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Big Buts!

I’m a positive person, but sometimes my big but gets in the way. I’ll start off thinking it’s going to be a good day, then say, “But! What if it rains?” I let my big but lower my expectations by anticipating something bad.

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We mustn’t allow our faith to be diminished by a big but! We must proclaim our trust in God and kick buts out of our vocabulary! God is for us, and there’s no but about it! I could go on, but… I think you get my point.

He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

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Are We Ready?

After all the time Jesus had spent with the disciples, telling them time and again He would return from the grave, they were still frightened when He appeared before them. And, even after He showed them the scars on His hands and feet, they still didn’t think it was Him. What was wrong with these guys?

Probably the same thing that’s wrong with most of us: short memories. We go through much of our time here on earth—especially in the U.S.—living a relative life of ease, never giving much thought to all our blessings and where they come from.

We hear the good news that Jesus will one day return, and we talk about how we can’t wait for that glorious day, while secretly we hope our faith is strong enough to get us into heaven. Why? Why are we troubled? Why do we have doubts?

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He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds.” Luke 24:38

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What Are We Afraid Of?

I saw a video on Facebook recently depicting a young man doing a “social experiment”. At a park where mothers were watching their young children play, he would approach the mother, and ask them if their child would talk to a stranger. In the examples shown, the mother would always answer in the negative, saying their child was taught not to talk to strangers. With the mother’s permission, the man would then approach their child and start up a conversation. In each instance, the child would eagerly and freely converse with him. Then, the child would take the man’s hand and walk out of the park with him, having been told he/she would get to see more puppies. Now, he cheated in the fact he had a puppy with him, but then would a child abductor not use the same or similar tactic? Read the rest of this entry »

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Never Be Dismayed

As time goes on, the world seems to be picking up speed and it seems we’re barreling headlong toward sure destruction. Yes, a fierce battle rages between good and evil throughout this world, but we should never give up the fight for what we know to be right.

Too often, we get so wrapped up in what’s going on around us we forget God is in charge. We find ourselves deep in the battle, fighting and straining against evil, and we begin to feel defeated and beat down. That’s when we need to read a verse, listen to a good word, or simply remember God is with us, and be strengthened.

We must continue to fight the battle and never be dismayed no matter how bad things might appear. God will strengthen us and help us and if the battles we fight are just He will uphold us with His righteous hand.

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He Never Let Go

As a young man, I was afraid of nothing and rebelled at everything. I was wild, always testing the rules and boundaries, and actually made the statement, more than once, that I didn’t think I’d live to see my 21st birthday. I lived life like there would be no tomorrow, and for most of my life I was amazed I was still standing.

Then things changed; I didn’t have one of those lightning bolt experiences, and the fact is I wasn’t even looking for help or seeking to change. It just began, as I quite suddenly realized I’d lived far past my expectations not because I was isaiah-41-13unafraid, but because I was a part of God’s plan. I learned that even when I wasn’t aware of Him, or His plan, He was still using me.

All those years… years when I thought it was me against the world… He never let go of my hand. I am in awe of God’s love.

 

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Equal

If there were no night and day

No darkness and light

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no top and bottom

No rich and poor

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no good and evil

No right and wrong

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no love and hate

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no joy and sadness

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If all these things were so

There would be no time or fate

No emotions or feelings

No wants or desires

No choices or mistakes

Nothing to fear and nothing to hide

Everything and everyone would be… equal

 

Copyright © C Mashburn 2017

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When the World Says, “BOO!”

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When we have faith in God, we are completely confident He loves us unconditionally and will never stop loving us, we are boldly certain He loves us and will never stop loving us, and we have no doubt He loves us and will never stop loving us.

The thing is, faith is easy to have and maintain when things are going our way, but when things begin to go badly, our faith often begins to slip away. The world jumps out and says, “Boo!” and our first reaction is to scream and tremble.

Much like the disciples in the boat; when the storm began to rage and they were afraid, they turned to Jesus. Their faith was not as strong as it could’ve been, but it was strong enough to know where their rescue was.

We aren’t perfect, but when we encounter the storms of life, we can turn to Jesus with complete confidence, knowing with bold certainty, and without a doubt, He is with us and will see us through the storm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  Mark 4:40

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