God Knows Best

A WORD FROM THE WORD
 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. II Timothy 3:16
 
The Bible is very useful in our everyday lives.  It shows us the way to go and the way not to go.  God inspired it for our benefit and good.  It is His “instruction manual” for us, His creation.  Since He made us, doesn’t it just make sense that He knows how best we should live and what is good for us?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Light to the Dark

As people understand Your Word, it brings light to their lives. Your Word makes even simple people wise. Psalm 119:130
 
We all need “illumination”.  This is a dark world in many ways.  God’s Word brings light to our lives and wisdom to even those of us who are simple.  We do ourselves a favor when we take time to read it for ourselves and let His light shine in our dark world.  Let His Word brighten your path and give you wisdom.
 
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God Is Listening

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Eph. 3:12
 
We may wonder if God hears our prayers.  We may even doubt if He listens to us.  The good news is that our faith in His Son gives us access to God.  He promises to hear us, not because of our goodness, but because we have accepted His Son.  So the next time you are reluctant to pray because of something you’ve done or said, remember that you can still come boldly to God because of Jesus.  He gives us confidence to pray and know that we are heard.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Just Come To Jesus

You are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. JOHN 5:40
 
Jesus said that there are those who want to go to heaven, but refuse to come to Him.  They will go to church, do good things, give money, and even give of their time to good causes.  It’s amazing the religious “hoops" some people are willing to go through but not just go to Jesus. Friends, that’s the only way.  We can’t get there without coming to Jesus, humbling ourselves, and accepting His gift of eternal life.  He alone is the way to God. (John 14:6)  Don’t try some other way.  It simply will not work.  Take the path provided by the death of Jesus.  Come to Jesus.
 
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We Have Purpose In Him

You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. I Peter 1:18
 
It kind of hits hard to realize that our life was useless before we got saved.  I mean, were we really that bad?  The Bible says that Christ came to ransom us from a life that was pointless and had no purpose.  We were busy and other people might have liked us but from God’s perspective, we were spiritually unproductive.  Christ came to give our life meaning and purpose.  He died so that we could be set free to serve Him.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Give Thanks

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:16-18
 
Many people want to know the will of God for their lives.  Here it is in the Bible.  He tells us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks in everything.  That’s His will for us.  If you want to know more of His will, make sure you’re already doing what He has said is His will.  Rejoice, pray, and give thanks in everything (not necessarily for everything).  If you do that, then and only then you will know His will in other areas of your life.
 
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You Make The Choice

Come close to God, and He will come close to you. James 4:8
 
You are as close to God as you want to be.  He is simply waiting on you.  If you desire to draw closer to Him, no matter what you have done, He promises to draw close to you.  You can’t blame God, or a church, or your parents.  You decide how close to God you are.  He’s waiting on you.
 
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He Knows You

 
He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are only dust. Psalm 103:14
 
Perhaps you grew up with a father that had too high of expectations for you.  You felt that you could never live up to them.  The good news is that God really knows you.  He understands you better than anyone else.  He keeps in mind your weaknesses.  That is why He is always there to help you in your struggles.  He knows you best and yet loves you most.
 
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Rejoice In The Lord

 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Phil. 4:4
 
How can I do that?  Evidently whoever wrote this in the Bible doesn’t have the problems I do.  You’re right.  He had worse ones.  It was written by Paul when he was in jail for preaching about Jesus.  So how could he rejoice?  The key is that he tells us to rejoice IN THE LORD.  I may not be happy about my circumstances but I can always rejoice in who God is and His faithfulness.  My joy is not in what I’m going through but it is in Him.  We can always rejoice in the Lord, for He never changes.
 
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Forgiveness

 
But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done.  I John 1:9
 
God offers us total forgiveness for anything that we have done.  He will completely and permanently erase it from our record.  The only condition is that we have to confess it to Him, and I don’t mean in a general sense.  None of this “If I have done anything wrong” stuff.  You know what you did.  Own up to it and admit it to God.  Tell Him what sins you have committed and He is faithful to His promise to forgive you.  Jesus paid for your forgiveness if only you will get real with God and honestly admit what you have done.
 
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Be Real

 
How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? Psalm 13:1
 
Sometimes it seems that God is not listening.  He feels a million miles away.  We have all experienced that.  When that happens, tell God.  Express your frustrations to Him.  The Psalmist David did.  Let Him know how you feel.  He won’t be offended or get mad at you.  Pour out your heart to God and get honest with Him.  Don’t play religious games.  Often it’s when we get real with God that we can truly experience His presence.
 
