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Be Strong. Be Encouraged.

"be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies"King David encouraged his young son Solomon with the words above. He stated this, and other words of instruction, to Solomon soon after he had declared Solomon as successor to his throne.

Yes, King David was about to pass away after forty years of ruling over Israel, and his son would be taking over. During King David's tenor, though, he went through a lot of tough times but also great times which the Lord had provided for him.
Many of those tough times were caused by foolish decisions he had made. The decisions were based on his own understanding and self wants rather than the Lord's will.
Nonetheless, even though King David missed the mark and fell hard (many times), he still got up and proceeded as a warrior for God. He did not dwell on his foolish mistakes to the point that he becam…

Be Strong. Be Encouraged.

"be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies" King David encouraged his young son Solomon with the words above. He stated this, and other words of instruction, to Solomon soon after he had declared Solomon as successor to his throne.

Yes, King David was about to pass away after forty years of ruling over Israel, and his son would be taking over. During King David's tenor, though, he went through a lot of tough times but also great times which the Lord had provided for him.
Many of those tough times were caused by foolish decisions he had made. The decisions were based on his own understanding and self wants rather than the Lord's will.
Nonetheless, even though King David missed the mark and fell hard (many times), he still got up and proceeded as a warrior for God. He did not dwell on his foolish mistakes to the point that he …

God's Promises

“Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” 1 Samuel 16:1bThe person that God was speaking to Samuel about was David. David the young shepherd boy, unbeknownst to him, would replace king Saul as king of Israel due to Saul’s disobedience to God.
Within the statement “I have provided Myself a king” was a promise of God to the people of Israel that they would be getting a new king very soon.
Before David became King, he went through many unpleasant situations. These situations were filled with stress and overwhelming discomfort as he fled from king Saul who sought to kill him. 
Saul knew David would become king and was very jealous of him so he sought to destroy him; The only issue with Saul’s plan to kill David is that God said David would be king. Do you know what I’m getting at? If God said David was going to be king, then he would be king no matter what.
There is nothing that can deter God’s promises tow…

God's Promises

“Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” 1 Samuel 16:1b The person that God was speaking to Samuel about was David. David the young shepherd boy, unbeknownst to him, would replace king Saul as king of Israel due to Saul’s disobedience to God.
Within the statement “I have provided Myself a king” was a promise of God to the people of Israel that they would be getting a new king very soon.
Before David became King, he went through many unpleasant situations. These situations were filled with stress and overwhelming discomfort as he fled from king Saul who sought to kill him. 
Saul knew David would become king and was very jealous of him so he sought to destroy him; The only issue with Saul’s plan to kill David is that God said David would be king. Do you know what I’m getting at? If God said David was going to be king, then he would be king no matter what.
There is nothing that can deter God’s promis…

Trials & Tribulations

Have you ever wondered why God, our Heavenly Father, allows His children to go through trials and tribulations; trials and tribulations, that at times, are very tough to go through such as a believer battling with cancer or the loss of a dearly beloved one?I personally have not experienced the former but have experienced the latter when both my mother and father passed away just a few years ago. 
I use those two examples because they are probably the toughest events to have to go through in life. In that extreme, I use them to point out that God’s peace and love in our lives, even in those times, provides for us a great hope beyond anything we may be experiencing.
The Lord, creator of the universe, is powerful, and He will help us to overcome anything that comes our way, if we let Him, and in turn He will use that trial or tribulation for His glory.
We read through the New Testament scriptures of the many trials and tribulations that Paul went through. Paul had been in a shipwreck; he ne…

Trials & Tribulations

Have you ever wondered why God, our Heavenly Father, allows His children to go through trials and tribulations; trials and tribulations, that at times, are very tough to go through such as a believer battling with cancer or the loss of a dearly beloved one? I personally have not experienced the former but have experienced the latter when both my mother and father passed away just a few years ago. 
I use those two examples because they are probably the toughest events to have to go through in life. In that extreme, I use them to point out that God’s peace and love in our lives, even in those times, provides for us a great hope beyond anything we may be experiencing.
The Lord, creator of the universe, is powerful, and He will help us to overcome anything that comes our way, if we let Him, and in turn He will use that trial or tribulation for His glory.
We read through the New Testament scriptures of the many trials and tribulations that Paul went through. Paul had been in a shipwreck; …

Dead or Alive

Two things jumped out at me as I read through the first sentence of the book of Ephesians chapter two this morning: my previous life before becoming born again, and the 1980’s New Wave band Dead or Alive.Although I won’t be writing about the latter, their namesake will stick to the title of this post ; )
So what is the big deal about Paul’s statement: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”?
There’s a lot to be said about his statement, but the main thing is that it reminds the Christian, especially if you once walked in the world, that we are to be compassionate and loving to those who do not know Jesus.
This is because while we, ourselves, were yet sinners Jesus died on the cross for us so that we may one day, willingly, give our lives to Him.
Before becoming born again, I was totally immersed in sin. I was an eighties New Wave fanatico with orange hair, piercing’s and the whole bit. All I wanted to do was party which got me into a lot of trouble. I also didn’t min…

