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Wednesday 1.11.12

Posted on 09. Jan, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

There was article in World” magazine this month about the shootings in Newtown, Conneticut. The articles is called , A town clothed in misery.  In a town of 27,000, everything is close about this inexplicable tragedy. Everyone knows someone.  Does that sound familiar to you?  Our little town of Murphy only has about 1,800 residents. But everyone knows everyone.  You don’t have to drive far to find a church either.  Something we take for granted.  Newtown was described as a spiritually desolate city.

New England has the reputation of being spiritually dead, and Newtown too. The town is largely culturally Catholic or of no faith. The family of one of the children killed, Noah Pozner, 6, attended a conservative Jewish synagogue in Newtown, but the Jewish population in the county is about 4 percent. An Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Newtown closed its doors recently. “A difficult town to plant churches,” as one Connecticut pastor described it. Walnut Hill is an oddity of evangelical growth. Christians I interviewed were shocked just to see the “God Bless Newtown” and “Pray for Newtown” signs that now dot many stores and street corners. In the midst of the deaths of these young ones, local pastors are seeing the seeds of new spiritual life.

We have seen a lot change in our town over the years. We too have experienced church splits and some churches close their doors.  Instead of blaming each other, see that Satan is trying take every thing good from where we live.  To cause a famine in our churches and our faith.  To tear apart homes and destroy life.  Tragedy forces us to dig deep in what we believe and we have to have faith to get through the hard times.  It is our job as believers to pray for our children, our schools, our teachers, our towns, our churches.  Don’t become spiritually desolate.  This is from a local pastor from Newtown, “I believe that God uses all things for good,” said Mancini. He continued: “I don’t know how He’s going to use this for good. But what I see in the students who I work with who have grown up in this area, who for them, the reality of the brokenness of this world has always been a concept to be agreed with, and like, a philosophical point to be made in communicating the gospel. I think for the first time ever they are actually feeling and experiencing the injustice and brokenness of the world in a way that people who live in the richest county in the richest nation that’s ever been have probably never experienced before. I don’t want to for one second say this is good. This is awful.” 


All this happened to us,
though we had not forgotten you
or been false to your covenant.
Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals
and covered us over with deep darkness.
If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression?
We are brought down to the dust;our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;redeem us because of your unfailing love. 

Psalm 44:17-22

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Tuesday 1.9.12

Posted on 09. Jan, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Fear is something that everyone faces. We should have a healthy fear of the Lord.  The same way you should fear your parents by doing right.  An unhealthy fear can creep in and rule our lives if we are not careful.  It  will cause us to miss out on so much that God intended us to enjoy.  We should always face our fears with prayer.  People might give you advice but God gives you peace.

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

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Monday 12.31.12

Posted on 31. Dec, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Another year has come and gone.  When you look back at 2012, are you glad to see it go and look forward to a New Year?  What were some major events in our world?  The U.S. election, the London Olympics, the world was suppose to end, etc..   What about in your life?  What will your New Years Resolution be?  What goals will you set for yourself?  Do they reflect bettering yourself, your family, your business, your walk with the Lord.  If this is the last thing on your list than there is something wrong.  Our priorities reflect our heart.  Who and what is first in your life?  The best way to safeguard yourself is to stay in the Word.  Make that time, make it a priority.  When we slowly let ourselves get away from the truth, we have a hard time deciphering what it is true and what is not.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. ”
John 16:13

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Tuesday 12.18.12

Posted on 18. Dec, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Do you judge others?  I think everyone is guilty of being judgmental, but it is really not our place.  We all have something in our life that someone could look at and say they would do it differently.  Unfortunately people often feel heavily criticized by the people that should love them the most, family, friends, church members, etc.  As Christians, we hold our self to a standard to set ourselves apart from the world.  Do we always do this successfully? No.  The only person that never failed was Jesus.  But even he was judged by others.  Jesus was criticized in the New Testament for eating with tax collectors and sinners in Matthew 9:10-11.  On hearing this Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means:  I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. 

I love how Jesus explains things so perfectly and says it not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.  If you think you have no imperfections in your life, I would seriously re-evaluate.  While you are re-evaluating your life, try not to focus others problems.  Often we do that to escape our own issues.  Remember there is only one person that never made mistakes and it is not you or I.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  Matthew 7:1-3

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Monday 12.17.12

Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

The last few days have been unexplainable since the news about the shooting in Newtown.  This morning walking your children into school, did you think about it?  The reality is, it could happen anywhere.  Seeing the pictures of the children is unbearable when you think about how scared they must have been.  People have poured out in support across the country to comfort those who are grieving.  I heard Mike Huckabee say, that sometimes there are no words but just to be there for someone when they are grieving.  When you have lost someone close to you, just a hug can bring more comfort than any word.  Jesus wept when he heard Lazarus died.  I heard someone say once, One worthy of much love is also worthy of much grief.  There is nothing wrong with shedding a tear.  Don’t be so prideful that you don’t want anyone to see you cry.  When we are weak, God is strong.  Please pray for the families today as some were having their services today.  I can’t imagine what a nightmare the last few days have been or what the days to come will be like.
People have a hard time understanding tragedy and often blame God.  He did not intend for sin to be on earth but when Adam and Eve sinned, it changed this world forever.  His plan of salvation was to send a Son, holy and blameless.  One day he will come back and the bible says, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away, Revelation 21:4.  There is a judgement day for all of us and the people that commit these horrible acts of violence will have to answer for what they have done.  But one day, there will be no death, no mourning, just rejoicing in heaven for eternity.

