My Best Friend (EASTER)

When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
 
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
 
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know Read more…

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Perfect (Verb) Love

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love.
 
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
 
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of Read more…

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Relationship over Rituals

Stop bringing Me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts Me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. Isaiah‬ ‭1:13‬‬‬
 
My daughter came to me the other day, and said, “Dad, you know I love you.” You would think that after 13 years, she would know that I’m keenly aware something else comes after that. However, with each passing year she gets a little more adept at saying it. It’s gotten to the point that to the outsider, they would say, “Awe! That is so adorable! You have an amazing daughter!” To be honest, she is just that; an amazing and growing young lady. Read more…

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He Knows

God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:6-8
 
Around this time of year, many organizations spend time talking about raises and bonuses. A lot of people focus on what they have, and are grateful for what they are to receive. However, some are frustrated over the promotion they were passed over, or the increase that was not Read more…

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My Provider

“How much bread do you have?” He asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, He kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread Read more…

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Listen, Learn and Love

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
 
I was listening to a lady speaking about the challenges of being a woman in a workplace. It came to a very interesting part that struck a chord in me. She said that as a Christian black woman, people of the LGBT community would not approach her. I let that Read more…

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The Incredible Invisible Omnipresent God

Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,
for He is our God.
We are the people He watches over,
the flock under His care. Psalm 95:6-7
 
I have always been a huge hi-fi buff. My mother taught me about it when I was a kid, and she would take me to stores to listen to music in ordinary low end equipment. Then, she took me to the high end where the sound became addictive. Regular sound over the years would become to my ears, ordinary. Then, I would get home to my surround sound system with high-end speakers, and become in a state of euphoric bliss.
 
Back when I was an early teen, we had an appliance store called Highland Appliance. They had everything from refrigerators to TVs, but I used to go because of the assortment of hi-fi Read more…

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The Guiding Light

“The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”  Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.” ‭‭John‬ ‭12:34-36‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
 
Last week, I talked a bit about my own fear. There was a great deal of apprehension that went with it, and the days after writing it were a bit nerve racking to say the least. However, the thing I gained greatest comfort in was God would take me one of two places. One, He would Read more…

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Removing the Veil

Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
 
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:12-16
 
What is it you are afraid of? You might be worried about offending someone or hurting their feelings. You might lose a Read more…

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Blessed Assurance

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 1:6-8
 
What does it mean to have confidence? As I mentioned previously, I can tend to worry about things and lose focus on what matters. The other day, I had a challenge where for one reason or another, I could not seem to get a project done. There were many distractions that prevented me from working on it, and before I knew it, I was hitting against a deadline. In this case, there was this feel of calm that came over me as I began to work on the task at hand. Read more…

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