Change of Hearts

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We are looking in to the book of Jonah and so far we've seen how God sent Jonah to the Gentiles to warn them, how he disobeyed and went another way, how God intervened by the tempest and a fish and how he was delivered when he repented and prayed. Now we are in chapter 3 and we see not just one, but multiple CHANGE of hearts. Let's look at them one by one. God It says here in verse 3, "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time". God had a plan for Jonah and the people of … [Read more...]

What Matters?

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I heard a preacher recently deliver a message that implied there were four things in life that really mattered: Jesus, Eternity, Truth and Love. I was left wondering how that seemingly simple message could be expounded upon. How could it go from milk to meat? I wondered. I’m no preacher, and I could go on about my doctrinal position therein but I have made it my motto not to debate those things irrelevant to salvation. That said, I do want to discuss, hopefully on a deeper level, the import of … [Read more...]

When God Hides

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But they didn’t know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him. Luke 24:16 NLT Hiding appears to be a normal part of life. Perhaps, it’s a part of that sinful bent all people are born with. After all, hiding is the first thing Adam and Eve did after disobeying God. I too am familiar with hiding. Apart from the normal game of hide-n-seek, my cousin and I often invented other hiding games. We invented imaginary giants to hide from in my grandfather’s barns. If we chose to play … [Read more...]

God’s Boundary Lines

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Jeremiah 5:18 (NLT) “Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 5:22 (NLT) “…I, the Lord, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set.” When looking at these verses they are not what we would think of as “holiday” scriptures. But I cannot help but think of many friends and family that are possibly feeling during this … [Read more...]

Can I be a Christ-like Influence Online?

We cannot skip this. In a world so privately public, we get to be the creators of our own world in a sense. We get to ‘accept’ or ‘deny’ friendships in this relatively new realm we have given the title ‘social media.’ But are social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter a good or an evil in the Kingdom of Heaven? As a Christian it can be tempting to turn away from using social media. Have you noticed? You have heard the many reasons we should get rid of social media all … [Read more...]

Get Out Of The Whale’s Belly

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“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17, NKJV) Do you ever wonder why sometimes everything in your life seems to be going in the opposite direction of where you are trying to go? You are trying your best, but instead of everything you touch turning to gold, it dissolves. Maybe you lose your job, or, have a hard time finding one. Maybe, it seems that things in your house are starting to tear up … [Read more...]

If I Was Nineteen Again

This morning a young lady, 19-years old, asked me a question, “What would you do if you were nineteen and could do anything you wanted to do in the world? Your parents aren’t putting any pressure on you whatsoever to do any particular thing…WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” I had to think for a moment. As I processed the gravity and profound implications of her question, I imagined that same question coming from my 13-year old daughter in less than six years! My answer, I firmly believe, would be the same … [Read more...]

Love Others: A New Command

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"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." --John 13:34 New can be described as a plethora of things. It can be exciting, challenging, and daunting among many other adjectives. New is all of these feelings and much more when Jesus provides us a new command because it is personal and should be incredibly motivating. Anytime you see the words highlighted red, meaning the words are an exact quote from Jesus Himself, in … [Read more...]

God is Patient

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It took forever for the butterfly to land, but he was well worth the wait. God thinks you are too. Within the past several weeks, a few dear friends have called me and shared their struggle to trust God. I told them that remembering who God is (the character of God) and what He has done (the work of God) can help us find peace in uncertainty and turmoil. The Bible is filled with instances of God telling His warriors and disciples who He was and what He had done. When everything was falling … [Read more...]

Where the Sledge Hammer and Pry Bar Once Ruled OLD POST

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It was a day like any other. From my acclivitous station on the street, I saw them coming. I wondered what mission these men were on as they continued to approach; steel toes, hard hats and tools in hand. I didn’t recognize them so I assumed they must be headed to another. To my surprise, I was indeed their intended doorstep. Apparently someone must have given them access to my entry because they unlocked my doors with ease. Suddenly, I felt vulnerable and betrayed; for only my owner had the … [Read more...]