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 …

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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 splendor  comes to …

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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.  All humanity is called to …

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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 a time may …

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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 each other in the spirit of eternal love regardless 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 on has somehow …

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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 family and friends to …

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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 humanity is entrenched in compassion. In these resounding …

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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 Championship.  The tournaments’ …

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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 don’t know why …

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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 faith and walk …

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