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But God is Better

 
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them. John 12:43
 
We all want people to like us.  The problem arises when we want their approval more than God’s.  It’s nice to have friends, but we need to think about who we really want to please.  Our friends may let us down.  They may not be there when we really need them.  They cannot get us to heaven.  Let’s care more about what God thinks of us than people.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


He Will Come Again

Jesus said, "I will come again”
 
There are a lot of different ideas about the second coming.  There have always been people who have tried to predict the time.  Others have pointed to certain current events as a sign of His return.  Christians have even foolishly argued about these matters. The main point is that He is coming again!  It may not be when or how some people predict, but He will come.  He promised it and He never lies.  It is the blessed hope of all Christians.  The only real question is-Are you ready for it?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Love Always

 
But most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity. Col. 3:14
 
We will always have disagreements between one another.  That is inevitable.  But we can still have unity.  True unity does not come from always agreeing, but from always loving.  That is true in a marriage and in a community.  We may not always see eye to eye, but we can choose to always love.  That is the perfect bond of unity.  That is the glue that will hold us together when things are trying to tear us apart.
 
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Prayer

 
but I have prayed for you…  Luke 22:32
 
Jesus was talking to Peter here.  He knew that Peter was going to be tempted and tried.  The most powerful thing Jesus could do for His friend was pray for him.  We have that same remedy when people we love face problems.  We can pray for them.  I hear people say, "You’re in my thoughts” or “I’m thinking of you”.  I don’t need your thoughts, I need your prayers.  Prayer is more powerful than any of us realize.  Let’s do something that will really help. Let’s pray!
 
Pastor Ray Pile


But God

 
But God raised Him from the dead. Acts 13:30
 
The worst had happened to Jesus. The most powerful nation in the world had performed it’s most excruciating execution on Him.  He was sealed in a tomb. It was over.  But God raised Him from the dead.  "BUT GOD…" Those are the two best words in the Bible.  No matter how bad things seem in your life, there’s a "BUT GOD…" around the corner.  He has the final say.  He is the ultimate authority.  You may have received some bad news. But God has the last word. 
 
Pastor Ray Pile


He Came To Save You

 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim 1:15
 
This being Holy Week, we think about the real meaning of Good Friday, Easter, and Jesus.  It all boils down to this: Jesus came to save sinners.  Yes, He taught great truths and performed great miracles, but the main reason He came was to die for us sinners so that we can be saved.  So I must ask the question.  Are you saved?  Have you received what Jesus came to die for?  He didn’t come to enlighten you, or to inspire you, or to lead you.  He came to save you.  Has he?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Our Own Way

 
Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isa. 53:6
 
The bad news is that every one of us have, at many points, gone our way rather than God’s way. We knew His way but chose our own for selfish reasons.  The good news is that Jesus received the punishment for our sinful choices.  And by that I mean the whole punishment, not just a part.  Jesus paid the entire price for our disobedience to God.  I don’t know about you, but for me, that is really good news.
 
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Even When He Is Silent

 
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Heb. 13:5
 
I must admit that there are times that it seems God has failed me.  It appears He has abandoned me.  But those are feelings, not reality.  God never leaves us or forsakes us.  He is always there for us.  Even when He seems a million miles away, He is closer than your next breath.  Just as I believe in the sun, even when it’s not shining, I believe in God even when He is silent.
 
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Sin No More

 
Jesus said to her, "Neither do I pass sentence on you; be going on, and sin no more.” John 8:11
 
Many people miss this part of the story about the woman caught in adultery.  Jesus told the accusers, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  But after they left, He told her that He would not stone her either, but that she should stop sinning.  Jesus mixed love and justice.  He loves us, but He also wants us to stop doing the things that hurt us and others.  Jesus does not condone sin, but tells us to turn away from it.  Jesus not only forgives but He also warns.
 
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WE Are The Church

 
When you come together as a church… I Cor. 11:18
 
This phrase jumped out at me the other day.  We don’t come to church, we are the church.  The church is not a building. It is imperfect people of faith who regularly come together to encourage, love, and build up each other.  Their common bond is Jesus Christ and what He has done for them.  Sad to say, many just come to a service, but never really connect with others.  
Week after week we can end up experiencing the house of God without making any sort of connection to the family of God.  That is not what church is all about.  Let’s stop thinking in terms of buildings or services and start realizing that the church is God’s people everyday. 
 
