Category Archives: Weekly Devotional

Summer Sign Up

Vacation Bible School (June 3-7) Join us June 3-7, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for another amazing VBS! Now registering ages 4 – 8th grade. Register before May 15th and receive a free T-shirt (T-shirts will be given in May). Sign up to volunteer with Kassie Davis at kassie@oneheartchurch.org OHC STUDENT Fuge Camp (June […]

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Family

Welcome to the One Heart Church Family Ministry! We have one main objective: connecting families to God and to one another. It is our desire to partner with you in ministry as we seek to raise up families from all walks of life, who are completely passionate about following Christ and His mission. We truly believe […]

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Contentment and Satisfaction

“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.” -Psalm 65:4 (NASB) David said it this way….WE will be satisfied with the goodness of your house…What a great reminder of contentment and satisfaction. […]

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Stumbling and Standing

Ever have a thought burning in your mind and know you ought to process it? I have been thinking a lot about what Jude 24 says–now to Him who is able to keep your from stumbling and to make you stand. There is such a vast difference in stumbling and standing. Of course the application […]

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Choose His Path

Today I had a unique encounter with a dear friend who reminded me as he spoke of his daughter that the only path that really matters is the one God places before you. Watching his tears reminded me of why it is so important to choose HIS path. Why wait for a dead end when […]

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Experiencing God’s Agenda

How clearly do you understand God’s agenda for your life? In order to understand it, your faith has to be vibrant and alive! If you want to know God’s agenda for your life you must realize that a living faith creates expectations that empower, directions that engage and effectiveness that enables. Faith says that you […]

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What Will You Reflect This Week?

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27 In grade school we used to get conduct grades on our report cards. Our teachers evaluated our behavior and how we respected her and conducted ourselves around other students. If someone were grading your conduct today at home with your family […]

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Living Like a Gentle Giant

“Just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children.” 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Many of us remember gentle giants in our lives. They nurtured us and encouraged us. We liked to be around them. We listened to them, admired them, wanted to […]

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Building a Great Testimony

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12 Everyone has a testimony. Each of us testifies to our legacy every day. To everyone we encounter. We make the choice each day to […]

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Understanding Forgiveness

“…your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Isaiah 6:7b In Isaish 6 the prophet encountered the Lord in a way that shaped his purpose for the rest of his life. Isaiah discovered the power of forgiveness when he saw his vision. He saw something in his vision that transformed who he was. […]

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Your Vision

” ‘Come now, and let us reason together’ says the Lord. ‘If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ Truly the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 1:18a,19,20 Do you know your vision for your life? […]

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Mentored for Effectiveness

“…continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15. In his second letter to […]

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Be Careful What You Love

In the last days people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. From 2 Timothy 3:1-9 How quickly do you recognize danger? When something or someone puts your walk with God in jeopardy, do you recognize the threat immediately? If you choose the wrong thing to love, eventually you […]

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Vessels of Honor

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.” 2 Timothy 2:20 Vessels of honor have a life mandate from God centered in obedience. Vessels of dishonor have an agenda centered in power and control. […]

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It Takes Diligence

In our society everyone seems to be an authority on something. Truth is relevant and everyone has something to say. Everyone has an opinion. And our social media has given vent to the masses. If you listen to TV or radio or surf the Internet you discover something. Our airwaves are full of people who […]

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An Intentional Faith

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Pain is inevitable when we pursue God’s purpose for our lives. Sometimes the pain is unspeakable, tragic and life-shattering. When we feel unspeakable pain or a broken heart, often our […]

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Make Disciples

“go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20. This was Jesus’ last command. His last teaching. His last advice to the twelve who would change the world. When we read this we realize something. Every single day you live, you have an opportunity to follow this […]

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Authentic Followers of Jesus

“Then a scribe came and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever You go.’ ” Matthew 18:19   It sounds exciting when we hear someone say they’ll follow Jesus anywhere. It would be exciting to believe we could follow Jesus anywhere He went. That sounds like real commitment. Real devotion. But when we […]

