Archive for June, 2014

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And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.” (1 John 3:24 NIV)

Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was effectively a triple agent, working also for MI6 and the Spanish secret service. He was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 while drinking tea at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, England, by other former KGB agents in 2006. His death brought to light a major question and possibly the reason for his assassination: Just who did Litvinenko really work for?!

There are many things in life that we may never be sure of. Your salvation, however, should not be one of those! While we can’t be hostages of mercy, single sins won’t cause us to lose our salvation or else grace doesn’t exist. But God’s conviction is meant to bring us to true brokenness and repentance before we do wander off the reservation. The fact that the Holy Spirit is dealing with you is testimony that God’s grip is still on your life!

Don’t live life next to Sin’s fence, trying to be both holy and worldly. Unlike Litvinenko, you can only serve one side. And when you belong to God, the moving of the Holy Spirit within you is the sign that you are His. So stay His! You are loved! See you at Church tomorrow! (6/28/14)

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Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 4:5 NIV)

“Thank God you’re here!” The relieved woman had dialed 911 for a medical emergency. When our fire department first responders checked the situation, they found that her care had actually been very good, making our job easier to prepare the injured victim for the ambulance. She did all she could do, then prayed for the medical help to hurry and save the day.

There are some moments in life where we have no idea what to do. In such times, we must first make sure we are doing our parts well for God. Am I being faithful? Is my heart in tune with His? When we have done all we can, we must then place our trust in the fact that God still saves the day. Where fear cripples, faith still holds out hope in a big God!

Do you have urgent needs in your life? We all do. Your life isn’t more hopeless than the rest of the world. Instead of cowering in helpless fear, do what you know is right. Then believe that God is responding to your 911 prayer! You are loved! Have a great weekend!

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Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” (Proverbs 9:9 NIV)

Superior Court Judge W. Kent Hamlin learned a hard lesson. Bobby Lee Pearson walked out free from a slam dunk burglary case because a jury mistakenly signed a not-guilty verdict form when in reality it was a hung jury, meaning he could be tried again. In a twist of events, Pearson was stabbed to death as soon as he got home. “This has never happened to me in more than 100 jury trials that I have done,” Judge Hamlin lamented.

We all make mistakes, some just seem bigger than others. But failing at something doesn’t make you a failure, not if there’s something to gain from it. When we see how to not make the same mistake again, we “will be wiser still”. Sometimes the only way to make good decisions is to learn from our bad ones.

Don’t be afraid to own up to your mistakes. Pride results into catastrophes, many often repeated. But by acknowledging and learning from mistakes, respect and trust can be built again. Grow from your mistakes! You are loved unconditionally today!

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When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.” (Ecclesiastes 5:4 NIV)

According to the Center for Disease Control, divorces surpassed the 50% mark of marriages last year. As I performed a wedding last week for a family member, I’m reminded of how sacred our vows are to God, more so than they are to ourselves. While I’m pretty confident in their marital future, there are plenty I’m not so sure of.

Consider for a moment your REAL track record for keeping your promises. How many times to we make pledges and promises? Are we faithful to fulfill them? Do people know you as a person of your word, even if it hurts? Does God see you that way? It’s hard to judge ourselves, but if we don’t keep our word, the only person we fool is ourselves.

Be a person of your word. When you make a vow to God or before Him to others, always live up to it. The remainder of blessing for your life hinges upon your faithfulness. Live up to your end of the bargain with everyone! You are loved today!

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV)

It seems Joseph Stalin had a grudge against anti-Communist John Wayne. Reportedly, he ordered a hit on the movie star, dispatching two KGB assassins in 1951. But the FBI were wise to the plot and intercepted the two hit men, as well as a sniper attack when he visited Vietnam in 1966. He was obsessed with killing Wayne but couldn’t.

While not all obsessions are fulfilled, the Bible says that our hungering for God always will. Our nearness to God, however, will only match the level of our desire for Him. Hunger for God, feel Him more; ignore God and don’t be surprised that His presence and His blessings are far from you.

God competes with your obsessions and hobbies. They may seem harmless to you, but anything that makes God #2 or lower in life is not worth it! Ask God to increase your desire for Him and decrease the cravings for lesser things. You are made to be God-filled! You are loved today!

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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” (Proverbs 3:27 NLT)

June 1996 saw two competing rallies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One was a Ku Klux Klan rally, the other was protesting the KKK. All was calm until a man was spotted with rascist tattoos & clothing, which led to a mob stomping by the protestors. However, a young black high school girl, Keshia Thomas, shielded the man with her body until police could intervene, prompting a change in the man’s son.

The Bible commands us to do good to those around us, if it’s in our power to help. Some may not deserve the kindness, but neither do we deserve God’s grace. True disciples are those that do good daily instead of just talking about it.

Ask God to help you do good deeds that reflect your inner relationship with Him. We all get enough abuse in this old world. Be a difference maker by doing good to anyone God puts in your path! They are ready for a life-changing touch from God through your hands! You are loved today!