Pastor Ray Pile


From Bad to Good

You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good. Genesis 50:20
 
We serve a great God.  He is able to take those 
things that are meant for evil in our lives and turn them into good.  He can take the worst situations, and redeem it for our benefit.  There isn’t anything that He cannot recycle for good.  God does not cause everything that happens in our lives, but He can take the most awful things and turn them around for our good and His glory.  Praise His Name!
 
Pastor Ray Pile


It’s Not About You

 
"Anyone among you who wants to be great must serve the others.”  Mark 10:43
 
So often we think in terms of what we receive.  We ask, “What’s in it for me?”  We even approach church that way.  We want what makes us happy and meets our needs.  Jesus talked about serving instead of being served.  So tell me, how do you serve others?  How do you serve your church?  How do you serve the Lord?  It’s not about what you get out of it but what you put into it.
 
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Marriage

 
"Marriage is to be honored by all, and husbands and wives must be faithful to each other. God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery."  Heb. 13:4
 
Marriage is God’s idea.  He created it.  He meant it to be a loving, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.  We are commanded to honor the institution of marriage and never do anything to undermine or weaken it. Many today have discarded it and called it useless and unnecessary.  It’s not.  It is God’s perfect plan.  Let’s honor marriage and God by doing it His way.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Do You Believe In or Believe On?

 
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
 
Almost everybody believes in the fact that there was a man named Jesus.  But there is a difference between believing in someone and believing on someone.  I can believe in a plane but it is not until I believe on the plane that it gets me anywhere.  So the question is not if you believe in Jesus but do you believe on Him?  Have you put your trust in Him for your salvation?  Have you accepted what He did on the cross as the total and complete payment for all your sins?  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
 
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Heaven

The Scriptures say, “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Cor. 2:9
 
We can’t imagine what heaven is like.  It is so much better than what we have thought.  It isn’t floating around on a cloud with a harp.  We don’t become angels.  It is far beyond what we could dream or ever imagine.  There are, however, two things that are certain.  First, it will not be boring.  We will never get tired of it.  Second, it will not disappoint us.  It will exceed all of our expectations.  So, have you made sure that you will end up there?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Do You Give Jesus First Place?

 
Jesus is to have first place in everything. Col. 1:18
 
We say we believe that.  But is it true?  Look at your weekly schedule.  Is Jesus in first place, or does He just get the leftovers of your time?  How about your finances?  Do they reflect how important you say He is in your life?  What about your children’s activities?  Do sports and dance classes keep your children from learning about Him?  Seriously, just how important is Jesus to you and your family?  Give Him first place in everything.
 
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Pray For Our Leaders

 
Pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. I Tim 2:2
 
Regardless of how you feel about our new president, we owe him the same scriptural duty as we did our previous presidents.  We are commanded to pray for him, as well as for all who are in authority.  It is easy to criticize or find fault with our leaders, but we must pray for them.  Pray that God will give them Godly wisdom and courage to do His will, and not just the politically popular thing.  We can disagree with them and even try to vote them out.  But we must pray for God’s hand to be on them and their actions.  They need it.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Jesus Came For Your Imperfect Self

 
Come to Me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28
 
Jesus did not come for those who have no struggles, but for those who do.  He’s there for anyone who is struggling and weighed down with burdens.  He’s not calling those who “have it all together” but those who are fighting just to keep their heads above water.    He knows your battles and wants to give you peace in the midst of your conflict.  Don’t let your problems keep you from Jesus, but rather let them drive you to Him.
 
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Do You Know The TRUTH?

I can say this about them, they love God and want very much to obey Him. But they are misguided and do not know the right way. Rom 10:2
 
We have all heard it.  “It doesn’t matter what you believe in, just as long as you’re sincere.”  That is so wrong.  You can be sincere, but sincerely wrong.  The Bible says that there are people who love God, but are misguided and wrong.  That is why we need to know what the Bible says.  It alone is the infallible guide to truth.  We can’t blame our parents or even our church for misleading us when we have the Bible available to show us the way.  It and it alone reveals His way and His truth.  Read it.
 
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A Real Resolution

 We are looking for what God has promised, which are new heavens and a new earth. Only what is right and good will be there. 2 Peter 3:13
 
It seems like every year, people are looking forward to the new year.  They think that things will be different and better. But they seldom are. The Bible says that we should be looking forward to something that will really be different, a new heavens and a new earth.  Someday God is going to destroy everything we know and give His children a new universe to live in.  There will be no sickness, or pain, or death there.  Everything will be just and fair there.  And the best news is that everyone whose name is in God’s Book of Life will live there forever.  Is your name written there?
 
