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TRUE HOPE

It is hard to hear and see all of the devastation happening around the world. Volcano eruptions, hurricanes, tornados, and even sink holes. There is hope no matter what is happening. This verse gives a clear picture of hope for those who choose to believe God. Micah 4:1-5 New International Version (NIV)The Mountain of the Lord4 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of theLord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
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The American flag blowing in the wind, reminds me of the many people who sacrificed their lives to protect those of us who live in this beautiful country. 
Three of my Uncle's lost their lives serving in the military for this country. Almost every man in my family has served. 
Many families have a similiar history. 
I wake up each morning knowing I have freedom to go and do what I am socially and physically able to do. I can wear what I choose, try for careers I would dream of having, work, drive a car, and be educated, etc.. 
I have freedom. 
If the country I live in is attacked, there are those who have volunteered to go, and do what is necessary to protect it.  I live with that knowledge everyday.
I thank God for allowing me to live here. 
I thank God for those who have served and give up everything to keep this country free and safe.
Thank you. Thank all of you. 




The Article

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I read an article that made my heart really heavy. An article about a ex-pastor who got arrested for smuggling marijuana from Mexico to California.
Now, I know for a fact this man has been dealing with other issues, and he has made some unwise choices in the past that affected many people. His family and friends suffered pain and some consequences they shouldn't have had to deal with.

I heard he was doing better, but I'm guessing (only from that newspaper article) that he is still making unwise choices.



Two things saddened me about the article;

1) I imagined the emotional pain his decision caused his wife and kids.
2) How this affected people who don't understand or have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Not only will his choices affect those closest to him, but also those he will never meet.

No one in the church is perfect, but our lives were changed, and we are the walking testimony of Jesus work in us.

The truth is...the church is built on a bunch of  sinners. Some of …

Let Love Shine

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When I picked up my phone yesterday I had the thought, I wonder what is happening on Facebook today.
My next thought was, I hope nothing bad happened.
The first post - something bad had happened in Vegas.
I looked at the news.
Are there any words to express about something, that my mind cannot grasp, had  happened?
Then it got personal when I discovered a couple of my family members knew people who had lost their lives at this concert and others who were injured.
I have no words.
I cannot grasp who or why would do such a horrible thing. And whenever I think of what the people at the concert went through, while running away from the bullets, there is no words, only tears.
I am not normally a name caller, but no matter what his mental condition was at the time, no matter what his reasons, only a little coward would do what he did. The people had no way to defend themselves. No way to counter attack. Purely a evil cowardly act of violence.
And the point?
There is none.
Hatred cloaked in…

Philippians 1:6

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Philippians 1:6
..."being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." NIV

Philippians 1:4 says Paul prayed with joy for those in Philippi. He was confident God was working in their lives.

Is there anyone you worry about spiritually?

May all worries turn to a confident prayer that God who "began a good work will carry it on to completion."

In The Battlefield

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Newspapers, and the News on T.V. are like a political battlefield.

There is some real hatred for our new President. It has brought out violence and discord in America. Many people feel threatened as many did when President Obama took office.

There is also some real hope for our new President. There are people who are excited about what could happen in our country while he is in office. This too has brought out a lot of discord in America.

I wasn't the President of the United States, but at one time I had a job where I was caught in the crossfire of work politics. It was awful. I went through all of the necessary steps to secure the position in the company. I got it over a person who other's believed was a shoe-in for that job.

Every decision, even after going through meetings and approvals from those who needed to approve the decisions, was met with disapproval. I was the bad guy making changes in the company. Changes that needed to be made in or…

I Smell Rain...

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Dear God, I smell rain! It smells so good. I wish, as I sit here, drinking my coffee and writing in my journal, with my daughter beside me reading, I could fully enjoy this moment.

There are threats of thunderstorms today. I am not a fan of thunderstorms, as you know. I fear the loud sound over my head and I fear that tornado's may follow, even though we don't have many tornado's here in this area. It's hard for me to stay in the moment and rest. My imagination goes all over the place from the wonderful smell of rain, to tornado's.

In many areas of my life, where the smell of rain may be, I fear the bigger storm may happen. I fear things will go out of control and I will be stuck with the pain of the aftermath.

I take a sip of coffee, smile at my daughter reading, and breath in the beautiful smell of rain. Enjoy this moment, I say to myself. A time of perfection in a big chaotic world.

However, I know Father, it is not chaotic to you. You can see all. You know.

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