Timeless Hymns
on February 8th, 2020
Scripture:  Ephesians 5:18-20a (NASB) - “…but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalm and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord…always giving thanks for all things…”    Hymns that remind us of the unfathomable greatness of God should never be “archived” to the halls of antiquity in our hearts and minds.  Truthfully, as one eminent prea...  Read More
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The Ultimate Silversmith
on February 7th, 2020
Scripture:  Mal. 3:3a “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver…”There was a group of women doing a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the wome...  Read More
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Mercy That Suits My Case
on February 6th, 2020
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4 HCSB - But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us.All of us have witnessed someone doing something that they shouldn’t and not get punished. How about someone stealing something or a classmate cheating on a test? Instead of shaking our fist at God or complaining that it’s not fair that they didn’t get caught, we should be thanking God for H...  Read More
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God Does Use Ordinary People
on February 5th, 2020
Scripture: I Samuel 16:7b…”For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” My dad reared 8 children;  five girls and three boys. All children were born two to three years apart. My parents had a pretty good handle on the many facets and personalities within those eight children. I was born the fifth child of the family. I considered...  Read More
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The "Restart" Button
on February 4th, 2020
Scripture:  “Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.”  (Psalm 39:5,  NKJV)Two of my favorite times of the year are New Year’s Day and my birthday, for both seem to shout out, “REstart!”  It is time to leave behind old attitudes, habits, and perspectives that grieve my Lord and Savior.  It’s no easy thin...  Read More
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Loss of Intimacy with God
on February 3rd, 2020
Scriptures: Psalms 18:6 – In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there...  Read More
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Why Stay?
on February 2nd, 2020
Scripture:  Psalm 16:8 - I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Living in Christ, for Christ, takes some staying power.  I am often reminded by the stand made by  the Hebrew boys in Daniel.  They were in a foreign land and refused to bow down to heathen practices.  They were determined not to be seduced by the delicacies of the king’s food or to ...  Read More
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Rock the Boat
on February 1st, 2020
Hebrews 12:1-3 -  New International Version (NIV)Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat...  Read More
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The Apron of Servanthood
on January 31st, 2020
Scripture:  Matthew 20:28 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for many.”Involve your life in the lives of other people.  Christ and the disciples constantly met the needs of other people. We can stabilize our own hearts during times of difficulty by serving others, and then find that our service has brought us a sense of satisfaction and emoti...  Read More
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Count It All Joy
on January 30th, 2020
Scripture: James 1:2-3 NKJV -  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. How many times has a ‘seasoned saint’ said to you, “Baby, you gone go through stuff sometimes. It won’t always be this ‘a way. But you gone be alright … trials come to make you strong!” On the outside, you put on a fake smile, thank your sister o...  Read More
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Getting to Know Him- Little By Little
on January 29th, 2020
Scripture: John 1:50 NKJ - “…Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” (Read John 1:43-51)Nathaniel a fisherman by trade, was a bit skeptical of the man Jesus. He did not believe that anything worthwhile could come out of Nazareth. Although Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He grew up in Nazareth with His mother and earthly father Jos...  Read More
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The Ear and Eye Gate
on January 28th, 2020
Scripture:  “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…It shall not cling to me.”  Psalm 101:3 NKJVJust before bedtime one evening, I allowed a commercial depicting a game saturated with gratuitous violence to be the last object of my focus!  (The commercial preceded the nightly news—the watching of which was another bad idea)!  Though some of us may recall some campaigns about thirty years ago tha...  Read More
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