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Spokesperson for God

The Lord gave me a message.

He said, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.

Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 19, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments

Will God Bless America One More Time?

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”— Proverbs 18:2.

 

Too bad the USA has this separation of church and state when it comes to political discussions.  This separation, as pertains to Proverbs 18:2, has turned us into fools.

 

Since we now…

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Added by Richard H. Skiba, Jr. on August 17, 2019 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Vital Signs of Discipleship

 

 

If you want to be my follower you must love me more than

your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters –

yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 12, 2019 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

Music of the Heartland

Rejoice in the Lord, O you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you upright in right standing with God];

for praise is becoming and appropriate for those who are upright [in heart.]

Psalm 33:1 THE AMPLIFIED…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 6, 2019 at 10:33am — No Comments

Funeral Procession

God will redeem me from the power of Sheol (the place of the dead);

He will receive me. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 49:15 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE

 

     You cannot stare directly for long at the sun or at death—the first would blind you; the second would overwhelm you. Nevertheless, I encourage you to pause and ponder a moment your human…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 29, 2019 at 9:59am — No Comments

Prayer Is Discipleship

There are many methods that we can look to in order to develop a dynamic prayer life. But what if the best method isn't a method at all, but rather a viewpoint?

What if the best way to view prayerfully sitting before the Lord is to see it as one-on-one discipleship with Him - or as I like to call it; "The One-on-one…

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Added by Amy Jo on July 27, 2019 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Creeping and Soaring

The days are different. Some days I find myself with high energy, desiring to accomplish much. Then on other days, I just want to sit on the porch and sip coffee. Carl Sandburg expressed it this way: “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” However, Helen Keller countered with “One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.” The idea that compares youth to soaring like an eagle, is mentioned several…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 25, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Intentional Grandparenting: What? Why? How? #2

An alarming report recently grabbed my attention:

A seven-year study of the causes of death among teens in America observed that the top three causes of death were accidents, homicide, and suicide.* Almost half­ of those tragedies—about 68,000 deaths—were accidents, and most of those accidents—about 46,000—were by motor vehicle.

  Sit back for a…

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Added by Skip Garmo on July 19, 2019 at 3:58am — No Comments

The Secret of Glory

This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past,

but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. 

This is the secret: Christ lives in you, your assurance you will share in his glory.

Colossians 1:26-27 NLT

 

Christ’s promise in your mind is your hope of an eternal destiny…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 15, 2019 at 11:36am — No Comments

Inspiring Itinerary

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Psalm 25:1 ESV

 

     I am the Most High God—Ruler of the universe, God above all, King of kings and Lord of lords. No judge is greater than Me—when you rest your case in heaven’s supreme court, no lesser…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 10, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments

Panorama of Praise

Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Psalm 66:20 NLT

 

I have not rejected your prayer—I have responded to you.

When you confess your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 2, 2019 at 2:56pm — No Comments

From Multi-task to Single Focus

Most of my early heroes were workaholics, and some were also perfectionists. What an amazing, yet deadly mix! No surprise then, that I developed the same two traits. Then I discovered that I was good at multi-tasking. Most of my life, friends seemed to be amazed at how much I could accomplish. I assume, to whatever degree that was true, it was because of the blending of these three ingredients. I had the “disease” of which Nigel Cumberland wrote in his book, 100 Things Successful People Do,…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on June 28, 2019 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Good Morning!

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.

Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3 NLT

 

Good morning! This is a good time for you to praise Me. I watched…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 24, 2019 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Learning the Hard Way

Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.”

Job 42:1-2 NIV

 

The experience classroom is where you learn profound wisdom. The school of hard knocks presents a tough curriculum, but what you learn experientially alters you more than what you learn academically.

 

The first lesson you…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 17, 2019 at 11:44am — No Comments

From Church Culture to Mission Culture

Joe and Mary enter the church and talk to long-term friends. They get a cup of coffee and ask how Sarah how she’s enjoying their new house. Joe and Mary sit down in their familiar seats by the center aisle so they can leave quickly. They sing some songs, hear a message, and then go home.

A church culture has dominated a mission culture in many of our churches. Too many "Christians" are busy playing church instead of seeking the heart of Jesus. As a result, the church is declining in…

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Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on June 16, 2019 at 7:38pm — No Comments

And You Think YOU Have a Crazy Family Tree?

Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.

Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the…

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Added by Jim Buchan on June 16, 2019 at 4:52am — No Comments

Intentional Grandparenting: What? Why? How? #1

God has no grandchildren.

Reading through the Old Testament book of Judges recently, a sentence jumped off the page and jabbed at my heart: After them another generation rose up who did not know the…

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Added by Skip Garmo on June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

From Church Culture to Mission Culture

Joe and Mary enter the church and talk to long-term friends. They get a cup of coffee and ask how Sarah how she’s enjoying their new house. Joe and Mary sit down in their familiar seats by the center aisle so they can leave quickly. They sing some songs, hear a message, and then go home.

A church culture has dominated a mission culture in many of our churches. Too many "Christians" are busy playing…

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Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on June 10, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Way to the Truth of Life

I am the way, the truth, and the life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 NLT

 

I am the only Road that leads to the destination of…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 3, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments

Fulfilling Your Purpose

Recently I woke up thinking about an intriguing phrase in Paul’s statement to the Colossians:

27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 31, 2019 at 9:09am — No Comments

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