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  1. This morning, my mom and I took a walk down a park trail that is (conveniently) right by where we live. As we walked, I began to notice things that I'd normally ignore - the soft crunch of the yellow and brown leaves, dotted with occasional red and orange leaves and damp with rain from the night before; the sharp, cool air that hit my nose as I slowly inhaled and exhaled (and at one point, the air even smelled like raisins); the sunlight filtering through the trees and making the raindrops shimmer delicately. It reminded me of a story Helen Keller wrote about if she had three days to see
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  2. Ephesians 4:29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, Paul reminds his audience and us, that our manner of walk must be different from others who walk in the vanity of their mind. Others that are alienated from God by a darkened understanding and blindness like we once were. We are to abandon these former ways of living that have nothing to do with Jesus Christ. I like how the Lexham English Bible translat
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  3. Money, Money, Money Where are you? I want to be rich. I want to be wealthy I must look for more money Invest in God. He is a stock broker, I am told He will give me thousands for my tens He will give me millions for my hundreds Be rich. Be rich on earth, that is the way to go Everything I need God provides on a daily basis Clothes to wear and food to eat Adding up all his provision over the years I am already a billionaire, why do I want to be a millionaire? My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills The
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  4. Today’s post is the final devotion in my series on the symbolism found in my children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. I am so grateful for the work of artist Terri Melia Hamlin on this project. Terri’s illustrations compliment the story and visually depict deeper theological truths. In today’s devotion, I share the final scene in the book, which shows Jesus sleeping and dreaming. So much of “Finished” is a foreshadowing of the crucifixion of Jesus. In fact, the book’s title, “Finished” reminds us that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross completed the work of fo
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  5. This story was told by my pastor to our church one Sunday, but I did hear it from it a few years before. I'm not exactly quoting everything he said, and I'm not actually sure who the author of this story is about or if this is a true story or not, but I am only publishing what I recall. I did not in any shape, form, or fashion write or assist in the writing of this story, and I'm not sure if it's a true story or not. Again, the credit of this writing goes to the anonymous author behind it. The story goes as follows: There was a little girl who had gotten saved in church, and she was aroun
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  6. I woke up a few days ago with this faint echo in my mind. It went something like “fight tomorrow’s battle like yesterday’s war.” Being half asleep at 6 in the morning, I thought that sounded like a pretty catchy line, and I have to admit that I was rather impressed with my pre-caffeinated self. If a little puzzled. But the more I thought about this little sentence the more I realized that it carried profound meaning for me. Fight tomorrow’s battle like yesterday’s war.... because the struggles that you faced yesterday and today.... you will most likely face tomorrow or at least th
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  7. Still Living by Faith I ended up in Hebrews 11 this morning. I have a daily reading plan that I use, but I also like to venture off and just see what comes my way. But this really spoke to me, and I hope it does you as well. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation” (Hebrews 11:1-2). “It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did” (Heb. 11:4). “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven wi
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  8. “ For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17, NIV). Many people view the Apostle Paul as one of the greatest preachers of all time. Certainly, Paul was instrumental in spreading the Gospel like wildfire throughout the region of Asia Minor. Paul, however, recognized that he was hardly the most eloquent of speakers, nor the wisest of men, and that the power behind his words was not in his preaching, but in the cross of Christ. At times, we might be hes
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  9. Oct. 1, 2020 Habakkuk 1...Oh Lord how long shall I cry and thou wilt not hear? The country has fallen to the depths of violent treatment of its citizens, oppressive measures against the poor are being used and the collapse of the legal system has the country in a mess. Men are in control and evil men at that, acting like you would expect without God's restraint. See if these words ring in your ears, iniquity, grivance, spoiling, violence, strife, contention, law is slacked, judgement never goes forth, wicked is all around the righteous and wrong judgement is everywhere
