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Who Are You Talking To?

Job 38: 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” I got a big aha moment about 4:30 am one morning… I had a situation wake me up that I proceeded to pray and tell God how to fix it!!! Imagine how presumptuous that was!!!  But nevertheless He waited until I had carefully laid out my plan and then said something that I say to Drew all the time. “Remember,  Who you are talking to… in essence Who is the Parent?” “Who is the One who knows the most about …

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God Works for Good, Even Through Sin and Evil

    Life is sometimes hard to figure out. One minute we’re breezing through life, things are going well and then within a blink of an eye, tragedy happens. Two things happen when tragedy occurs. You either cry out to God, or you blame Him. God loves His people, those who know Him, those who have a relationship with Him. He ALWAYS wants the best for His kids. As trials come, they test the strength of our faith. In every trial, we are tested, refined, and made stronger than before. Before you go blaming God for your current situation, stop …

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God Provides in Unexpected Ways

II Kings 7 includes a most unusual story concerning the citizens of the capital city, Samaria, in the Northern Kingdom.  The city has been under siege by the Arameans from Syria led by Ben Haddad II, and conditions are desperate.  It’s a dark picture of scarcity of food, inflation, starvation, cannabalism, and death. Elisha delivered the Word of the Lord promising that circumstances were about to change in 24 hours.  (From despair to hope, from scarcity to plenty) Choices:  The king’s right hand man expressed his mocking doubt upon hearing the prophecy.  Four lepers were witnesses of God’s deliverance – …

Jesus Christ Is the Glorious Reflection

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the …

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God: Our Savior

  We all need saving, and every story must have a hero. This is a truth that even the world recognizes. We can see that in the great success of Super Hero movies and how well they always do in the box office! Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor – these are just a few of the guys we all know and love.   Recognizing our need for a Savior is the first step in identifying our own human mortality. Although made in God’s image, we cannot save ourselves from a world so full of danger and despair. …

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God Our Healer

      “For I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15: 26 NLT Often when we hear scriptures about healing, our mind shifts immediately to the physical – sickness and disease. We hear testimonies of miraculous healing from cancer or autoimmune disorders. We hear how God spared a life that by all natural circumstances should have been lost. Jesus died for us, and by His stripes we ARE healed; this healing goes far beyond physical ailments. As I sit here in Starbucks, typing away on my laptop, I cannot help but overhear the conversations around me. I’m not making …

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God-I AM

    God is I am. How we individually interpret that statement will have profound impact on how we perceive God. He is the One God who already IS and the only God who is to Come. He spoke this revolutionary truth to Moses when He appeared as a burning bush. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” Exodus 3: 14 The Israelites had just made wooden idols to worship. They were frustrated and tired of waiting on the Lord. We’ve …

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Your Source

My wonderful husband takes such good care of me. He made it so my feet would be warm at night. He placed our electric mattress pad on the bed for me. I turned it on and wow it was nice. The next night I thought I turned it on again, only it was just the small heating pad lying on the floor beside the bed. Well the spot on the carpet was warm but not my feet! Finally after turning things off and on and not feeling warm at all I realized something. The heating mattress pad was not on …

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The Affirmation Idol

          “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20: 3 In the book of Judges God’s people continued to return to idol worship. They bowed down to graven images as they served the gods of the people living in the promised land.  We as 21st century believers are just as prone to idol worship but instead of Baal or Ashteroth, ours may be called comfort, control, or affirmation. Have you considered praise from others to be an idol? Of course, there is nothing wrong with receiving or releasing encouragement.  It’s Biblical to bless one …

Never Alone in the Storm

It has been a very stormy night in Arkansas. It began earlier in the day with heavy rains all during the day in the northern half of the state. There is thunder rumbling in the distance even now in the early hours of the new day. Nobody minds a spring thunder storm but this has been an intense amount of weather. It’s gone on for too long and it hasn’t let up yet. It is relentless. Friends have even spent time in their safe places and some are still there at this hour. Thousands are without power. Oh beloved, the …

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Fall Devotions

      Day 2 Fall – to lose the old, to have its proper place.  This is just part of the many definitions of what the dictionary says “fall” is.   What is crazy is that the dictionary is talking about fall like ‘I fell down’, not fall like ‘the season’ and yet how appropriate the definition is. I love fall!!  The color change, the weather change, the smell change…..its about change.  But to change means that something must go. As I sit here looking out the window with massive trees all around my back yard, I see it happening …

Jesus Is The Best Friend

“Jesus Is The Best Friend…” You could ever have, When no one else is there He’s there to hold your hand… To walk with you, comfort you, Embrace you in His arms. When the road gets rough and steep, He’ll carry you farther on   John 15:14 (NIV) “You are my friends if you do what I command.” II Peter 3:9b (NIV) “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” John 15:13 (NIV) “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus calls us …