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Worry

But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things (food, clothing and shelter) will be added to you as well. Matthew 6:33. Worry. What do you worry about the most? Are the things that make you anxious worth defining your life? Some studies show that about 80 percent of the things […]

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The Sad-You-See Society

The Sad-You-See Society “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them.” Matthew 5:1-2. The Sermon on the Mount was one of Jesus’ most profound teaching moments. In Matthew 5-7, Jesus teaches his disciples […]

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Follow Me

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” When Jesus called his disciples they obeyed without a moment’s hesitation. The Bible tells us they followed Him “immediately!” When we read what they did we recognize a few things. First, we recognize that their decision was immediate. They did not hesitate. […]

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Are You Equipped?

“Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.” Hebrews 13:1 Are you equipped to live an effective life for Jesus? As authentic followers of Jesus, being equipped means we are prepared for a level of expertise we could never […]

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Connecting and Encouraging

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Romans 15:1 God puts people in our paths daily who need to be encouraged, need someone to listen, or who need someone to come alongside them to walk through a valley. Everyone needs someone to help […]

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Knock at the Door

And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a woman named Rhoda came to answer. Acts 12:13 Have you ever been engrossed in Bible study, or an important discussion, or watching the climax of a mystery movie, and hear a knock on the door? The interruption can be unnerving. Annoying (unless you’re waiting […]

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The Lord’s Hand

“The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:21 When the Lord’s hand is on us, one of two things happens. Either we feel His hand of correction, or we feel His hand of blessing. Throughout God’s word we see instances when God’s hand […]

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Never Beyond His Reach

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” Acts 9:1-2   Have you […]

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Fork in the Road

Fork In The Road   “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ” Isaiah 30:21 Sometimes God takes us somewhere we don’t want to go so He can accomplish what He wants to do with us. […]

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Your Story, His Glory

“When they heard this they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.” Acts 7:54 In Acts chapter 7 Stephen confronts the religious, establishment zealots with God’s truth. God’s story was his story. And the self-righteous religious leaders didn’t like it. They were so angry in fact that they gnashed their teeth. Have you ever […]

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Anticipating His Coming

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 In these verses Paul taught the Corinthians, […]

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Running the Race

“Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1b-2   Have you ever been laser focused on a task only to have someone […]

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Answers of Anxiety

II Corinthians 12:5-10 What is your perspective on pain? Do your problems create anxiety? These may be challenging questions for some to answer. We have been looking at what it means to be an overcomer in these last few weeks. We regards to anxiety, an overcomer moves from “why” to “how” in the midst of […]

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Surface or Substance

Have you ever been misled by someone? Do you exercise wisdom when it comes to life? Paul continues his discussions with the Corinthian church in II Corinthians, chapter 11 by looking at what it means to live a life of substance rather than one simply on the surface.   Two key verses in this passage […]

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Bold Enough to Battle

Bold Enough to Battle   What do you currently battle? What lessons did you learn from previous battles? Battles come in all shapes and sizes. They come when we least expect them and the often come more than one at a time. Everyone has battles. What we do with those battles is key and says […]

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Empowering Victory

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 1 John 5:1   Think for a moment about your relationship with Jesus today. Who is He in your life right now? Have you talked with Him today? Have you fallen at His […]

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Suffering as a Christian

Suffering As A Christian   No one wants to suffer. But everyone does at times in life. It is not strange or unusual to suffer. Suffering is as much a part of life as accomplishment or joy or blessings. It’s how we respond to suffering that makes the difference between an authentic follower of Christ […]

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Make Every Day Count!

