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The God of Peace

‎”And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” – The Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)

Perhaps the reason that we often don’t have peace is because we are focusing on the wrong things. Let’s change our focus & actually do (‘put into practice’) the things we see from God’s Word. “THEN the God of peace will be with you.”

 

Let’s shift our focus …

  • FROM the bad things we can’t control
  • TOWARD the good things that God has for us (and has revealed through his Word)

I believe that when we do that, we will begin to experience the presence of God in profound ways.

May the Lord richly bless you,

– Pastor

 

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Open my eyes, Lord!

In my devotions, I read from 2 Kings 6:8-23. Elisha is a man of God that was aiding the King of Israel. The King of Aram opposed Israel – and in so doing, opposed Elisha.

Read the passage in your Bible or online here:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%206:8-23&version=NLT

What an awesome passage!  (If you didn’t read it yet, do it now!  Come on, it’s only 15 verses!)

Here’s what I can apply from this passage:

  1. The Lord will speak to those who seek. Elisha sought God.  And he found Him.  Everyday.  (see Jeremiah 29:13)
  2. It is good to be around those who hear from God. The King of Israel was blessed by Elisha.
  3. There is much more to our lives than what we see with our own eyes! This is probably the most astounding part of this passage!
  • We live in a spiritual world!  Most times, we are oblivious to what’s going on right around us.
  • Read Paul’s closing words to the church in Ephesus:
    • “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)

May our prayer be “Lord, open our eyes.  That I may see You and not be naive to the works of the devil.  May I be strong in You and Your mighty power everyday!”

 

 

Deadliest Catch – without the death?

My wife and I are huge fans of Deadliest Catch.  In fact, it’s one of the only shows we watch.  This season is different than the other ones in the past, mainly due to the death of long-time Cornelia Marie captain, Phil Harris.  He was one of the main guys that my wife & I liked.  Of course, we did not know him personally, but the last episodes of this season are really difficult to watch as we’re reliving Captain Phil’s last days.

Contrary to what you may have heard, death is not a natural part of life. We were not created to experience it – that’s why it’s so hard for us to deal with.  God created mankind to be in an unending relationship with Him, filled with joy, peace, and purpose.  Of course, that was messed up when humanity decided that we’d rather “be” god than serve God.  (You can read more about this in Genesis 1-3).

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