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On the tenth of this month I found out that I had colon cancer. Since then I have undergone surgery. The doctor was able to remove all the cancer making me 100% cancer free.

The recovery has been going well. I have undergone a lot of pain but each day has been better than the last. God is good and has walked with me every step of the way. The scripture “I will never leave you nor will I ever forsake you” has new meaning for me.

I have missed making my post each morning “A word from the Word” and am looking forward to posting again. I still need a few more days to recover.

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This week, our church is anticipating All Saints which will occur on Saturday. We will remember all those who went before us who are heroes in the faith. On Sunday, we will celebrate All Souls. We will remember all our friends and relatives who have passed on. Today, I would like to share some words from a beautiful book that the Protestant brothers and sisters do not have in their Bible...the Book of Wisdom. This is from chapter 3:

"The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself." I love this passage and will continue it tomorrow...it is a comforting passage!

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John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

This is one of the first verses that I committed to memory. Why? It’s because so many feel that they are unworthy to be saved. Some days they feel saved and the next they feel lost. They are not sure if they are saved or not from day to day. How unsettling that must be but these verses give us a mental picture that we are secure and held firm but the mighty hands of Jesus and the Father. When my children were young I tried to see if they could snatch a marble out of my hand when it was clinched tight. Even a strong man has difficulty opening a clinched hand. How impossible it is to snatch someone out of the mighty hands of God! Jesus reassures us that “no one is able to snatch them out” of His hand or the Father’s hand. What an inspirational image and promise this is!

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10/28/14 4:10 A

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Nahum 1 Prophecy against Nineveh

Read Nahum 1

The whole book of Nahum is about the impending fall of Nineveh. Nineveh was a major Assyrian city, it was considered to be the largest city in the world for as many as fifty years. This time period is about 150 years after Jonah. Although in that instance the city and it's people repented of their evil and were spared. In this case they will not. God used the Assyrians to chasten Israel, not he is through with them and they too will be chastened for their idolatry.

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10/27/14 8:33 P

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Still reading Revelations-on chapter 16 just got past the seven bowl judgments.
How could anyone not understand?

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10/27/14 4:02 A

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Micah 7 The godly has perished from the earth

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The prophet begins by expressing sorrow, he feels alone, like all of the godly people have left. He's spent years preaching and prophesying to Israel but they wouldn't listen. Micah was contemporary with Isaiah, he saw the evil and idolatry brought to Israel, how the society continued to decay, and how the northern kingdom was conquered. He knows that God still loves His people Israel, and in the end will redeem them. But imagine the sadness to watch his people perish without God.

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10/26/14 7:54 P

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With Your Whole Heart



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...”
(Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t drag around sour and frustrated. Mow with enthusiasm! Mow like you’re on a mission from God. With every step, thank God that your legs work. Thank Him that you’re healthy and strong. At the office, don’t just do enough to get by. You’re not working unto people; you’re working unto God. Do it with your whole heart. When you volunteer at church, don’t wake up and think, “Awe, man. Why did I volunteer? I want to sleep in!” No, serve Him with all your heart because that’s what honors God. When you honor God, He’ll honor you. He’ll open the door to His blessing, and you’ll see increase in every area of your life!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing on my life. I choose today to serve You with my whole heart and do everything to the best of my ability. Thank You for Your faithfulness and blessing in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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10/26/14 5:58 A

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Genesis 47 Israel welcomed by Pharaoh.

Read Genesis 47

Joseph brings his family before Pharaoh who grants them the choice land. Joseph is a shrewd negotiator, he uses the famine to claim possession of everything in Egypt for the state. This is somewhat reminiscent of his family cheating and manipulating people and events. The famine would last only another five years but Israel remained longer. It was another 17 years before Jacob died. We'll never know what would have happened if Israel went back to Canaan after the famine ended.
Just a thought, things were comfortable, they were prosperous and so there wasn't a reason to leave.
But Egypt wasn't Israel's home.

