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    Put Me in Coach!

    But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Matthew 19:30 The song goes: Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today! Look at me, I can be center field! During gym class, I remember the gruesome process of standing in a group while two team captains chose their teammates. Some kids bragged as they knew they would be chosen. Other students would stand there humiliated, fearful, and some with negative attitudes. Sometimes in life we are the best candidate for the job, but lack of self-confidence and poor attitudes knock us to the back of the line. God has no favorites (Acts 10:34). But we can have the favor of God if we live by his word…

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    Carried to the Table

    So, Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. 2 Samuel 9:13 One day at a Catholic elementary school a group of children lined up in the cafeteria for lunch. At one end of the table was a large tray of apples. The nun made a note on the apple tray that said, “Take only ONE. God is watching.” At the other end of the table was a large tray of chocolate chip cookies. A child wrote a note that said, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.” God sees all things (Prov 5:21). He watches…

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    All is Fair in Love and War

    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 The saying ‘all is fair in love and war’ paints for us a soldier standing on a battlefield, fighting for the things he loves most. Love can be like a battlefield. It is the one thing people are desperate to find, and it is the biggest battle of all to sustain. The people you love can sometimes hurt you the most. We are called to forgive those who hurt us, love our enemies, and be peacemakers especially in the house of God (Romans 12:18). If we learn to do this then the…

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    In My Father’s House

    In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 Jesus is saying, “there is more than enough room for you!” A professor stood in front of his class with a large jar, rocks, pebbles, and sand. He first filled the jar with rocks and asked his students if the jar was full, to which they agreed. He then added pebbles to the jar and shook it up. The students agreed it was still full. Then he added the sand to fill the remaining space. The jar was now completely full. The jar…

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    Fool’s Gold – Silence is Golden, Duct Tape is Silver

    Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Ecclesiastes 9:17. In medieval times news was spread by a ‘town crier.’ “Hear Ye!” Now you can push a few buttons and speak without uttering a word. Can silence speak louder than words? There is so much information out there it’s hard to sift fact from fiction. I heard a joke recently about a couple who invited their pastor for dinner. After dinner the wife noticed a spoon missing and wondered if the Pastor took it. A year later they had dinner again, and she asked, “Pastor did you steal our spoon?” He replied, “No, I…

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    The Silver Lining

      My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3 The proverbial saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ means that no matter how ugly or difficult a situation looks, you can always find something beautiful or positive in it (Isaiah 61:3). You see, I found a gray hair last week. I thought, this must be the beginning of the end! I know most of you are rolling your eyes as you read this. Nevertheless, I am sharing this with you because I believe God put that ONE gray hair there, as it inspired me to write this. If I…

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    Pass the salt please!

    Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13 Have you ever watched someone toss salt over their left shoulder? Superstition has it that throwing salt over your left shoulder reverses bad luck. This superstition stems from the age-old belief that the devil lurks on your left shoulder waiting to deceive you, and that salt is believed to ward off evil. It was taken from Leonardo Davinci’s painting of The Last Supper where it shows Judas knocking over…

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    Shout it Out!

    To present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:27 The commercial from 1975 asked, “what would you do for a really tough stain?” A woman replied, “I would Shout it Out!” Shout it out is a heavy-duty stain remover. When what you have used in the past isn’t working, it’s time for something stronger! My question in any tough situation is, what would Jesus do? When Jesus called Lazarus back from the dead; a seemingly impossible situation, He cried loudly, “Lazarus come out!” (John 11:43). If you want a disorderly child to straighten out, you are…

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    An Offering by Fire

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 There are five Levitical offerings commanded by God in the Old Testament: The Burnt Offering, The Meat Offering, The Peace Offering, The Sin Offering, and The Trespass Offering. Moses was given direct instructions that when the people were coming into the land of promise, they were to give a heave offering unto the Lord – an offering by fire (Numbers 15:18-21). The heave offering is a type of peace offering – one of reconciliation between God and His people, and one of thanks…

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    A Tale of Two Cities

    And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25 Abraham Lincoln quoted Mark 3:25 during a speech in 1858. He was basically saying, there is no compromise! You need to choose a side, freedom or slavery. Elijah said to the people, “How long will you waver between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21). We can either live as slaves to sin or live freely in Jesus. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). A Tale of Two Cities opening line reads, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” The Church is getting closer to the promises…