Dead or Alive

Two things jumped out at me as I read through the first sentence of the book of Ephesians chapter two this morning: my previous life before becoming born again, and the 1980’s New Wave band Dead or Alive.Although I won’t be writing about the latter, their namesake will stick to the title of this post ; )
So what is the big deal about Paul’s statement: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”?
There’s a lot to be said about his statement, but the main thing is that it reminds the Christian, especially if you once walked in the world, that we are to be compassionate and loving to those who do not know Jesus.
This is because while we, ourselves, were yet sinners Jesus died on the cross for us so that we may one day, willingly, give our lives to Him.
Before becoming born again, I was totally immersed in sin. I was an eighties New Wave fanatico with orange hair, piercing’s and the whole bit. All I wanted to do was party which got me into a lot of trouble. I also didn’…

Wisdom and Understanding from God

In the book of Ephesians, Paul the apostle tells the Ephesian believers that he constantly gave thanks for them and always made mention of them in his prayers. The specifics of his prayer for the believers at Ephesus was that God would give to each one of them wisdom and revelation of Him; that their eyes would be enlightened so that they would know the hope of His calling upon each of them.
Paul’s words provide for us great encouragement to pray for our brothers and sisters in-Christ. And, to know that we can call on God, through Jesus, to provide for us wisdom and knowledge of what He wants of us.
What a mind boggling thought that the creator of the universe would want us to know all about Him, and that He is the one who will provide great wisdom to the believer.
Some of us may think that our brains are too far gone to obtain and comprehend this great wisdom and understanding of God, but that’s not the case. If we truly have full, non-compromising faith and trust in Jesus, He will make…

Wisdom and Understanding from God

In the book of Ephesians, Paul the apostle tells the Ephesian believers that he constantly gave thanks for them and always made mention of them in his prayers.  The specifics of his prayer for the believers at Ephesus was that God would give to each one of them wisdom and revelation of Him; that their eyes would be enlightened so that they would know the hope of His calling upon each of them.
Paul’s words provide for us great encouragement to pray for our brothers and sisters in-Christ. And, to know that we can call on God, through Jesus, to provide for us wisdom and knowledge of what He wants of us.
What a mind boggling thought that the creator of the universe would want us to know all about Him, and that He is the one who will provide great wisdom to the believer.
Some of us may think that our brains are too far gone to obtain and comprehend this great wisdom and understanding of God, but that’s not the case. If we truly have full, non-compromising faith and trust in Jesus, He will…

Born Again, Yet Miserable

Have you ever wondered why you feel so miserable yet you are a born again Christian whose given him or her self to Jesus?Many Christians experience this misery because they want to live half for Jesus and half for themselves. We have to live fully for Jesus in order to experience His fullness and joy within our lives.

Samson, who was a judge of Israel for twenty years, was a man of God who lived a miserable life and ended up dying miserably due to bad choices he had made throughout his tenor here on earth.

The book of Judges, chapters thirteen through sixteen recounts the story of Samson. It describes the ups and downs in his life, and his tragic death at the end. Although the latter was not to nice of an event, it does speak of Samson's recommitment to God.

We should take this story of Samson as an example to live for the Lord fully, without compromise. Yes, we will still make mistakes, but as we walk with the Lord we will sin less and less.

How are you living today? If you've be…

Born Again, Yet Miserable

Have you ever wondered why you feel so miserable yet you are a born again Christian whose given him or her self to Jesus? Many Christians experience this misery because they want to live half for Jesus and half for themselves. We have to live fully for Jesus in order to experience His fullness and joy within our lives.

Samson, who was a judge of Israel for twenty years, was a man of God who lived a miserable life and ended up dying miserably due to bad choices he had made throughout his tenor here on earth.

The book of Judges, chapters thirteen through sixteen recounts the story of Samson. It describes the ups and downs in his life, and his tragic death at the end. Although the latter was not to nice of an event, it does speak of Samson's recommitment to God.

We should take this story of Samson as an example to live for the Lord fully, without compromise. Yes, we will still make mistakes, but as we walk with the Lord we will sin less and less.