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10/25/14 11:18 A

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The Holy Spirit Empowers



Saturday, October 25, 2014



Ephesians 1:19-20

Our heavenly Father has called us to live a supernatural life—one that is contrary to the world’s thinking. In our own strength, it is very difficult to say no to ungodliness, because our flesh yearns to say yes. To live the Lord’s way takes His divine power. In order to draw on His strength, believers need to develop attitudes of humility, trust, and perseverance.

God opposes the proud, who think, I can do this myself (James 4:6). He pours out His strength to the ones who know that they cannot accomplish the goal but believe that He can do so through them. The Lord wants us to trust Him. He may at times ask us to remain in an uncomfortable situation or take on a task that seems far beyond our capability. In either circumstance, relying on Him will bring us the inner fortitude to choose His way.

When we are too weak to withstand temptation or too fearful to pursue the Lord’s plan, we must persevere in prayer. Doing so will draw us closer to Him, build our faith, and invite Him to work His will in and through us. Then, as we praise our Father for His almighty nature, proclaim His sufficiency for every circumstance, and declare His goodness, His Spirit will help us move past our weaknesses and fears to a place of strength.

Today the body of Christ is experiencing a lack of spiritual power. Believers have a diminishing influence on our culture as our lives often reflect the world’s values. To turn this around, we need to cooperate with the sanctifying work of the Spirit. When we do, He will empower us.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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10/25/14 7:54 A

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Every promise has purpose. God's Word grows inside you. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

Hebrews 4:12-16
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are named and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. ...Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

Since I choose to EAT right and DRINK right, I suppose you could say I LIVE right!

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10/25/14 7:24 A

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Genesis 46 Israel goes to Egypt

Read Genesis 46

The family, and what will be the nation of Israel, is moving to Egypt. There are some very interesting contrasts to the going and the leaving. Pharaoh sends wagons and a moving team to bring them in. When they leave they're first chased out then chased to be brought back. I like the beginning of this where Jacob takes time to worship and make offerings to God. And the assurances from God that his descendants will some day come back from Egypt to the land that God promised them. Jacob travels to Egypt with just 70 people.

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The Power of the Holy Spirit


Friday, October 24, 2014



Acts 1:1-5

The week before He would die by crucifixion, Jesus talked to His disciples about what was to come: After His resurrection, they would receive a Counselor—the Holy Spirit—who’d be with them forever (John 14:16). He would indwell each believer, providing His power to make it possible to live a victorious Christian life. The Lord will also empower us with His divine strength if we cultivate certain Christlike qualities:

• Purity of heart. Prior to our salvation, sin separated us from the Father. When we received Jesus as Savior, God washed us clean (Titus 3:5), clothed us in Christ’s righteousness, and purified us so we could become His people (2:14). Now, our part is to pursue holiness so we can become more like the Lord. Regular confession of our ungodly thoughts and actions brings forgiveness and purifies us from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

• Obedient spirit. Before we were adopted into God’s family, our nature was in rebellion against His authority. But since trusting in Christ, we have both freedom from sin’s power over us and the ability to choose obedience. While we will live imperfectly, the Lord looks to see if our minds and hearts are committed to following Him. Our sincere effort to obey Him brings a release of His power as we carry out His work.

When we make holiness a priority and demonstrate obedience to the Lord, we’ll receive supernatural strength to choose righteousness. Each day, we will be filled with power as we confess any areas of sin (Ps. 51:1-2, 10), maintain our commitment to God, and follow the Spirit’s lead.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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Be Honest — Honest to God

Prayer really is simple. Resist the urge to complicate it. Don’t take pride in well-crafted prayers. Don’t apologize for incoherent prayers. No games. No cover-ups. Just be honest—honest to God.

Climb into His lap. Tell Him everything that’s on your heart. Or tell Him nothing at all. Just lift your heart to heaven and declare, "Father... Daddy." Stress. Fear. Guilt. Grief. Demands on all sides. And all we can summon is a plaintive, "Oh, Father." If so, that’s enough. Your heavenly Father will wrap you in His arms!



