Responding to Clouds.

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The other day, you and I discussed the promise of rain. It is an important thing to think about. This idea that, maybe the storm clouds don’t mean God has abandoned you…but that grace is on the way, God is on the way.

God has been putting that thought on my heart for a while now and this morning He opened it up to me even farther. I was reading this morning from the book of Exodus and a passage jumped out at me.

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Memorial Day.

img_08841I did my Bible reading this morning over a cup of tea. And as God is prone to do, He drew my eye to an interesting verse on this Memorial Day.

“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” -Ex. 12:14, ESV

This command to Moses comes just after the institution of the Jewish Passover festival. But I couldn’t help noticing the miraculous timing of this verse in my life. So I thought, for this Memorial Day when I read about the memorial day of our faith, I would discuss some of the people I personally consider heroes of our faith. Some you will know, some you will not; some are soldiers, some are not; but all are members of the army of our God. Continue reading

Through.

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I wanna talk about Job today.  Just for the sake of the discussion, I’m going to assume someone is reading this who has never heard of Job.  Job is a character in the Bible; he actually has his own book in the First Testament.  If I were to boil Job’s story down it would sound like this:

Job was a good man and loved God.  Satan wanted to make Job curse and deny God so God allowed Satan to test Job.  In one day, in just a short time span of that day, Job lost his fortune, his family, and his fitness…but never his faith.

That’s the HYPER-condensed story of Job (I would encourage you to click here and go read the entire book of Job if you haven’t before.)  When people read the story of Job there are two usual responses: 1) look how holy Job was! and/or 2) look what God allowed Job to go through. Continue reading

Test the Test.

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I have a bulletin board on my desk.  What do you want from me?  I have cinderblock walls and poster tabs don’t work well!  Anyway…on that bulletin board I have a small piece of paper with a word on it.

Perspective.

God has revealed to me over the past few weeks that this is our word for the year.  Over and over, He has been encouraging me to shift my perspective, and then…oh then!  Let’s just say I shift my perspective and He blows. my. mind. Continue reading

Supplying Every Need.

“This is what God says–
forget about what’s happened;

don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present.
I’m about to do something brand new.
It’s bursting out!
Don’t you see it?
There it is!
I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
-Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (MSG)

When you get into the hard times in life, it is quite often too easy for the enemy to convince us that we have been abandoned.  That God may have been a great God in the past, but His miraculous works are no longer a factor in our every day.  Can I be blunt?  That’s a lie. Continue reading

Salt.

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That one time I hammocked during a sunrise at the beach.  And it was 27 outside.

I have heard a lot of people say that if your body is craving salt, you need to eat it because your body is trying to communicate a deficiency to you.  Is that true of everything?  I made up my schedule early this morning over coffee and then…I lost my gumption.  Someone found my “Get Up and Go” switch and they flipped it!  I just didn’t want to do any of the things I was so motivated to do this morning.  All I wanted to do was…nothing.  I just wanted to rest.   Continue reading

The Jobian Dilemma.

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I heard a Bible teacher one time say this phrase: “Unique interpretations are usually wrong”.  His point was that, if someone is offering you a view on Scripture that no one else has had, it’s a sign of danger.  I wrote in my notes next to this phrase, “I disagree”.  And I do.  I believe that, as the Bible teaches, we need to search out everything we hear concerning Scripture and Jesus to make sure that the teaching lines up with Scripture and what we know about the character of God from the person of Jesus (1 John 4:1).

All that being said, in the way of an introduction, I would like to share a thought with you.  I seek to communicate up front that this is a personal thought I had during study this morning.  It is not explicit in Scripture, I did not read it from some great theologian.  I do believe God laid it on my heart and it is thought-provoking.  So I want to share. Continue reading