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  10. Many preachers preach to their congregation about giving hundreds of pounds to the Church and reaping millions from God. They quote “give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38. As soon as we sow, we start expecting the millions to roll in. For many Christians, no visible changes are seen for years. Some stop giving because they never became the millionaire they were promised. For others, they are still struggling to make ends
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  11. The Lord's long-suffering toward us is repentance for the fallen. The Lord's long-suffering towards us is salvation; for our restoration, being rebuilt through deep intimacy in Christ Jesus. God made us complete and fit for a position in His eternal kingdom. Because of death, we all are just fallen buildings to be rebuilt by Jesus. This is for a greater glory. We all are building blocks, a specific and unique part of God's kingdom building. We all are rooms in the Father's house to be prepared by our Lord Jesus Christ. However, intimacy, ( love )
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  12. Autumn Cry I cry when autumn lace comes in When things of life must cease and end; When air is colored with a hue Of turning yellows 'gainst the blue. And through my tears I seem to see The loveliness of every tree: How green has greened itself with rain And life respected color's pain. I scan the red, a nearer rhyme— Tho death it brings (Is this a crime?); And quest for love in stilling air, And find her in the light that's fair. Upon a hill I behold her face— This Love that's filled with nature's grace And solemnly I gather dear Her joy, her sigh, her qui
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  13. How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively w
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  14. Genesis Chapter 40 Man Joseph had some extreme patience and trust in God. I could only hope that I had just a little tiny piece of this. Only a piece the size of a mustard seed will surely do! A couple of Pharaoh's high ranking officials did something to upset him and he put them in the pen. Even in prison they still got special treatment because Joseph was assigned to them. They had a couple of dreams, and Joseph's gift was - you guessed it - interpreting dreams. I love how Joseph's head didn't swell up. In verse 8 we see that Joseph brought all the attention to
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  15. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NIV). I’ve always found the words of this first verse in the Gospel of John to be interesting. As a kid, it was one of the easier passages of Scripture to memorize for my church’s Wednesday night Catechism class. The verse had a certain rhythm to it. It didn’t have any big words, and it was relatively short. I could recite John 1:1 in short order to my teacher and receive my sticker on the memorization chart. I suppose, at the time, I didn’t realize the significance of the words I was articu
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  16. Doubt comes when we fail to remember what the Lord has done for us. When we become Christians, God gives us a new heart and a new desire to love Him. Never doubt your salvation. Once you become a Christian, satan can never snatch you away from God. Many people in the bible whom we regard as pillars of faith had some doubt as well, not that they had less faith, but their faith was challenged in a new way. God does not mind doubt as long as we're seeking answer from Him in the midst of doubt. Allow your doubt to move you closer to God, not further
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  17. what is the Reason for Love your neighbor as yourself
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  18. "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief" (Psalm 22:1-2). Prayer Father, as I read through you Word, I pray that you would speak to me. Help me understand and know you better, and help me apply your Word to my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Reflections As I was reading through Psalm 22, I was reminded of times in my life that I have felt abandoned by God. A few days ago, I was reading through my Under
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  19. Look Ahead It seems that every time that I pray and ask God to speak to me through His Word - He does just that. I have to admit though; it isn't alway what I want to hear! I was in Genesis chapter 25 reading about Jacob and Esau. The birthright of the 1st born was a pretty big deal back in the day. I cannot believe that he gave it up so easily. I feel like he exaggerated a little. That makes sense to me because I have done that throughout my recovery. He said, "What good is a birthright if I am dead from starvation." That sounds like me when I say, "Oh, just this
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  20. WELL OF LONELINESS By Norma Armand I’ll never forget that Sunday afternoon when I looked out of my window and saw the flashing blue lights of an ambulance. I opened the front door to investigate, and that’s when I saw Trudy and her husband standing outside Dorothy’s house. Trudy’s face was ashen as she told me her mum had been found dead in the bath. I was horrified as I had a close relationship with my elderly next-door neighbour and meant to pop over for a chat in the days leading up to her death. The thought, like so many others, had bobbed to the surface before sinking again. A
