A Promise to Fight

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12

A Promise to Fight

I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take ...

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Who Am I?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

Moses’ life was interpolated with abandonment/luxury, love/ rejection, praise/envy, power/justice and now anger /fear. Then one moment of anger, one unchecked impulse, one wrong decision on how to address an unjust situation, led Moses to murder a man and put him on the run from the authorities. While his heart ...

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Work worth the Press

“You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.” I Thessalonians 2:9

Work worth the Press

Living in a world that is ecstatically espoused to a heavy emphasis on technology to achieve goals faster with little effort, many of us would be hard-pressed to resonate with hard, ...

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Full-Fledge Joy!

In your presence there is fulness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

Full-Fledge Joy!

In today’s world we are all too often hard-pressed to even encounter joyful commentaries, or any joyful acuities from day to day. If the truth be told, many of us are heavily burdened with regular occurrences of immense sadness, of societal hardships, and inequities that can drive one to the edge ...

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Discernment is a Great Place to Start Your Plans for Summer Vacation

Discernment is a Great Place to Start Your Plans for Summer Vacation

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, Philippians 1:9-10 ESV

The end of this school year brings anticipation of summer vacation. Long summer days often present more ...

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Living the Gospel in this World

26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27

 

“Woman Behold your son! Behold your mother! “, the third of Jesus’ seven last words, follows Our Savior’s reassuring words of forgiveness, redemption, ...

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Now We Can Fast

“Then they said to him, ‘John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees,
frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.’” Luke 5:33

Now We Can Fast

In the context of the kingdom of heaven being established by Jesus it appeared that he was being monitored by a host of Pharisees and intellectuals of the law. They too had heard of Jesus’ miracles and ...

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Without Love I am Nothing

…I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. I Corinthians 13:2b

In this society Valentine’s day, the illumination of romantic love, is the highlight of February. On this day people give cards, flowers, dinner or costly gifts like furs and diamonds. However, for some people it never seems as if it is enough; nothing seems to matter. Have you ever wondered why, or why some ...

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Functions of the Conjunction

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Functions of the Conjunction

Remember your high school English Grammar class? Back in the day, during the sixties, what I especially recollect about that class are the conjunctions, ...

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Enduring Gratitude is Good

“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;” [Psalm 107:1]

In this country, every year right around the near end of November most of us are, on the one hand, thinking about baked Turkey and the fixings, and on the other hand Gratitude—being grateful for so much that we have and enjoy.   We’re grateful for our families, friends, possessions—our state in life.

Gratitude can be good at all ...

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Hidden Faces

 17 …I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (Acts 26:17-18)

 These verses in Acts 26 suggest that in order to survive people need rescue. According ...

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Get with the Process

“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

Get with the Process

There are, from time to time, days when it seems that nothing good is happening in life.  Those dreadful days that prolonged frustration, doubt, discouragement, and despair sets in and it feels like God is waaay over ...

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God notices the Lord remembers

… “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, … 1 Samuel 1:11a

Truly believing that God notices you, the Lord remembers you can change your outlook and outcome. Sometimes the way individuals thought life would go is altered by disappointments and impossible situations. They are left with anguish weeping and grieving hearts.  If this is you, has it become life’s theme? Does ...

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I’ve Got the Power!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to… let the captives go free.” Luke 4:18

I’ve Got the Power!

Power and anointing are words that Jesus used on occasion in the bible to emphasize the breadth of his capacity to supernaturally support believers who boldly and innovatively spread the good news of the gospel to humanity as a lifestyle.  The word power implies sovereignty, ...

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Overcoming Stagnation

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.  Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. Mark 11:13-14

The fig tree, which did not have any fruit, brings to mind the ...

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Mother Knows Best

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” John 2:5

Mother Knows Best

May is sometimes thought to be a month of commemorations, holiday social gatherings, as well as celebrations.  When thinking about May, blooms like tulips and daffodils come to mind; Mother’s Day; Memorial Day; holiday cookouts; and maybe even spring birthdays.  It feels like a time of freshness and new beginnings after the long, overcast, ...