How are you living today? If you'…

Using Your Words Wisely

Monday, 3 September 2012 Labor Day "A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:1-2Have you ever been in a situation where your response to someone's anger turned the situation into a heated argument?
I'm sure we've all been in this situation at one time or another, but as Christians we are called to go above and beyond to avoid this. Yes, I know we're humans and this will happen, but I also know we're Christians, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to discipline us in this respect. As a Christian, never take the former as an excuse for foolish actions on your part. Remember, we have choices.
So how can we avoid a foolish heated, anger filled, argument?
We can do this by providing a "soft answer". In the book of Judges, when Gideon was "sharply reprimanded" by the men of Ephraim, who were counterparts in-the…

Using Your Words Wisely

Monday, 3 September 2012 Labor Day "A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:1-2 Have you ever been in a situation where your response to someone's anger turned the situation into a heated argument?
I'm sure we've all been in this situation at one time or another, but as Christians we are called to go above and beyond to avoid this. Yes, I know we're humans and this will happen, but I also know we're Christians, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to discipline us in this respect. As a Christian, never take the former as an excuse for foolish actions on your part. Remember, we have choices.
So how can we avoid a foolish heated, anger filled, argument?
We can do this by providing a "soft answer". In the book of Judges, when Gideon was "sharply reprimanded" by the men of Ephraim, who were counterparts…

God's Special Forces

Special Forces operations have been in practice for a long, long time. Much longer than some of us know.Amongst other stories in the Bible which speak of such operations, the author of the book of Judges (chapter seven) describes a covert operation carried out by a man named Gideon and another fellow.
The commander of this group is the Lord Himself.
Only select men with extraordinary strengths and abilities serve in Special Operations missions.

A U.S. Army informational web page pertinent to Special Forces qualifications describes it like this: "To become part of the Army's Green Berets, you need to be mentally and physically tough, endure difficult training and face challenges head on."
This is how the christian must be. He or she must be mentally and physically tough and face challenges head on, in-Christ. But, there is only one way he or she can get there, and that is to fully commit him or her self to the Lord. The Christian can't be mediocre i.e. not believing nor …

God's Special Forces

Special Forces operations have been in practice for a long, long time. Much longer than some of us know. Amongst other stories in the Bible which speak of such operations, the author of the book of Judges (chapter seven) describes a covert operation carried out by a man named Gideon and another fellow.
The commander of this group is the Lord Himself.
Only select men with extraordinary strengths and abilities serve in Special Operations missions.

A U.S. Army informational web page pertinent to Special Forces qualifications describes it like this: "To become part of the Army's Green Berets, you need to be mentally and physically tough, endure difficult training and face challenges head on."
This is how the christian must be. He or she must be mentally and physically tough and face challenges head on, in-Christ. But, there is only one way he or she can get there, and that is to fully commit him or her self to the Lord. The Christian can't be mediocre i.e. not believin…

Should I Test God?

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Do you ever feel the need to test the Lord or wonder if He can accomplish a certain feat you've placed out for Him?
There is a story in the Bible that tells about a man named Gideon who felt the need to test the Lord. (It's found in the book of Judges chapter six.)
An Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him that the Lord was with him.

(Funny thing is that when the angel appeared to him, he didn't call Gideon by name, he called him "mighty man of valor". As I read on, Gideon's questions to the Lord seemed to depict a weak man and by no means a mighty man of valor.)
God chose this man to be the one to save Israel from the hand of the Midianites who were oppressing them. 
As the story goes, Gideon basically asked the Lord to prove Himself to him by accomplishing a few things that he had laid out for the Lord to do before he would be obedient to His calling. (Gideon wanted to make sure it was truly God calling on Him to this task.)
So the Lord proved Himself …

Should I Test God?

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Do you ever feel the need to test the Lord or wonder if He can accomplish a certain feat you've placed out for Him?
There is a story in the Bible that tells about a man named Gideon who felt the need to test the Lord. (It's found in the book of Judges chapter six.)
An Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him that the Lord was with him.

(Funny thing is that when the angel appeared to him, he didn't call Gideon by name, he called him "mighty man of valor". As I read on, Gideon's questions to the Lord seemed to depict a weak man and by no means a mighty man of valor.)
God chose this man to be the one to save Israel from the hand of the Midianites who were oppressing them. 
As the story goes, Gideon basically asked the Lord to prove Himself to him by accomplishing a few things that he had laid out for the Lord to do before he would be obedient to His calling. (Gideon wanted to make sure it was truly God calling on Him to this task.)
So the Lord proved Hi…

Fleshly Lust

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Have you ever had the urge to go back to the things you used to do before you became born again?
If you haven't that's great. Keep on praying, reading your Bible and applying it into your life without compromise. Stay strong and don't look back at your old life before Jesus.

If you have had that urge to go back to the negativity of your previous life before Christ, I would like to inform you that God already knew you'd be getting that urge. Because of that, He also provided detailed information for us as to what we should do when we arrive at that time in our life.

(Notice that I said 'when we arrive'. As you know, the word 'when' denotes something that is to come, so be ready.)

