they didn’t have enough money or help to feed 5000 people....

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Shout

“Shout, for the Lord has given you the city”( Joshua 6:16) If you have ever been to a sporting event or watched one on TV, one of the concurring events is that when a touchdown is scored, a homerun is hit, a basket is made and a goal goes into the net… and when a team wins the game… a great shout of victory can be heard throughout the stadium and...

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Bread of Life

“ I am the Bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst,” John 6: 35 Israel once asked in their unbelief if God could furnish a table in the wilderness (Psalm 78:19)… questioning if God could provide for them in a difficult place. In Psalm 23, David spoke of God preparing a table before him in the pr...

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Serving

“…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15 One day, many years ago, I was asked to pick up a very famous Christian speaker from the airport and bring him to the church he was to speak at. This well known pastor was not what I would call a humble servant of God. He demanded to be picked up in a Winnebago, he demanded a name brand ...

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Criticism

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosper again and gave him twice as much as he had before” Job 42:10 God was angry with Job’s friends because they gave Job counsel that misrepresented God and advice that was not right. There were many errors in their theology and in how they viewed prosperity and suffering. Knowing that God was d...

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Decisions

Decisions How many decisions do you think you’ve made in the last week? Probably more than we think. I found a great truth years ago… between circumstances and our response to the circumstances is our decisions! Our actions and behaviors are not based on our conditions, but on our decisions. Every moment in our life is uncharted territory that has not been l...

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A Moment of Prayer

“The King said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of Heaven.” Nehemiah 2:4 Nehemiah was crushed to hear of the terrible condition of the Jewish exiles and of Jerusalem itself. When he asked those who came back from Judah, they said Jerusalem was in great trouble and disgrace… the walls were broken down and the gates burne...

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Working for the Good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 One day, there was a man who was sailing across the ocean. Some trouble soon developed and the ship was eventually lost and sunk. The man spent several days on a life raft until the ocean currents caused him to land on a dese...

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See Jesus

“ But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage. It is I… don’t be afraid”  Matthew 14:27                                           One day, Jesus told His disciples to get into a boat and go over to the others side where He woul...

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"This life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God…"

“This life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God…” Galatians 2:20 If there was ever a time to live by faith it’s now! All around us are circumstances and situations that can be overwhelming and cause discouragement, fear and a desire to give up. In the middle of all this, Jesus encourages us to have faith… believe Him, trust Him&hell...

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"To Everything There is a Season…"

“To everything there is a season…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 What season are you in? It’s obvious by the recent heat that we are in summer but that is not what I mean. What season of your life are you in… spiritually? We live our lives in seasons. We don’t get to choose the season, God does. “He changes the times and the seasons.” ...

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Consistency

The life of Daniel has many lessons for us to incorporate into our Christian walk… from his refusal to defile himself in Chapter 1 to the end-time vision God gave him in Chapters 10 and 11. But I think the most impacting story about Daniel came when he faced the lion’s den. Daniel’s fellow administrators wanted to get him out of the picture so they conv...

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"Give us this day our daily bread"

“ Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 All throughout God’s Word, one of the marks of a believer is living by faith in Jesus Christ… trusting Him in every situation and relying on Him for all we need. But so many are worried and fearful that we will not have the provision that we need in difficult times. Jesus spoke to the crowds about ...

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You Are Precious

You Are Precious “Since you are precious in my sight, Since you are honored and I love you…” Isaiah 43:4 NASB Some years ago, I had a bumper sticker on my car that read, “You are precious to Jesus”. And as a matter of fact, the back of our church van reads, “You are precious to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. I had a lot of co...

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Who is in our basket?

“But his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket” Acts 9:25 Saul, soon to be Paul, had a dramatic conversion to the faith. Soon after his sight was restored and he was strengthened, he began to preach. Many questioned his motives and sincerity by bringing up his past as a persecutor of Christi...

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Stop Keeping the Past Alive

“He cancelled out the certificate of debt… he has taken it out of the way… having nailed it to the cross” Colossians 2: 14 The greatest victory ever achieved by anyone has been the triumph of the cross of Jesus Christ. Many people do not see the cross as a victory. They may only see it as a gruesome death that achieved nothing. How wrong they are...

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Have you ever felt forgotten?

“…even these may forget you, but I will not for get you”. (Isaiah 49:15) Have you ever felt forgotten? Has someone literally forgotten about you? It’s not a nice feeling… in fact, it’s a terrible feeling. We all do it though… sometimes we forget somebody’s birthday, an anniversary, an appointment, somebody’s name, a...

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He has risen!

There is no doubt that the greatest event in human history is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. When He came out of that tomb, He bought hope and new life to anyone who would simply believe and have faith. He came out in resurrection life and left inside the old grave clothes of death and darkness. When they buried Jesus, the Word of God says that they rolled a stone over ...

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"Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find a catch" (John 21:6)

“Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find a catch” (John 21:6) After the death on the cross of Jesus Christ, Peter and some of the disciples, in their despair, decided to go fishing. Fishing was something that they knew, a safe place, and old way. They may not have liked it anymore, but they were used to it. They fished all night and caught...

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"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these" John 21:15

“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these” John 21:15 God never gives up on His people who fail! Because of His great compassion and grace, He seeks to restore, renew and revive. Even after Jesus resurrected from the dead, before He ascended in Heaven, He appeared to many of His disciples… including Peter. Peter was in a hard place… he ...

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Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…

Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore, he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Go Daniel! What a stand of faith! Daniel valued purity and spiritual cleanliness… even to the point of ris...

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"He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Mark 4:9 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” When Jesus taught about the principles of faith or when He expounded on the parables, He often said, “take heed how you hear” or “He who has ears to hear let him hear”. Jesus was not referring to physical ears but was giving an admonition, a warning, a command and a focus. Jesus wanted ...

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"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness’ therefore more gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me… for when I am weak, then I am strong.” We know that we cannot do anything just on our own strength. Our desires, emoti...

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"Blessed be God who has not turned away my prayer nor His mercy from me".

Psalm 66:20 “Blessed be God who has not turned away my prayer nor His mercy from me”. There are so many amazing aspects of prayer and as we come to the Lord in prayer there are a great many assurances and promises. One is that He will hear our prayers when we come to Him with a right heart and He will never turn away from us. He will never ignore us or turn a...

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So Today, What do You Need?

Exodus 16:21 "So they gathered it every morning, every man according to need. And when the sun became hot, it melted."...

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Repentance

Romans 2::4 "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?"...

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Let The Freedom And Joy of Forgiveness Fill Your Heart Today!

Mark 11:25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses"...

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Victory in the Valley

"Then a man of God came and spoke to the King of Israel and said, "Thus says the Lord, because the Syrians have said, the Lord is God of the hills but he is not God of the valleys, therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand and you shall know that I am the Lord." 1 Kings 20:28...

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What To Do With The Ashes

"To comfort those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified". Isaiah 61:3...

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It's The Little Things

"Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes." Song of Solomon 2:15...

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Whatever You Do Don't Stop!

"So I sent messengers to them saying, "I am doing a great work so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it to go down to you?" Nehemiah 6:3...

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Lord, open my eyes that I may see things differently…

"And Elisha prayed and said, 'Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see'. Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" 2 Kings 6:17...

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"Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock"

"Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him and he with Me". Revelation 3:20...

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"Do you also want to go away?"

"Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." (John 6:67-69)...

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