Change Your Mind, Change Your Situation
on May 26th, 2022
“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” - John 5:6Yesterday, we began unpacking the story of the man by the pool in John 5. A man who had this “condition” for 38 years. We learn that in the Greek version of the text, it just says the man is there. It does not say he has a “condition.” We see the shock...  Read More
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Problem In The Body… Or Mind?
on May 25th, 2022
“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” - John 5:6It has been said that most battles are won or lost, not on the playing field, but in the mind. If we can conquer the obstacles and strongholds in our thought life, there is almost nothing we cannot do or achieve. I thought about that as I reflected on ...  Read More
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Get Up Off The Tack
on May 24th, 2022
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” - John 5:8-9There was a story once told of a man who decided to take a break after a long walk in the park. He found a bench to take the load off his feet, but when he sat down, he sat on a tack which caused him a great deal of pain. After yelling, several people passed by and...  Read More
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"This Is Good!"
on May 23rd, 2022
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28There was once a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life, positive or negative, and responding by saying, “This is good!”One day the king and his friend were...  Read More
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God’s Presence
on May 22nd, 2022
“The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” - Exodus 33:14If you have been following along with us over the last four days, I hope you are encouraged. The truth is, life is tough. Some things will be thrown at you—situations, circumstances, even people—that will make life difficult. Trials and tribulations will surely hit at some point or another. And it makes you...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Power
on May 21st, 2022
“The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.” - Psalm 125:3The fourth and final assurance we have when we are going through difficult circumstances is that we are surrounded by God’s power. The entire chapter of Psalm 125 is a testimony to God’s power. But listen closely to the words of the third verse:...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Protection
on May 20th, 2022
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” - Psalm 91:11-12When you are facing an attack, you not only are surrounded by God’s promises and God’s peace but also by God’s protection. Psalms 125 shows us this through a song. This psalm is considered a pilgrim song. The pil...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Peace
on May 19th, 2022
“Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.” - Psalm 125:4-5When the walls of life feel like they are caving in, and you just don’t know what to do, or where to turn, there is one place you can turn, and that is to God because although the walls of your circumstances might s...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Promises
on May 18th, 2022
“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” - Joshua 21:45It may feel like you are surrounded by the enemy, but you are ultimately surrounded by the Lord. You can be confident that in the face of your trials there are four assurances God has provided for you. You can recall these anytime you are feeling overwhelmed by the enemy and overwhelmed by life’s cha...  Read More
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I Will Not Be Moved
on May 17th, 2022
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” - Psalm 125:1Psalm 125 belongs to a genre of biblical poetry called the “Songs of Ascent.” Some scholars believe that these songs were written by the Israelites upon their return from exile in Babylon. They had been humiliated during the destruction of Jerusalem as they were carried away into bondage and...  Read More
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Surrounded By God
on May 16th, 2022
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10During the invasion of Iraq during the Desert Storm, the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, was sent to help allied troops. But when they got there on February 26, 1991, they discovered an entire Iraqi armored divisio...  Read More
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Overcoming Shame
on May 15th, 2022
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” - Luke 15:21In Luke 15:19, the son says “I’m going to tell my father that I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” In other words, he felt that what he had done was so bad that he understood if his father disowned him. Shame, my friend, prevents a lot of people from turn...  Read More
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