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25
Apr

OPEN DOOR

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I attended a minister’s conference this past week where Dr. Kent Hunter, better known as The Church Doctor, spoke to the pastors.  He taught an inspiring session outlining the downward trend in moral indicators from 1960 to the 1990s.  Just when it appeared there was no hope left for America, tracking of these same indicators began to reverse.  Best Selling books took a Christian (or at least moral) turn, ‘R’ rated movies began to give way to films with a spiritual message, the disintegration of the family began to stabilize. etc.

Christians have been praying for revival in America.  Could this be the beginning of a turn around?  Either the church will take advantage of the positive momentum, or it will return to its hibernation, and the awakening will disintegrate.  Yes, that is in God’s hands, but He delegated the task of revival to us.  What will the church do with this open door?

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16
Apr

God’s Support Staff

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I smiled as I watched the Verizon commercial showing a host of a hundred and fifty workmen, each a specialist, following around a single cell phone customer.  There was no support that anyone would ever need anytime that there wasn’t a specialist right there beside them to instantly resolve the problem.   That was a very effective commercial; a great incentive to buy into the Verizon cell network.

My smile was because that is a picture of what the church should be.  Wherever  an individual Christian goes there should be a network of supportive Christians right there to assist in the journey.  Whatever problem we face, there is always an experienced believer to coach us along.  The Spirit of God works through believers, right?  This is God’s care for us.  What a thought!  Can you hear me now?

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8
Apr

The Choice is up to Me

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This weekend our bedroom got really warm one night so we opened the window a little.  The next morning my eyes were swollen and I couldn’t stop sneezing.  I had forgotten that part of Spring!  I have this Spring-time allergy that affects me for about two months, then is gone.  I had been looking forward to warmer weather for so long I had forgotten the down-side to Spring.

Yes, there is a down-side to every good thing we hope for.   We want flowers, but we don’t want rain.  We want to go shopping, but we don’t want to go to work.  We want to have fun, but we don’t want to be responsible for our actions.  This is life.  The bad comes with the good.

So, we can either focus on the bad things coming into our lives, or we can focus on the good.  They’re both there at every turn.  I can be defeated, or I can be a winner.  The choice is up to me.  So, I believe I’ll go spray my nose again and enjoy the sunshine one more time.

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