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December 5, 2017, 8:25 AM

Christmas Desires

Amongst your hustle and bustle this Christmas Season - pause - reflect - and give thanks.  

The desires of my heart have been renewed this morning and I pray yours will be too.

I Tim. 3:1 "...if anyone set his heart (desires) on being an overseer he desires a noble task."

Do you have within you a burning desire to reach the goals God has given you?  

If not pause - ask God to place that bruning desire within you.

Have you relected on your desires lately?

If not do so today.

Are you thankful?

I am sure you are if you haven't told God, do it now.

Lord, I am thankful for each one reading this blog today. I am thankful for the renewal you have put in my heart today and pray that others will be renewed also.  In this time of hustle and bustle; may we all remember it is our Saviors birth that is most important to refect on in the coming days and weeks.  Amen


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September 14, 2017, 8:36 AM

What to blog?

Goodmorning Living Hope family and friends. Pondering what to blog I go through a list should I blog about the beginning of what took place 7 years ago on this date? How about in my recent studies the Giant of addictions? What about God's grace and riches? Aww, now there's a subject that gets my attention.

Looking at Paul's teachings in Romans  (this just happens to be what our Adult S.S. class is studying this quarter), I am studying the first 11 verses in Chapter 2. I want to focus on  Vs 4 "Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentence."

I believe that kindness (goodness if you are reading KJV) is what God's grace is towards our past sins. He knows what they are and yet He bestows upon us grace for forgiveness.

I believe that tolerance (forebearance in the KJV) is in regard to our present sins. God tolerates our sins and yet He offers us grace and forgiveness.

I believe that patience (longsuffering in the KJV) is God knowing what our future sins will be and again He has grace and forgivness for us.

These could be measured by 4 considerations:

1) greatness - to wrong man is to wrong God and yet He shows His great mercy.

2) omniscience - knowing all our sins God shows us mercy.

3) power - We are not able in our own power to settle our wrongs; God is rich in power & mercy and is able to settle them for us.

4) object - is man; would man show mercy? God is rich in mercy.

Men think that God's forbearance and longsuffering to be God's weakness and His approval of sin; they say, "if there is a God, he will.... And when it does not come to pass man says, "See, I told you, there is no God."

Man is so wrong, forbearance and longsuffering are God's strengths and His riches. God says through His Son, "you are forgiven." 

Our sins; past, present and future are under these riches, grace and forgivness offered only through the Son, Jesus Christ.  We are being led to repentance. 



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August 30, 2017, 8:25 AM



How do you define comfort? For me it is in the quiet times in my home, with all the comforts of country living.  I love the sound of the birds at the feeders; the beauty of the sky; the fields and the neighbors pond. I enjoy my times alone all too often.

Now how do you define discomfort?  It is interuptions; others expectations of who and what I should be or be doing. It's out in the elements of cold, wet, hot and humid weather. It is facing a situation that could be described as a "giant." 

When the Israelites faced the Philistine army and the giant called Goliath; they stayed in their tents; with all the comforts of home. Food to eat; clothes for the elements; and a bed to sleep in.  Fear griped this army that could have defeated their giant; for God was with them; God would fight this enemy. Yet, they stayed where it was comfortable for 40 days.

Then Daivd arrives and announces he will fight this giant who has slandered his God for 40 days; taunting his brothers and the whole Israelite army. In 40 min. David stepped out of comfort into discomfort; taking but a sling and a few small stones; confident that God would win the fight.

What is your area of discomfort that God is telling you to step out of? Do you not know that God will be with you all the way. 

Look at Jesus, He had all the comforts and authority of the Father; yet, He came to earth as a man. Stepping out of his comfort into discomfort to do the Fathers work. He humbled himself and brought honor and glory to His Father.

Do you not know that when Jesus left this earth; He gave you and I a mission to continue His work and to receive a place of honor in eternity.

Mark 8:34:35 "The he called the crowd to him along with His disciples and said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." 


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August 22, 2017, 5:34 PM


I've been leading a study entitled "Goliath Must Fall" Louie Giglio 

How do we win the battle against the giants in our lives? How do we define our giants?

Rejection is just one of the sessions and we will be dealing with it tomorrow night.

Do you realize in the story of David and Goliath, that David was rejected.

David was a teenager; he wasn't in the Israelite army, he went back and forth bringing supplies and food to his brothers.

1st rejection: David's oldest brother, Eliab, heard him speaking with the men and in anger asked, "Why have you come down here?" If we back up to when David was chosen to be king over Eliab, we can imagine Eliab felt his own rejection at not being chosen king as the oldest and strongest son of Jesse.

Rejected people reject others.

The 2nd time David felt rejected was when he said he wanted to fight the giant. King Saul responed with, "You are not able to go out against the Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth." I Samuel 17:33

Do you hear thoughts like these:

"Your never going to do that."

"Don't get crazy ideas."

"Don't get your hopes up."

"You're never going to amount to anything."

"You're not smart enough; not talented enough; not beautiful enough; not worthy enough or not wanted enough."

A third rejection for David in the story is when Goliath sizes him up and sees him as only a boy, rudy and handsome. He says to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Then he curses David by his gods, 'Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field."

The enemy of rejection will come at you with all he's got. We have got to armor ourselves with the acceptance of Christ; meeting our rejections head on knowing we are already accepted and no form of rejection can take that away. 

David knew he was the work of God; whe he wrote Psalm 139, I encourage you to read the chapter but right in the middle David writes, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (vv. 13,14)


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August 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Good Morning

Praise God! I am alive; I am healthy and I have all I need to live in the world of sin.

Exodus 20: 2,3 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of salvery. You shall have no other gods before me."

Whatever your Egypt; whatever your a slave to, God will bring you out.

Joshua 24:15 "...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."

Choosing God; trusting God; serving God.

Do this with all your heart soul and mind.

Every moment, every action, every word - CHOOSE.

God was with His people; blessing them and giving them all they needed as long as they worshipped Him.

For 4,000 years God watched and waited; gave and took away.

Then He sent His Son.

He lived; he ministered and he sacrificed all.

Luke 23:34 "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."

Do I know what I am doing, I believe I do. It is all that I give to Jesus; it is God whom I believeth and whom I trust. For all things I trust.

"Praise God from whom all blessing flow, praise HIm all creatures below, praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host, Prasie Father, Son and Holy Ghost."


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