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:13-14

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Friday 11.30.12

Posted on 30. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

The last few nights there has been a full moon.  The light at night is so bright it shines through the windows.  It illuminates the outside surroundings where normally you would have to turn on an outside light to see.  The bible tells us about the tribulation and that the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.  Many people may or may not know or understand the tribulation.  The bible talks about this but here is a definition of what it means.  : distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution.  After Christ raptures the beleivers what is described following is the tribulation.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess, 4:16-18).

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51-53).

The word “rapture” comes from Paul’s “caught up” remark in verse 17. The words “caught up” are translated from the Greek word harpazo, which means “to carry off,” “snatch up,” or “grasp hastily.”  Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). When the believers are suddenly removed, the earth will be plunged into spiritual darkness. When this happens, the Antichrist will then be free to control the world.

Can you imagine  living on earth with no light.  There have been movies made to depict this event.  The best thing is to read what the Bible and what it says about it.  It scares many people to think about this and it should.  That is why we should not allow fear to keep us from knowing what is to come and we can tell others.  Many people probably have never even heard of the rapture or think it is the craziest thing they have ever heard of.  But one day, the Lord will descend from heaven to earth and it will be too late.

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,  Mark 13:24

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Thursday 11.29.12

Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

We are entering the Christmas season at a rapid pace.  People have already hit the stores the day of Thanksgiving and caused many people to miss time with their families because employers are trying to pull their stores out of the red.  Shopping is something either you love or hate.  The idea of buying that gift for someone to show them how much you love them is awesome.  But, biting, kicking, knocking down people to save a few buck is a little absurd and not what this time of the year should be about.  We lose sight of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Who came to this earth to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life.  So if you want to get excited about something.  Tell someone there is a gift they can have, for free!!!  At no cost to them because Jesus paid the price on the cross.  No one can ever take it away from them.  Make an attempt to tell someone about Jesus at Christmas time.  Remember this is a season of love, not to push and shove!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19

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Wednesday 11.28.12

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

We recently watched the movie, Act of Valor.  The language in it is pretty rough, but the movie is wonderful.  We really have no clue what our men and women in the armed forces do for us and our freedom.  One thing I kept thinking about was every time they go out there is a chance they won’t come back.  You wonder are they scared to die or have they already made peace that if it happens it is their time.  They are putting themselves in danger to defend our freedom.  To prevent terrorist attacks.

Do you ever think, what if today was my last day on earth?  We never know what the next hour, day, or week holds.  Nobody really wants to think of death but God tells us that this is not our home.  When the day comes, will we be fearful or excited to enter into the kingdom of God.  One thing I know, nothing makes sense here on earth but when we see Jesus face to face it will all make sense.  The missing piece of the puzzle will be in place and all is well with our soul.  If you feel like your not sure about how you would feel then you need to find someone to talk to.   “And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:26

 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.  Romans 14:8

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Tuesday 11.27.12

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Do you feel encouraged or discouraged?  It seems like discouragement can hit us and lingers for awhile.  The only encouragement that lasts is the words we read from God’s love letter to us, The Bible.  We might get a kind word or a hug but are they enough to sustain us through the hard times?  God’s word does not return void.  We often take it for granted that we live in a country that the Bible is so accessible to us.  Many people don’t have this luxury in other parts of the world.  His word is living and will breathe truth into your life if you allow it.  A lot of times people are overwhelmed by the Bible.  Don’t let that keep you from opening it and starting your day off with it everyday.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Tuesday 11.13.12

Posted on 12. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Our sermon was on doors being open and shut.  One day the door will be shut and time on earth will be no more.  People have this idea that they will have an option or they can designate their time to get right with the Lord.  In Genesis, when Noah was building the ark in 6:16, Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.  This door was place there to allow all the animals in and Noah’s family.  He told Noah that everything on earth would perish except for those safe in the ark.  In Genesis 7:16,  The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.   Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark, Genesis 7: 22,23.

Many of you felt the earthquake the other day.  It was too long ago we had an earthquake.  The bible talks about this in Matthew 24:7,8, There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.  If you have had a child you know what birth pains are.  The closer the contractions, mean the baby is getting closer to being born.  The closer the contractions are of Christ’s return means less time the door will be open.  Don’t let the door shut on you.

 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 
Matthew 24:36-44


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