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The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”  (Genesis 12:1) This divine invitation was nothing short of life altering for Abram. Everything he had ever known (including his support family, his familiarity with his geography and his sense of security) was…

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Are you going through a difficult season…

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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) Have you ever been caught in a storm? Maybe you were driving and suddenly the sky just opened up and the rain fell so hard you could barely see the…

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The New Testament tells a wonderful story about a beggar who knew how to dream (Mark 10:46-52).  Blind Bartimaeus sat on the side of the road, probably with a group of other unfortunate friends and professional beggars.  When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he shouted toward Him…but not for money.  Bartimaeus had an urgent…

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Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)   Appearing behind locked doors, Jesus shows the disciples His scars. Before He does, He speaks to calm their fears, and give them a holy directive. Two different times, He says, “Peace be with you!” Think of that…

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4) We know what it’s like to deal with pain. Maybe you’re walking…

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Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes… (1 Corinthians 1:1) Paul knew who he was! He remembered the encounter he had with the Lord on the road to Damascus. His early days of following Jesus, in the face of those who still probably feared him,…

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21) For those of us who are followers of…

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“From this day on I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:19) I remember the day I received my high school diploma. Graduating from high school was definitely a memorable day, with all my friends. I had obtained the first diploma, which allowed me the privilege to pursue another…and I did. Finally the day came, after four more…

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“Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town).” (Ezra 2:1) Preservation Hall is a musical venue in the French Quarter, founded to protect, preserve, and…

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