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New Life

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 COR. 5:17
 
As we approach a new year, we think about a new start, a new beginning.  With Jesus, that is possible for everyone, everyday.  You don’t have to wait for New Year’s Day.  When we give ourselves to Jesus, all of our past is forgiven and forgotten by God.  Our slate is wiped clean.  But most of all, He is now with us to help us on our new journey.  We may stumble, but He is there to help us to get up and going again.  That’s the difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus.  Religion just has rules.  A relationship with Jesus gives us a Savior who is always there to help us.
 
Pastor Ray Pile 


Jesus Saves

"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  Mat. 1:21
 
Jesus did a lot of things.  He healed people, performed miracles, and taught life lessons.  But the most important thing that Jesus did was accomplished on the cross.  All those miracles and parables wouldn’t really help us if our greatest problem was not addressed.  We didn’t need a miracle worker or moral teacher near as much as we needed a savior.  We needed someone to die for our sins, pay the penalty for us, and rise again.  That’s what Jesus came to do.  That was His primary mission.  If you believe the teachings of Jesus but have not accepted His death for your sins, you’ve missed it...big time.
 
Pastor Ray Pile 


God With Us

 
A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be called Immanuel (which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”). Mat. 1:23
 
Jesus was the most unique person in all of history.  He was not just a messenger from God, a prophet, or miracle worker.  He was not just a great teacher or moral example.  He was the Son of God, God in the flesh.  He did not have an earthy biological father.  What made Jesus so special was not what He said or did but who He was.  The virgin birth was necessary for Him to be…God with us!  By the way, what have you done with Jesus?
 
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Because Grace

 
Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. Titus 3:7
 
None of us are “right in His sight” on our own.  We must receive His grace for that to happen.  That’s what Jesus died for. Then, not only are we made right, but He gives us the assurance that we will spend eternity with Him. Wow!  We don’t have to wait until we die to find out that we are going to heaven.  Praise God for what Jesus did for us on the cross!
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Thank God!

 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting. I Chr. 16:34
 
I hear it all the time.  “Thank goodness!”  “I thank my lucky stars”  “Knock on wood”  “I’m so lucky”  Why don’t you try thanking the One who’s really behind it.  Thank God!  You may get some funny looks from people, but it just seems to me that it is the height of rudeness to not thank the One who really deserves it.  You are not lucky or fortunate.  The stars have not smiled on you today.  This is not your lucky day.  You are blessed by God Himself!  Give credit where credit is due.
 
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Pray With Thanks

 Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.  Phil. 4:6
 
God commands us not to worry.  That’s hard!  But instead, He tells us to bring our worries to Him in prayer.  If something is big enough to worry about, it’s big enough to pray about.  However, He adds that we are to make our request, with thanksgiving.  Prayer is not just giving God our wish list.  It is also thanking Him for all that He has done.  The next time you begin to worry, stop, and pray instead.  But don’t forget to give Him thanks.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Good Advertisement

 
Then their good character will shine through their actions, being a good advertisement for Christianity. Titus 2:10
 
Have you ever known a Christian whose life was a great advertisement for Christianity.  I have.  A person like that makes you want to be a Christian, not so much by what they say as the kind of life they lead.  I heard someone say, “Your life is speaking so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”  You see, Christianity is not just a set of beliefs.  It is a way of life that should be appealing to others.  Is your life a good advertisement for Christianity?
 
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Christians Are Not Christ

As Scripture says, “God’s name is cursed among the nations because of you.”  Rom. 2:24
 
Let’s be honest.  Sometimes Christians have done some pretty bad things in the name of Christianity.  God even calls us out in the Bible, saying that some people think less of God because of our actions.  That’s sad.  We fail at times to accurately represent the wonderful God we serve.  God is so much greater, so much more loving, and so much holier than any Christian or even church.  So don’t blame God when His followers mess up.  Christians may let you down, but He never will.
 
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Just A Decision Away

 
God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:6
 
None of us are far from God.  In fact, each of us is just a decision away from Him.  He wants us to seek Him.  But He is never far away, always available for you to find Him.  That is His plan.  He wants to be in your life, but you have to invite Him in.  He’s there, standing at the door.  Just reach out and you will find Him.
 
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My God Rules

Hallelujah! Our Lord God, the Almighty, rules! REVELATION 19:6
 
I don’t know who is going to win the presidential election next month.  I frankly don’t think that either candidate deserves my vote.  But one will win.  The Good News is that regardless of who does, God is still on the throne.  He is still in control.  That is something that will never change.  Sadly, we may not be able to trust those who govern from Washington, but we can always trust the one who rules on the throne in heaven.  Hallelujah!
 