“In all this, they (your old pre-Jesus, you-only-go-round-once-in-life crowd) are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you.” 1 Peter 4:4.   For lots of us, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior causes some unfamiliar life challenges in our circle of influence. Suddenly we’re on […]

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Links That Lead To Life

You shall be holy, for I am holy. I Peter 1:16   What do you think of when you think of the word “holy”? For a lot of non-believers, and some followers of Christ whose faith may lack conviction, “holy” may be a frightening word. Those people sometimes associate holiness with perfect behavior. They believe […]

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At Just the Right Time

“Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you.” Acts 18:9-10   Can you remember a dark time of loneliness, hopelessness or alienation in your life? That darkness can be physical, emotional or […]

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Reconciling the Ridiculous

“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17 They’re called Jedists. They are a registered religion. The Jedists boast 11 followers and base their religion on the characters from George Lucas’s 1977 movie, […]

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A Stuffed Duck

A Stuffed Duck   What’s the single most valuable thing you have? What would it take for you to give it away? Who would you give it to? Who would you NOT give it to?   Brother Gearl told us the story Sunday of a young Romanian orphan whose most valuable possession (in fact it […]

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Turning the World Upside Down

Turning The World Upside Down “These men who have upset the world have come here also, and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king, Jesus.” Acts 17:6b-7. Paul and Silas were teaching the gospel in the synagogue at Thessalonica. Jewish leaders in the […]

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Reflecting His Sacrifice

” . . .the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:11b. You don’t hear a lot about the word “sacrifice” these days. Sacrifice has fallen off our radar. Rhetoric of the day is filled with words such as, “financial gain”, and “appropriations”, and avoiding sacrifice by people who […]

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Reflecting His Victory

“…thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 16:57. When was the last time you felt totally defeated? Christ’s crucifixion on the cross was supposed to be the end of His ministry. The party-crashing Pharisees turned out the lights. The disciples fled. The women cried uncontrollably. But […]

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Reflecting the Power of God

“…my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.   “…the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of […]

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Reflecting His Wisdom

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.     When Paul wrote his two letters to the Corinthians, they were blending into the sinful, pagan culture around them. They were so corrupt, in […]

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Reflecting God’s Grace

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge.” 1 Corinthians:4-5.   Can you imagine living in a world in which God did not pour out His grace and mercy on […]

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Missing the Message

“And He (Jesus) said to them, “Oh, foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken.” Luke 24:25.   Picture this: two men spend Passover weekend in Jerusalem. Then, on their way to Emmaus on the fourth day, a man approaches to walk with them. On their walk, they […]

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The Fine Print of Faith

We recently signed a new mortgage on property we were buying. The real estate attorney came over and, for a solid hour, he shoved papers at us to sign. I have copies of the paper mound we signed but we’re still clueless about what fine print said. We know it contains explicit instructions and details […]

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The Culture of Confrontation

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Matthew 10:16.   All we have to do is turn on TV, or pick up a newspaper and read the front page. What we see and read about is a culture saturated by confrontation. Spouses confronting each other, kids confronting their parents, teachers, […]

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Graduation Day

Jesus sent the twelve out after instructing them.” Matthew 10:5a   Talk about a life change! Twelve disciples had been coat-tailing Jesus for three years, marveling at His compassion, His power, His miracles and His teaching. Matthew 9:35-36 says, “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the […]

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Radical Sacrifice

This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13.   Sacrificial love has gone out of fashion today. We read heartwarming stories of people doing wonderful things for others, usually in […]

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The Task At Hand

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples…” Matthew 28:18,19a   The command was simple. “Go.” It was Christ’s last. His teaching on earth was complete. His mission finished.Crucified, dead, buried and risen to eternal life. And the word He wanted to leave with His disciples […]

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Can You See It?

It’s out there. It’s waiting for you to recognize it, then commit your life to following it. The “it” is God’s vision for your life. Would your family and friends and neighbors and co-workers say you’ve caught it? His vision for each of our lives is light years away from anything we could think or […]

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Keeping a Core Focus

Gearl Spicer asks the question, do you have a hard time keeping commitments? Keeping a core focus on Christ allows us to keep commitments. This sixth sermon in the Faithful series helps us learn that as CORE believers we can live in a way that allows us to keep commitments and to accomplish our eternal […]

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God Pleasers

“…just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 What do we do to please other people? Many folks wear masks. They walk into church or a crowd or their workplace smiling and glad-handing […]

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Five-Or-Two-Talent Servants

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who goes away and entrusts three slaves with his possessions according to their own abilities; one with five talents, one with two talents and one with only one talent. When he returns the slaves with five and two talents invested them and returned the talents […]

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Celebration!

