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 it dictate your initiative, words, behavior, relationships, …

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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, authority, dominance, strength, influence, command, and leadership.  As the Risen …

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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 question__ How does one overcome inactivity, …

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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, wintry days of frigid weather and slippery streets and sidewalks.

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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 with all your soul and with all …

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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 to fast and (2.) a misunderstanding of what to do as …

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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, according …

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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 previous year.  Better physical and mental health, better financial security, better family life, better career opportunities, …

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