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10/24/14 4:09 A

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Micah 6 What does the Lord require?

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God gives the whole message of life in one simple verse of scripture. It's not the offerings the sacrifices or the rituals.

Verse 8. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

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10/23/14 9:09 A

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This is Nehemiah, speaking of the children of Israel in Nehemiah 9:19-21! Although they had not always been faithful, God had not abandoned them! (Can we relate?)

"But you did not abandon them there in the desert, you did not take away the cloud of fire that showed them the path by day & night. In your goodness you told them what to do; you fed them with manna and gave them water to drink. Through forty years in the desert you provided all that they needed; their clothing never wore out, and their feet were not swollen with pain."

How fortunate we Christians are, today and every day! We have the Holy Spirit guiding us always! We have his direction whispering in our hearts! WE are provided with food, drink, and every good thing! We are clothed! Our spiritual feet are lively & light, even if our worldly feet get a little slow sometimes!We can dedicate ourselves to a new day of service and of being a blessing to all whom we meet today!!! It is wonderful!!!!!

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10/23/14 4:06 A

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Micah 5 The birthplace of messiah.

Read Micah 5

There are several very significant items in this chapter. It gives the birthplace for messiah, (verse 2)
that His people will reject Him (verse 3), that He will shepherd His church, (verse 4), that the Jews will be scattered through the whole world, (verse 7), and that they will be restored (verse 9).

The gift of messiah, Jesus, comes to us through the covenant with Abraham and the Jewish people.
That covenant first gave us the Law. It shows us where we fail and a promise to come. We who are Christians accept that promise to be Christ. God scattered His people through the whole world to have influence in His name. This happened several times in history, when Israel was a major power others would go to them and hear of God. When Israel was idolatrous they were conquered and taken captive but always there was a remnant of God's faithful to proclaim, in whatever place they were, the Law and promises of God. Still today, after 4000 years, the Jewish people remember the covenant between God and Abraham. And they still proclaim the law and promises of God through the world.

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When Things Seem Impossible



Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Jeremiah 32:17-22

What is your initial reaction when you encounter a difficult circumstance—one that looks impossible? Some people go into overdrive searching for an answer or a way out. Others curl up in defeat or withdrawal, either declaring the situation hopeless or trying to avoid it altogether. Hopefully, as a Christian, you turn immediately to the Lord, seeking His guidance. But what you ask Him is very important.

• O Lord, what am I going to do? At first glance, this seems like the right thing to ask, but is it really? The problem with this question is that even though we are seeking the Lord’s guidance, the focus is on our actions. That means the way we think about how to handle the situation is limited to our abilities, resources, and understanding. Often, our minds begin to devise possible plans, and we soon resort to manipulating and maneuvering in an attempt to fix the problem.

• God, what are You going to do? This is the right question because now the focus has shifted to the omniscience and omnipotence of almighty God. He blows the sides out of any box that confines us and untangles any situation we find baffling. He has the power to carry out His plans, which—unlike our solutions—are perfect and always bring Him glory.

To truly pray the second prayer, you must be willing to surrender all your plans into His hands. Not only does He know what to do and how to accomplish it, but He can also make a way through any impossibility. Your job is simply to trust Him and be obedient by following His directions.


"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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10/22/14 3:00 P

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How comforting to know that God supplies all of our needs! emoticon emoticon

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A worship parlor would be emoticon ! emoticon

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Our word for today from the Word of God is Psalm 84:11, "For the Lord God is a sun and a shield. The Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from them whose walk is blameless." Wow, that's a great promise, isn't it? No good thing... Any good thing; anything that's really good for you, He will never withhold if your walk is blameless. And, of course, He's the one who defines what's good for us, because He knows best.

