His Words of Love

If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭13‬ NLT‬‬ Every day we encounter unanticipated changes, unexpected challenges and unwanted choices. These detours in our schedules can alter our path . . . these distractions to our strategies can affect our purpose. God’s indwelling Spirit gives a voice and vision to guide […]
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It’s All About the Choices We Make

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. ‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬ NLT ‬‬‬ Every day we face the choice to conform or to change . . . to be the same or to be special. Conforming is an indifferent satisfaction to our culture. Changing is an intentional strategy. We are changed […]
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It’s A Good Day

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ ESV‬‬ The phrase “Seize The Day” or Capre Diem gained notoriety in the movie, “Dead Poet’s Society” with Robin Williams. Carpe Diem is an aphorism taken from a poem written in the Odes in 23 BC […]
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True Refreshment

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1 NLT The rat-race and fast-pace of religious exercises can lead to real emptiness. Lance Witt writes, “You can’t live at […]
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It’s All About Grace

Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬ It would be great if every cup of coffee was just right . . . […]
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Some Things Never Change

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 NLT   Life is full of change.  It happens.  We live in a time of endless options . . . options that create opportunities or obstacles.   We face uncertain, unpredictable and unknown challenges in every moment.  Schedules shift.  Priorities are pushed.  Calendars […]
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He Makes The Crooked Paths Straight

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:6   “There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse. And they all lived together in a little crooked […]
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Being Right or Doing Right

  And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 NLT   It’s easier to raise a generation to believe that righteousness or right living is founded on what we do, instead of who we are. Righteousness based on what we do becomes rule driven and unwelcoming.  Righteousness […]
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The Gift

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 ESV   None of us likes to talk about sin.  The results of sin are usually not the topic of choice at get togethers with friends or co-workers.  However, there is a […]
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Treasure In A Clay Jar

“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 MSG   I’ve often wonder why we go through what we go through. […]
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Knowing The Shepherd

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 ESV   In his darkest times of despair, David knew he was not alone or abandoned.  Coffman gives us insight into the […]
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Its Not About Me

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:3-4 MSG Paul presents two choices. Two clear options that root themselves focused on our […]
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The Heart of a Father

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:20 NLT Becoming a dad is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Once I think I have a […]
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Time To Break The Mold

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalms 32:8 NLT I’m more of a “go for it” guy instead of a “guide me” guy. I recall whitewater rafting in Colorado. Our guide was very specific in how we should approach […]
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Failures Don’t Define Us

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV I can’t […]
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Choose Wisely

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)   We make a lot of choices every day.   Our culture places a valued emphasis on the right […]
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He Will Bend You

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:10   We’ve experienced the emptiness of suffering.  Our response can destroy dreams or determine destiny.   God has promised us His […]
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Overcomers

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21   Ten words.  That’s it.  In these powerful and purposeful 10 words, we find an omission and commission that frames our purpose.   We have spent years hearing what “not to do”.  Often these are religious preferences instead of Biblical precepts.  We fight […]
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The Goodness of God

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” —Psalm 27:13–14   There are many days when I need to see God more clearly.  I need Him to cut away my cataracts of complacency […]
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True Freedom

“Through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things” – Acts 13:38-39   The Apostle Paul spoke these words as “words of encouragement” to a gathering who thought their religious standards would grant them righteous salvation.  Paul was clear and concise.  There […]
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