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Choices-Consequences

  WHEN FACED WITH MAJOR DECISIONS HOW DO WE RESPOND? Life is filled with choices – small or big, short-term or long term. AND with those choices come benefits and/or consequences. That’s Life!  In making decisions and determining the success or failure of each choice, the beginning step in the process is the key. Where do we begin?  AND with Whom? Do we look to “self” or do we turn to God for direction? A recurring theme in the Scriptures is the contrast between the Way of the Righteous and the Way of the World.  As we review the story …

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Operating on God’s Time Table

    We are introduced to Noah in when he is 500 years old as God shared with him his intentions and his instructions. Genesis 6:13-14 “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness … Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.”  (CSB) Notice in Genesis 6 – 8, Noah must operate on God’s time table. God gives verbal commands “Build,” “Enter,” and “Exit.”  Noah must wait on God for further instructions. Perhaps the construction project took 100 years!  They entered the ark and waited 7 days before the rain started. …

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Discovering God in Genesis

God made a covenant with Noah and with us. Genesis 9:8-15 (CSB) “8 Then God said to Noah and his sons with him, 9 “Understand that I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you—birds, livestock, and all wildlife of the earth that are with you—all the animals of the earth that came out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant with you that never again will every creature be wiped out by floodwaters; there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”  12 …

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Seeking Jesus in Genesis

  Someone suggested that when studying books of the Bible, we should look for Jesus.  Can we find Jesus in Genesis?  How are we introduced to Jesus? (Just some examples as we have studied Genesis this month) Example #1 Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” Genesis 1:28 We can use the creation …

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The Tower of Babel

      When we study the Tower of Babel Genesis 11 account, we emphasize the wrong motives of the people.  We can easily list them:  pride, arrogance, selfishness, rebellion, distrust, and seekers of fame.  Building their reputation was just as important as being united in building a city and a tower. Also, just as important as motives, are their fears.  They were disobeying God’s instructions, “But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it.” Genesis 9:7 Were they afraid of being separated, disconnected? Were they afraid of losing security and comfort?  Were they …

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God Still Offers Grace

      Recently, during a Genesis Bible Study, the group was asked to identify key characteristics of those who walked with God.  Since we had just come through the Christmas season, the answers came readily as we could see similarities among the key individuals from the Christmas story. Luke 1:6 (Zechariah and Elizabeth)  “Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.” (CSB) Luke 1:28-30 (Mary) “And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this …

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Trust Do Not Be Afraid

  Have you ever been afraid to do something and you made excuses not to do it? Yep, me too. I was asked to write a devotion. Just one. That was a year ago. I have found many scriptures to devote time on but today’s just hit home and lit a fire under me. So here it goes. My first devotional. Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation.” After spending 81 days in the hospital with someone …

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Time To Turn The Page

  Day One It’s Time To Turn The page James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. It’s time to turn the page on our new calendar for a new beginning; you might look back over the last year and say what happened last year was tough, with many trials and blessings. But as we wait in anticipation of the return of our Lord Jesus, we have that hope that no matter what we are …

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Put Your Hope In The Lord Jesus

  Day 2 Put Your Hope In The Lord Jesus Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” It can take years to see the fruit of your labor. And honestly, sometimes your patience can run thin. But as for many of us, we are working towards our goals of glorifying Christ. We try hard and wait for the Lord to move, but it seems like it takes forever; if this speaks to you, you are not alone! When we put our hope in the Lord Jesus, we know if …

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Our Line of Hope Is The Prayer Line

Day 3 Our Line Of Hope Is The Prayer Line How many times have you put your joy in Hope? Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”   Look at Paul; he was tortured, beaten, thrown in jail, shipwrecked, and so many other trials, yet he says right here, “Be joyful in Hope’. Paul separated himself from the prosecution and put his Hope in Christ. Don’t you sometimes feel like nothing is left to do, but as you trust Christ, he lifts you up and shows you, for instance, when you sing a worship song …

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Christ Is With Us

Day 4 Christ Is With Us Psalm 119:41 “May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise” As we enter into this year let our focus be towards what is good, the unfailing love of Christ. When we take our eyes off the problems of this life we can better focus on Christ and the path we need to take with Him. It isn’t necessary to dwell in places that don’t bring us joy. Let our focus be in His presence and, will for our lives. Let us remember that His grace is sufficient for …

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Strengthen Your Walk

Day 5   1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” This is the year to strengthen your walk with Christ; spend time strengthening your spiritual muscles, knowing His word, and diving deep into scriptures that can strengthen you when needed. Quite often, in times of uncertainty, I will refer back to a scripture that has sustained me, which helps me focus on my situation and know how to answer someone who might be seeking God and want to …