I know this first hand because as I've walked hourly, daily, monthly, yearly and as the length of my walk in Christ has expanded, the fleshly desires of the past have creeped up, sometimes unnoticed, sometimes intentionally.

Nonetheless, regardless of what is coming up let's…

Fleshly Lust

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Have you ever had the urge to go back to the things you used to do before you became born again?
If you haven't that's great. Keep on praying, reading your Bible and applying it into your life without compromise. Stay strong and don't look back at your old life before Jesus.

If you have had that urge to go back to the negativity of your previous life before Christ, I would like to inform you that God already knew you'd be getting that urge. Because of that, He also provided detailed information for us as to what we should do when we arrive at that time in our life.

(Notice that I said 'when we arrive'. As you know, the word 'when' denotes something that is to come, so be ready.)

I know this first hand because as I've walked hourly, daily, monthly, yearly and as the length of my walk in Christ has expanded, the fleshly desires of the past have creeped up, sometimes unnoticed, sometimes intentionally.

Nonetheless, regardless of what is coming up let&#…

Alert, No More Law!

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The book of Galatians is a pretty amazing book.
This book is attributed to Paul the apostle who wrote to the Galatians regarding issues concerning the Law given by God early on in the Old Testament.

A very good contrast of the Law compared to Faith is given in chapter three where Paul details why the law was brought forth, how we (the believer) became free from it and how Faith in Christ now supersedes it.
Freedom from bondage of the law is guaranteed after reading through the chapter if you truly take His Word to heart and realize that the law does not provide salvation, but faith in Jesus does.
Nonetheless, toward the end of the message, Paul tells us that as many of us who have been baptized in Christ have also put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).
What does this mean? This means that you now have a connection with Jesus because you now have a relationship with Him. 
'Putting on Christ' is a figure of speech (or metaphor) that is used to describe what happened after we accepted Jesus a…

Alert, No More Law!

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The book of Galatians is a pretty amazing book.
This book is attributed to Paul the apostle who wrote to the Galatians regarding issues concerning the Law given by God early on in the Old Testament.

A very good contrast of the Law compared to Faith is given in chapter three where Paul details why the law was brought forth, how we (the believer) became free from it and how Faith in Christ now supersedes it.
Freedom from bondage of the law is guaranteed after reading through the chapter if you truly take His Word to heart and realize that the law does not provide salvation, but faith in Jesus does.
Nonetheless, toward the end of the message, Paul tells us that as many of us who have been baptized in Christ have also put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).
What does this mean? This means that you now have a connection with Jesus because you now have a relationship with Him. 
'Putting on Christ' is a figure of speech (or metaphor) that is used to describe what happened after we accepted …

Grace and Peace. Experience it Today.

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Are you experiencing God's grace and peace today?The apostle Paul, in his letter to the churches of Galatia, wrote in his salutation "Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ." This I'm pretty certain he wrote because of his own personal experience of grace and peace, in his life, after experiencing Jesus on the road to Damascus.

If you are currently reading or have read through the new testament you will read about Paul and his conversion to true christianity and relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Paul, prior to conversion, was very well educated in the things of God. He knew all there was to know about God in the sense of law and a structured layout, but he did not have a saving relationship with God.

Paul's knowledge and adherence to rules and regulations could not save him, but the life altering event that he experienced on the road to Damascus did. That's where he first met Jesus and began to experience a true relationsh…

Grace and Peace. Experience it Today.

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Are you experiencing God's grace and peace today? The apostle Paul, in his letter to the churches of Galatia, wrote in his salutation "Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ." This I'm pretty certain he wrote because of his own personal experience of grace and peace, in his life, after experiencing Jesus on the road to Damascus.

If you are currently reading or have read through the new testament you will read about Paul and his conversion to true christianity and relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Paul, prior to conversion, was very well educated in the things of God. He knew all there was to know about God in the sense of law and a structured layout, but he did not have a saving relationship with God.

Paul's knowledge and adherence to rules and regulations could not save him, but the life altering event that he experienced on the road to Damascus did. That's where he first met Jesus and began to experience a true relati…

Joshua: Servant of God to the End!

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110 Years Old, Wow!That's how old Joshua was when he died.

Amongst the many words of encouragement that we receive from the book of Joshua, the fact that he served the Lord to his dying days is awesome and super encouraging to today's believer.

What does this mean for us? In what manner does the Bible encourage today's believer through Joshua?

This means that there really is no retirement age when it comes to doing the Lord's work. We are to be consistent in service to Him all the way through until our final day, here on this planet.

Another thing is that Joshua's service was not a mild, kick back sort of work. He was all about action both physical and mental.

Of course, we know that this doesn't mean that every single believer on this planet has to get up (literally) to do something physical for the Lord like going out street witnessing or helping an elderly person. Some people are unable too because they are disabled, bed ridden or whatever.

Action in regards to do…