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Thanksgiving

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It kinda happened like this: a group of English Christians, not weirdos, just regular people like you and your friends, were beginning to feel the weight of public disfavor and religious oppression. So they got together and decided to relocate to a newly-discovered, primitive place called America.

Getting there was rough–they spent over two months in cramped quarters, fighting through gut-wrenching seas and foul weather, but life in their new home was even rougher. Clueless about what kind of crops to grow, or how to hunt the local game, they spent the upcoming winter battling disease and starvation. Half of them didn’t make it. Imagine losing half or your friends and family in less than six months.

Then came the New Friends. They were scary, wearing feathers, animal-tooth necklaces, and suggestively rude clothing. But they were also helpful–life-savers, in fact–because they taught the settlers how to grow native foods like corn, as well as fish and hunt for meat.

Fall came, and with it their first abundant crop. The deer were rutting now too, making them much easier to hunt, and at this season the turkeys were running in flocks. And at last the settlers now knew how to harvest the food they required.

So they all got together, invited their native friends, and said, “Let’s have a big three-day bash. We’ve got plenty of food for the winter now, thanks to God who sent us these, our most generous and thoughtful friends.”

And they did it. And we’re still doing it. We gather friends and family together annually to thank God, not just helping us make it through the year, but for giving us new friends, teaching us new things, and for blessing us day by day.

To my precious family, my faithful old friends, and my exciting new ones, let me wish you the Happiest Thanksgiving ever.

David

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

You’ve Got a Date with Jesus

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 Mark 6:45-51–He (Jesus) departed to a mountain to pray. And when evening was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was against them: and about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea…then he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased.

Are you facing life’s storms? Are the seas rough and the winds blowing against you as you struggle forward getting nowhere at all?

Then you’ve got a date with Jesus. He’s on the way to still your storm.

Do you know why Jesus walked on water? Was it to show his glory, prove His divinity, or exhibit His mastery over nature? The short answer is that Jesus walked on the waves because He had no boat.

Remember how the Jesus was alone on land and His disciples out at sea? They were in trouble and desperately needed Him, but He had no natural way to reach them. So He reached them supernaturally, by walking across the Sea of Galilee. This illustrates for us His willingness to do anything, whatever it takes, to save His own.

So if you’re facing impossible circumstances and can see no way out, take courage. You’ve got a date with the Lord of the Wind and Waves. He’s coming to still your storm.

Today’s Prayer: Jesus, I choose to get my eyes off of my problems and onto you. If you can walk of water, then you can do anything. So I believe you’re on your way right now to still my storm.

*The above is from David’s new devotional Encouragement Explosion, available here: Encouragement Explosion.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Early Christmas

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Christmas started early this year. Seriously early. The malls turned red and green as soon as the orange and black goblins vacated. And as would be expected, people started complaining about it, saying it was just a commercial ploy to get people buying presents early.

Maybe it was. Probably it was. But as a Christian, what do I care? The more we celebrate Jesus, the happier I get.

Besides, I like red and green together. I love twinkling lights, golden garlands, angels, and guiding stars, too. And I especially love hearing all those songs about a God who’d be willing to be born as a destitute child in a third-world country if that’s what it took to rescue me.

And he did–rescue me, I mean. He rescued me from hopelessness, depression, loneliness, sickness, lack, and so much more. He turned my emptiness into fulfillment, my purposeless into mission. He transformed the water of my existence into wine.

So yeah, I’m into Christmas. Big time. Bring it on. And the longer it lasts the better. Because every time we deck a tree, string lights, or set up a crèche, we’re saying “Go Jesus! Save more folks the way you saved me.”

‘Cause face it. We live in a secular society these days. The only time most people hear about Gods’ love is during these last magical weeks of the year. So let’s go for it. Sing the songs. Light the lights. And let’s have Early Christmas  every year.

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God bless!

David

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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Will the real Jesus please stand up?

Acts 10:38–You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.

Hebrews 13:8, 9–Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange teachings…

There are several versions of Jesus. There’s the movie Jesus. He’s blue-eyed and tall, (even though he’s a middle-easterner), and speaks with a perfect Elizabethan accent, (despite the fact that Jesus spoke Aramaic). He’s kind of artsy, too, and a little spacey, even though the real Jesus grew up as a common laborer. (Contrast this with the muscular, down-to earth carpenter found on a typical construction site). No, the real Jesus wasn’t British. Neither was he an airy wimp; the real Jesus was a real man, through and through.

There are several spiritual versions of Jesus, too. There’s the Judgmental Jesus, (you’ll never be good enough for that one), and the exclusionist Jesus, (for the “us-four-and-no-more” crowd), the powerless Jesus (healing was for Bible times, not today), and the busy, uncaring Jesus (why bother with your insignificant need?)

But there’s really only one Jesus, and that’s the Jesus found in God’s word.

The real Jesus isn’t judgmental. (Jn. 3:17 says, for God did not send the Son into the world to judge it, but that the world through him might be saved). He’s not an exclusionist, either. He’ll accept anyone who’ll come to him. (Jn. 6:37: Whoever comes to me I will never cast out). He’s not uncaring, either, for he went about healing all, and he’s never too busy, because he’s God, whose ears are always open to your cry. (Ps. 34:15)

Yes the real Jesus is not only strong and straightforward; he’s open-hearted, caring, and always there for you. The real Jesus heals the sick and multiplies limited resources. The real Jesus rescues the hopeless and forgives the unforgivable.

So don’t hang your faith on a Hollywood savior, read the Bible and put your faith in the Jesus found on its timeless pages. That Jesus–the Real Jesus–is God himself manifested in human flesh. He’s Love, Power, and Mercy incarnate, and any miracle he’s ever done, he can do for you.

Today’s prayer: Thank you Jesus for being you. You never change, so I can always, always, count on you. Thank you for meeting me at the point of my need today.

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*From my new 90-day devotional Encouragement Explosion, available through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Encouragement-Explosion-90-Days-Uplift-ebook/dp/B00FRHXE68 and other fine retailers.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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