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God Saves

 
In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to repent and no one to be lost. 2 Peter 3:9
 
I hear it far more often than I want. “God damn it!”  Not only is that taking the Lord’s name it vain, it is a lie.  God does not damn, He saves.  He does not want anybody to be lost but for all to truly repent and turn to Him.  The sad fact is that not all will be saved.  Many do not accept His free offer.  But He has done all He can so that you can spend eternity with Him. Have you repented?
 
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Act On It

 
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him. Titus 1:16
 
Most everybody say that they believe in God.  A whole lot of people claim to be Christians.  But the Bible says that there are those whose actions do not line up with their words.  The way they treat their spouse, those they disagree with, or a waitress who gets their order wrong does not reflect someone who truly believes in God.  Words are cheap.  Show me your faith in God by your actions.
 
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From The East To The West

How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west! Psalm 103:12
 
Do you know how far it is from the east to the west?  In fact, it cannot be measured!  We can measure from the North Pole to the South Pole, but not from east to west.  That is how completely God has removed even our worst sins from us if we confess them and repent.  You may not believe it, but it’s true.  God cannot lie.  That’s what Jesus did for you on the cross.
 
Pastor Ray Pile
Grace First Assembly of God


He Loved First

 
We love Him because He first loved us.  I John 4:19
 
Before we even knew that there was a God, He loved us.  When we cursed and mocked His name, He loved us.  His love was first.  Then, when we come to know about Him and His love, our best response is to love Him.  There are people who believe in Him, but do not love Him.  They may even try to serve Him.  But the most important response to His love is to love Him back.  So here’s the question, do you love the God who loved you first?
 
Pastor Ray Pile
Grace First Assembly of God


Actions Speak Louder Than Words

 
These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. Mark 7:6
 
I call it “God talk”.  God talk is when people say religious things or post them on Facebook  but their life does not demonstrate that they really believe what they’re saying.  They are just putting on a show by trying to sound religious.  Being a true follower of Jesus Christ is not so much what you say (or write), but what you do.  Your Facebook post may make you sound like a Christian, but your life shows what you really are. 
 
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Hide and Seek

He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.  Acts 17:27
 
Remember “Hide and Seek” with your kids.  We would hide, but not too hard.  We would let our kids find us and have a great time laughing together.  The purpose was not to hide, but, really, to be found.  God is not hiding from us, but He does want us to seek Him.  The good news is that if we will seek Him, He will let us find Him.  He is near to each of us if we will just reach out to Him.  And, oh the joy when we do!  
 
Pastor Ray Pile


You Are Special

 
Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
 
Some people think that God is “too busy” to be concerned about their lives.  The good news is that He is God.  He’s never busy.  He even knows how many hairs you have on your head. (Something you don’t even know about you)  He is intensely interested in you and your life.  You see, you are valuable to Him, because you are His special creation.  Now isn’t that good news?
 
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Let God Change You

 
God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me. Psalm 51:10
 
“Well that’s just the way I am!”  Many say that, but the good news is that you don’t have to stay that way.  God can change your heart.  He can make you different.  We all have excuses for being the way we are, but God is greater than any excuse.  He has the power to transform your life and make you a better person.  You make the choice.  You can stay like you are or you can let God change you.
 
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More Than Hope

He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. I Jn 5:12-13
 
You do not have to wait until you die to find out if you are going to heaven.  That is great news!  One of the great gifts that God offers us along with salvation is the assurance of our salvation.  If you have accepted His Son and His death as the complete and total payment for your sins, you are saved.  You can now live life with the knowledge that you have eternal life.  Because of Jesus, you don’t have to “hope" that you are going to heaven someday, you can know it for sure.
 
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You Can Do More

Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do. Phil. 4:13
 
“I can only do my best.”  Many say something like that when faced with a difficult task.  The good news is that Jesus can help you to do more than your “best”.  He does not just inspire you to be “all that you can be”. He helps you to excel and achieve more than would be possible without His help.  Don’t limit yourself to what only you can do.  Ask Him to give you the strength to do more.
 
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Praying For Those in Authority

 
Pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. I Timothy 2:2
 
We live in a dangerous world.  There is so much violence.  We sometimes wonder what we can do.  The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders.  We should pray for them, even if we disagree with their politics.  We should pray that God will give them Godly wisdom and the courage to follow it.  We don’t ask for God to make them agree with us, but to rule in such a way that peace and tranquility will overtake the violence.
 