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  21. I looked at my phone. The time said almost an hour and half. I could not believe I had been talking for that long. Time flies when the conversation is great! It was toward the end of the night. I had decided to walk my dog, Romans, and talk at the same time. Romans needed his nightly walk before bed, so it all worked out great. I finished the walk, and went inside. I went to my bedroom, and sat in my chair. I took out my bible, and nightly devotion. I sat there enjoying God’s word for the night. As I closed the bible, I looked around for Romans who usually joins me in bed
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  22. “ ‘Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:9, NIV). In Old Testament times, God gave the Israelites several commands, the culmination of which was, “ ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV). God’s chosen people were not only to obey these commands, but they were to pass them on to their children and grandchildren. For this very reason, God told the Israelites to “ ‘Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:9, NIV). In this way
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  23. “…He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him… Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem” (Isaiah 53:2-3, NIV). A small picture of Jesus stood on the nightstand near my childhood bed. Long, flowing hair framed the masculine features of the Savior. The look of sincerity and quiet contemplation adorned his lips. His eyes were kind and focused, his beard perfectly trimmed. I would fall asleep each night under his protective gaze. Life was simple then, long before the awkward
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  24. So don't be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 (HCSB) As I am preparing this devotional, the price of gold is $1,467.25 per ounce. (Hmmm...I could use five ounces of it right now, but that is beside the point.) This price will go up or down depending on various economic factors that I will not discuss. Needless to say, gold is a valuable metal. Yet, there is one asset that is more valuable than gold. The value of this asset does not change with time. It is not platinum even though that is a reasonable guess. This asset is us. Us? Ye
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  25. I started walking for exercise and had set a goal for myself that each time I walked I would go a little further. As I began walking this woman was coming towards me, and I was going to ask her, if she knew where the trail ended, but I decided not to, because she never looked at me, and didn't appear to be friendly, so I didn't bother and kept on going. I recognized the place where I stopped the last time and continued to walk. I believed I walked another mile and decided that I would stop. I stood there for a few minutes before I started to head home. As
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  26. I thought I'd share with you a very special story that has become my annual post. It was read on a Christian radio program. May it bless you. Oh, and bring tissues! ***** The dark, gray skies overhead threatened an early snow. Rushing shoppers, all bundled up to ward off the cold, crowded the sidewalks, lost in their to-do list for Thanksgiving. Oblivious to their surroundings, no one noticed a small, shivering boy standing in front of the shoe store, his nose pressed against the window, barely dressed and only flip-flops on his dirty feet. Howev
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  27. Full Story with photos at https://tiaspage.com/my-story-pt-1/ I planned to climb out of my castle and ride my white horse to victory. To me, it sounded simple. Unfortunately, no one told me that a leap from the tallest tower makes for a great fall. I was born into a Korean-Japanese family. I think the best word to describe my childhood is: extraordinary. My parents met in Tokyo, Japan, and my dad fell madly in love with my beautiful mom. They were 18 years apart in age, but my dad was persistent in getting to my mom’s heart. Soon, they tied the knot and had over a dozen misc
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  28. My father was born in 1891, 12 years before the Wright Brothers flew. He lived his entire life in New York City from the horse-and-buggy era to the age of jet-airliners and tall skyscrapers – a very transformational period. I was born in 1946, and was the only child from my parents’ late-in-life union. Mom was 43 at the time, and they told me many times that I was a “surprise baby.” Dad was a respected supervisory mechanical engineer. He worked until 1954 when he was ruled disabled because of quickly deteriorating eyesight. As a young lad, he took me for outings on many of the city
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  29. Hope of Salvation By: Lakella L. Davenport Lowly Meek Mild Humble And true I am glad that I have knowledge of you. To learn of you brings peace To learn of you brings joy To learn of you imparts wisdom To learn of you gives a clearer understanding Loving Caring Brilliant And strong With you in my life I can never go wrong. You are Jesus the Christ The ultimate sacrifice The ransom for our sins The hope of salvation to all men A faithful and kind friend
