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For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. – Romans 12:4,5

Do you remember as a child learning this jingle regarding The Church?

“Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” Continue reading

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Quiet Time: A Place of Rest

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Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.– Psalm 62:1

Well, Karen and I have recently returned once again from the beautiful mountains of North Carolina – specifically, in the city of Fairview visiting our son and his family. Have I ever mentioned that we are grandparents? …. I thought I had. We acquired this title most recently once again back in March when little Forest Daniel Tarjick made his first appearance in the world…thus, a great part of the reason why we were there in the mountains. ForestIf you’ve never been to see this beautiful scenic area of the world, you definitely should. It truly is breathtaking to see and especially a great area to do some resting and relaxation from the busyness of life’s schedules and demands.

In Mark’s gospel we read about Jesus needing to get away as well to be alone with the Father and pray. You see, everywhere Jesus went, he always had droves of people coming, following and demanding His time til even He knew that He needed to get some rest and be restored by spending some alone time with His heavenly Father.

Jesus and the followers left the synagogue. They all went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick. She was in bed and had fever. The people there told Jesus about her. So Jesus went to her bed. Jesus held her hand and helped her stand up. The fever left her, and she was healed. Then she began serving them. That night, after the sun went down, the people brought many sick people to Jesus. They also brought people that had demons inside them. All the people in the town gathered at the door of that house. Jesus healed many people that had different kinds of sicknesses. Jesus also forced many demons to leave people. But Jesus would not allow the demons to speak, because the demons knew who he was. The next morning, Jesus woke up very early. Jesus left the house while it was still dark. He went to a place to be alone and pray. Later, Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. They found Jesus and said, “All the people are looking for you!” Jesus answered, “We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here. Then I can tell people {God’s message} in those places also. That is why I came.” So Jesus traveled everywhere in Galilee. He spoke in the synagogues. And he forced demons to leave people. – Mark 1:29-39

Jesus had a regular, disciplined time to be alone with his Father each day. His quiet time with his Father was intentional; it was a priority he built into his day and it required his effort—effort to wake up early before everyone else, and effort to go out away from everyone else so he could talk with God by himself.

How intentional is your daily time with the Father?

Do you see it as something that is crucial to your relationship with your Creator to guide the direction of your mindset each day or possibly as just another task to be checked off of your to do list. My friend, God longs to spend time with us. Consider what He was willing to do for us, in order to reunite us with Him by giving His life on the cross. Is it asking too much that we devote daily time to Him?

Quiet time is such an easy habit to forget, especially if we haven’t yet made it a priority. It’s all too tempting to slip our lives into cruise control and forget that we need to gas up the engine before we can go anywhere. We may already have a grip on the Bible, the owner’s manual of life, but without a daily filling we’re in danger of burning out, running on empty, stalling on the side of the road before reaching our intended destination for which God has called us.

Lastly, do you desire to hear from God? Are you passionate about wanting His will in your life, above your own? Daily quiet time prepares your heart to listen. You may “hear” Him speak to you in those quiet moments…or you may hear Him through a friend or circumstance later in the day. But because you’ve made time with Him a priority and have been willing to shut out the world to hear Him, He will make sure you do.

Enjoy this little clip I captured one morning from the deck of my son’s home in North Carolina.

Remain blessed & highly favored,

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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“For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19

Your comfort zone is an enemy of your future. . .a hindrance to your success. . .a stumbling block to your destiny. Continue reading

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Independence Day

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1

I love America. Continue reading

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Seventy Times Seven

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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven. – Mathew 18:21-22

Tomas Borge was a leader in the struggle against the totalitarian regime that had dominated his country, Nicaragua. During the revolution, Borge was captured and put in prison. While there he was subjected to the most extreme torture for over 500 hours.

After the revolution, Borge was freed and become the Minister of the Interior. One day he found one of his torturers in jail. He walked up to this man who had inflicted such terrible, relentless and brutal pain upon him and said, “I am going to get my revenge from you”. He then held out his hand and said, “This is my revenge, I forgive you.” Continue reading

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“Men”, Where Are You?

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Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:9

There’s a bumper sticker that was circulating a few years ago which read, “He who dies with the most toys wins”. Now contrary to that belief, that statement should read, “He who dies with the most toys..still dies. Because no matter how many “toys” you accumulate here on earth, they will never guarantee you another day here on earth than what God has ordained you to have. Continue reading

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How Thirsty Are You?

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Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13,14

When was the last time that you were so thirsty that you just couldn’t wait until you were able to quench that dry, parched mouth and throat of yours? Continue reading

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