What's interesting about this verse is that it tells you three responsibilities that are not your job. "It's not my job!" Number one it's not your job to provide. It says here, "The Lord bestows favor." God gives you what you need. Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount, "Don't go chasing after food and clothing like the rest of the world does, because your Father knows what you have need of. You seek the kingdom of God and all the things will be taken care of


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10/22/14 4:05 A

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Micah 4 Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord

Read Micah 4

How I long for a time as this, when more people would say, come let's go praise God. Instead it's more like let's go indulge our selves. There is joy in praising God, I think places of worship should be open every night. Imagine what it would be like to have instead of a bar or night club, a worship parlor. Perhaps a coffee house atmosphere with fellowship and uplifting music.

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10/21/14 8:52 P

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He Satisfies You



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”
(Psalm 37:19, AMP)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow God’s commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people.

God always shows Himself strong on behalf of the people who seek Him first — even during the most difficult times. No matter what you may be facing today, God wants to show Himself strong for you. He wants to make a way where there seems to be no way. He wants to satisfy you and bless you abundantly so that you can reach out and be a blessing to the people around you. Take a step of faith today and begin to declare His promises over your life. Declare that He is the One who satisfies you and expect to see His goodness in your life!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. You alone can satisfy me. Search my heart today and remove any doubt or uncertainty that would try to hold me back from the wonderful blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen


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A Passion to Know God


Tuesday, October 21, 2014



Philippians 3:7-12

As Christians, we should desire to be centered on knowing God through His Son Jesus Christ (John 14:9). What does that kind of ardent desire look like?

First, we’ll have an eagerness to know the Savior. Jesus described Himself as the Good Shepherd, Bread of Life, and True Vine. He invites us to discover who He is in each aspect of His character. Complacency—resting on what we already know—has no place in the Christian life.

Second, we’ll demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the Lord. That dedication will have an enduring influence on our finances, workplace, friendships, and home. Building a close relationship with God is a lifelong pursuit with no shortcuts.

Third, our top priority will be knowing Christ and loving Him (Jer. 31:34; Mark 12:30). When He has first place in your heart, quiet times with the Lord will be sought after and precious. Our days will be structured around receiving and obeying instruction from Him. Prayer will be as much about listening to Him as about speaking.


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what emoticon Scriptures to meditate on this morning! With God fighting our battles our enemies don`t stand a chance! emoticon emoticon

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emoticon "The nature of man simply doesn't change ".
Just as it was in Biblical times, men are still self-serving, corrupt, prideful and filled with greed. The only thing that can change men is a true relationship with God. That`s why we need Him so much!

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I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
(Psalm 9:1-10)



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Micah 3 The nature of man simply doesn't change

Read Micah 3

See if any of this is familiar; people living in secure gated communities declaring peace while in the next town people live in the street. Prophets telling the wealthy what they want to hear. Government officials taking bribes, either directly or indirectly as quid pro quo.

God proclaims that to him who is given much, much will be required. Leaders at every level, from a parent to a national leader, God has given responsibility for which we will be accountable.

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emoticon for that wonderful message! No matter what`s going on around us we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus! emoticon emoticon

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Living Triumphantly




Monday, October 20, 2014



Matthew 4:18-20

The man who stepped forward to preach at Pentecost was flawed and known to be impetuous. Peter had not only disagreed with Jesus but had even denied knowing Him. Yet he’d developed into a man whose impact for the kingdom surpassed his impulsiveness.

When studying Peter’s life, believers often focus on his negative actions—the doubt that nearly drowned him when he walked on water, and his aforementioned rebuke and denial of Jesus. But Peter is also an example of triumphant living. An uneducated fisherman who likely had few other skills, Peter put down his nets and followed Jesus the instant he was asked. He was the first to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 16:16). And after the Lord’s resurrection, Peter’s spontaneous nature led him to leap into the water and swim for shore when he noticed his Savior waiting there (John 21:7). The disciple’s devotion cannot be questioned.

