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Followed by Jesus' Goodness and Love

Do you ever feel like you are being followed by someone or something?  Ok, I am not trying to creep you out.  But, have you ever had that feeling? Perhaps a better question is – do you ever feel like worry or trouble or hardship follow you wherever you go?  Do you look for that silver lining only to feel like it is never there? I don’t want to go back to my previous week about optimist vs. pessimist.  Perhaps this is more like being a realist. ...

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With Jesus, Your Glass is Always Full!

Are you an optimist?  Or are you a pessimist? I am sure that we would all like to be optimists, but perhaps situations of life have left you feeling more like a pessimist.  Maybe you have tried. Maybe you have looked for that silver lining in all circumstances. But, then life happened. The silver lining went away. Now you are a little more cautious.  Maybe acting that way makes you feel like the highs of life may not be so high; but the lows of life are not so...

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Do Not Fear for Jesus is Here!

Have you ever read a Bible passage differently because of something which happened in your life?  Last Saturday, I experienced something I have never experienced before and never want to experience again.  I thought I had a heart attack.  Turns out it was a Panic Attack.  They mimic each other.  Impending doom.  I thought I kissed my children goodnight for the last time.  I was truly thankful that it was a panic attack instead. A few days later I was...

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Soul Refreshed!

As I am writing this, we are in between seasons. Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog used for Groundhogs Day) predicted an early Spring this year.  That was almost 3 weeks ago, yet we are getting some nasty (rain, snow, sleet mix) weather today.  I guess we shouldn’t count on a rodent to predict the future, huh? But a day like today reminds me that I, like so many people, suffer from S.A.D.  I know I have mentioned it before.  It stands for seasonal affective...

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Green Pastures; Quiet Waters

What do sheep want?  They are simple creatures.  They don’t want large television screens or fancy clothes.  They want to eat; they want to drink. And, like the rest of us, they would like to do both of those in peace. Imagine trying to enjoy either of those with the threat of death around you.  Now listen to our passage from Psalm 23:2: He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside quiet waters.  Sounds great, doesn’t it? So, we...

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He is Your Shepherd

Over the next 6 blogs, I would like to focus on a very familiar Psalm, Psalm 23.  Each passage of that Psalm is rich in God’s love for us.  This first blog will then focus on the first passage: The LORD is my Shepherd; I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1).  You know the words, but do you believe the words? “I lack nothing!  Really??? I’ve looked at my back account!  I see the repairs my house needs.  I see how my car keeps breaking down.  I...

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Rejoice...TODAY

Stop and think for a moment.  Think about a very happy time in your life.   Ok, now that you have had a few moments to think, what did you think? I have several happy moments.  My wife has even made something we hang on the wall of our house – moments which have changed our lives.  These moments include our wedding and the births of each of our sons. Perhaps for you this last week brought moments where you were... not necessarily happy.  If you...

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Don't Just Stop at Fear!

What is your definition of “fear”?  I won’t make your eyes start to roll by telling you Webster’s Dictionary Definition of “fear.”  I know there are different definitions.  I know I have a proper amount of a “fear” of spiders. I won’t run into the other room if I see one.  But, my rule is…if they are in my domain, I have the right to kill them.  I don’t want them to harm me or my family. But...

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It's Done!

What you are going to read is going to be difficult to do.  Some may even say it is impossible.  Some may not want to hear it. But, it is the absolute truth.  Ready? Before getting to that, a quick question – how many of you like to be micromanaged? It has happened to me several times.  It isn’t fun.  I remember one specific time.  I was working that summer doing remodeling work.  My main job was demolition. Sounds fun, right?  Some...

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Prayer - NOT a Last Resort

How do you feel about prayer?  When do you pray? Is it something you do daily?  Do you begin and end each day with prayer?  Or, do you see prayer as a last resort?  Your team needs to make this field goal to win…time to pray! I spend an hour or so each month visiting with her.  Each time I come she is sitting in her chair.  Very rarely does she leave her room.  Her meals are brought to her.  For years she has found herself in a 10x10 (or so)...

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