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  30. It is in the conscience of believers that the guiltless-position of their souls manifest how well they know completeness in the expiation of the Cross. There is an ingredient of legalism if there is insufficient understanding that their spiritual condition involves the perpetual forgiveness of sins. This distraction will be present if there is any component containing self-dependence, and will be displayed in a lack of growth in the Word and in the walk, where instead there could be complete God-dependence. Though the walk might be weak, yet “the gifts and the calling of God” concerning their
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  31. From Persecutor to Preacher "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me" (1 Corinthians 15:10). I am what I am only by the grace of God! I believe it was the 1st year of high school. We had a job fair. Do you remember those? People would come from different places and sit up little booths in the gym and basically try to recruit you into their profession. I had no idea what I wanted to do in my adult life. Unfortunatel
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  32. Relationship actually, is what makes us Christians. Without being Immersed in the word, without the word dominating our hearts we cannot be filled with the holy spirit who helps in our relationship with God. Salvation restores our relationship, but it is the holy spirit that maintains and builds that relationship when we let Him. We cannot pray unless the spirit prays in us, we cannot spend time with God unless the spirit quickens us to. No one can do the things of God, only the spirit can, by acting on the word in our hearts. It is the holy spirit that helps in our weaknesses to
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  33. Are You Making the Right Decision? Luke 10:41-42 What would you do if the Creator of the universe was sitting inside your house? Would you sit at his feet and listen to the words that he was speaking, or would you be busy and distracted by all sorts of other things? Today, a lot of times we miss the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus and experience this wonderful blessing of fellowship with him. We, just like Martha, are too busy and distracted by other things. What is distracting you today? Is it your phone? Maybe your Facebook or Ne
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  34. Peace! Be still, Jesus is in the boat. When you have Jesus, you know by Faith. I mean, His spirit testifies that He's right there in you. Jesus is right there sleeping in your heart. He's might seem quiet for your own benefit, because He had promised to get us to our destination. Without Jesus being silent, we cannot in reality grow in maturity of Faith. What is your destination? Be it known by revelation or not yet known, He has promised to see you through the storm. For many who haven't yet come to know Jesus more, the storm is to bring to light the true revelation
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  35. Emptied of Self-Righteousness Matthew 6:1 Prayer Father, I really desire to hear from you today and everyday. Please help me to focus all my attention on your Word, and free my mind of all distractions that may come my way. In Jesus name I pray - Amen. Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. As I began to read this passage, I immediately felt convicted. I was reminded of how much I seek recognition from those around me. If I do something, I definitely have the
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  36. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest” (Heb 10:19). It is the happiest place; it is the home of the heart in the brightness if the Father’s presence. There is no place that I have such a right to, that I am so fully entitled to, as that position. There I find the Lord Jesus, the blessed One who has measured my distance from the Father; the One who is the measure of my nearness to Him—and I therefore enter into that place by the One who sustains me there. Scripture never contemplates a believer as being in a lower class than that of knowing the Father: “I w
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  37. Contentment, Faith and Love are some of the basis roots of our joy and peace and also our place in Christ Jesus. Let us cultivate a heart of love, for the extent of which we love God will determine how much we'll hunger for His word, inviting His presence into our heart. Love is the link between man's heart and the word, it is our love for God, by the spirit of God that draws us to His word, which then builds in us more of His nature. If we say we love God and yet, not drawn to His word, not for anything else, but to become filled with His life and knowing His mind and
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  38. In today’s devotion, I continue my discussion of the symbolism found in my book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. In the story, Jesus has constructed a small wooden cross, which he holds in the light of Joseph’s workshop window. Jesus speaks of the project he and Joseph have constructed by saying, “It is finished.” These words of Jesus are meant to remind us of much more than the completion of a project. Indeed, they tell of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus will one day perform on the cross of Calvary. According to the Gospel writer John, one of Jesus’ real-life state
