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In Times of Testing

Today I am reminded of the importance of faith. Being “comfortable” is a dangerous place for most Christ followers. It's easy to be a champion of faith when life is easy, comfortable and good.  Wait until you get shingles on your face (like I did) and see if you are still the poster child of faith.  I have put together some quotes on faith from some of the most notable people of history...and a few others.

Encouraging Quotes “Great faith trusts God when there is nothing in the cupboard to eat and no money to buy food. Great faith trusts in God when health is gone, work is gone, reputation is gone, or family is gone. Great faith trusts God while the windstorm is still howling and persecution continues.” ~ MacArthur

Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends. ~ George Muller

The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedien…
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Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain commit suicide - Why?

Why does somebody kill themself when they're seemingly on top of the world?
“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”King Solomon

The American dream is to be successful, a self-made individual who doesn’t need to rely on anyone or anything.The dream is to take your passion and turn it into an empire.Then why did Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain kill themselves?Their names are known around the globe.They had taken their passion and crafted it into something extraordinary.They had achieved success that most jealously watch from afar.
I do not pretend to know WHY they felt compelled to take their own lives when from my perspective they had so much to live for...including family.Is this a lesson that money and fame cannot buy happiness?Others have managed great wealth and empires without destroying themselves or those closest to them.WHAT could have been so troubling that life needed to end, here and now?The list of famous individuals that hav…

Too Bad to Forgive

It’s a feeling most of us have had.  We have done something so awful, hurtful, or unthinkable that forgiveness is not a consideration.  We beat ourselves up, replaying the events in our head thinking “if only” I had walked this way, or listened to this friend or been at a different place that night.  For some, it was a one time event.  For others, it was years of satisfying lust, greed, and sinful desires.  We wrestle with what we did or didn’t do playing it over and over in our minds.  Maybe it even stems from anger toward God for not doing what you expected him to do or allowing some tragedy to devastate your life.

Like most sin, it doesn’t happen over night, it gradually slips into our lifestyle and permeates our thoughts, ever so slightly changing us, weakening our defenses.  Like an affair, it has been building for weeks, months or years...it didn’t happen in a day.  Let’s face a harsh reality, those things we did can’t be undone.  There are consequences to our actions.  We wak…

Don't Lose Hope

Consider the story of being trapped in a dungeon cell. You have heard there is a tunnel to freedom on the other side of the wall. But the wall is stone, and you have no tools. For months you use fragments of stone to chip away at the wall, and you work and work to gain your freedom.

Then one night, when your hope is almost gone, you collapse in weariness against the wall, and your elbow hits a slight protrusion. Before your eyes the stones move and a small door opens by itself. You are free.

Life has many dungeon cells, and stone walls, to hinder our joy and fruitfulness. Some of them are meant to fall down in five years. Others in five seconds. Whether it is the patient endurance to press on with joy, or the breakthrough in the twinkling of an eye, God has appointed prayer as the key.

If the wall is meant to give way in five years, prayer is the key: “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” …

Where Satan Will Attack You Today

You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head. We Destroy Arguments Here is how Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (emphasis added): For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. What are the satanic strongholds that spiritually imprison people, the strongholds that we seek to destroy? Arguments and opinions. Where is the battle raging? Where our thoughts are. And arguments are not merely st…

In the Face of Death

“When the centurion, who stood facing him [Jesus], saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’” Mark 15:39

“This way”?  After six agonizing hours on the cross, Jesus cries out in a loud voice (not easy to do when you can barely gulp enough breath to stay alive), “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Only a few moments later, it says Jesus “uttered a loud cry and breathed his last” (v.37).  We know from John 19:30 that loud cry was “It is finished”.  Papyri receipts have been found marked with this single Greek word [tetelestai] to indicate “paid in full”.  His work was complete, our sins were "paid in full".  The Lamb of God, who became flesh, then bows his head and gives up his spirit [no man took it from him].

“In this way”, a hardened Roman soldier, accustomed to watching people die, sees something so remarkable, different, godly that he recognizes Jesus as the Son of God.  Think about that for a moment.  The soldier is …

Will to Be Faithful

by Oswald Chambers

“… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve …” (Joshua
24:15).

A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give
up my will—I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I
must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is
never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has
been placing in front of each of us some big proposals and plans. The best thing
to do is to remember what you did before when you were touched by God. Recall
the moment when you were saved, or first recognized Jesus, or realized some
truth. It was easy then to yield your allegiance to God. Immediately recall those
moments each time the Spirit of God brings some new proposal before you. 

“… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… .” Your choice must
be a deliberate determination—it is not something into which you will
automatically drift. And everything else in your li…