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When God Is Praised Everyone Gets Blessed

Psalm 67:5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.   6  The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.  7  May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

And the Grammy goes to GOD!!!!!

So we hardly ever watch many of the award shows because too often we are not ups to speed on some of the “art” that is out now. However, we know that it is important to know what is out there because our kids are immersed in it at school and when they are not around us.  However, last night our Son who desires to be an artist of some sort wanted to watch the Grammys.  So we did and it was so pleasant to watch the Grammys tonight and see an artist that I really like, Chance the Rapper.  One because he is super unique, Two because he is not at all shy to praise God in his life and his music.  So when he received his award it was no surprise that he gave glory to God, but not in a way that we usually see people trivialize God’s presence in their lives (not that I attempting to judge), but as authentic as I’ve seen at a show like the Grammy’s (Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the Name of the Lord).  So then when it was his turn to perform, he chose to praise God.  Performing “How Great is Our God” and sprinkled in some of his own songs which were done with perfection.

I know that many of the crowd were expecting something different but what they got was Blessed. The word tells us that as the People Praise God, God blesses us.  And it does not say that God only blesses some people, because God desires to bless all.  After all He sent Jesus to save all of us and just because many choose not to receive Him, He continues to bless us all with His precious love.  So even though some in the Grammy crowd did not know what transaction was occurring during Chance the Rapper’s performance they walk out of the LA Staples Center better than they came in.

For all of us that Praise the Lord as a daily part of our lives, be assured that we are mainly doing it because of the relationship we have with Him, it is also still critical for those who still have not accepted Christ. As we praise, God blesses…..

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Receive His Love in 2017

It is time to receive God’s Love for you.  Romans 8:35 reminds us that nothing we’ve done or could ever do is greater than the Love God has for us.  In 2017 it is time to let go of the things keeping you from receiving the Love you so desperately need.  You’re worth everything to God so much so that He gave up everything for you (John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.).  His love for you has covered, removed and destroyed all that you’ve done and all that you are even capable of doing (1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”)

Receive the Love you’ve sought for so long.  There is nothing that can stop you from receiving it….so take it.  

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

What Are You Thinking Today??

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

Well last night (early this morning) capped of two years’ worth of campaign ads; political spin and all out verbal assault at times. But it is all over, well at least until tomorrow anyway (this cycle never stops you know).  I hope each one of you voted and participated in a right that so many people sacrificed for us all to have (well not all; another thought for another day).  So now that it is done, What Are You Thinking?

Many are cheering in the streets, while others are crushed, trying to figure out “what went wrong.” Let’s not kid ourselves, the election results were unexpected, unprecedented and downright unbelievable.  Which is why today emotions are running so very high.  We voted for a reason and whether your candidate won or lost last night (or even made it to the general election), you were somehow invested in last night’s outcome.  Now that the results are in you should get your emotions out today, high or low.  However, after you’re done remember this:  God is greatly invested in us and much more than our investment in an election.

Paul reminds us that it’s “God who always leads us”; stop there!  If you are a child of God don’t forget that your steps are ordered and the Lord wants to lead you into triumph.  Here’s a secret, if the Lord leads you NOBODY can stop you.  “Triumph” in the text refers to Victory and Celebration (dig a little deeper and it is a song sung if a festival of procession in honor of God).  We do indeed have victory and can celebrate today and every day because we are “in triumph in Christ.”  Our hope, joy, life and future and not tied to this or any election.  We are tied to Jesus Christ and He always leads us in triumph.. For some this morning was a great morning and for others still a nightmare, but for those of us “in Christ” today there is more Victory and Celebration.  There is a lot more meat in this verse but let’s just marinate on Christ’s Triumph (The Cross).

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t Worry Just Go…..

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth….. 11 So I went and washed, and I received sight.