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Real Praise

 
Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! Psalm 47:1
 
The worship of our God is not suppose to be dull and boring.  We serve an exciting God and our worship is to be exciting.  Way too often, the worship of God is just ritualistic repetition.  It is suppose to be alive and from a grateful heart. Religion may be weary and uninteresting, but a living relationship with an active God is refreshing and enjoyable.  Let’s give Him the kind of praise He deserves.
 
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Haters Gonna Hate

 
Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. I John 3:13
 
It should not surprise us that there are so many people that regard Christians with such contempt.  Sadly, we have brought some of that on ourselves.  But increasingly, the world seems to despise those who hold on to moral standards, who believe in purity, and take a stand for Biblical standards of living.  However, we are not here to be liked by others, but to please God.  He is the one we ultimately have to answer to.  Some people will actually hate you when you live to please Him.  The Bible says that is to be expected.
 
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Lean On Jesus

 
Jesus said, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
 
Life can be hard.  All of us, at one time or another, have troubles and sorrow.  But in the words of Jesus, we can find peace.  That is why it is so important to read His words often.  He faced the worst that life has to offer, and triumphed!  If we trust in Him and lean on Him, then His victory becomes our victory.  He gives us peace in the midst of the storm.
 
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Don’t Be Deceived

 
In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan. 2 Tim. 3:13
 
We live in a day where technology is constantly improving.  However, many people aren’t.  In fact, the Bible says that the closer we get to the second coming of Jesus, the worse some people will become.  They will become more evil, and deceive others.  How do we keep from being deceived?  Read His word and stay connected with other Bible believers. That is why being a part of a good church is so important.  Things are going to get worse, but you can stay faithful to Him no matter what.
 
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Selfishness Destroys

Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. James 3:16
 
Most marriages that fail, do so because of selfishness.  Yes, there may have been other factors, but selfishness is usually at the root of all of them.  When a couple gets married, what was mine is now ours.  What I want now becomes what we want.  Many say that marriage is a 50-50 arrangement.  No it's not.  It is 100-100, each giving 100%.  Selfishness opens the door to so many bad things.  Don't let selfishness ruin your marriage.
 
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Man vs. Gorilla

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
 
We recently saw on the news the sad story about a gorilla that was killed to protect the life of a child.  Many were understandably upset.  However, the Bible says that one human life is more valuable than many animals.  Hundreds of human babies were killed that same day by abortionists, and few were upset by that.  As much as we may appreciate and enjoy the animal kingdom, we must always remember that it was only us that was created in the image of God.
 
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From Tent to Mansion

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down, we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. 2 Cor 5:1
 
I love the way that the Bible talks about the death of Christians.  It compares our body here to a tent-a temporary, flimsy tent.  Death is just taking down that tent and moving into a permanent home, made in heaven by God.  For the believer, death is not an end.  It is just changing residences.  And man, what an upgrade!
 
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God is FOR You

What can we say about all these things? Since God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31
 
Regardless of what may be happening in your life, God is on your side.  He may not agree with your choices, but He wants what is best for you.  It may seem at times that God is against us or that He does not love us.  I know that feeling.  But it is a lie!  God does love you and is always looking out for your best interests.  That's the kind of God I can trust.  That's the kind of God that I can serve.
 
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Don’t Be Deceived

Dearly loved friends, don’t always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God: test it first to see if it really is. For there are many false teachers around
I John 4:1
 
Sadly, not everyone who says that they are speaking for God are.  It is up to us to test their message.  It may sound good and religious.  But does it line up with the Word?  That is the only way to evaluate their words.  We must not be gullible, but wisely compare what is being said with what the Bible clearly teaches.  Let God's Word be the final say.
 
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You Are Loved

For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
 
We may or may not have been "planned" by our parents.  Perhaps there are times that you have felt unwanted and unloved.  But God was the one who formed us in our mother's womb.  He took great delight in uniquely fashioning each one of us.  From our fingerprints to our DNA, God made each of us unique. That shows us His care and compassion for each of us.  You are wanted, and you are loved.
 
