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Seeking God’s Perspective on Life’s Journey

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August 29, 2017 – The Strongest Muscle

August 29, 2017 – The Strongest Muscle

Motivation often occurs out of the huddle of encouragement. In football, there was probably no greater leader and encourager than the Hall of Famer quarterback – Bart Starr. When Bart was in his prime there was none better. He utilized his mind and voice to prompt and inspire his team.

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August 22, 2017 – Standing Alone

August 22, 2017 – Standing Alone

God knew his prophet was feeling alone and overwhelmed. God’s desire was for him not to give up because there was work for Elijah to do. When we need direction, answer God’s first question to Elijah, “What are you doing here?” God has you right where you are for a reason, and He may have a job for you to do, a job you’re missing because you’re too worried about “what’s next” instead of “what now.”

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August 15, 2017 – Calling Out Our Men

August 15, 2017 – Calling Out Our Men

Too many men believe the Christian Church is not relevant. Research also shows that men are struggling in many areas of their personal lives with depression, despair, loneliness, pornography, deception, debt, and feel spiritually empty. Our culture and lifestyle continue to ask for more from men without regard to a man’s dedication to their faith or family. Many of us have problems saying “enough is enough”.

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August 8, 2017 – Be a Barnabas

August 8, 2017 – Be a Barnabas

I find too many believers are struggling with personal issues taking away the joy of their salvation. And then there are the many believers who have conflicts with others in the church. We may have forgotten what the Apostle Paul said to the Ephesians: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”.

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August 1, 2017 – Fly Fishing and Faith

August 1, 2017 – Fly Fishing and Faith

In my library are several books that talk about the art of angling. Interestingly enough, angling is not a new endeavor, but is spoken about in several places in the Bible. Remember Jesus asked Peter to cast his line into the water to catch a fish that had a silver coin in its mouth, the annual temple tax – a stater – that would pay the fee for Jesus and Peter.

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July 25, 2017 – The West Coast Offense

July 25, 2017 – The West Coast Offense

The West Coast Offense has lots of motion from the running backs and wide receivers. The many short passes in this offense allows gifted runners to break tackles in the open field and gain much yardage. I know I need help calling the plays in my life. I appreciate knowing that the ultimate Coach and Counselor runs my West Coast Offense.

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July 18, 2017 – Quilt of Holes

July 18, 2017 – Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life… I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

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July 11, 2017 – Roller Coasters and Trust

July 11, 2017 – Roller Coasters and Trust

I should have paid more attention to the advertisement that read: “Raging roller coaster rides that are for the insane.” Rides like Tremors and Timber Terror go up steep inclines only to dump you back down to earth at 65 mph. Real fun if you’re half-crazy! Like riding a roller coaster, sometimes when life is a great challenge we should just close our eyes in prayer and trust that God will bring us through it.

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July 3, 2017 – Watch Out for Decoys

July 3, 2017 – Watch Out for Decoys

A single decoy alone may not send the correct message to tempt a trophy buck; however, several 3-D decoys strategically placed in proximity of each other had a positive effect on the unsuspecting animal. Sometimes we are no different than that poor unsuspecting buck. Our greed, passion, lusts, and driven spirits cause us to forget about the temptations and decoys that will lure us away from our beliefs.

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June 27, 2017 – Thinking of Others

June 27, 2017 – Thinking of Others

They assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash but with a relish to run the race to the finish, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to weep.

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June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

An Ironman Triathlon is about as grueling as it gets. Think about this – swim 2.4 miles in cold water, bicycle in the wind 112 miles, and then run/walk 26.2 miles in the heat of the day. The premiere athletes, who finish in the top two or three positions, complete the 140 mile course in eight and a half hours. For many the day is much longer, lasting up to 17 hours. While we live out our lives on earth, sufferings and trials can teach us to develop patience and perseverance.

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June 13, 2017 – Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God

June 13, 2017 – Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God

Physical adultery does not originate in a vacuum; it begins with spiritual adultery in the heart. The hearts of the 10 northern tribes were unfaithful and corrupt. They had lost their way in their spiritual journey and obedience to God. The covenant God had formed with Israel on Mount Sinai in Exodus 24 and renewed in Joshua 8 was like that of a cherishing husband.

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June 6, 2017 – Rest and Surrender

June 6, 2017 – Rest and Surrender

Jesus offers rest for us at the core of who we are when we surrender. We can be confident that He is walking with us, partnering with us in our journey (the yoke he offers) and thankful that the burden we are getting in exchange for the one we’re carrying will be easy to bear. Sounds like a no-brainer deal to me.

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May 30, 2017 – Are You a Warrior?

May 30, 2017 – Are You a Warrior?

Memorial Day is a precious time to celebrate the sacrifices of those who have defended this great country.  Every American owes a debt of gratitude to the women and men who bravely serve(d) in our military to defend our rights and protect our land. Too often we take...

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