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Holiness Over Happiness


(1 Peter 1:16) What is God’s plan and purpose for you? For each of us? For His Church? If you listen to many sermons today the undeniable conclusion would be that more than anything else God desires our happiness. Unfortunately that has led to many false doctrines and teachings as well as broken and destroyed lives, relationships, families and more. Nowhere in Scripture will you find that God simply wants us to be happy.  Now before you stop reading and lose your religion with your...
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THANKSGIVING


(2 Corinthians 9:15) - Those who receive emails or texts from me know that I often close with this Scripture. It’s a great place to begin, end and fill all things in between with gratitude…“Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift (Jesus).” Parentheses added I must wholeheartedly confess that I’m a Grade A, #1, certified Holiday junkie!  I’m especially known in my family and circle of friends as a “CHRISTmas freak” and I do overlap CHRISTmas with Thanksgiving.  I don’t do it to diminish...
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Fighting The Battle…Flesh or Spirit?


Before we begin today’s post on this Veteran's Day I want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who have served in our nation’s military, fighting to defend our country and the freedoms that God has given us in this great nation! Thanks also to their families and especially to those who have paid the ultimate price in sacrificing their lives for our nation and freedoms…THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’re in our prayers and thoughts not just today but always!  (Galatians 5:16-18) What...
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The Lordship of Jesus Christ


(1 Peter 3:15) The term “lord” or its equivalents, master, rabbi, teacher, is mentioned nearly 700 times in the New Testament.  While some of these are a general reference to the position itself in a story or parable, over 150 times the reference is to God Himself as The Sovereign Lord and nearly 250 to Christ as The Lord!  This is by far the most commonly used name to refer to God and Christ in all of Scripture.  We should pay attention to what it...
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Walking in Christ…Come What May


(John 3:30) I simply have 3 questions for each of us, for our churches and leaders...1) Are we more concerned about making His message palatable when His Word is clear that those of the world will not like it? 2) Or are we willing to graciously share the totality of His Word and let those who do not want to hear it or are not ready walk away?  3) Which did Jesus do? Luke 9:57-62; Mark 10:17-22; John 6:66 Jesus died to save us and...
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