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Praising God as Designer

        I Samuel 16:7 “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have  rejected him.  Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” (CSB) Yes, God’s creativity is displayed in nature. In addition, His creativity is also displayed in each one of us as He designs His plans for us. Consider the story of David to illustrate how life experiences, giftedness, family, friends, and interests are developed into a purpose-filled life to give  God Glory.  David – poet, musician, shepherd, giant-slayer, and …

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God promises a King – a Redeemer

  Psalm 118:1  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” (CSB) One of my favorite verses is found in Psalm 118.  I’m sure it is very familiar to you also. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Following on down, just a few verses, we find vs. 26 -“He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed.”  Let’s discover an Old Testament connection with the New Testament! In Matthew 21, we find the event we call the triumphal entry of …

Our Response

“For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him.” II Chronicles 16:9 Remember the kings of Israel and Judah, they were given a divine evaluation.  Over and over again in the Old Testament books of Kings and Chronicles, we read about kings who did evil in the sight of the Lord. Only a few were given this description: “he did what was good and right in the sight of the Lord his God.” The heart matters! We continue to learn from the story of David.  Looking back …

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What We Deserve

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.” Have you ever been in a store and seen this sign: “You break it – You buy it?” Well, here’s a true story!  My husband and I were in an antiques/flea market/consignment shop just browsing around.  My husband collects railroad memorabilia. So he was attracted to a decorative …

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Be My Witnesses

    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10 Jesus gave marching orders to new believers to explain our assignments: 1) Go into all the world and preach the gospel and 2) Be my witnesses unto the ends of the earth.  Created, Designed, Called, Chosen, and Empowered! Because of the eyewitness testimony of men like John and Paul, we have the New Testament instructions to teach us. ”…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of …

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Jesus Is The Way

    Your spiritual journey begins when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Your journey begins with a relationship.  He is Your Guide.  Remember, you have never been this way before!  You need a guide.  You need to get to know your guide so you can trust Him and follow Him. Has there ever been a time when you encountered Jesus Christ and acknowledged Him as your personal Lord and Savior?  For me – on my 31st birthday, sitting at my kitchen table, all alone studying my Sunday School lesson.  God impressed on me that the only …

Can God Be Trusted

  Can God Be Trusted? Studies one summer took me to Joshua to prepare for Sunday School lessons and to Daniel to prepare for VBS.  What do these Old Testament Bible characters have in common? Previously, we have been looking at the story of Joshua; now, let’s jump over to the book of Daniel. We first meet Daniel and his friends marching off to Babylon as captives.  Moving to Babylon was certainly unexpected!  This wasn’t in their plans; not how they expected their lives to turn out. Here are these Jewish boys from Jerusalem taken away from their homes and …

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The Wrath of God

I grew up in a time when there were no full time sports channels on television. We discovered international sports, such as alpine skiing, figure skating, and gymnastics, by watching a Saturday afternoon program called ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”  Remember the introduction, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat?” That’s what we have in the story of the Israelites and their victory at Jericho followed by their defeat at the Battle of Ai.  In Joshua 6 and 7, we discover two contrasting characters for study, Rahab and Achan. Let’s be honest.  We have wanted to ask, “Why …

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Success Is?

  Success is ____________________?  (Fill in the Blank) How does the world measure success? (God measures differently!) Why take Jericho?  It was the first city the Israelites encountered after crossing the    Jordan River into the Promised Land.  It was an important border town and crossroads intersection.  It was essential to advancing; all roads led through Jericho to divide Canaan.  What would be the best strategy?  Watch out for the archers stationed on the walls.  Surround the city and cut off supplies, food, and water.  Utilize both battering rams and scaling ladders to weaken the walls and gates. God’s Instructions did …

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Confidence in God

Joshua’s first major task was to get the entire nation across the flooded Jordan River.  Here in Arkansas, we have learned first-hand about flood waters this spring and readily recite the new motto, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”  To enter the Promised Land required crossing the river. Joshua 3: 7-13 “And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you …

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Things God Taught Me

  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30: 21 Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have a cloud to lead us by day or a pillar of fire by night?  Too often we wander off God’s path and go our own way, thinking we know what’s best. Perhaps current circumstances have thrown you off course.  You feel lost and abandoned.  You’re in transition and facing important decisions.  The last report from the doctor was not good.  Cutbacks at work …