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Sit, Walk, Stand

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11 I hate prep work!  Whether it’s painting a room, trying out a new recipe, or getting ready for a conference in a new state, I would rather just get to the […]

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I Am Amazed

  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Genesis 1: 1 It is amazing to see how far technology has advanced since Thomas A. Edison invented the electric light.  His discovery was exciting.  Through the years, each new invention has brought excitement and this excitement will continue as new technology is discovered.  In […]

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The Righteous—Like Palm Trees and Cedars of Lebanon

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, […]

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Forgetful Christians

  “10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive […]

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Track Record of Trust

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.  I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land… I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my […]

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Be Still

Be Still “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 “Still” is not an easy adverb for me. My job is to “do.” My affirmation comes primarily from doing. As a Christian I am expected to “do” the will of God. Thus, I have chosen to be a part of a doing church‑‑a […]

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Devotional – August 11

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 Ever felt yourself melt down to a puddle on the floor? It happens when we get so disappointed we don’t see much future in going […]

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Forgetful Christians

  10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive […]

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The Discipline of Meditation

I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts.     Psalm 77.12 (The Message) There is a great difference between glancing and gazing.  We glance at a friend’s familiar face, but we gaze into the eyes of a person we deeply love and are moved by the power of such emotion.  […]

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We Have Lost Our Tears

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…”  Colossians 3:1 Flip Wilson is on my list of Top 10 Funniest Comedians.  Although I am not a fan of cross-dressing, Geraldine came up with a few memorable lines.  For example, perfectly choreographed into the skit, she would blurt out at the most appropriate […]

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Worth the Wait

  “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 We sometimes grow impatient when waiting for a word from the Lord. Invariably, I get in trouble if I get ahead of God’s plan! But how does God speak to us? It seems there are four basic ways […]

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Wrestling With God

“a man wrestled with him until daybreak”  Genesis 32:24 (NASB) Jacob was in trouble.  His father-in-law wanted to kill him.  He was returning to his brother Esau who had threatened to kill him.  Jacob had schemed, plotted, cheated and become a real scoundrel. Now he was left alone with his fear and despair.  It was then […]

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Making a Mess

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.    Proverbs 14:4 I’m messy. I’ve always been messy. I can’t open the hood of my truck without getting grease on me. When I’m building things in my garage, I make a mess. Sawdust, scattered wood, tools, coke cans […]

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Spring Has Sprung

The flowers are springing up and the time of the singing of birds has come.  Yes, spring is here.  The Song of Solomon 2:12-13 (TLB) Spring has truly come to our backyard.  Although it is still early, daisies, columbines, snapdragons, and pincushion plants are a profusion of color.  My herb bed is coming to life […]

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The Case of the Broken Heel

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, Oh God.    Psalms 42:1 And we know that all things work together for The good to them that love God. …    Romans 8:28 (21st Century KJV) Cathy, a home nurse, was making her weekly visit to my wife.  My wife, who […]

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Dust Storms

“Ah Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!   Nothing is too difficult for You…”   Jeremiah 32:17 That is perspective! Eternal perspective!  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get my hand in the sand and can’t see past the dust storm!  But God made […]

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The Sparrow’s Song

Make music to the Lord with the harp…and the sound of singing…   Psalm 98:5 I love our backyard and much of my morning quiet time is spent listening and watching my feathered friends, the robins who just added three little ones to their family; and the wren who sleeps in a hollowed out coconut shell hanging  on the […]

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The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit “The Unpardonable Sin” 28 “…Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” 30 He said this because they were saying, “He has […]

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His Presence is What We Want

Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit from me.  Psalm 51:11 God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 Have you ever talked to […]

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The Hound of Heaven

43 But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea. Luke 4:43-44 (NRSV) In the 1800’s, there lived a man who wanted to be a writer.  […]

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There is a Lad Here

“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?”   John 6:9 (NASB) I realize that imagination can be the most dangerous method of understanding the Scriptures, but bear with me.  I can imagine the lad rushing into the house saying, “Hey Mom, may […]

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God’s Requirements…

“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8: (NJKV) Requirements are easy to identify in the world of education.  Teachers make assignments . . . students understand what is required.  Requirements are easy to identify in the medical world . […]

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Measuring Up

“But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”   Deuteronomy 25: 15 Do you sometimes feel that you haven’t measured up to what was expected of you?  Probably all of us have […]

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That’s Not Fair

But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.  Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”  And the king was sorry, but because […]

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Powerful Praying

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point […]

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God’s Multiplication Principle

10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.     2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NIV It was a typical Sunday morning […]

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The Discipline of Simplicity

We brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.   1 Timothy 6:7-8  Have you ever wondered why every Thomas Kinkade painting of an isolated mountain cabin or thatched-roof cottage draws us in and causes us to […]

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