Peter is an inspiration for us today. God does not choose servants who are solid rocks with no cracks or crevices. Instead, He selects people who have weaknesses, failures, and a need to be forgiven repeatedly. The Lord looks for believers who are teachable, willing to repent, and prepared to surrender to God’s greater will—folks who are a lot like Peter.

Too many Christians have already decided how much the Lord can do with them, based on education, personality, or talent. But God isn’t interested in qualifications. He seeks willing followers who echo Isaiah’s call, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8). That’s triumphant living.


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A Steady Gaze (by Greg Laurie)

Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. - (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom once said, “Look without and be distressed. Look within and be depressed. Look at Jesus and be at rest.” Looking without, she had very good reason to be distressed. She lived in a concentration camp. She saw her sister and father — and many others — die at the hands of the Nazis. Looking within, she felt depressed as she saw the darkness of her own heart. But seeing the example of her godly sister Betsy, who saw the bright side of everything and was always trusting God, she concluded, “Look at Jesus and be at rest.”

The Bible says that Abraham “did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21). The word waver used in this verse could also be translated “stagger.” It would imply that this unwavering walk of Abraham’s took place with his eyes fixed on the promise of God.

As we walk with God, people will let us down and disappoint us. Circumstances will be difficult. The Enemy will hassle us. This is when we need to remember why we started to walk with God in the first place. It was because of Jesus. So keep your eyes fixed on Him. That will keep you moving forward, because the only way we will make it as Christians is by keeping our eyes on Jesus Christ.


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I`m sure that marijuana will one day be legalized and just like alcohol and tobacco, the government will some how make a profit from it.

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icah 2 I will preach to you of wine and strong drink

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It comes from verse 11, If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!

The desire for chemical euphoria is certainly not a new thing. Drug use is rampant the world over, ranging from simple alcohols to exotic hallucinogens. Some by prescription, some under the guise of prescriptions. Currently there is a national push for general legalization of marijuana. I will not argue any validity in it's medicinal use, there are certainly examples where it is helpful. My objection is the general legalization of it's use. And the caviler attitude in getting the prescription. I watched a documentary recently where reporters went under cover to several California clinics for the sole purpose of getting marijuana. They told the receptionist that they just wanted to get high and the receptionist told them exactly what to tell the doctor to get the script.

Our government believes the tax revenue it will generate make this a good idea. We should have learned a lesson from tobacco use and the health problems that has caused.

But alas I believe that in the near future, unless God wakes up His people, the laws will change. Just as this scripture says the preacher that brings strong drink and wine, the leader that promises drugs to make people feel better will be the one followed.


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Your Body: God’s Temple




1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The world’s primary interest in the body is how it looks on the outside: How can it be shaped differently? How can it become more attractive or gain more attention? Regrettably, by worldly standards, success is often dependent on the condition of our bodies.

In contrast, how do you think God views the human body? Do you believe that He is interested only in the soul and spirit, or would you expect Him to also be concerned about our physical bodies?

Despite many popular misconceptions, the Lord is deeply concerned about our human bodies. In today’s passage, Paul confirms this truth when he writes, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you.” Again, in 2 Corinthians 6:16, the apostle describes the human body as the temple of God. The context of this passage reveals many of the same errors in thinking that are common today. The Corinthian people had a low view of the body. They believed that it was unimportant and even described it as a tomb in which the soul is incarcerated.

Paul’s response is dynamic. He essentially cries out, “No! The body is not a tomb—it is a temple!” It merits our respect and esteem in the same way that the most holy place of worship deserves upkeep.

The viewpoint of Scripture is crystal clear: Your body is the temple of the living God. This should say something to you about its value and the way you ought to treat it. Furthermore, you should take God’s words as a warning against abusing, misusing, or ignoring your own body.


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Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. (James 1:2)

Pastor Samuel Lamb

In the Old Testament, people received joy after they suffered. But in the New Testament the disciples rejoiced while they suffered (1 Peter 4:14; Matthew 5:11, 12).

When we suffer for Christ, not only do we have to rejoice, but we have to rejoice greatly. "In this you greatly rejoice..." (1 Peter 1:6).

