PRAY-cation

PRAY-cation

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I know it’s February. It’s not exactly the time, for most of us, to be thinking about longer days and how to spend them. (But I think about it anyway!) Do we stay around town or do we get away somewhere? Do we want a full-fledged vacation, or do we just need a break? I believe the idea of “just needing a break” resonates with many, if not all, of us. I think we all occasionally long for a time to just be off…to relax and think and reflect. I’ve been reading lately about being mindful and how to create good habits. But, without time to sit and think about where I am and where I’m going, it’s all kind of just busy work! This all makes me think about Jesus getting away. Scripture records instances when Jesus just needed to take a break. But we see it wasn’t selfish…s and how to spend them. (But I think about it anyway!) Do we stay around town or do we get away somewhere? Do we want a full-fledged vacation, or do we just need a break? I […]
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Don’t Skip Out

Don’t Skip Out

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I recently read an article about the importance of attending church services. It was on a “religious” website which, I assume, is read by “religious” people. Does that seem weird? Doesn’t it seem like those are the least likely people you’d have to remind of the importance of church attendance? But, the struggle is real… Every Sunday (every service — Sunday night, Wednesday night, Bible classes) we all know there are people missing from our assemblies who absolutely should and could be there! I get it — there are sick people, people who can’t get out of work, people who don’t drive at night, people who have special events they can’t set the times for, etc. I’m talking about the people who simply choose to go to a movie, or to the lake, or to the mall, or just stay home instead of being where the majority of their church…us” website which, I assume, is read by “religious” people. Does that seem weird? Doesn’t it seem like those are the least likely people you’d have to remind of the importance of church attendance? But, the struggle is real… […]
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Who Fears the Lord?

Who Fears the Lord?

Faith
“Who is this person who fears the Lord? He will show him the way he should choose.” (Ps 25:12 CSB) Psalm 25:12 is a powerful verse. The whole psalm is very powerful. In it, David asks God to protect him from his enemies, i.e., his problems. But, he’s also very clear — to ask God for that protection and security also demands something of David. In verses 4 and 5 he says, “Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long.” David shows a great understanding of a timeless principle in our relationship with God: God is the source of all our comfort, safety, well-being and provision. But He also expects our obedience — our submission to His will. Let Go of Your Past However, there’s another…B) Psalm 25:12 is a powerful verse. The whole psalm is very powerful. In it, David asks God to protect him from his enemies, i.e., his problems. But, he’s also very clear — to ask God […]
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Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving!

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“Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭107:22‬ ) This Thursday, November 28, 2019 is our American Thanksgiving celebration, a tradition that has been around since the colonies were originally settled.  Americans traditionally recognize the "first" Thanksgiving as having taken place at Plymouth colony in the autumn of 1621. The Pilgrims held a feast after their first harvest as a way of thanking God for their blessings. They also invited members of the neighboring Wampanoag tribe to join them.Time passed and the colonies merged to form a new country and these “Americans” were familiar with setting aside days of thanksgiving, prayer, and fasting in response to significant events. On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks." The nation then celebrated its first Thanksgiving as a…s‬ ‭107:22‬ ) This Thursday, November 28, 2019 is our American Thanksgiving celebration, a tradition that has been around since the colonies were originally settled.  Americans traditionally recognize the “first” Thanksgiving as having taken place at Plymouth colony in the […]
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Can I Just Pray?

Can I Just Pray?

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I'll admit right up front - I’m not a big country music fan. I know next-to-no contemporary country music. However, something happened last night which may pique my interest a little bit. The CMT Artists of the Year awards show was held in Nashville. Kane Brown, an artist receiving an award, used his acceptance speech to honor his drummer, Kenny Dixon, who very recently died in a car crash. Brown’s speech was touching and moved many in the audience to tears. Moments later another honoree, Thomas Rhett, moved by Brown’s appearance, asked the whole audience to stop and pray with him. “I don't know if this is very conventional, but can I just pray? Really fast. Is that OK with everybody?” Then he proceeded to lead the audience in a brief prayer for the families of Brown and Dixon. It was so great. I didn’t see it live, but I…orary country music. However, something happened last night which may pique my interest a little bit. The CMT Artists of the Year awards show was held in Nashville. Kane Brown, an artist receiving an award, used his acceptance speech […]
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