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  • Standing in the Shaking

    Life certainly has a way of shaking us up!  Any one of us could write a paragraph, a chapter, really a whole book, as a testimony to the times when we have found ourselves in circumstances beyond our control — times in life where the shaking has been so extreme that we literally felt like we would fall and not be able to get back up. And we are not the only ones!  All through the Word of God, men and women experienced the shaking.  Those who were being put in position for God’s move in their lives experienced greater shaking than they could endure on their own. But their shaken places produced a strength and faith in their souls that served to bring them through. Those who trusted in the Lord made it through the shaking, and they didn’t just make it through. The made it through standing. They
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    Can Anything Grow in Hard Ground?

    God knows that even a believer passing through a winter season in life can develop hard ground, where growth is hindered, and it becomes difficult to break through.  Even though we have a personal relationship with Christ, and have been fruitful in the past, the cares of this life and the weight of a winter season can make our once fertile soil impenetrable. The enemy of our souls will do his best to take what was once a person of effective ministry and create a spiritual dryness that reduces us to barrenness. When our children were young, we lived in a neighborhood with a farm across the street.  Every spring the farmer would dig up the ground beaten down by the winter’s snow. Then, he planted seeds, hoping they would grow a crop of corn so he could harvest it in the fall. One year, we noticed that the farmer
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    Fearless Business

    When you feed your fear, you’ll starve your faith.  But when you feed your faith, you’ll starve your fear! In our busy world, everyone seems to want to be better.; climb the corporate ladder, strive for excellence, be better than Pinterest. Even in our churches, we see the need to want to be the best. But something happens when we hear the call from the Lord to do something greater for Him.  Initially, there may be excitement, but then, sometimes, hesitation and fear seem to creep in and shift our gaze to our ineffectiveness for the task. What you fear most will grip you and hold you back from advancing. You are God’s greatest creation, and He is calling you to live fearlessly for Him. His desire is that your faith grows and burns so strongly that whenever He calls upon you to go, to move, to do, the answer
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    The Truth About Who You Are

    The enemy loves to try to tell us who we are. He insidiously sneaks into our mind. Tainting our thoughts, he attempts to turn them from truth into lies. Lies that tell us we are insignificant, inadequate, insufficient, incompetent, and insecure. Within the confines of our mind we begin to question who we really are in the darkened shadows of his disparagement. If only we would remember this one truth when he hisses in our ears . . .the devil is a liar! He speaks lies. Lies meant to discourage, depress, derail, and ultimately devour our souls. Since he has no ability to create, he instead tries to manipulate.Taking truth he turns it into lies, attempting to plant it deep into our mind, and our identity. But no matter how much he tries, lies are never truth. John 8:44 tells us that the devil is a liar and the father
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    The Wonder of Jesus

    A few years ago I read a book called “The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.”  by Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth. I was captivated from the start by the masterfully written narratives (penned by DeMuth), and by the teaching that offered context and keys (by Viola). When I finished reading it, I had so many thoughts, but there is one line I read that still hasn’t gotten away from me. It was in the chapter “Diary of a Prostitute Who Loved Much” based on Luke 7:36-50. That line simply read: “Was no one else moved by the wonder of Jesus?” Luke 7:36-50 details the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. The scene could not have been set more beautifully. This woman did a most humble and beautiful thing and was ridiculed for it. She poured out her livelihood on the feet of Jesus, washed his
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    Created to be Filled

    There’s a picture frame in my office on a shelf. I bought it a few months ago, and I am almost embarrassed to say, it’s never been filled. I had a plan when I purchased it. There was an empty space on the shelf that needed to be filled, so I ran to my favorite discount store, found a great frame that matched the office, brought it back and filled the space… …but that filling created a new space, a new empty space. The frame was empty, and now it needed to be filled. The Bible begins in Genesis with a chapter full of empty spaces. In fact, we find Genesis 1 stating that the earth was empty, so God started creating spaces in the emptiness…the skies, the seas, the land. God created empty spaces, and then He went to work to fill them. What God created, He filled…birds for
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    Making It Big

    What is my goal in life?  How will I know I have been successful? We are bombarded with social media, news reports, and magazines that constantly create an image of what success looks like. If you are famous, have money, are followed and sought after, that means you have “arrived.” People who win a prize, beat the record, or make a discovery, have achieved what someone else did not. Is that what it means to be successful? These are not just secular measurements for achievement, it is in the Christian culture and lingo as well. We are encouraged to “Dream Big,” to long for “MORE,” and to “go the distance.”  All of this is Biblical and in-line with God wanting His children to have faith to see great things accomplished. But, for who and why? It is so easy to get side-tracked and focus on ourselves, rather than God.  There
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