"Blessed are you when men hate you ... because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy" (Luke 6:22, 23).

"The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name" (Acts 5:41).

In Luke 6 the disciples are told to leap for joy because they will receive a great reward in heaven. In Acts 5:41 the apostles rejoiced because of their unity with Jesus. Because we love Him, the world will hate us.

We should not look at the hatred, the insults, the persecutions or hardships but at Jesus. He suffered - so will we. He was glorified - so shall we be. He lives forever - so will we.

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."

Twenty years in prison is long. Very long. But not worth comparing with the eternity which awaits us. What a future - what a joy!


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Genesis 45 An emotional reunion

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Imagine what it must have felt like to hear Judah, the brother that sold Joseph, say that he was willing to take the place of his brother to spare his life and his father's. It says that Joseph had to leave so he could weep. Upon returning there is a great reunion of brothers, no apparent grudges held, just joy at being together again. And Joseph is so well respected by Pharaoh that he commands wagons and provisions sent to Israel to bring them all down to Egypt.

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Prevailing Peace During Conflict




John 14:27

Conflict is part of every person’s life. A common problem today is that most people don’t know how to deal with conflict—nor do they understand the source of real peace. As a result, we have become somewhat ignorant. We see the issues around us, but we often choose to ignore them. It seems that most people have a common goal of avoiding conflict at all cost.

People tend to define peace as the absence of hostility and anxiety, but the biblical term actually refers to something far broader. The Greek word eirene means “to bind together.” So in today’s verse, peace has the sense of wholeness or inner completeness that brings stability to a person’s walk, regardless of what is happening in his or her life. Jesus spoke not of the kind of peace that comes today and goes tomorrow but of prevailing, or undefeatable, peace.

The key to lasting peace is found in a relationship. If you want tranquility that is unending, you need to build a relationship with Jesus Christ. We, too, can enjoy the oneness that He and the Father experienced. When the Lord says, “My peace I give to you,” He is not referring to a loan. His peace is a free gift, available to every one of His children.

If we focus our attention on the Son of God, He will give us perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). That does not mean we are immune to sudden shocks or occasional times when we are thrown off balance by circumstances. But the power of the Lord’s prevailing peace is adequate to carry us through anything He allows us to experience.


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Genesis 44 Joseph tests his brothers

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This seems like a complicated plan but I think that in the end Joseph wanted to see how his brothers felt about their father. Benjamin was certainly a most favored son and should he die it would break Israel's heart. It was obvious from previous chapters that there was little love from Israel to his sons but Joseph is testing if there is love form his brothers to his father. And what a change in Judah, it was he that had the idea of selling Joseph to the travelers.

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Letting Go of the Past




2 Corinthians 5:17-19

John Newton worked in one of the vilest businesses of his day—slave trading. But later, after receiving Jesus as his Savior, he penned the now familiar words to “Amazing Grace” as well as these lines: “In evil long I took delight / Unawed by shame or fear / Till a new object met my sight / And stopped my wild career.” Faith in Christ separated Newton from his dark past. The hope of a bright future is also ours if we accept God’s offer of new life.

No sin is so great that God will not forgive. Certainly some sins wreak havoc on our life as the consequences are played out. We will have to deal with whatever fallout our wrong choices bring, but we don’t have to live with guilt and shame. And when there are repercussions, we don’t have to face them alone.

First, we must accept responsibility for our sin. Confession and repentance mean we must drop our guilt burden at the foot of the cross. Only when we are willing to lay aside the sin and its accompanying shame can we take the second step—accepting forgiveness. We could never do enough to earn God’s pardon, so He freely offers mercy to anyone who will receive it. Christ’s death at Calvary bought every person a life free from the weight and wages of sin, but each individual must accept that salvation gift for him- or herself.

Our newfound liberty is maintained by taking a final step: believing we have a new life in Christ. If we will face our sin, accept forgiveness, and look toward the future, we cannot be weighed down by wrongs of the past.


