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Monday Mojo

There was a natural symphony early this morning as I sat on our back porch. At least 12 different types of birds were chirping in the woods (I lost count after 12). However, soon after sitting down, the concert was … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Almighty

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” – … Continue reading

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Wisdom 23.17

“Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead always fear the LORD. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” – Proverbs 23:17-18 HCSB There’s a variety of old sayings about “the grass looking greener on … Continue reading

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Acceptance

Peer-acceptance can be a powerful force. It can strongly influence decisions, and even alter the course of one’s life. During Jesus’ ministry, there were many who recognized His divine nature, but could not bring themselves to the point of identifying … Continue reading

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Big

Zacchaeus was a “wee-little-man” as the children’s song goes, but he had a big plan for getting ahead in life (hence the position as the hated Chief Tax Collector). Whether driven by the desire to “get even” with childhood bullies … Continue reading

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Greatness

Power is a whispering liar and always promises more than it can deliver. For example, pursuing inner satisfaction and contentment through control never ends with genuine peace. However, the inner serenity we seek is available through Christ, but His way is … Continue reading

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Return

The touch of the Master is special. Luke records where ten lepers were crying out to Jesus for healing. In response to their requests, Jesus instructed them to go show themselves to the priests. As they went, their bodies were … Continue reading

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Sorrow

Jesus understands the human condition. And it isn’t some kind of divine pity, it’s a thorough, all-encompassing, “been-there-felt-that”, loving compassion. Consider the shortest verse in the Bible:  “Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 NKJV The context of the verse was Lazarus’ … Continue reading

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Duty

Feeling better about oneself seems to be the goal of many spiritual pursuits today, but there are some scripture passages that totally contrast the “greeting-card-quotes”. For example, when the disciples asked Jesus to “increase their faith”, He identified the power … Continue reading

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Fear

Fear can be paralyzing. It’s mentioned throughout the scriptures, with stories of people fearing each other, fearing to follow God’s instructions, fearing the presence of angels, fearing death, etc. There are also the words “do not fear”, and Jesus instructing … Continue reading

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Conformity

The pressure to conform is part of life. Even within church circles, there are those who position themselves as the guardians of all things “acceptable”. Jesus spoke of such people, and one of His statements about them was this: “Beware … Continue reading

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Wisdom 21.3

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” – Proverbs 21:3 NKJV The “right thing” isn’t always recognized by the crowd. We must remember that choosing righteousness and justice is ultimately in service to Him, … Continue reading

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Good Friday-Before the Cross was Gold it was Rugged

The cross is a familiar object. It’s been fashioned into jewelry, wall art, and various household trinkets, but before it was gold (or silver, etc.), it was rugged. I. It was rugged by design As a symbol – The Romans … Continue reading

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Heaviness

Jesus sighed. The reality of sin’s effects on the world moved Jesus to express a heaviness through what we call a “sigh”. Even though a “sigh” isn’t verbal speech, we know what it means. It’s a pause that reflects a … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 3-25-18

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:3-4 NKJV A heart trusting in … Continue reading

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Powerless

The disciples knew power, but they also knew weakness. In Mark chapter 6 records where they were sent out by Jesus with the power over evil spirits and to heal. Afterwards, they returned with stories of demons being cast out and … Continue reading

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Wisdom 19.21

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 HCSB There’s an old saying among carpenters, “Measure twice, cut once.” because once a cut is made, it can’t be undone. Perhaps it’s a … Continue reading

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Peace

Storms are powerful displays of nature, and when seasons change, the weather can get nasty. In our personal life, “changing winds” can also bring a storm. In the Gospels, there’s a pivotal moment where the disciples sailed into rough seas while Jesus … Continue reading

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Tiny

Big results in God’s kingdom often start very small. Jesus explained it this way: “To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 3-18-18

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened…I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is written within my heart.” – Psalm 40:6-8 NKJV Obedience is better than sacrifice (2 Sam. 15:22). … Continue reading

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