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Your mess, guilt or shame aren't too big for God

Acts 7:57b-59 The whole crowd rushed at Stephen, converged on him, dragged him out of the city, and stoned him. They laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul, while they were pelting Stephen with rocks. Stephen (as rocks fell upon him): Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. God uses some of the unlikeliest people for His purposes and glory. It’s hard to believe that the Apostle Paul (originally a devout Jew named Saul) was responsible for persecuting so many pioneers of the Christian faith. The revered man who wrote key books of the New Testament was a vicious murderer! Saul (Paul) wasn't satisfied with a little blood, he wanted lots of blood: Acts 8 1-2 Some devout men buried Stephen and mourned his passing with loud cries of grief. But Saul, this young man who seemed to be supervising the whole violent event, was pleased by Stephen’s death. That very day, the whole church in Jerusalem began experiencing severe persecution. All of the followers of Jesus—except for the emissar…

Find joy in the midst of blah

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Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today! 
It's been a season of weather discontent. Too much snow, too much rain, too much gloom and on and on. 
Lamenting the rain that gives life to greenery is now a pastime for many in my area. We forget the drought that killed vegetation and maimed our properties, park and public spaces. 
Complain, complain, complain. 
FaceBook, Twitter, in person or phone, we complain that we have no sunshine.
Massive gray skies and clouds frame my daytime views most days, and I also ask for the sunshine. But I and countless others fail to see the beauty of the current moment. Seems like we should stop and thank the Lord that we're alive to see the day with its dreariness and all. 
That's how I've decided to look at my days.
Soon we'll see endless days ushering in soaring temperatures and humidity fit for a sauna spa. 
Instead of lamenting out loud and influencing others and especially our own spirits, I c…

The other side of love and God’s grace – Isaiah 45:7

Tonight I'm so thankful that God has empowered me to live my faith out loud in America. As I read Scripture, He opens more knowledge, which I am bold about sharing with everyone who has eyes to see or ears to hear.
My goal is to see many in eternity, so I'm not always going to talk exclusively about how much God loves us, which He does.
But God is righteous and He is sovereign, and that's the part that doesn't tickle ears too well.
Note the following Scripture - God is in charge of both good and bad - whether we like it or understand it. 
Isaiah 45:7 I form light and create darkness; I make what is good, happy, and healthy, and I create woe. I, the Eternal One, make them one and all.
Notice: "I create woe." God creates woe and that makes many uncomfortable. Many do not believe that this side of God exists - they prefer to hearof love, grace and more love. Many popular churches and ministries cater to this crowd and it's deception.  
My hope is that everyone who…

Great reasons NOT to swear

Matthew 5:33 You know that God expects us to abide by the oaths we swear and the promises we make. 

Don't swear by heaven
Matthew 5:34 But I tell you this: do not ever swear an oath. What is an oath? You cannot say, “I swear by heaven”—for heaven is not yours to swear by; it is God’s throne. 
Don't swear by earth
Matthew 5:35 And you cannot say, “I swear by this good earth,” for the earth is not yours to swear by; it is God’s footstool. And you cannot say, “I swear by the holy city Jerusalem,” for it is not yours to swear by; it is the city of God, the capital of the King of kings. 
Don't swear by your own head
Matthew 5:36 You cannot even say that you swear by your own head, for God has dominion over your hands, your lips, your head. It is He who determines if your hair be straight or curly, white or black; it is He who rules over even this small scrap of creation. 
Instead of swearing, keep your word!
Matthew 5:37 You need not swear an oath—any impulse to do so is of evi…