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Safety Check!

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The believer's complacency is a security or confidence we feel apart from God. Our hearts say, “all is well, we can rest now.” It’s a feeling of satisfaction and safety. The Word of God says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) This warning was issued in the Book of Amos, “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!” (Amos 6:1) When the wars of life seem to cease often, we can let our guard down. The rampart is left open for the enemy to drop in. Once inside he begins to bring confusion and we begin to feel unsettled. We ask questions like, “why do I feel like this?” Often the emptiness settles in and our purpose is blurred. These feelings have come on the heels of thoughts we’ve entertained that speak “security, relax, all is well!” Indeed, the Lord has draw

Let Your Heart Beat Again

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Was it "A" or type "O"? The urgency for a transfusion was here. If the correct match was not given he  would die. The wrong kind would cause him to spiral deeper into sickness perhaps even death. The atmosphere filled with the sound of foot steps, the medical team rushing to secure this life-saving process. It must be completed with accuracy! Restoration of this fragile boy was imperative lest he slip away never to see a sunrise again. We need the blood! The Father was ready. He would give anything for their child. He could have chosen not to go. His own life was now on the crossroads of a radical life-changing universal event. If he remained, they would die. If he left it would be to his own demise! The deception that had crept in so effectively had darken the hearts of his creation. The separation that pulled at His heart would invoke an act of sacrifice. The Son would go. Yes, he would leave to restore harmony with the heart of the Father. The

Oh Snap!

Before there were cameras I wonder if the subject would tell the painter which angel to highlight? “Please draw me from the left, it’s my better side.” As cameras have developed over the years from the Pinhole Camera of the 1500s to current high-resolution cameras packaged with our mobile devices, what story are the images telling? Have you looked in the Mirror lately? Often, if we are not content with what the mirror reflects, we just add a little makeup or just the washing of the face can tweak the image we see to be more palatable. But we are more than what we see, aren’t we? The Word of God reveals and speaks about the intention of our hearts. It doesn’t matter what the outside looks like, God knows us deeper than our skin container. Today we know exactly how to take our “selfie”. We can take weight off and make it so that we look as thin as we want to be. The filters we use can remove wrinkles that life has deposited or we lighten the image so that we look more ref

Did you have to pay?

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Today is the day to settle your debt! "There are two things that are certain in life, death & taxes." How many times have you heard that? Indeed, today the account must be settled. Personally, I had to pay! I tried to stay abreast of the laws that control how much money I have to surrender to the IRS. Because my financial status changed, I was a little unprepared for the debt that I would owe. I had to make an educated guess at what my tax debt would be. I was pretty close, nevertheless, I came up short. I did not know. Well that was my tax story. But, what about the other certainty in life, death? The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) I'm just trying to live! The truth is I was born in sin therefore my debt is stacked up against me upon arrival. Not understanding the condition of my heart could leave me standing before God saying, "I did not know." But the truth is that the guidelines have been made available to

My Offering | Unnecessary Death

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What caused the death of Aaron's sons who were serving before the Lord? After Nadab and Abihu offered "strange or unauthorized fire" before the Lord, scriptures says there were consumed. They were killed before a Holy God. I'm writing today so that we may be encouraged and note, inquire within and ask ourselves, "what we are presenting" ourselves to. What is infiltrating our minds, our bodies and causing even rational, logic to escape us. Often fear and anxiety strap us to a point of immobility. We can't function. The Voice of the Lord seems far away. The simplicity of life becomes so complicated, poisoned by the noise of the world. The distractions we engage in pull us from his peace! Are we filled with his Spirit? Are we inviting his Good Presence to be in our midst? Nadab and Abihu who were serving before the Lord took casually their service to the Holy One. Though they had instructions on how to minister before the Lord, someth