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Traveling Dark Valleys

“…he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:2-4) There are just some Psalms you…

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The Power Of The Holy Spirit

“Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.…

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When You Need Hope

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was…

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He’s Alive!

“So, the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.” (Matthew 28:8-9) He is alive! Make no doubt about it; Jesus is alive! On this day, we celebrate His…

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We Call It “Good” Friday

“They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him…”(John 19: 17-18) We call it Good Friday, yet, it was a dark day, literally.  Mark records that darkness fell over the whole land from noon…

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Made to Lie Down

“He makes me lie down in green pastures…” (Psalm 23:2) Have you ever been made to “lie down?” I mean really…Have you ever had a situation where it appeared you were led to stop what you were doing and were forced to stay in one place? Not just any place, mind you, but a perfect…

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Living Like a Sheep

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1) What’s the life of a sheep like? In my first pastorate in Eden, Texas, one of the ranchers told me, “Sheep are born into the world looking for a place to die.” That statement has stuck to me like glue over the years and has…

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Do Not Refuse the Invitation

“The wedding is ready…”  (Matthew 22:8) Jesus told a parable comparing the kingdom of God to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.  The king sent out servants to call all those who had been invited to come but they refused.  Then he sent out other servants to persuade the invitees to…

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Making Your Life Count

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people…

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Following God’s Path

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105 I love the old story of a grandfather walking with his grandson. At one point on their trek, the grandfather looked down at the little boy and asked, “Where are we?” The grandson looked up and said, “I don’t…

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