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God Has Set Eternity In The Human Heart

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastics 3:11

     Our text unveils the blessing of Easter Sunday…eternity is connected to the heart. We are reminded how much God loves us and that when it comes to eternity, Jesus commanded… “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and ...

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Living the Fast Life

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,

 to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” Isaiah: 58:6

Living the Fast Life

The text [Isaiah 58:6] is a correction call-out. There has been a misunderstanding among God’s people of what the Lord requires of those who fast.  A misunderstanding of (1.) how long ...

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More Perfect Love

1 John 4: 16-17 God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 and as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.

Our text draws our attention to Perfect Love, a longing at the core of human needs.  This month it is almost certain that one will think more about love. Why? Because February highlights love with a spotlight on breath taking romantic Valentine’s Day celebrations. But interestingly, ...

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God Blesses through Life’s Stresses

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

 Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:36-37

God Blesses through Life’s Stresses

The new year is usually seen as a time of hope for better outcomes in life than the ...

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Celebrate Christmas Audaciously

“My soul magnifies the Lord,” Lk1:46

The legacy of centuries of Christmas celebration begins with the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate conception of Jesus Christ; He is the gift. It is the audacious love of God with the splendor of His majestic, miraculous, power and presence that we celebrate. The word of God says “I love them that love me…” Prov8:17 Mary’s response to God was dedication to audaciously give to all humanity. It is ...

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A Gateway to Gratefulness

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

In my neighborhood there is an attractive residential complex we’ll call Gateway. It’s just adjacent to a busy shopping area that has several stores and restaurants. Whenever I enter the shopping plaza there are always other people driving fast to enter the plaza to make purchases or eat at one of the restaurants.

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The Power of Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13


The Apostle Paul prayed for hope. But why did he pray for something that seems so simple? Everyone has had some type of trials and tribulations that can challenge faith. Paul was no different than many who are reading this ...

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It’s Greater Works Time

“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do, in fact, will do greater works than these…” John 14:12

It’s Greater Works Time

It has been said that no matter where you are, no matter the location of one’s chosen life’s work, believers can serve God and minister to people around them. People who work spend more time on the ...

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Men In The Company of Men

And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some but exhorting one another much more, as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

“Time management is the greatest challenge”; was the reply given by a NFL football coach in a magazine interview. Although I don’t recall the author/magazine or coach’s name, there were a few ...

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Let the Spirit Reign

“The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” II Corinthians 3:17

Let the Spirit Reign

Each year Americans across the United States, celebrate Independence Day on July 4, hosting picnics, family reunions, attending parades with marching bands, concerts and a bevy of other events in observance of the freedom that we enjoy in this country. Indeed, on Independence Day the American spirit ...

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A Word From The Lord Can Bring Purpose, Ability And Change

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

In Jeremiah, we see a young man beginning to understand he was created, born and exists for a purpose. However, insecurity seeps in as he realizes successful fulfillment of his purpose will require him to do something different. He will ...

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Radical Devotion

“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Matthew 26:13
 
Radical Devotion
 
At some point in our lives most of us will express our devotion to something or to someone for various reasons seen as admirable, not admirable at all, or confusing.  Admirable devotion ...

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The Passion of Christ … Knowing The Fellowship Of His Sufferings

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, Philippians 3:10

Many, many years ago, Pastor Rev. Charles G. Adams asked me what did the writer mean when he wrote about sharing in Christ’s suffering.  It was not a test, it was a subject of deep contemplative thought.  This Lenten season, desiring to intently listen to God, the ...

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Return to the Lord

“Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.”  [Joel 2:12-13]

Return to the Lord

The Lenten Season is here and so as we ponder over whether to give up chocolate, or ...

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A Captivated Heart

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

The heart, the dazzling emblem of Valentine’s day, heralds February as the month of love.  Valentine’s day expressions of love often include roses, chocolates ...
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Leap to a Harvest

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Leap to a Harvest

It’s a brand, new year!  Time for people around the world to embrace the bounty of opportunities that lay ahead.

Time to square our shoulders and face the formidable challenges of 2017 that are sure to ...

