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    Are you at a pinnacle point?

    Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Matthew 4:5-7 Jesus had just come through a long period of fasting and prayer, I'm certain he was not at his peak physically speaking. Isn't it interesting that when we are at our most tired state, the devil likes to come knocking.…

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    Do you have a Peninnah in your life?

    And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. 1 Samuel 1:6 Don’t you just love when someone tries to kick you when you are down? Like pouring salt into a wound, just because they can. I’m assuming Peninnah had some jealousy toward Hannah because although she was able to bear children, she didn’t have the love she desired. Elkanah loved and favored Hannah and gave her a double portion, so this was enough to stir up Peninnah. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have…

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    I Choose You

    “The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 139:16 God is speaking to Jeremiah and addressing his insecurities. We all have them, and God sees every one of them. He saw us before we were born and knows every intimate detail about us down to the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). That’s impressive, who knows how many quadrillion hair follicles we have on our head? Whenever I read this scripture verse, I imagine God sitting by a stream of water…

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    On the twelfth day of Christmas

    And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;…

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    Ode to Joy

    "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,  for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:3-6 Paul's prayer for the church was one of joy regardless of circumstance. He speaks of how we should be confident that Jesus will continue the good work He began in us. This year I pray that we aren't just searching for a new start, or a new beginning. Most New Years resolutions die off after the first…

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    The man who might have been …

    "But, when they came to Haran, they settled there." Genesis 11:31 This scripture verse starts with the word “but”. Don’t you hate that word? Someone starts to tell you something good, and then after an awkward silence you hear the dreaded word “but.” It’s a real Debbie Downer! Terah took his family and set out for the land of Canaan – the promised land. Terah may not have realized it but God was using him to bring Abraham to where he needed to be “in the will of God.” But, along the way he settled. Perhaps he took the safe route, became comfortable, or thought well this must be all…

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    The Lamp of God

    “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 Salt is used for many things. It…

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    Who do you say I am?

    Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.” Jesus stated that this revelation did not come by flesh and blood, but by the spirit of God. Matthew 16:15-17 We all have our own image or idea of who God is to us. There are many stories that tell of what God is like out there. Some are good, some bad, and some leave us with nothing but confusion and wonder. God is not an author of confusion, but one of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). The only true answer of who God is comes by revelation of the…

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    Letter from Christ – An Epistle of the Heart

    You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 On every heart is etched a story. If you were to read my story a long time ago you would see a very scarred and bruised past. But if I told you my story; today, it tells of a man that changed it all. With His own scars He re-wrote my story. He is still writing my story today,…