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Unfortunately America and almost the entire world is that way now. Our leaders are passing laws that not only defy God`s command but they also go against nature.
Judgment will surely come.
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Thalia,
that is great advice. If we repay evil for evil well then that makes us as bad as the other person. It`s hard to do sometimes but if we look at them as in need of a healing as you stated, it makes us realize that they are mean & angry because they are hurting.
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"See that no one returns evil for evil; rather always seek what is good both for each other and for all." 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Wouldn't it be nice if all the people around us were always kind and likeable, patient and cheerful??? Right!!!!! In reality, disagreeable people are with us all the time. But the same was true of Jesus; he had people who were not only disagreeable, but vicious and mean. The thing is, he realized that those people needed his love and understanding even more than those who were always nice. They are among those for whom he came. If I plan to practice his teaching, I have to get my mind straight, to regard those folks not as enemies, but as folks in need of healing. I will not heal them if I retaliate. I will convince them that they were right all along...that the world is a hard and unforgiving place. If I fix my mind on Jesus, no man can hurt me but myself; the other fellow is just my chance to become more Christ-like.

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Micah 1 The people will follow their leaders, for good or bad.

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The people of Israel were separated into two kingdoms, the northern being Israel and the southern Judah. The capitals of each being Samaria and Jerusalem. Micah was a prophet and preacher in both cities, bringing the judgment of God for the rampant idolatry in these capitals. As the leaders of the two nations fell farther and farther from God, the people followed. That concept still hasn't changed, political and social leaders will sett the agenda for any nation. The current state of this world can be attributed to such behavior. The social and political leaders by and large have no regard for God, they're interested in physical pleasures and entertainment. Just as a judgment was pronounced on Samaria and Jerusalem for their idolatry, the same God will judge all cities and peoples for their idolatry.


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Answer the Door



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“...Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
(Psalm 30:5, NLT)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria



Scripture says that joy comes in the morning. When you wake up each morning, God sends you a special delivery of joy. It comes knocking at your door. When you get up in faith and make the declaration that “this is going to be a good day,” do you know what you just did? You just answered the door. You just received the gift of joy that God sent to you. The problem is that some people never answer the door. Joy has been knocking for months and months, years and years saying, “Come on! Let me in! You can be happy! You can cheer up! You can enjoy your life!”

Why don’t you make up your mind to answer the door for joy! Decide to wake up every morning and say, “Father, thank You for another beautiful day. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to enjoy this day. I’m going to brighten somebody else’s life. I am choosing to answer the door and receive Your gift of joy, today!”



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for joy. Thank You for peace. Thank You for walking me through the difficult times. I choose to answer the door for joy every single morning so that I can walk in the strength You have given to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Jonah 4 Anger at someone else's fortune

Read Jonah 4

Do you ever get angry at someone else's fortunes? Maybe you know someone who lives totally wrong but they seem to win everything. That's actually a fairly common reaction but it's wrong.
Jonah is being self righteous,he lives right the people in Nineveh were unrighteous and God was going to be gracious to them. It's always God's choice to whom He pours out blessings. Maybe the reason for not receiving is the bad attitude. The story ends but the conversation between God and Jonah doesn't. I wonder if he finally got the message.


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A Call to Repentance



Wednesday, October 15, 2014



Hebrews 4:13-16

How often have you been caught in a “guilt cycle”? This involves confessing the same old sin, telling God you’re sorry, and promising not to do it again (knowing that you probably will). Around you go, over and over. You've come clean dozens of times but still have no victory. Yet there is a biblical promise that states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, emphasis added).

Friends, God is holding up His end of the promise. It’s people who fall short— we have turned confession into a rote recitation of our shortcomings. The attitude is, I’m disappointed in myself, but I am weak. God knows that. True confession, which means agreeing with the Lord about sin, is inseparably linked with repentance; they’re two sides of the same coin. To repent is to turn away from wrong. By looking at our sin from God’s perspective, we’ll see a vile, wicked habit with terrible consequences and will want to run from that as fast as possible.

