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All Authority

Don’t know why I was so struck recently with those last words of Jesus when He said:“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). ALL! In heaven! On earth! He’s ultimately in charge of everything! That’s the reason He can assure us that...

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“Review the Past for Me”

"Now then, tell my servant David," God told the prophet Nathan, "This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone" (1 Chronicles...

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Sabbath

Amazing how we can read Scripture over and over and still get moments of revelation that are totally fresh, like something we’ve not seen before. This happened to me recently when I was pondering the “the LORD’S appointed festivals (Lev.23:4). No report of God’s...

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What’s In Your Hand?

All Bible readers will remember the story of Moses, when he was arguing with God about his ability to lead Israel out of Egypt: "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" "What if [Israel does] not receive me or listen to me?" "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither...

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Godly Eclipsing

Yes, God uses the sun and the moon to mark seasons and signs. "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years'" (Gen. 1:14). And yes, eclipses of...

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The First Button

First things first! I’ll never forget Bob Benson’s illustration about the buttons on a shirt. Get the first button right, and all the others will be in line. Get that first button wrong, and the whole shirt will be lop-sided. Some things Godly are more important than...

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A Time To Forget…

A part of my own personal vision statement is, “I do not dwell on the past.” The key word here is “dwell!” If I need to confess, I confess, but then I let go of it. The Lord does not want me to live in shame or guilt. He wants me to be convicted so that I can confess,...

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Abide In Me

Nothing new here, but using the King James translation (as well as the Tree of Life Version translation) for the Greek word meno has been hanging onto me for days. I keep going back to it. Trying to pull everything I can pull into me, wanting to “hang” more in/ with...

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Scriptures I Dread Reading

Strange, but there are scriptures I dread reading! I read one of them again this morning – the story of David and Bathsheba. What horrendous consequences followed the lustful godless decision of one night! Yes, I know God later describes David as a “man after God’s...

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Selah

“Selah.” Strange word. Appears in Scripture over 70 times. Primarily in the Psalms,but also three times in Habakkuk. When I’ve read Scripture in times past and come across the word with its uncertain meaning, I would almost be annoyed with its interruption to my...

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Human Wisdom is never enough!

I’ve told you there are scriptures that I dread reading. I’ve read them before, I know what’s going to happen, and I hate to read it again. One of those scriptures is Joshua 9:14. Joshua, a mighty man of God, the man who would stay at the “Tent of Meeting” with the...

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Inquire Before You Act!

Joshua was a Godly man, well schooled in the ways of the Lord. Even in his young years, he often remained behind at the “tent of meeting” with the Lord even after Moses left (see Exodus 33:11). He was God’s chosen successor to Moses, and Israel committed to following...

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“Listen!”

When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment, His response was, “Listen!” (as The Message translates Mark’s account of the conversation, or as other translations put it) “Hear!” When I am walking strong in the Lord, I find myself continually wanting to...

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Intimacy and Warfare

Psalm 27 is one of my favorite Psalms. The context of this Psalm is that David is surrounded by enemies and is fearful. He begins the Psalm by declaring who God is. “The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom...

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“The LORD makes alive..”

1 Samuel 2:6 These prophetic words from Hannah at the dedication of Samuel are still true today! The Lord makes alive! He alone holds the power of life and death. The Lord has pretty vividly impressed this truth on me during the last few days! Some of you may not be...

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“They relied on the LORD”

2 Chronicles 13:18 The Old Covenant Scriptures are filled with examples and challenges to rely on the Lord, not on our own intellect and prowess. Abijah became king in Judah following the death of his father, Rehoboam. Rehoboam had not been a godly example for his...

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A Life of Encouragement

“Encourage one another daily!” Hebrews 3:13 Three people in my early life held an unusually important place: my grandmother, a voice coach during my last year of college, and my private German tutor during the first months of our living in Germany. Why these three?...

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Willingness to be Wild in the Spirit

If your life is boring, or even ordinary, it may be that you are not listening for that inner, sometimes wild, voice of the Holy Spirit. God can call us to do many ordinary things, but He can also call us to do wild, extravagant, unusual things.  For example, giving...

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