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  • Your Vote Is Your Voice

    Voting day is quickly approaching and making news across the nation. To many this is a day looked upon with frustration and uncertainty, while others ignore the significance of the day as a whole. “Why even bother to vote?” some say, feeling powerless to the choices printed on the ballots. “What difference will my vote make anyway?” Although I understand the vexation they feel, as I read the scriptures of the Old Testament I am reminded of the responsibility we have. Recently, while reading the book of 2 Kings I found it telling how the Israelites went through seasons of having leaders that served the Lord, and kings that worshiped idols and false gods. One king in particular, King Manasseh, led his people astray to a truly deplorable state were they did more evil than all the detestable nations the Lord had already destroyed before them. During his long reign
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    Garbage Days & Pastor’s Ways

    When my sister was little, I remember her telling me once that she wanted to be a garbage man(person) when she grew up. When I asked her why, she said because then she would only have to work one day a week. This, of course, brought about some laughter before explaining that even though they come to our house to take the trash only once a week, that isn’t the only day that the garbage men work. It is easy to understand where the idea came to her. Thinking back on this moment, I wonder, how often is the same thought about our pastors? How often are they thought to have a one-day “job”. Sunday morning, you go out, and it is their job to bring the Word and pray, and help to equip you for ministry. You worship, you listen, you pray,  and then go home, not really thinking
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    Be That Tree

    The mangrove tree makes its home on the shoreline of numerous countries in southeast Asia, particularly those closest to the equator. No one on a mission to landscape a home or beautify a city would request a gardener highlight this particular tree as part of his plan.  An obscure tree that is not particularly attractive, the mangrove tree is not known for its beauty, the mangrove tree is known for its roots. The mangrove tree is not planted by the water on the shore, the mangrove tree is actually planted in the water by the shore. Between each tree, seen resting on top of the water’s surface, is a tangled mess of what appears to be sticks and debris, twisted and entwined to the place where it’s difficult to decipher exactly where the mess begins or where it ends.This unattractive compilation of sticks and debris looks messy, neglected and unpurposed,
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    On the Other Side of Obedience

    Have you ever stepped out of what is familiar, or made a major change in simple obedience to God’s prodding? You have no idea what is ahead of you, but you feel confident that God has directed you and you must follow through. If you have, you are not alone in your obedience to God and your pursuit of Him. Abraham understood the gravity of obedience and had no idea what would be on the other side. He left his home country, began a huge journey with all of his family and flocks in tow, not knowing where he would end up. But, without a doubt God directed His steps and lead him to a great place. “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance.  He went without knowing where he
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    Sometimes I Forget

    In the middle of my life frustrations, under the heaviness of my fears, during the irritating moments of unwanted distractions, and in the presence of my own ugly sin . . . sometimes, I just forget. I forget how much He loves me. The frustrations, fears, distractions and sin seem to so slyly shift my focus onto them, becoming my new perceived reality. Causing my mind to drift farther and farther away, I soon fail to remember the genuine truth, and I just forget. That is of course until . . . until the lover of my soul helps me to remember. Recently, in a moment of absentminded despondency, He lovingly refreshed my memory. I was reading my devotional and came across this scripture: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your
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    Saving Somedays

    September came almost without warning. I try to deny the coming changing of seasons, but this is almost impossible to do when everywhere I turn has harvest decor on display, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air. As the days grow shorter, and the nights a bit cooler, I hold on to the last days of summer, intentionally taking the time to feel the warmth of the sunshine and savoring it as long as I can manage. I think about all the plans I had made for this summer that are yet unfinished, and try to cram as many of them as possible into these final days. Where did the time go? How did summer end so quickly, and how did I not see this coming? As this season is coming to a close, I long for it to last just a little while longer, and wonder why
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    How to Transition Well

    Change is inevitable. It happens to us all. The seasons of life change faster than we can keep up with them. Children grow up, move away, get married, and start having babies of their own that work their way into your heart. God promised us that the seasons of life would continue to emerge from one to another, so we could be aware and prepare for it. I want to transition well. How about you? “To EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMPC Every season of my life has provided so many precious, life-altering moments that are recorded in photo albums and ultimately embedded in my memory bank to recall during family gatherings and quiet moments of reflection. When we plan and prepare for a new season, the anticipation can be exciting and delightful. However, sometimes change comes without
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