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The Power Of A New Day

“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:1-3 NLT     I’ve always been a night owl instead of […]
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Find Peace In Praise

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28   Beaten up.  Worn out.  Fed up.  Sound familiar?   In the challenges of each day, we choose to chase those things that promise fulfillment, but usually fail to deliver.  The expectations to be “perfect” lead us […]
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Don’t Waste Any Opportunity

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians‬   Albert Einstein said, “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be […]
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Even In Our Mistakes

“And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty […]
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Learning to Lean

“‘This is not good!’ Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. ‘You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.’” Exodus 18:17-18 NLT   Father-in-laws can give some really good advice.  Think about this . . . they raised and reared the woman that’s the […]
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The Secret Recipe

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35 ESV   People are always looking an easy steps to success. To some it may be a “hidden code”, the “secret recipe” or the proverbial “secret sauce”.  In […]
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He Is Always There  

“When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:15-16 ESV   According to one source, Holy Scripture contains over 3,500 promises of God.  All require our faith. […]
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Patience And The Prize

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12 NLT   When it comes to handling trials and temptations, we usually look for a pronto answers instead of patient acceptance.   When there is pain, […]
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The Circle Of Comfort

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT   Every year in the fall months, our pastor would remind us that God is “The God of all encouragement”. […]
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He Is Always There

“When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:15-16 ESV   According to one source, Holy Scripture contains over 3,500 promises of God.  All require our faith. […]
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He Is What We Need

“O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.” Psalms 88:13 NLT   The “Blues” genre of music began near the end of the 19th century.  It’s is soulful.  It is reflective.  It is introspective.  “Blues” share the “personal woes in a world of harsh reality.”  Often our greatest sorrows […]
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He Will Carry You

“I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 NLT   My wife and I have a number of friends who are walking through confusing and challenging days.  They often […]
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Learning From Listening

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 ESV   It’s been said that history is His Story.  God uses the lessons learned by others to teach and guide us in our own lives.  His […]
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The Craftsman And His Craft

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1:6 NLT   Fine craftsmanship is an art that should be deeply appreciated.  The artistry of a master is evidenced in his masterpiece.  Paul […]
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It’s Amazing

“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” John 1:16 NASB   John Newton first called it “Amazing Grace”.  Grace is the richness of Christ and the riches of Christ.  Grace is initiated in God’s heart, imparted by His love and infused by faith.  Grace is something we don’t deserve, but […]
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God’s Greatest Gift.

 “And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6–7 ESV    Have you ever wondered why there was no […]
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