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Count It All Joy

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Notice that James assumes we will experience trials – He does not say “if” but “when.” This is because Christians must expect trials. Jesus said in John 16:33, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Some trials come simply because we are…
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Prepping

In the last 12 months, the interest in becoming a prepper, which means being ready for any disaster, has skyrocketed! I know most of us wished we would have had a month’s supply of toilet paper when the stores sold out a few months back, but preppers were ready and had a stockpile. Preppers do not know when or even if something will change their status quo, but, they are ready in the event it happens. Esther was a young…
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Who is God?

This is a very common question that I believe everyone has asked at some point in their life. I have even asked this question. If the year 2020 has not made you ask this question, I do not know what will.  People have many different opinions about Who God truly is. The Bible is very clear about Who God is. Before we get there, Who is God to you?  From your perspective and experiences, maybe God is mean. Maybe you…
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United With One Mission

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; Compelling Thought: Christians should be focused on unity so that the gospel can be proclaimed in unison. A few days ago I stumbled across a video of a professional tug…
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Why Do We Grow Old and Die?

Every normal person desires life with good health. We seek relief from the pain and suffering that disease brings and we long for some way to escape from the weakening effect old age has on our bodies. Because of this, many people have asked, “Was all this part of God’s original purpose? When God created man, was it His purpose that man should grow old and become deaf or blind? Did He mean for man’s skin to wrinkle with age,…
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The Happy Heart

Text: Proverbs 15:15 – All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Thought: The happy heart is the product of a continuous decision. The reality of life is that we all have something to complain about, cry about, or lament. Because we live imperfect, every single part of our lives is marred by that imperfection. It only takes reaching adulthood to notice that the irregularities and tough times…
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This One Thing I Do for 2021

I believe most of us are thankful that the year 2020 is behind us and that 2021 stretches before us. This past year was filled with varying degrees of disappointment, disillusionment, defeat, and despair. As we face the uncertainty of a new year, how can we move forward in a positive and hopeful way? Philippians 3:13 has been a verse that has been helpful to me. It says, “Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing…
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Jesus, the King of Glory

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the earth and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the…
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The Lord Hath His Way

The Lord Hath His Way Nahum 1:3 “The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” I do not know about you, but I am glad 2020 is coming to a close. And one verse that kept coming to my mind throughout the year was this one from Nahum, and especially the phrase, “The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm.” That is all…
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You Can Invest In Eternity

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19–21) As you close out this Christmas week, you are already thinking about the next event on your calendar, New Years! December 31…
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Building a Right Relationship with God

The letter to the Colossians was written in 62 A.D by the Apostle Paul. He spent some time in prison while in Rome, yet Paul wrote the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Paul had never visited the church in Colossae, yet he wrote this letter to them. Why then was the book of Colossians written? Since Paul was in prison, why would he care about the Colossian church, a city, and church that he had never visited? Epaphras…