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happy Thanksgiving

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  Not all people around the world celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday but everyone should be giving thanks.  We ought to be thankful and we should be thanking God often. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, choosing to be thankful and to be actively giving thanks things will happen around you that you might not be able to explain.  It is like the results that come from following God.  There is a return on your investment when your life and focus and heart are set on God. What might the results be for choosing to be thankful?  They are many.  here are a few. Psalm 50:23  NLT But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” Giving thanks is a sacrifice that honors God.  Honoring God leads to great rewards in our lives. 2 Corinthians 9:12  NLT So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. The r

His faithful love endures forever

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  We each have our own convictions or the truths that seem to be important to us.  As followers of Jesus many of those should be the same.  Scripture is given to us to reenforce what God does, who God is and how we live for Him. One passage hit my heart several weeks ago and seems to come back around pretty often.  That would be Psalm 136.  It demonstrates the love of God and pours it out over and over.  Then I realized it is more of a responsive reading, the kind we do in church from time to time. Read this out loud wherever you are today.  Let God reenforce the fact that His faithful love endures forever… Psalm 136 NLT 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. 4 Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever. 5 Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His fait

life and peace during Covid-19

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  Romans 8:6  NASB For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, The last eight months have been full of challenges.  Most would use world like chaos, stress, unrest, pain, confusion and lots more.  The pandemic we know as Covid-19 continues to be something that stumps us all. The choice is ours of what we allow it to be for us.  We can go with the chaos or choose peace. What we so with our minds or what we allow our minds to dwell either produce pain and chaos or life and peace.  I will choose life and peace.  There is a choice to be made, and that choice is yours and mine. Look at the key words of this verse.  Well, at least the key verbs if you change them around a bit.  I would say they are “set your mind”.  Set it to peace and life.  Set your mind away from death, destruction and stress.  If we are honest, we would say that we thought this stuff would be over by now, yet it continues to confound so many people.  That would include you an

come to God

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  Hebrews 4:7  NASB He again sets a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” It is easy to do.  When our focus is not on God, we will allow our hearts to go in any number of directions, but it will not take us in the direction of God. That is one reason that we need to take the warning that this verse.  When you hear from God, don’t harden your heart.  To do this us to turn away from God, to not listen to God or even to simply avoid what God is saying. There is a problem with our hearts when we do not have them turned toward God.  We stop listening.  We stop being fed by God.  We stop caring about what God cares about.  That is why we have to take some precautions. Proverbs 4:23  NLT Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. This is the place to start.  Guard your heart by the best means possible.  God offers those options throughout Scripture

hear God's voice

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  Are you open enough to see what God is doing or to hear what God is saying?  It is easy, but it also alludes us when we are too busy or focused on the wrong things. Yesterday was incredible.  I want to thank every one that was so kind and wished me a happy birthday.  Our family devotion last night was especially good.  That is why I simply share part of it with you in today’s edition of the e-devotion. As you read, I challenge you to hear God’s voice for you. How's your faith right now? I would like to encourage you to have an eternal focus so the situation you are facing does not limit your worship. Worship like never before, put music in your car, kitchen, living room or wherever you are day after day. Because when you raise a song to the Lord, your heart focuses on Him; you proclaim His victory and focus on His greatness, His power and majesty. At the end of the day, we are all created to worship Him. Let us not deny reality, but rather live according to that higher and more p

I am blessed!

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  There are times we just have to recognize it.  Today is one of those days for me.  From the calls or text, to the messages from so many, it is so evident to see how God has placed in my life some incredible people.  Has also given blessing, upon blessing. I mean it is easy to get negative.  It is easy to see the down side or even to dwell on what should have been.  All the while God is working and blessing all around us.  Look at the sunrise or the sunset.  Remember the conversation.   Stop taking making it so hard on yourself to life each day.  Stress takes minutes off of our lives.  Struggles rob us of life to live and to enjoy.  Literally what we dwell on will take the joy we can have. I choose joy.  I will choose to recognize the blessings.  Look at them.   Ephesians 1:3  NLT All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. There is the truth.  We are blessed.  As God

good choices

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  There is more to being thankful that just saying “thank you”.  It has do with with what is going in and our of your life on a daily basis. What impacts you, influences your words, actions, thinking and much more.  That is why it is important to be careful with what influences you allow around you. Colossians 3:15  NASB Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful. Let peace flow in and out of your life.  But what might keep you from having this kind of peace?  Oh, that could be many things, yet I suggest that when we are trying to focus on two things that contradict each other that peace will allude us. James 4:8  NLT Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. We might find our hearts divided.  That means we can’t follow God or anything with all of our lives.  Having split loyalty makes life very difficult.   Ta