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    God is Not Dead!

    The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Luke 24:5-6             Charles Dickens quoted in his book ‘A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, and the worst of times.” This book points out the differences between good and evil, and how goodness can resurrect itself from evil. Transformation and revelation can occur through the battles we face in life. Something dies, so that something else can be born. Sydney Carton was a character in the book, who was…

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    TO THE PRISONERS OF HOPE – YOUR KING IS COMING!

    “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.” Zechariah 9:12             Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day that marked the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry; the day He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted and recognized as King (Matthew 21:4-5). This very event was prophesied by Zechariah and Isaiah the prophets (Zechariah 9:9, Isaiah 62:11). The people of that time were in desperate need of a savior, and it is no different today. In times like this we realize that we do not have control over our lives, and we need to put our…

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    Shut in with God

    And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16 In hard times like this it is hard to believe that God has a plan, but He does! (Jeremiah 29:11). When Noah was told to build the ark, He was given specific instructions (Genesis 6:14). The pitch used on the ark, was the same substance used to make baby Moses’ basket waterproof, when he was sent down the river to avoid execution (Exodus 2). God saw the future for Moses, and He did what was necessary to protect him. But this required obedience on all ends…

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    Consider the Lilies

    “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! Luke 12:27-28 In this day and age that we are living in, it is very much an era that leans on convenience. We get used to having everything we need at our fingertips. When things spiral out of control, we tend to panic and fear instead of living by faith. God knows that…

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    Open the eyes of my heart

    The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.” Psalm 29:7             Have you ever sat and listened to a thunderstorm? When a thunderstorm begins, it immediately demands the attention of all who hear it. It claps, roars, and drowns out all other things that contend for the spotlight. It is like that of a consuming fire that can easily devour everything in its path with one powerful spark. It can knock down trees and walls revealing all that was once concealed. The voice of God is like that of thunder and lightning; it begs for our attention, and when we tune in it can be a truly awesome…

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    A Call to Prayer – In God We Trust!

    Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 Moses was one of the greatest intercessors of his time. In Exodus 17 we see Moses interceding for Israel in the battle of Rephidim, but even the greatest of intercessors get tired and weary. Whenever Moses’ arms were held up in prayer the battle was successful. Whenever they fell, they began to lose. Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses and held him up. Here we see a true depiction of how God intended his church to behave in battle. We are all called to prayer, but we are…

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    Be Still

    Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10             I was on my way to my last physio appointment since my car accident. I was being discharged because all my symptoms are gone, so I am now concussion free. What should have taken much longer to recover from took only a month, praise the Lord! On my way there a car in the other lane was speeding and it began swerving back and forth out of control. Before I knew it, the car veered over into my lane and was heading straight for me. I was on a narrow highway, so there was nowhere else to turn. I…

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    The Wilderness Way

    So, God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:18 When you are in a hurry to get somewhere, the scenic route isn’t the best choice. God wasn’t concerned with time when He took the Israelite’s out of Egypt on route to the land of promise. He took them through the wilderness to avoid attacks from the enemy. Ever notice when God plans to bless us, all hell seems to break loose? We complain about God’s timing, but He may just be protecting us from unnecessary situations. He is less…

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    Labor of Love

    “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them!” Ex. 14:25             God didn’t just rescue His people, He blessed them in the presence of their enemies, and then used the enemy to bless them also! (Psa. 23:5, Ex. 12:35-36). God is jealous for us and He will move heaven and earth to prove it! (Deut. 4:24, Eph. 3:20). Israel’s victory wasn’t without struggle. Sometimes we want quick solutions, but God works ALL things together for good (Rom. 8:28). God showed Israel who He was, and then He gave the enemy an opportunity to repent (Ex. 6:7, 2 Pet. 3:9, Deut. 30:19). Pharaoh was given…

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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…