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The Source of My Strength

Galatians 5:16 – So I say let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (New Living Translation) Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (New Living Translation) When you first start a new task, it is very common to…

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Stop Trying to Validate Yourself.

A very interesting thing happened to David in 1 Samuel 16. As the prophet Samuel was considering which of Jesse’s sons would be anointed the next king, he realized that none of the first seven were the one. Samuel asked Jesse do you have any more sons and he said just one David who was…

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Obedience! It’s What Matters Most.

King Saul was Israel’s first king. He was appointed by God. He was anointed by God. He was empowered by God’s Spirit. In other words, he was given everything he needed in order to win. God set him up for victory. Saul had one problem however, he didn’t obey God’s commands and because of this…

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Crazy Love

“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:19 I know people who grew up in strict churches. Their concept of church was – follow the rules or be punished. If you asked them about their image of God he would be seen as a…

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Do you need to be replanted?

In Psalms 1 we read about the person whose delight in is the law of the Lord which is God’s word or the bible. The psalmist tells us in verse 4 this person will be like a tree planted by streams of living water. The imagery here is of a tree that is initially planted…

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Let’s Settle The Tongues Debate.

There is a debate amongst Christians regarding tongues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In one corner you have those who believe tongues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 are alive and active in the church today. In the other corner you have those who believe tongues and…

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The Fight is Real

I was on a flight coming home from Louisiana recently. Since it was an early morning flight, I was able to see the sun rise and it was truly a calming and remarkable sight. As the plane rose and we eventually reached our cruising altitude I took a moment just to look out the window….

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Stop Looking for the Emergency Exit.

If you have ever flown on an airplane you know just before takeoff the flight crew goes through their safety rituals. How to buckle your seat belt. Here is the air mask. Your life preserver and the emergency exits. All standard protocol and if you have flown enough you probably don’t even pay attention to…

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The Power of Authority

I was driving the family to church one Sunday morning on the highway. The posted speed limit was 65 mph. I won’t tell you how fast I was going in case you are a state trooper reading this. Let’s just say the other cars were going really fast and I was caught in the middle…

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The God of Definitives

If you ever pay attention to the word of God you will notice that God always deals with definitive statements. There are no possibly’s, maybe’s, could be’s, or I don’t knows in God’s word and his promises. They are definitive, direct and assertive. They include words like I will, I am, I have spoken, I…