There is so much rich goodness in this chapter and even in these first 11 verses but I just wanted to share something that caught my eye this morning. For those of you who see God working in everyone else’s life & ministry, and while you are excited for them, you sometimes find yourself wondering when it will be your time. When will I get healed? When will my child be saved? When will I get that opportunity? Is it too late? Well Don’t Worry, God has not forgotten you. He loves you and is already at work. Now you should read the whole chapter as some point it will bless you. I want to highlight a few things:

The scripture says “as Jesus passed by,” it would seem that the man was not on His agenda. However, Jesus tells his disciples that this man’s situation was “that the works of God should be revealed in him.”—Take Away: It may look like God is passing you by but He’s using your situation so everyone can See Him work.

You see while he was passing by the man, teaching His disciples and leaving each of us wisdom to live by (God’s always at work), he was forming the mechanism He would use to heal the man and anointing the area of need. “He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” —Take Away: It may seem like nothing is happening, but know that God is anointing you and your circumstance as prepping for His “Big Reveal.”

After this Jesus told the Blind man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,” the blind man went, washed and came back with his site. —Take Away: Just Go!! The blind man could not see, he did not know where he was going, he could not even see the man who was telling him to go. However, by faith he moved and did what God said. If God has given you instruction…Just Go your Healing, your Miracle, your Breakthrough your Vision Awaits!!!

So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.”

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Who Is He???

Matt 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus asked Peter THE MOST powerful question.  The answer to this question determined Peter’s future and will ultimately determine our eternal destiny.

In the midst of Jesus doing numerous miracles, teaching His disciples about the tarnished ways of the Pharisee; and just before prophesying His coming death and transfiguring himself, literally bringing heaven to earth. Jesus prods Peter with this overwhelmingly critical examination.

While many people were seeing miracles with their own eyes, others hearing stories from afar and deciding for themselves what they thought based on others opinions, all were deciding who they thought Jesus was. Yet, Peter and his colleagues had walked, talked and been with Jesus for days, weeks, months, so the question to Peter, while very personal, we also very humbling.  After all, the disciple’s new Jesus best…..didn’t they??

Peter came thru like a champ with his answer; “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  He nailed it!!!….. But wait didn’t he later deny even knowing Jesus just 10 chapters later??  How could that be?  What chance do we have if Peter was right there with him, knew the answer and still failed?

I’ve got some great news, Peter’s destiny was stamped right at the point of his perfect answer. When we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts…(Rom 10:9-10), like Peter, our eternal destiny is stamped “Forever LIFE w/Jesus.”  Peter’s forever was changed when Jesus asked him this question.  What will your destiny be…

Who Do (enter your name here) say that I am?

Just a reminder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Sharp

I was reading today’s Proverb (27) and was struck by verse 17 a verse that is so familiar that it often loses its penetrating impact.  Yes it’s that verse.  “As Iron sharpens Iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Are we still sharpening others or being sharpened????

Maybe just maybe we are becoming dull because of much usage….  You see, the knife is dulled when cutting or chopping–causing the blades edge to be bend and fold away eventually breaking off (losing pieces).  If not sharpened significant damage is done.

Regular sharpening restores the knife’s optimal performance without any metal being removed or loss.  Fret not, because our Lord is our restorer (Psalm 23), and He will provide for us other iron to sharpen and be sharpened by. Regular time in the Lord’s presence will strengthen you and allow us to strengthen one another. Time to get sharp….

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Hail to the Father’s

(1 Cor 4:15) For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
We have a lot of men in this world and many of those men have children. However, just as the text states “yet you do not have many fathers.” A father is much more than someone that is able to procreate and we just don’t have many Fathering the numerous youth of today. Which explains a lot of the chaos we see in this World today.  

With that small backdrop I commend all of you Fathers out there today. Those who are providing, loving and pouring into your children and even those young people that are not yours by blood. You are the cream of the crop and the legacy that this world is longing for. 

For those who’ve never had a Father in their lives or like me no longer have your Father with you. Paul has some great news for us “for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” God our Father sent Jesus so that we would never be Fatherless. Because of His Glorious Gospel we can enjoy the love of a Wonderful Father for the first time or once again.  

Happy Father’s Day God, thank you so much for being my Daddy now and forever. Please keep teaching us how you Father is so we can be the Father’s you’ve destined us to be.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in Uncategorized