In practical terms, to confess and repent requires the intentional decision to say, “By the Holy Spirit’s power, I’m turning away.” Satan will still tempt you, and failure remains a possibility. But God can break the chains of your sin, and He wants to set you free.

Victory can be immediate, or it can be a process of trading wrong choices for right ones. In some cases, temptation involving habitual sin never goes away. Then it becomes necessary to face each day in God’s strength. When you forsake sin, the power of heaven is there to help you.


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Thalia that is a beautiful prayer!
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"But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness". Psalm 86:15

I often hear people say that they look at the benefits of the job they are considering as well as at the salary. Well, one of the benefits of my job is so thrilling...I get to say the name of my Savior every time I answer the phone at my job. I say, "Sacred Heart." The Sacred Heart of Jesus is so descriptive of Our Lord and I want to share a prayer I love so much:

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, source of every blessing, I love you and I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, loving, and obedient to your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you, that I may be your hands to the world around me. Protect me when I am in danger, comfort me when I am in trouble, and give me health of mind, body, and soul. Give me your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of holiness at my death. Amen

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Solving Problems Through Prayer



Tuesday, October 14, 2014



2 Chronicles 20:4-15

When the king of Judah called for a nationwide fast to seek God’s help, the people from every town convened to pray. Jehoshaphat’s actions and words teach us some important truths about solving life’s problems through prayer.

• God is bigger than our problems. The king stated that God was the all-powerful ruler of nations, against whom no one could stand (v. 6). Many issues are beyond our ability to solve, but nothing is impossible for Him (Jer. 32:17; Matt. 19:26). If we pray while focusing on His greatness, our troubles will shrink to proper proportions.

• God wants to involve others in praying with us. Entire families from throughout Judah answered the king’s call and came together before God (2 Chron. 20:13). Prayer had a central role in the life of the early church as well (Acts 2:42).

• Through prayer, the Lord will give us a solution to the problem. His answer could be just what we asked or something entirely unexpected; He might tell us to wait in our current situation instead of taking action, or He could direct us to become involved in something new. In any case, God’s direction will be according to His perfect will. What’s more, He may ask us to take a step of faith. The Lord uses every opportunity to strengthen our trust and grow us in righteousness.

We don’t know how long the people waited for an answer, but they didn't act until they heard from God. He told them not to be afraid or discouraged, but to trust Him. Prayer likewise brings us into God’s presence so we can receive strength and direction for life’s challenges.


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It was nearly five o'clock when he went to the marketplace and saw some other men still standing there. "Why are you wasting the whole dayhere doing nothing?"


Our Lord came from a working-class family and he loved laborers.Indeed, His foster father was a craftsman. Some of his disciples were fishermen, another a tax collector. St, PAul was a tent maker by trade and St. Luke a doctor. So I always feel that the Lord is very close to me when I am at work, either at my job or in my home. I sometimes talk to him, saying things llike, "I don't really know how to do this, so you have to help me."(I said this when installing a new door knob) Or, like the other day when I had to do some heavy fall cleaning behind the appliances, "I don't know if I am strong enough, so you need to help me!" I just feel that when we are doing honorable work of any kind, we can always call upon the Lord for help. And so far, he has not failed me yet. the Lord wants us to work, otherwise he would not have been irritated to find the men in the parable standing about idle. I think that, if we work for and with God, he will direct our every move. If we dedicate our hands as well as our hearts to the Lord, we will get every thing we need for efficient service. BEhind every earthly boss is our real employer...Our Lord!


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O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
(Psalm 8

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Jonah 2 Salvation belongs to The Lord

Read Jonah 2

I read this prayer of Jonah and it seems more like a prayer of confession than of repentance. I think Jonah still has a problem there, but he does recognize that God is in charge and salvation only comes from Him. In the meantime, God has moved Jonah where He wants him to be.


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