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Non-Repeating Pattern

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That’s sounds like a contradiction of terms. If it is non-repeating, then how can a pattern be discerned? Let me show you. In Genesis 17:6, when over a million Israelites, at the beginning of the exodus, had no water to drink, God told Moses to strike the rock. In Numbers 20:8, towards the end of […]

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I’ve Had Enough

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A few weeks ago I stood on the ruins of Beersheba, in Israel, from which point you have an unobstructed view south, deep into the Sinai desert. I imagined a discouraged Elijah standing right there, after running with his servant for over 100 miles from Jezreel, with Jezebel’s signed death warrant fresh in his hand. The […]

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Everything Going Great, Until…

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Everything was going great, until… The anointing of Solomon to succeed his father on Israel’s throne was a miracle of grace to begin with. The expected and correct choice would have been David’s eldest surviving son, Adonijah. That’s what Adonijah thought also. But God had other plans and chose Solomon to reign on the throne […]

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The Same Battle… Two Opposite Responses

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  I have nothing against consultants. How’s that for an opening statement? The issue I have is with church leadership that finds itself in crisis and, as their first response, calls in a consultant because they don’t know what to do. So, the consultant arrives with their bag of tricks, tools for analysis, underlying philosophies […]

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Rocking the Boat

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My adult daughters and sons-in-law do their best to keep my social media posts positive, but there are times, when I see the City of God being deceived, that I cannot be silent. One of my readings this morning was 1 Samuel 28, where Samuel was dead, and Saul, facing a formidable Philistine army at […]

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God Using Scoundrels

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If you have lived for any length of time, you have come across situations where God appears to be using, even blessing, people in ministry that we wouldn’t use. I don’t mean when God uses broken people. We all fall into that category. I mean scoundrels. Most of us have lived through the exposure of […]

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Wait

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Anyone out there love the process of waiting? I didn’t think so… especially when access to information, our friends, 300Mbps downloads, Uber Eats, or online shopping is all at our fingertips. I can’t be the only one who slaps a second coat of paint on, way before the time specified on the paint can. Don’t […]

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Enduring Victory

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God’s presence, during the first 325 years of Israel’s occupation of the Promised Land, rested over the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle at Shiloh. Unfortunately, during those years, Israel forgot God and embraced the culture’s idols – treating the Ark of God’s presence as nothing more significant than a good luck charm. Then, […]

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He Did Not Know

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Samson ruled Israel for twenty years and that whole time suppressed his sensitivities to the Presence and voice of God by repeatedly ignoring God’s covenant call on his life. How did he suppress and ignore? Samson demanded to have a wife outside the faith and from the enemy nation oppressing Israel at the time. On […]

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Too Much Information

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“You are barren right now, being harassed by the enemy, but you are about to conceive and have a son.” That’s what the angel of the Lord said to a nameless woman, the wife of Manoah, and soon-to-be mother of Samson, in Judges 13. In addition to this exciting promise, the angel of the Lord […]