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Try walking a mile in your brother's shoes

Psalm 50:6 (NLT) Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude.

The long, hot days of August come to a close as I reflect on the grief and terror experienced around the world and in America by innocent people. Somehow, this month can’t be all about me and my personal world because God opened my eyes and heart to the hatred and evil of humankind. Terrorism against any group, anywhere in the world, is evil whether it’s political or is conducted by organizations that are supposed to protect the citizens of America. We saw images of an innocent journalist, women and children harmed across the world. We saw how racism reared its ugly head in our own back yard with the killing of a young black man. I came of age in the era of desegregation and it feels like we've lost ground.
I’m particularly appalled at the ignorance of some Christians who are hypocrites when it comes to loving your brother as yourself. These hypocrites do not understand what mino…

Stop before you deal with regret later - Jeremiah 17:9-10

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Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is the most deceitful thing there is and desperately wicked. No one can really know how bad it is! Only the Lord knows!  He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives so he can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived. 
Andy Stanley's sermon on how we want to tell our life story got me to thinking about regrets. 
Definition of regret:
1.to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.):

2.to think of with a sense of loss:
Death bed regrets are terribly sad. Regret is an unnecessary and sad burden to carry, but I know so many people who would change things they did or didn't do. 
Regrets are irreversible - we can't undo the things we regret, so I write this note as a prevention message for young people. 
Stanley suggests asking yourself key questions, including "Am I being honest with myself, really?" before you do something that you might later regret. 
Most of us make decisions in the…

Nothing stops real love!

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Romans 8:38-39 For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord. 

Feelings can lead us down torturous paths. Next time you face a daunting crisis whether it's in your mind or real --stop. 
Remember that nothing stops the love of Jesus. 
It's yours free! 
There's nothing you did to earn it! And it will not be withdrawn from you! 
 It's called GRACE! 


"We may feel at times that God has departed us from us, but that is when we have to believe his Word rather than our feelings." ~ RC Sproul

Definition of grace: 
a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b :  a virtue coming from God
c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

When your words don't match your love for God

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Psalm 19:14 I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me.

This topic is close to my heart because I continuously learn lessons in how powerful written and spoken words are in uplifting people. After all, each one of us was created in God's image. And, each one of us falls short in our own unique, sinful ways. We really can't point fingers without examining our own shortcomings.

James 3:5, 7 (The Message)
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. 
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his ima…

To be in the Lord's presence Psalm 16:8

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Psalm 16:8,11  
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness. 


Mark 6:31b-32a  
He said to them, “Come away by yourselves, and we will go to a lonely place to get some rest.” So they went in a boat by themselves to a lonely place.

Don’t let the busyness of your life get in the way of spending time knowing the heart of God who made you in His own likeness.

So many of us have the best of intentions, I know I do. I want to do it all: I want to write, tweet, FaceBook, care for my family/friends/others, take care of my cats, handle my job and the ministries I’m called to do, plus I must keep up with daily responsibilities as you do.

Where does this leave God in all my busyness? 

While He is always on my mind, I may not always be listening to His voice!  I rac…

When God stands still for you.

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Mark 10:47-49  KJV And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.  And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.  And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 



Can you imagine? Jesus stood still when the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, called out!
Yes. God stood still
The blind man boldly ask for mercy and for sight. Jesus restored his sight! 
Opportunities like that never repeat themselves!  
How are your spiritual eyes? Do you obey when God asks you to step out? Are you missing out on God's choice blessings when you can't hear His call or when you are unwilling to obey? Those blessings can make a difference for someone else, but if you don't act...No one benefits. 
ASK YOURSELF: Would you see an opportunity that God put in front on yo…