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Trusting in the Power of Christ

  Early in my ministry, I often exhausted myself trying to manage everything. Though I knew with certainty my assignment came directly from God, I routinely behaved as if He expected me to carry the load alone. As if results came through sheer grit rather than the works of His hands. When one of my team members forgot or failed to complete a task, I felt responsible to step in and catch every ball that happened to get dropped. Though I talked a great deal about faith-filled, surrendered living, I routinely behaved as if our results depended on me. Unfortunately, …

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Fearless When Ill-Equipped

  God wants those who belong to Him to be brave and fearless. He Himself shows how weakness of the flesh is overcome by the courage of the Spirit. ~ Tertullian I felt squeezed. In every direction. Sleep deprived and with more on my to-do list than I could possibly accomplish, pressing deadlines, and an upcoming speaking engagement I hadn’t begun to prepare for, I felt ready to explode. Or hide. My brain, held captive by my insecurities and fears, refused to function. When I most needed it to shine. My fear—that I’d fail, and in failing that I’d let …

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Life Through the Spirit

      Romans 8:1-2  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” It was impossible to keep all the Jewish laws; and it especially was difficult for women who were not considered significant to society. It’s amazing Jesus raised status of women. And no matter how sinful. He forgave sins and instead of condemning a woman told her to go and not continue living sinful lives. “The teachers of the law …

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The Righteous and the Unrighteous

      Matthew 5:45b “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” For Your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. It is tragic that adults are dying as the result of COVID-19, but little children are dying also. When a tornado or other earth disaster comes righteous die with unrighteous. …

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Confidence in Christ Not Our Flesh

  You know that feeling of self-confidence, when you’re being challenged to do something that you’re well experienced at? What about being confident in someone or something else? I can be confident in someone who makes a promise to me, until that promise is broken. Or, I can be hopeful that my car will start when I turn the key, but what if it doesn’t? I’ve found that there’s only one thing that I can be 100% confident of, and that’s in God Himself, and His promises. God has not only been there when I needed Him but He’s going …

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Burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus

    John  19:31-42 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ …

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The Risen Lord

      Luke 24:13-16   “Now that same day two were traveling to village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem and they were talking about every thing that had happened; and as they talked and discussed these things with each other. Jesus himself appeared and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.” Also,  Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was absent and when told they had seen Jesus, he did not believe them and said unless he sees the nail marks in his hands and put my hands into his side he would not …

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Stalled

I wrote a post once about me being stuck on a railroad track, while my truck stalled and wouldn’t move forward. A train was approaching and I was scared. I finally managed to put it into gear and escape a horrible accident. God was in that moment, just as He is in every day of my life. He was trying to get my attention. I gave my life to Christ as a teenager and even then, rebelled and tried to live life on my own. None of us know the mind of God, but I can imagine that it’s hard …

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Encounters

If you have God in your life you’ll be able to see that God is in every part of your life. He meets His people in many ways. Through our victories, trials, His Word (the Bible), other people and through our circumstances. Through my struggles and heartaches I can look back and see God in the thick of it. There were times when I brushed it off as good fortune or luck, but I can’t dismiss or neglect to thank God every day for bringing me to where I am today. Many let the circumstances of their lives define who …

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He’s In The Ordinary

There are millions of people today facing depression and loneliness. These are trying times. Days of isolation for many can be devastating. But, there is hope. Better days are coming. No, I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you of someone that can help you. God has been here from the beginning of time. He created every living thing. And God will be here in the end. I didn’t always know this, and even when I became a Christian, I didn’t always believe it. But the more I pursued God and the deeper our relationship became, I realized …

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Hello Devotional

      Be ready in season and out of season. 2 Timothy 2:14 says “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” Always …

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Even Then…

    Scripture: Romans 5:8 – “…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (ESV) Message: “Sometimes we may not be able to see the silver lining behind the dark cloud. But the cross is evidence that it’s there.”(J. D. Greear/ Not God Enough) Our human tendency, especially in the midst of pain is to question God. Our questions might be similar but not limited to; “Where are you, God?, “Why, God?”, and “How long, God?” In my opinion, these questions are fine when asked in the right respect. In fact, we see all through the Bible …