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Take a Deep Breath of God

In truth, many people today are most likely spiritually parched, like those dry bones. Many others live as though there is no God, and this scenario can become very dark and discouraging. Just as plants need light to help sustain and feed them, we humans need God to breathe life and perspective into us.

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Are You Rowing or Sailing?

I am reading a wonderful book by Joan S. Gray, entitled Sailboat Church. I believe it is going to be a spiritual blessing to Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, as in a few weeks we begin to read through the book as a congregation, using it as a guide to help us rethink our church’s priorities and methods.

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Who is Your Father?

Many people are familiar with what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer.” In Matthew 6:8–9 (CSB) Jesus begins his instruction in prayer with: “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, Your name be honored as holy.”   Those words immediately draw our thoughts to God, who is ruling in heaven. This is not a new concept, nor one that we have a hard time grasping. We tend to know that there must be a God who designed and rules over it all. Probably every religion in the world has some representation of a god who/that makes things work or function.

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God Always Bats Last

While life is not a mere game, we can learn many lessons from sports. Last fall, Don Davidson, of First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, reminded attendees at the BGAV annual meeting of an important standard rule in baseball. He pointed out that “In baseball the game is not over until the home team bats at the end of the ninth inning.”  Sometimes in life, when it always seems like it’s the ninth inning and you are behind, things can look so bleak that you consider quitting. But Dr. Davidson encouraged us to remember that the home team gets the last at bat, adding: “Wait and see what happens when God comes up to bat.”

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God, the Ultimate Transit Authority

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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20/20 Vision

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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From the Beginning to the End

A new year is upon us, and with it comes both anticipation and anxiety. We are excited about the new possibilities—albeit pursuing new possibilities is often accompanied by anxieties over the unknowns that come with new choices. God has blessed us to be alive to start 2020, and since he is a purposeful God, we know he has some purposes for each of us to fulfill each year. God has put us where we are to partner with him to accomplish his purposes.

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Role Reversal

Christmas is that time of year that seems to bring out the best in us. It’s the time when we experience a role reversal, as we think of others before thinking of ourselves. Perhaps this is a hidden by-product of Christmas. Is this role reversal a fluke? Or in the original Christmas event, did God give us an example of putting others first?

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What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting seems to be woven into the fabric of Christmas. We wait for the season to begin, and then we count down the days left until Christmas Day. We wait in lines when shopping in stores, wait for parking spots at malls, and wait for planes or trains to arrive.

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The Missing Ingredient of Thanksgiving

Some of the best meals are somewhat simple in their contents, but when prepared with love and slow-cooked with time-tested techniques, they become the food of kings. Several months ago we watched a television show where the chef sought to discover the secret ingredients of traditional meals—sometimes still prepared over open fires, or slow-cooked. His discovery is summarized in this statement: “Time is the missing ingredient in our cooking today.” And there is much truth to this statement.

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Follow the Invisible God

When Jesus invites people to enter into a relationship with himself, he uses the words: “Come, follow me.” We often read over those words and miss the meaning of the word “follow.”

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What is the One Thing You Seek?

If you could only choose one thing to be the consuming passion of your life, what would it be? Would it be one person with whom you desire to share the rest of your life? Would it be endless wealth? Or a permanent, prominent position of power? For some it might be endless health, or three meals a day delivered to your home until you die. Some would choose fame or success in sports. Perhaps for you the one thing you desire might be to never die.

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One is the Loneliest Number

One of the painful scenarios that humans encounter is loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling of isolation and being alone. In the Creation accounts of Genesis chapters 1-3, God’s crowning creative act was the creation of humans. First there was Adam, and then God saw “that it was not good for the man to be alone,” so God made Eve to share life with Adam. Loneliness has been with us a long time.   

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