“But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the tribes of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 Even in the Old Testament we read signs of the coming of Christ. The Old Testament signs even […]

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Hitting the Wall

” . . .the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.” Joshua 6:20b Have you ever hit a wall in your life? A better question might be how many walls have you […]

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Markers

Let this be a sign among you so that when your children ask later, saying, “What do these stones mean to you? Then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan; when it crossed the […]

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Taking the First Step

Those of us who have had children remember baby’s first step. We practiced walking with them. They gripped our finger with their tiny hands. We walked. They held on. Eventually, we dropped one hand and walked some more. Then we wriggled our other hand loose from their tight little fist. The child wobbled tentatively. They […]

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God Can Use Anyone

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a harlot, whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.” Joshua 2:1 God can use anyone What qualifies us to be of service to God? As […]

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Working – God’s Way

In all labor there is profit; but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 In our culture Labor Day marks the official end of summer. The tourist season slows, women decide not to wear white any more, and football season usually kicks off during the Labor Day weekend. It’s a time to honor our […]

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Are You Ready?

“All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” Joshua 1:16b When we prepare for a family vacation, getting ready becomes a major project. Then once we drive off we spend part of the trip asking ourselves, “Are we ready?” “Did we forget anything?” It haunts us […]

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Joshua in Charge

“Moses, my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross the Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:2. God doesn’t mince words or waste time. His command to Joshua to take over from Moses the leadership of His people was direct […]

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What Will Last?

“For he [we] will never be shaken; the righteous will live forever.” Psalm 112:6 Do you have anything that will last? If you visit any dump site you’ll discover lots of plastic bags among the refuge. We throw away used plastic bags, but we don’t get rid of them. Scientists tell us plastic we don’t […]

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Trust in the Lord

A friend and I were flying across country recently. My friend was not a strong believer. High over Kansas I asked him, “What is the pilot’s name on this flight?” “I don’t know,” my friend responded. “Do you know where he went to flight school?” “Of course not,” he came back. “Do you know whether […]

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Your Legacy

What will our legacy be? “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” Psalm 16:6 “You have made known to me the path of life.” Psalm 16:11 How will your loved ones remember you? At most funerals we hear wonderful things about the deceased, whether they’re true or not. But when the casket’s […]

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Our Biggest Battlefield

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not from the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought […]

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How Heavy is Your Cross?

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side and Jesus in between. John 19:17-18. Easter is a time we remember the sacrifice […]

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Do You Get the Message?

“Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–this man delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” Acts […]

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Peace

Every Miss America hopeful since the contest began tells the world her goal in life is to see world peace. That phrase is an oxymoron, like dull roar, or express mail. The two are mutually exclusive. Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world […]

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Are You Prepared?

“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.” John 16:1 You cannot completely prepare for a tsunami or an earthquake. There is a need for “higher ground.” There is a need for “shelter from the storm.” Without advance warning to evacuate the area, the destruction roars across the […]

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The Mission Field

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13. In a large local church a huge sign spans three sets of exit doors. As members of the congregation leave the […]

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Evaluate Your Heart

“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31. The bottle of cough syrup medication carried this prominent label: “Shake well before using.” We had to shake the bottle […]

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God of Second Chances

“Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?” 2 Thessalonians 2:5 Most everyone has received a second chance at something in life. When we bruise relationships loving people are often willing to forgive us for a second chance. Our children are often the most willing to […]

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Only Believe

Only Believe The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the […]

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Never Give Up

Finally, then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk) that you excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Brother Gearl’s’ message Sunday had an underlying theme: Don’t give up. When […]

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A Precious Gift

If you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of […]

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