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The Present of Hope  

2“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. …11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Mathew 2:2; 11

Reflecting upon the birth of Mary’s baby──God’s Son, the ...

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Our Advent of Thanksgiving

“I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart…” (Psalm 138:1)

The Thanksgiving holiday season occurs just a few days prior to the beginning of Advent season in which Christians anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is during this time of year, many of us reflect on being thankful for family, friends, food, health, and strength needed to progress through life.  We even, individually as well as collectively, seek to help ...

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Fear No Evil Jesus Is Still Standing

 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up   steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55

Reflecting upon current events in the shadow of Acts chapters 6-7, clearly Stephen was neither first nor last in the massive blood pool of victims, even children, whom those in charge have dealt treacherously and unjustly.  Today, the heavy sound of far too ...

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Do Amazing Work Together!

“The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.  For we are God’s servants, working together;” [I Corinthians 3:8-9]

Do Amazing Work Together!

We live in an age where people are increasingly concern about a lack of purpose and meaning in their lives.  In spite of their success and various types of personal advancement, many ...

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YOU HAVE AN ATTITUDE – Power Thoughts

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 

Apostle Paul’s words reflect both attitude and reality; “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”, Phil 4:13 will never lose its power or relevancy. However, denied bias, long standing social problems within our society have left more than a few individuals feeling somewhat powerless rather than strengthened; displays of discontent have erupted. Unsurprisingly, when we hear of current ...

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Paid Free and Clear!

“Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [John 8:31-32 -NRSV]

Paid Free and Clear!

Right about now in America, many of us are reflecting not only on our blessed freedom and its progression—but on the cost of the freedom that we all hold ...

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Friendship

Proverbs 13:20 b …the companion of fools will suffer harm

More and more the daily news reveals evidence that “the companion of fools will suffer harm”. Therefore, this month’s message is a reminder to parents and others to encourage our young people to choose their friends wisely. Summer is approaching and it is that time of year when teens and youth will be out of school. The warm weather is prime for more ...

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A Model of Faith

“…I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me;” Luke 7:8 [NRSV]

A Model of Faith

May is worth the wait for us to finally baste in the fragrance of blooming flowers, and welcome warm breezes, sunny days, and pleasant evenings for casual walks.  After a drudging through months of cold and snow some of us eagerly go out and arrange beautiful flower pots full of annuals ...

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Easter is More than a Day

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2Peter 3:8

Last Sunday was the day many Christians celebrated Easter, the RESURRECTION of our sovereign, reigning King, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On Easter, Christians awake filled with love, faith. joy, and hope because God’s sufficient grace has, is and will always prevail. Therefore, my sisters and brothers, this month’s message ...

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Grace is Greater than Luck

“…we had to celebrate and rejoice.”  Luke 15:32 [NRSV]

The Luck of the Irish is a whimsical cliché` that one hears from time to time on the occasion of an unexpected good fortune.  But many people make merry of the Luck of the Irish particularly on March 17th otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day.  Indeed on St. Patrick’s Day there are parades and festivals; people converge upon Irish pubs to drink green beer; sing old Irish songs ...

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Spiritual Formation

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship he walked on the water, to go to Jesus (Mt.14:22-33)

Was Peter simply facing a matter of little faith and doubt as Jesus referenced in verse 31? To help answer this, let’s consider the subject of Spiritual Formation. Spiritual formation is a process in which ...

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It’s Rejoicing Time!

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:3 NIV)

Historically up to the present, New Year’s Day has been a worldwide time of rejoicing—it still is.  And the rejoicing takes place at many venues; some people rejoice in the church until midnight; some in nightclubs or bars; some in the streets downtown, some on war ships, and some even at home.

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IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Do whatever it takes! Go all out! Put everything in!

“the messenger whom you desire, will come…”.(Mal 3:1)

Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, was written to correct religious and social behavior. It was a time when people justified evil acts as good in the Lord’s eyes. Their hardened hearts did not see that misconstrued perspectives had led them to become lax in their faithfulness to God. They were no longer doing whatever ...