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Commit Yourselves

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chr. 16:9
Do you know that God wants to help people?  He's looking for people to help.  The Word says that He is scanning the earth just looking for those who have fully committed their hearts to Him.  Those are the ones He is looking to help and strengthen.  So let's completely give ourselves to Him...and then let Him find us.
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Not All Go To Heaven

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3
There was a movie a few years ago entitled "All Dogs Go to Heaven".  There are some people that believe that all good people go to heaven.  But that is wrong.  According to Jesus, only those who are born again will even get to see it.  No one gets there by being good.  All of us have to be born again to have the hope of heaven after we die.  So how about it?  Have you been born again?
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God’s Word Over Yours

For you ignore God’s specific orders and substitute your own traditions. Mark 7:8
 
We all have traditions.  But we must take care that our traditions do not become more important than what God says in His word.  Every church has traditions, and many of them are fine.  However, we should always make sure that these do not run contrary to scripture.  "I've always been taught that...", and "I was raised to believe that..." is not an excuse.  We must always ask, "What does God say about the matter?"
 
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What does the BIBLE say?

 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. Rom 10:2
 
There are a lot of people like that.  They are devoted to God, but they are missing it.  They follow traditions or some church's teachings, but they do not know what the Bible says.  You can be sincere, but sincerely wrong.  Religious devotion is worthless if it is misguided.  We all need to know what He has said in in Word.  It is in the Word that you discover the truth that makes you free.
 
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God’s Team

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16
 
When I was a kid, I always hated it when we would choose sides for teams.  Seems like I always got picked last.  The good news is that God has chosen you to be His child.  He wants you to be part of His "team".  He has a plan for you if you will follow Him.  As you obey Him, you will have a fruitful, productive life.
 
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But He Is Risen!

If Christ has not been raised from death, then your faith is worthless; you are still guilty of your sins. I Cor 15:17
 
Many of you went to church this past Sunday to celebrate Easter.  But if Jesus was not really raised from the dead, then it was an act of futility.  If He is still dead, our faith is wasted and we are still guilty before God.  But He is ALIVE!  That means that we can have forgiveness and a hope of heaven.  Praise the Lord, He is risen!
 
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Sing Praises!

Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6
 
There are some passages in the Bible that are hard to understand.  There are some that can be interpreted differently by different people.  There are even verses that we must pray and ask God to help us comprehend. However, this is one verse that is as plain as can be.  There is no problem understanding what God is trying to tell us.  Even a child can tell you what God is saying.  SING PRAISES!
 
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Know That You Know

I am writing these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life—you who believe in the name of the Son of God. I John 5:13
 
There are some people who think that no one can know for sure that they are saved and will go to heaven someday.  But the Bible says differently.  It is written so that those who are trusting in Christ and what He did on the cross can know for sure that they have eternal life.  God does not want us to just hope that we will go to heaven.  He wants us to know that we will.
 
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Are You Qualified?

Let's give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. Col. 1:12
Do you know that you can meet God's qualifications for joining all the saints in heaven someday?  It is not through obeying all the rules and always doing right.  None of us can do that.  Jesus paid the price to qualify us to be with Him forever.  By trusting in what He did on the cross, and surrendering our lives to Him, we satisfy God's requirements to be with Him for all time.  Thanks be to God for qualifying us!
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Go Beyond Belief

 Do you think that just believing there’s one God is going to get you anywhere? The demons believe that, too, and it terrifies them! James 2:19
 
I have heard some say that to be right with God, all you have to do is believe.  The Bible says that even the demons believe.  Just believing that there is a God and His Son is not enough.  You need to follow up that belief with surrender to Him and His will for you.  It starts with a belief, but it has to end up with accepting Him as Lord.
 
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A Never Ending Love

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
This is a tremendous promise from God Himself.  Nothing can stop God from loving you.  You can't even get Him to stop.  His love, which is communicated to us through His son Jesus, is unstoppable.  You may not feel it.  You may even deny it.  But it is always true. God loves you! Pastor Ray Pile


There’s No Hiding The Truth

All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives. Prov. 21:2
 
We can make excuses for about anything we do.  We are great at justifying ourselves.  It is so easy to think that we did nothing wrong.  But God sees our hearts.  He knows our true motives.  The question is not if we think we did right.  It is how does God see it.  He and He alone decides what is right and wrong.
 
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Jesus gave His life, Have you given Him yours?

The Lord does not want any person to be punished forever. He wants all people to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9
 
God does not want anyone to be lost.  He wants us all to spend eternity with Him.  He wants it so much that He gave His son to die for us so that we could.  He provided a way through repentance for our sins, and faith in Jesus.  He's done all He can.  Have you accepted His way?  Have you repented and put your trust in Jesus?
 
