Our First Love

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Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:37-39 Last Sunday our Pastor asked the congregation to spend alone time with Jesus. […]

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In God We Take Refuge

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Psalm 46:1 Have you ever felt defeated, overwhelmed, and afraid? Trapped in a raging storm for far too long? In difficult times like these, we often search for a hiding place. Sometimes, we try to hide in excessiveness—booze, gluttony, lust—to name a […]

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How Do I Find God?

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“How do I find God?” I heard this question the other day and it seemed strange to me. I found it difficult to fathom such a question. My first reaction was that God is not lost; therefore, He does not need to be found. But the more I thought about the question… the more it deserved further consideration.

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Godly Living a Choice of the Will

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But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . .. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. ~ Joshua 24:15 As Christians, we know that we live in a fallen world, therefore it’s possible to sin. However, we must […]

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Praise and Worship—Peace in Times of Struggle

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Often when I’m feeling perplexed by the cares of life, I’ll hear a song that speaks to my heart and helps to calm my restlessness. Such is the case today with I’ll Just Say Yes by Brian Courtney Wilson. Scripture tells us that music is an important part of praise and worship (Psalm 95:1-3; Daniel 2:23; Ephesians 5:18-20). Praise and worship—feelings and expressions of sincere gratitude, reverence, and adoration for God—should be foundational to how we live our lives each day.

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Nothing Can Stop the Promises of God Almighty

The years, tears, and fears can hold us captive and spar against our dreams—our purposes—the very promises of God. But if God said it. He will bring it to pass, no matter our age, experiences, or environment. Regardless of who believes in us or who doesn’t. Irrespective of who supports us or who works against us. Whether we own a prestigious exclusive credit card or we’re wondering how to pay for our next meal. We can attain God’s promises if we trust Him. For He isn’t a respecter of a person (Romans 2:11)—He always hears Jesus as He intercedes on our behalf (John 11:42).

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The Sword of the Spirit

As Christians, we should not go days, weeks, months, or even years without reading the word of God—the Bible. For the word of God is the sword of the Spirit! The Word is what we use to defend ourselves during the attacks of the enemy. When we spend time in the Word, we can say, “It is written”! Because we know what is written. We know the promises of God. We are in fellowship with Jesus Christ. We are not deceived by the enemy. We do not lose hope in suffering, quit during setbacks, or faint in a struggle. We declare—we shall live and not die, victory is ours, the battle is already won—for it is written.

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Knowing Who Jesus Is

God’s favor is that unmerited, unearned, undeserved grace which is given freely to those who know Jesus Christ. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). God doesn’t play favorites based on our appearance, bank accounts, employment status, or worldly acquisitions.  As Christians, we already have God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8). 

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May Grace and Peace be Yours in Abundance

The Bible tells us to attend church so that we can worship God with other believers, be taught His Word, and grow spiritually. The early church was dedicated to the disciples’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and prayer” (Acts 2:42). While the early church did not have a specific church building per se, each day worshipers continued to meet together in the temple courtyards or at each other’s homes (Acts 2:46). Regardless of the physical man-made building, believers delighted in fellowship with each other and enjoyed the teaching of God’s Word.

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Peace of Mind

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And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~  Philippians 4:7 One dictionary defines peace of mind as a feeling of being safe or protected. Another source claims, peace of mind is a mental state of calmness or tranquility, freedom from worry and anxiety. We often […]

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Ordinary Moments of Grace

There are moments when God grants us a miracle. A drug addict who overcomes the addiction and gives his life to Christ—a devastating traffic crash where everyone walks away—an unexplained sudden healing that baffles medical doctors. In times like these, we boldly acknowledge that God is mindful of us.

God is continuously mindful of us—always present—granting us ordinary moments of grace. Such as, an unexpected encouraging phone call from an old friend when we feel overwhelmed and discouraged. The gift of a 40% off coupon from a stranger standing in line behind us, as we silently pray for enough money to cover our purchase. Maybe the moment of grace is an unexpected refund check in the mail. Or a ‘thank you note’ from your supervisor on a day when you feel like quitting. These are moments, we often dismiss without a second thought.

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A Faith that Is Not Stressed by Stress

James, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55), became the leader of the church at Jerusalem soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection in 30AD (Acts 1:14 & 12:17). He was called—James the Righteous—by the early Christians. Paul referred to James as one of the pillars of the church (Galatians 2:9). A letter, known as the Letter of James, was written to the Jewish Christians who were under persecution and had been scattered amongst the nations (James 1:1). The letter advised on daily expectations for their attitudes, beliefs, and faith. This letter is the Book of James and is considered the earliest of all the New Testament writings, including the gospels.

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Surveying God’s Written Word

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! ~ Psalm 119:103 Many of us don’t think about the Bible as a book-of-books. Nonetheless, the Bible contains 2 testaments, 66 different books, and depending on the version (KJV, NIV, ASV, etc.)… there are approximately 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 783,173 […]

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Light of the World

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16 At first, I thought that I was supposed to write about “evil begets evil”. But as I listened more carefully, I realized that the message is about “light begets light”. For with you […]

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Beyond What You See

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The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. ~ Matthew 6:22 Change is hard—lots of change—even harder. Have you ever felt like you were standing on shifting sands? Your left foot going in one direction and your right foot in the other. […]

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Aging Gracefully and Enjoying Life in the Joy of the Lord

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My daughter texted me a link to this song. After listing to it, I felt joy in aging gracefully and enjoying life. I texted her back and told her that the song was simply beautiful—And how amazingly happy Gladys Knight looked on the cover—her joyous radiance was evident. I was reminded of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11, Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

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To Know Him

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The idea, ‘God exist, therefore, I exist—I exist, therefore, God exist’ entered my thoughts this morning. However, God is omnipotent and independent of my existence, while my existence is dependent on God and a testimony to God. No matter how we grapple with reality, it is clear that God exist. We are the proof we often seek. Humans made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)!

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Ambassadors for Jesus Christ

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20 Merriam-Webster defines ambassador as: (1) an official envoy—especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of […]

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Guarding Our Hearts for God

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The biblical narrative about the Israelites and Pharaoh (capital “P” denotes numerous pharaohs during this historical time) comes to mind when I consider the seriousness of guarding our hearts. In Exodus 1-18, we learn of the exchange between Moses and Pharaoh. We witness the love of God for His people through miraculous events. We also observe God’s compassion towards Pharaoh. For, He sent Moses to warn Pharaoh numerous times.

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Seeing Jesus Walking in the Midst of Unrest

Maybe it came with the onset of Covid-19 into the world—maybe it was here sooner— visceral unrest permeating the air. Each day’s portion disheartening and more disturbing than the day before. My hiding place of serenity appeared to float off in the distance, drifting, across a tiresome void where my thoughts did not find my voice. Until during fervent prayer with blinding tears… God’s grace covered me with His feathers, and under His wings I found refuge (Psalm 91:4). I heard this song in my spirit, Precious Lord, Take My Hand. I smiled. Psalms 116:8 flashed in my mind, For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. Precious Lord take my hand, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalm 119:11).

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