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  39. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God mad
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  40. Genesis Chapter 39 Prayer Lord, I know that I mess up every single day. Multiple times a day. I am a mess trying to make it through this life. I thank you that you are always here with me. Today, I ask that you speak to me through your Word, and empower me by your Spirit to turn your Word into action in my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. My response This Chapter reminds me of a lot of my failures and shortcomings. Joseph was much closer to God than I feel that I am. What I mean is that Joseph was much more aware of the presence of God in his life than what I
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  41. “ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,” Who's talking here? Who's telling you, “don't worry about tomorrow?” Why are you still worried? Let us leave tomorrow's trouble for the one who bore our troubles on the cross. The cause of stealing, killing and destruction is the urge to store up treasures here on earth. Are you worried about the future? Worrying about the future destroys our sense of judgement. Remember, God knows the challenges before us, so He gives us enough grace to face it. Why are you still worried? It is that worry tha
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  42. Acts 6:1-15 Giving Up = Getting Full I know that I have plenty of chances to share my faith - but I always clam up. I feel ashamed for some reason. Maybe it’s because I haven’t yielded all areas of my life to the Lord yet, and I know it. And I know that is what is holding me back! Even when I had the special privilege of teaching and sharing the Word, I still hadn’t yielded all areas of my life to the Lord. That is what I am seeing here in this passage. Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5). I am guessing that he was able to fully surrender to Go
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  43. Genesis Chapter 8 The Rain is over "But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede. The underground waters stopped flowing, and the torrential rains from the sky were stopped" (Genesis 8:1-2). I was living in the projects, barely getting by mowing lawns and doing little landscaping jobs, and I had just enrolled into Bible college at Grace Christian University. If you think about it, my situation kind of reminds you of Noah’s. I had no money but yet I
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  44. Cain and Abel I seem to be intrigued by this passage this morning. Adam and Eve had a child, Cain. Later on, they had another; Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd while Cain cultivated the ground. Look closely at this verse! The 1st born Cain worked the soil, and his little brother became a shepherd. Remember in the last chapter, Genesis 3, what part of that curse was? Adam used to work the soil and it was great. But now, it would become hard. It would produce thorns and thistles and be a major pain! But little brother was living it up. Genesis 1:28 says, "
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  45. Guilt "When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees" (Genesis 3:8). We have all experienced what Adam and Eve just experienced in this passage. We have all felt ashamed when we have done wrong and we ourselves have tried to hide. I have done people wrong a number of times and have tried to avoid them. I won't answer their calls, I won't open the door if they come and knock, and if I see them out, I will turn my head and pretend as if I didn't see them. That was th
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  46. Are You Self-Centered? "What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on" (Luke 11:42-44). The Pharis
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  47. My soul doth wait on You My heart quickens to Your word My mind gulps Your endless rivers of knowledge My body trembles at my infinite faults in the face of Your glory May I call upon Your name May I beg Your Mercy What right can I claim to You I give You my heart willingly I possess nothing else to offer I am but a weakend vessel, spilling out from pierced sides Even in the darkness, I can hear the echoing of Your name In death, You breathe In me
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  48. While the world sleeps He can hear the weeps Of the suffering, crying at His feet As He carries their burden of defeat Comforting those who have been made weak From the brutalities of this world and the things we seek For the lost and destined souls There's hope for those He knows'
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  49. When love touched my heart, it was wholesome and clean Reaching the places that no-one had been Melting the wall that had kept me secure Protecting emotions I’d suffered before. When love touched my heart, I was no more condemned But offered forgiveness ~ given a Friend To comfort and guide me, to show me the way To give me assurance that helped me to pray When Love touched my heart ~ Hope said “Arise I never will leave you; open your eyes For I’ll be your everything ~ no need to fear Just call My Name ~ you’ll find I am near
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