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Three Steps to Gratitude

“O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.” I Chronicles 16:8 (NRSV)

Three Steps to Gratitude

One of the absolute best aspects of the fall season are the holidays—however November is a time that a gratitude awaking begins that seems to conjure up the spirit of widespread thankfulness in us.

It was that thankful spirit that King David dramatically and unashamedly conveyed to the people of Israel in the text.  He was overwhelmed with ...

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Falling Leaves/Rising Faith

” Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake .” (Deut. 31:6)

This autumn as the leaves turn colors and fall, there is a striking awareness of the reactions that individuals have towards a change in the season. Ah… what a simile, one faces changes in life as if they were autumn leaves .  When changes arise, to some the colorful  beauty of God’s ...

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Call the Laborers

When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” Matthew 20:8 – NRSV

 

Call the Laborers

The benevolent and compassionate vineyard owner, depicted in the text, is a marvelous example of God’s generosity and steadfast commitment to edify and encourage all humanity even today by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  ...

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Love You Can Count On

DEAR FRIENDS, SINCE GOD SO LOVED US, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. I JOHN 4:11

This summer filled with numerous celebrations of wedding vows to love one another has brought much joy and prayers for the newlyweds. This also causes reflection on the various circumstances, behaviors, attitudes that tempt people to give up on the life-long love covenant made between the couple and God. After years of aiding to strengthen relationships, it is clear that ...

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Purpose-Driven Freedom

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13

Purpose-Driven Freedom

The text, Galatians 5:13, was given to empower the church to freely pursue their God-given purpose of service to each other in love.  God always entrusts humanity to attend to the needs of ...

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LOVE YOU CAN COUNT ON

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. I Jonn4: 11 

As we enter into the wedding season, even amongst the joy and celebration, I am reminded that too frequently circumstances, behaviors, attitudes tempt people towards giving up on the life-long love covenant made between the couple and God. After years of aiding couples in strengthening their relationship, it is clear that they often feel that the love they can count ...

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In Honor of Good Works

“Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.” (Mark 14:9)

In Honor of Good Works

May is a month that can be reflective of memorials and observances that either bring us great joy, immense sorrow, or a little of both emotionally.  Generally speaking we go into this month expecting warm, sunny days, tulips, and special festivities with ...

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Purpose Embossed with Compassion

When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. John 19:26-27

From the cross, the words to Jesus’ mother Mary, “woman behold your son and to His disciple John, “behold your mother” resonate from Jesus because renewed ...

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O The Joy of Justice

“When justice is done it is a joy to the righteous…” [Proverbs 21:15]

 Do you know what time it is?  It’s March Madness time! It’s a time of year that most basketball enthusiasts are deeply entrenched in a series of events that surround the single-elimination of Division I college basketball tournaments performed each spring across the U.S.  Routinely, the main tournaments involved are the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship and the NCAA Women’s Division 1 Basketball ...

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How Far Should We Go For Love

27 …”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” …29b “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29–37

“Who is our neighbor?” contemplates the idea of how far should we go for love. The late singer Andrae Crouch song a heartfelt reflection of this question with these words…“I don’t know why Jesus loved me. I ...

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No Strain No Gain

“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)

It is true that God desires that all humanity live vigorously in great expectation of the gift of each new day. The text however gives even more comprehensive directive which is to first forget about the past. Forget about—just shake off those things that are over and done with. Those terrible trials that were a strain on our ...

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The Miracle of Christmas

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10)

Miracles are inherent to Christmas. The appearance of the angel was indeed one such extraordinary event. The angel’s announcement was life changing. It was a resounding message of the beginning of a new type of relationship with God and humans.  However, the most marvelous miracle was the ...

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An Occasion of Gratitude

“…and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him.” Luke 17:16

The other night while walking from my car in the parking lot to the super market a person in a SUV that was on-coming, stopped to let me walk by.  Walking pass I looked up at the driver and waved my hand as an indication of my appreciation for their courtesy. These types of encounters occur for many ...

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Unmasking the Real You

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

“I am not perfect but I am always me”; I recently saw this statement written on a tee shirt. However, during the month of October we often see attire in contrast to this statement. This is a month in which individuals commonly dress in masks and costumes representing villains, superheroes, ...

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