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January 10, 2019

James 1:12 – January 10, 2019

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.  Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

Thought:

The crown of life is like the victory wreath given to winning athletes.  God’s crown of life is not glory and honor here on earth but the reward of eternal life living with God forever.  The way to be in God’s winners’ circle is by loving Him and staying faithful even under pressure.

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January 9, 2019

John 14:6 – January 9, 2019

Jesus told them, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Thought:

As the way, Jesus is our path to the Father.  As the truth, He is the reality of all God’s promises.  As the life, He joins His divine life to ours, both now and eternally.  Jesus is, in truth, the only living way to the Father.

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January 7, 2019

John 9:38 – January 7, 2019

“Yes, Lord, I believe!”  the man said.  And he worshiped Jesus.

Thought:

This man gained not only physical sight but also spiritual sight as he recognized Jesus first as a prophet, then as his Lord.  When you turn to Christ, you begin to see Him differently.  The longer you walk with Him, the better you will understand who He is.  Peter tells us to, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  If you want to know more about Jesus, keep trusting Him in every area of your life.

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December 31, 2018

Psalm 103:12 – December 31, 2018

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is to the west.

Thought:

East and west can never meet.  This is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness:  When He forgives our sin, He separates it from us completely.  We need never wallow in the past, for God forgives.  We tend to dredge up the ugly past, but God has wiped our record clean.  If we are to follow God, we must model His forgiveness in our dealings with one another.

Are you seeking a life of forgiveness or are you holding onto the past?

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December 19, 2019 MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 19, 2018

Christmas….What does Christmas mean to you?
I am going to be honest with you, usually by mid-October, I am playing Christmas music.  Why?  I honestly don’t know.  There has always been something about Christmas that gets me up on the tire.  The gifts…maybe.  The family time…sure.  The smells of Christmas…yeah I like those to.  A nativity scene…yeah that is pretty special.  I can remember a time when I would spend Christmas at Grandmas house, the warmth of her home is something I can still feel to this day.  She would always sing the song “Emmanuel” growing up I never really understood the meaning of the word “Emmanuel” over the last few years I have began to really reflect on that word and what it means. 

“The Lord your God will give you the sign.  Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (Which means ‘God with us’)” Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)


The center of the Christmas message is a God of love who desires to be with you.  It is humbling to think that I serve a God who desires to be with me.  Have I always desired to be with Him?  Honestly…no.  So, to think that He wants me, desires me, loves me, after all I have done….Humbling.  This Christmas season, consider your relationship with Him.  And as you consider it, sing these words….“Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel, shall come to thee oh Israel.”

So, have a very Merry CHRISTmas knowing that God loves you and wants to be with you. May you know the presence of your Heavenly Father in a special way during this blessed season.

CHRISTmas to me means….Relationship.

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December 19, 2018

Luke 2:13-14 – December 19, 2018

Suddenly a great company of the Heavenly host appeared with the angel. Praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Thought:

It was an ordinary night, the shepherds were doing their normal routine, the night was quite and still.  And then, an explosion of joy broke through the night sky, declaring “Glory to God”.  Much like the shepherds we can also get into our normal routine and become complacent.  We can get lost in the whirl wind of activity, and then an explosion of joy will awaken us.  Are you ready for it?  Give Glory to God this Christmas…allow Him to rejuvenate your heart.

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December 17, 2018

Luke 2:7 – December 17, 2018

She gave birth to her first child, a son.  She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Thought:

It feels crowded, doesn’t it?  The stores.  The calendar.  Our hearts.  Overwhelming.  The hustle and bustle of it all…decorating, cooking, wrapping presents, holiday parties, trying to find that ugly Christmas sweater for your office party.  I get it.  This Christmas season lets look at the idea of intentionally pushing pause and purposely creating space to remember the true meaning of Christmas with our minds, relationships, time, bodies, and resources.

The night of Jesus’ birth there wasn’t any room for Him.  But room was still made.

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December 14, 2018

Luke 15:4 – December 14, 2018

[Jesus speaking] “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do?  Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?”

Thought:

We may be able to understand a God who would forgive sinners who come to him for mercy.  But a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then joyfully forgives them must possess an extraordinary love!  This is the kind of love that prompted Jesus to come to earth to search for lost people and save them.  This is the kind of extraordinary love that God has for you.

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December 13, 2018

Luke 14:18-19 – December 13, 2018

But they began making excuses.  One said, “I have just bought a field and must inspect it.”  Another said, “I have just bought five pairs of oxen and I want to try them out.”  Another said, “I now have a wife, so I can’t come.”

Thought:

This story tells us of a man who prepared a great feast and invited many to come, but only to get excuse, after excuse, after excuse.  In Jesus’ story, many people turned down the invitation to the banquet because the timing was inconvenient.  We too my have turned down God’s invitation, and our excuses may sound reasonable…work duties, family responsibilities, financial needs, or any other reason.  But here is the deal…God’s invitation is the most important event in your life.  Are you making excuses to avoid responding to God’s call?  God’s call is never inconvenient.

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September 13, 2018

Matthew 5:13 – September 13, 2018

You are the salt of the earth.  But what good is salt if is has lost its flavor?

Thought:Salt by itself is not amazing.  It’s when it’s added to other things where its properties of flavoring and preserving come to light.  Let’s face it…flavorless food is hard to eat.  When others see you are they seeing a seasoned follower of Jesus?  Someone who is fully alive, infectious, and vibrant?  We all need seasoned from time to time, we can all become bland, overwhelmed, flavorless… Let us pray to be flavorful for the Kingdom.

Seeking God to intersect and preserve us to be the salt and light of the world.

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