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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. 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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  27. PRAYER PROVEN POWER! Prayer, primarily is not just talking to God, but agreeing with God according to His Word or promise. That's why meditation is a must for divine effect and results in all forms of prayer. Meditating on God's word puts you in the midstream of the flow of the Holy Ghost the author of every Word in scripture. By this, God's word not only dwells in you, but does so richly, enriching you in all areas producing boldness, confidence and authority. Prayer comes alive as soon as God's Word comes alive in you, even if it's just a scripture, let alone when they're more! Moreov
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. The pavement was dry for once But all the way there God kept weeping over my soul: His rivers of living waters Ran down, ran down My neck to the nape As, all in all, On this traveler’s way, I knew it was deemed Undeserved, and under-appreciated. Two thousand years ago, On a day the Word had prophesied, His blood spilled down, spilled down, Dripping off his soiled feet, Seeking and sanguining a darkened earth: Until the cursings and the spear Brought His manhood to end In a hellish hanging— They too, in their brotherly madness And beneath His lamb’s moa
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  31. It takes complete reliance on God’s word to deal with the flesh, because the flesh has been given over to death, giving the devil more influence and supremacy over our hearts when we yield to it. The flesh is always in conflict with God’s will and God’s spirit in us, because death can never be in agreement with life, it’s either we let Life have it’s right of way in our lives or rather, death. The less we spend In God’s presence, the more we feed the flesh with death which renders us more and more insensitive to the spirit of God and eventually remaining or becoming spiritually dea
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  32. 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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  33. We have prayed and hoped, but the thing that is yet to be applied is “Love.” In 1 Corinthians 13:13. There are only three things on this earth that'll last - faith, hope and love. The greatest is love. Since the greatest is love. We need to make the greatest sacrifice. Jesus asked Peter three times, “ do you love me?” Peter answered, “ you know that I love you.” There times, Jesus responded by giving Peter a responsibility “ keep my lambs, shepherd my sheep and keep my sheep.” Before we can be responsible to Jesus, it must be because
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  34. “ 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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  35. The Opposite of What We Deserve Today I was reading in Genesis chapter 33. The time that Jacob has been dreading is now approaching. His brother Esau is coming and Jacob expects the worst. The Scripture says, "Jacob divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last" (Genesis 33:1-2). If he was thinking that Esau and his 400 men were coming to slaughter them, he straight lined them up for a slaughter. Am I the only one seeing th
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  36. I see lightning flash before my eyes I look out of the window and watch it go It walks from one end of my street to the other end I just cannot believe my eyes. Lightning has come to visit I hope it meets no one on its way to somewhere Where it is going, I cannot tell It is extraordinarily tall and very slim It has a white coat on from head to toe It cannot stand up straight. It zigzags along the way Has it come in peace or in fury? Has it come to bless or destroy? Where it goes next only God knows But I live to tell th
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  37. 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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  38. Finding Refreshment "It is a permanent sign of my covenant with the people of Israel. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and was refreshed" (Exodus 31:17). In the original language the word for refreshed means to take a breath, to refresh oneself. I have been having long weeks at work. I work Monday through Saturday with only Sunday off. It starts to catch up to you after a while. So today I decided that I was going to do something different. I did it for my wife, but to my amazement I actually enjoyed it qui
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  39. I have been crucified with CHRIST. It is no longer I who live, but CHRIST who lives in Me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the SON of GOD, who loved Me and gave HIMSELF for Me.
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  40. "This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again" (Genesis 13:4). Abraham's faith was strong because Abraham had a strong prayer life! Prayer is direct conversation and communion with God, whether vocal or silent, planned or spontaneous, individual or corporate. "Prayer, according to Scripture, is conversation directed to God that, like human conversation, may take many different forms. It may come as an expression of desire or appeal, of sorrow or apology, of love or admiration, of gratitude or appreciation,
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  41. It is God's will for us to prosper in all things according to His will. However, it'll be terrible to see prosperity only from the eyes of flesh, but rather through the eyes of Faith. Seeing through the eyes of Faith is seeing through God's point of view, it is seeing through the light of God's word, it is knowing God's will concerning everything, by His spirit. For one to see through the eyes of Faith, He must first be filled with God's word and the holy spirit, it is the infilling of the holy spirit that gives and enables us see through the eyes of Faith. No one who's
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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. The Nature of Christ “Though he was God he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges and took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). As I was reading this, I was thinking, “How would I behave in this situation?” I would have been shooting lightning bolts at people and levitating them straight up off the earth that I created. We could not possibly control a posit
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  45. The Golden Rule “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite but love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18, NLT). What happens when someone does us wrong? We usually act out from our emotions. If we are hurting, we want to inflict that hurt upon the other person. Hurt people hurt people! Sometimes when we are upset, we do not even say anything to the other person. But we sure do tell everyone else. We talk about the problem behind their back and do you know what that does? It only makes the situation worse. This just leads to resentment
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  46. What is your name? It depends on who is calling you? Maybe you are called mommy, or daddy? Maybe you are dear, or honey? When the doctor calls, your ears hear your full name. When you hear which name someone is using, then that can tell a lot about the roles that exist between the people. The Lord has been known by many names. In the bible we see different references for the names we know Him by. One name was used in Daniel alone. This name was Ancient of Days. We find this in Daniel 7. Daniel 7:9 NKJV “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of D
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  47. Psalm 100 KJV...1...Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2...Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3...Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4...Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5...For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Church services today are quite different than they used to be. That does not mean God's presenc
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  48. Nothing can be more edifying than to repose in the love of the Lord Jesus when it is known, and the heart set free to rest in it. The soul may have a long journey to reach it experientially; there may be needs and exercises to be met and removed on the way; the old man and the world may have to be learned; but the great end of all our exercises—and, I may add, of all our deliverances is that we rest in the thoughts of divine love, and that love becomes a very real way the portion of our hearts. If our hearts are not in the circle of divine love they have nothing, for as Christians we have no p
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  49. I believe that as children of God this may be one of the hardest things for us to do. We say that we trust God, but when the storms of life come, man that's another story. It's easy to say, God I trust you when things are going great, but let me tell you those words that we speak will be tried. So when the time of testing comes, we show that we really don't trust Him as much as we say we do. Everything shows up in the fire! We immediately go into worry mode, and begin to fall apart when we lose our jobs, or suffer some type of loss. I believe that it is during these times, that man
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