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Green Grass...Just Follow

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He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. Deuteronomy 8:15-16 (NIV) We’ve all heard the phrase, “the grass is greener on the other side”. What does that actually mean? Am I not satisfied where I am; is jealousy rising up within my heart; is envy causing my eyes to see things differently? Ever wonder if perhaps its insecurity or fear that utters these words; we are alarmed about the possibility of something different? We get in a rut and believe this is it; this must be my life! Could it be that the grass is greener on the other side but we are just not sure how to get there? The Bible gives us a story about a people who wanted freedom; they wanted the “greener life” but often their disposition was

Outstreched Arm | Do not Cross

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“So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders.” (Deuteronomy 26:8) I love the language used in the Scriptures that describes how God delivered his people. It reads, “with a mighty had and an outstretched arm” he fought for them. I get a visual of arms being used almost as a border, like a police yellow line that declares to all around, “do not cross”. Who would dare fight the Mighty Hand of God? This is the God who fought for Israel in the days of old. He is the same God who fights for all who have bowed the knee to him and have declared you are my God! For every heart that has been transformed by the Son; for every ear that has heard the message of the Gospel and responded, this is the same God that goes forth on our behalf. When I need help, I call on the Name of the Lord. He is the One that rescues me when it seems like defeat is imminent. Let my heart be right, and he is my defense. He is descri

Give us this day....

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Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.  Psalm 107:8-9 Ever wonder why the Israelite people asked for manna (bread that rained down from heaven)? The Lord, with a Mighty Hand ( Exodus 6:1 ) delivered the his people via his servant Moses out of the grip of the enemy, Egypt. He parted the red sea and his people with fear and trembling walked across the dry land. Their promise was becoming reality. Victory, Yes!! So why the grumbling? Their calloused, sinful hearts had invited a new journey route. Their 10 day journey turned into 40 years. The God who allowed their clothing not to waste in the desert had made provision for them to eat, but their sinful ravished hearts and their whining invoked a lesson from God that needed to be learned. When sin has a hold on us we do not see clearly ( Isaiah 6:9 ). I'm thirsty ( Exodus 17:6 ) and he provided life saving wa

The Voice

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Have you heard it; the Voice that calls to you to turn around and acknowledge the One that loves you? I couldn’t help but think of the current reality show that features judges who can’t see the one whose full attention is captivated by the audience; all they can hear is the voice. After a few notes or sometimes the full length of the song, judges have an option to turn around and acknowledge the singer. Their goal is to win them over, train them and inspire them to achieve. When God's people were in the desert with Moses, a voice from the mountain of the Lord spoke. You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. (Deuteronomy 4:11-12) Here God spoke to his chosen people and poured out his heart. He warned them about falling into idolatry. You saw no form of any kind the day the

The Image

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For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.   Hebrews 4:12 What if it was easy to pick and choose what we want to believe from the Word of God? If I like the Scripture and it does not disrupt "my life" I'll apply it. Photoshop a very popular photo editing program does wonders; even miracles if you've seen some of these remarkable photos. The problem is that its not reality.  I recently had my photo taken by my son, a skilled photographer; a creator of beauty in his own right. When it was all done, he placed me in the middle of NYC; the incredible thing is, I have not visited NYC in years. We live in a world where we want everything to be approved by us and for us. This is part of "the fall". The creature disobeys his Creator; not content in the world created by Him chose to entertain temp

Do you see the Light?

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The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 God speaks through anything and anyone. Yesterday as I was going to work a tracker trailer with the word "Shammah" was in front of me. I smiled to myself because I remembered that Jehovah-Shammah means the Lord is there. It was comforting for me. This morning yet another truck with the words "follow me". There was other language but that's all I read. Follow me, the Lord is there. Wow! As my eyes glanced at the toll both lanes, inevitably some are marked with a green light and other clearly have a big red "X". God speaks through anything or anyone. As we make decisions, often we battle which way to go; what direction to take; how to decide the matter. The man who's heart loves the Lord will seek council from God but how often do we still make the wrong decision. Why? I be

The Supplier

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In the beginning of time the Word of God says that God created vegetation, seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it. (Genesis 1:11) Today is a new day. It has never existed before. It’s interesting that the Lord created all these plants with seeds; more fruit to come via the seed, yet the Bible says that the Sun was not yet in place. The nourishment that would be needed supplied by the sun that would allow the plants and trees to bloom and thrive was not yet created. “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars”. (Genesis 1:16) God was this an afterthought? Did God make an “oops” and then realize that he quickly needed to make the Sun? I think I would have done this the other way around. Good thing I am not God. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9) We often read the

Run the Race

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press onto ward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) I remember growing up my mom saying to clean up because the New Year was about to begin. As an adult now I understand that was my mom’s way to encourage my sisters and I to clean up our room. I’m not sure it had anything to do with the New Year but she used it to her advantage. Perhaps it was just tradition, passed down from my grandma; “no dejes que el ano viejo te encuentri asi” (translation: Don’t let the old year find you in that state) the state of being unkempt. This was my mom’s approach to make sure the New Year started clean! So many years later and it still echoes in my heart. What can I do different this year. The whole world is speaking on “new”. New beginnings; new workout, new diet, n