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Monkey Bars Faith

This morning I remember how the playground was so much fun at school. One of my favorites was the monkey bars. Swinging from one bar to another to get across with your feet dangling in the air was so much fun. But you had to get the rhythm right. You had to let go of one bar to get swing to the next. Anyone who held onto two bars at once usually ended up dropping to the ground in defeat. Oh beloved, life is a lot about letting go of one thing to move on to the next. For sure …

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We Shouldn’t Be Alive

We were watching an episode of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” last night. A young couple had decided to rent a lodge and go on a hike in the rain forest. They chose the longest hike and began by following the signs along the way. But they got so caught up in the scenery and wildlife of the area that they didn’t notice when they left the trail. Then to add insult to injury, they made the decision to travel by compass even farther away from the lodge. They ended up spending several nights in the treacherous jungle staying on course …

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It’s about the Journey

“Faith” is a word that is as common to our Christian dialogue as the words “Jesus Christ”, “salvation” or “pray.” Many of us use it at least once a day, everyday. It is a vague idea, a concept thrown around by believers and nonbelievers alike, and is easily minimized or misunderstood. If you are like me, you don’t often stop and really look at the role faith plays in each aspect of life. So, what does faith really look like in my life? Faith is a process. It is not something that we have once, in our moment of salvation, …

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God Gives Evidence

We have enjoyed what has been a pretty mild summer so far. No temps over 100 degrees yet at all. I like that. I could do without the usual soaring thermometer readings altogether. But the weather people are saying this week is going to be tipping if not over 100. I’m glad that those in charge of weather reporting can warn us when a storm is brewing, when a hurricane is forming and when the temps will soar. We can be prepared at least somewhat. Or can we? Oh beloved, don’t hold your breath for everything you have heard to …

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The Wind and the Waves Obey Him

I woke up to the sound of wind and rain, so I checked the weather channel to see just how windy it was. To my surprise it said, “wind out of the WSW at 0 miles an hour”. It thought it was wind, but maybe it was just rain. What I did notice while on the website was a weather link that read, “extreme drought prompts governor to call for weekend of prayer”. So much comes to mind in those messages. I remembered the Scriptures that say the wind and the waves obey Him. Aren’t we glad we aren’t bound …

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The Lens of Faith

  Yesterday morning we noticed a deer edging along our backyard fence row. Then we noticed another. Turned out to be four deer in all. I tried to get a photo of them, but I never could see but one deer in the photo. I took several photos but only one could be found. The walk of faith is like that photo of deer. There’s much more there than you see in a photo. The Christian life is full of information that is all needed to display the true story of faith. But we have to look beyond what our …

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Overcoming Difficulties

  James 1:2-9 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect …

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We Could All Use A Little Inspiration

We caught the end of a new series on tv, Superman and Lois. Another Superman show. But the twist in this one is they return to the farm he was raised on with their own two sons, who find out just who their dad really is for the first time. There are some interesting twists followed by a prologue with one of the producers. Part of what he said caught my ear. “We all need a little hope, we all need a little inspiration…” Oh beloved, we do don’t we? In this season there’s not a lot that inspires us. …

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You Will Not Fall!

  God is within her, she will not fall.  He will help her at break of dawn. (Psalm 46:5)   When a mother eagle builds her nest, she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other items.  Then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool and feathers. This makes it soft and comfortable for her baby eaglets. By the time the growing eaglets reach flying age, the comfort of the nest make them quite reluctant to leave. That’s when the mother eagle starts stirring up the nest. The mother eagle strategically begins removing …

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Accept the Crumbs and God Will Make Loaves

  It’s amazing how sometimes we think that God owes us so much more than we deserve.  We possess bigger homes, better jobs, bigger cars and even more money.   How is it that we fall short of seeing the blessings in the smaller things? A remarkable story is told in Matthew 15:21-28, when the Canaanite woman pours from her needy soul in desperation of her demon possessed daughter.  She wasn’t searching for the finer things of life. She was only searching for a man who could provide her with what she needed most.  As she fell upon her knees, she …

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Guidance in Uncertainty

  The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23) Would you like to sit down and have a heart to heart talk with God? Perhaps He could tell you the exact plan that He has for your life. Or maybe He could lay it all out in black and white; marking out a path so you will know exactly what lies ahead. Well, life doesn’t work that way.  God doesn’t mark out a clear pathway for our lives, nor does He provide us with turn by turn directions.  Instead, He …

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Good Fight of Faith

        This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. The worries of yesterday cannot affect you today. Rise up friends, today is a new day. Philippians 4:4 declares “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Take some time to rejoice in what the Lord has done for you. If He woke you up and you have breath Rejoice, He is don’t done with you. He has a plan fo your life, now is not the time to give up and give in. Isaiah 41:9-10 says …