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March 2018

Wait on the Lord

By |March 23rd, 2018|

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31
READING: Isaiah 40:27-31
Many Old Testament passages tell us to “wait on the Lord.” Perhaps the best known is this beautiful verse at […]

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Beholding Your Beauty

By |March 22nd, 2018|

 
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple. ~ Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
READING: Psalm 27
I caught sight of the bald eagle when she skimmed the […]

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Quality vs. Quantity

By |March 21st, 2018|

 
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive what is due him for the things done
while in the body, whether good or bad. ~ II Corinthians 5:10
READING: II Corinthians 5
Paul was an active itinerant who travelled throughout his life and accomplished things beyond any numbers. However, he did […]

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The Act of Faith

By |March 20th, 2018|

 
…faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. ~ James 2:17b
READING: Genesis 6:9-22
The Hebrew concept of faith makes the practical assumption that if people truly believe a message (aman) they will act on it in some way. For instance, if I heard a news flash warning that a hurricane was headed […]

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What is Faith?

By |March 19th, 2018|

 
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord
has said to her will be accomplished! ~ Luke 1:45
READING: Genesis 15:1-6
Volumes have been written to parse the meaning of the word “faith.” Here, let’s look at one small aspect that particularly applies to us as church planters. Although divided by centuries, Abraham the Patriarch and […]

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Why Do We Go Through Storms in Life? #2

By |March 18th, 2018|

 
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said
to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased,
and there was a great calm. ~ Mark 4:39 (ESV)
READING: Daniel 3:17, 18
I believe the second reason why the Lord allows his children to go through storms is for us to see God manifest his power (Mark 4:39). […]

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Why Do We Go Through Storms in Life? #1

By |March 17th, 2018|

 
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not
care that we are perishing?” ~ Mark 4:38 (ESV)
READING: Mark 4:35-41
It amazes me that the disciples went through a storm while Jesus was on the boat and while they obeyed a direct order from Jesus to […]

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The Pleasure of Planning

By |March 16th, 2018|

 
We should make plans . . . counting on God to direct us. ~ Proverbs 16:9 (TLB)
READING: Exodus 25
We have a God who plans: He had a detailed plan for the Tabernacle (Exodus 25), He has a plan of salvation, a plan for eternity and a plan for your life. Clearly God enjoys planning and […]

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We’ve Never Done It That Way Before

By |March 15th, 2018|

 
Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.
If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and
the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins,
and both are preserved. ~ Matthew 9:17
READING: Matthew 9:9-17
One of the major frustrations for many godly pastors serving in established churches comes when […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #7 Vision Casting & Teambuilding

By |March 14th, 2018|

 
Then I said to them, “ You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of […]

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