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ALL Children are a blessing

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3
 
Sadly, we live in a society where children are considered a burden to many.  Some have them killed before bringing them into the world, with their parts sold on the open market.  Others bring them into a home filled with violence and hatred.  And still others abuse them beyond description.  Children are a blessing from God.  Let's treat them that way.
 
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From The Inside Out

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Rom 12:2
 
Christianity is not obeying rules.  It is not trying to be like Jesus.  It is allowing God to change you from the inside.  He will transform you from the inside out.  Religion tries to change you from the outside in.  Many have given up on trying to be Christian.  Welcome to the club!  None of us can.  But we can let Him change us little by little to become more like Him.
 
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THEN The Truth Will Set You Free

 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you make My word your home, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 
Most of us know the last half of this passage.  But many do not know how we can know the truth.  Jesus tells us plainly.  It is by spending time in and following His word.  Way too many do not know what Jesus really said, let alone live by it.  Make His word your home by reading and following it.  Only then will you know the real truth that will make you free. Pastor Ray Pile


Who Do You Rely On?

God alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won’t be moved. Psalm 62:7
We all need someone or something to depend on.  But whatever it is, it will fail us at some point.  Only God is our rock that we can always depend on.  Everything else can change, but God is always there.  He is the one place of safety that I can always count on.  People change, let us down, die, or move.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
 
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Love and Hate

If you fear the Lord, you also will hate evil. It is wise to hate pride and bragging, evil ways and lies. Proverbs 8:13
 
The Bible talks a lot about love.  But it also tells us that there are some things we should hate.  We should hate evil.  We should hate lies and foolish pride.  We should hate them because of what they do to people.  If we really love people, we will hate the things that hurt and destroy them.
 
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New Year, New You

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor. 5:17
 
We are entering a new year.  That means new calendars, resolutions, and a fresh start.  Jesus gives us the opportunity every day to get a fresh start.  No matter what we have done, He offers us a "do over".  Confess your past to Him and receive a new future!
 
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Only One SAVIOR

A Savior was born for you today in the city of David, Who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
None of the religions of the world offer us a savior.  They may have examples of how we should live.  They may have men or women who spout high ideals.  But Christianity alone offers us a Savior.  Jesus was an example to us, but He was so much more than that.  We did not need another holy man to show us how to live.  We needed a Savior.  Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, and others like them may have been fine people.  But none of them died for my sins.


You Need a Savior. His Name is Jesus.

A Savior was born for you today in the city of David, Who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
 
Maybe you don't know it, but you need a Savior.  You need someone to save you and set you free.  You need someone to pull you out of your mess.  You may not know this.  But the good news is that your Savior has already come.  It is Jesus!  You don't need to look for someone else.  You don't even need to try to do it yourself.  Jesus is here!
 
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The Greatest Gift

You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive and He forgave all our sins. Col. 2:13
 
Every one of us were dead to God because of our sins.  But because of Jesus and the cross, we can be made alive and all our sins forgiven.  It is so sad that this is an offer to everyone but so many choose not to accept it.  Salvation is the best gift ever, but some still refuse to accept the free offer.  How about you, have you accepted God's gift?
 
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God is Good

Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from Him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. James 1:17
 
God only gives good gifts.  He is the source of all things good.  The problem is that there are some things that we blame God for that He had nothing to do with.  There are other times that we do not see the whole picture.  God knows what we need and what will benefit us the most.  He is a good God!
 
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Jesus Died For YOU

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. Titus 2:11
 
There is no one that cannot be saved by God's grace.  No one has sinned too much to receive salvation.  It is sad that some believe the lie that they have done something so bad that they cannot be forgiven and accepted by God.  "But preacher, you don't know what I've done", some may say.  You're right.  I don't.  But I know what Jesus did on the cross.  And that's enough for anybody.
 
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It’s A Process

 
And in Christ you are being built together with his other people. You are being made into a place where God lives through the Spirit.  Eph 2:22
 
God is working on all of us in His church, building us together to allow Jesus to live through us.  Church is not a place that we go on Sundays, but it is a body of people that God is growing together to display His love to the world.  No church is perfect.  It is always a work in progress.  Are you part of that process?
 
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Why Church is Important

Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer. Heb. 10:25
 
Even in the early days of Christianity, there were some who got out of the habit of coming to church.  They probably thought that they didn't need to.  But the Bible says that we need to come together, not just to worship but to encourage one another on life's journeys.  Church meetings should be a time when we comfort, refresh, and help one another.  You need the church and the church needs you.
 
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Church.

"When you come together as a church..." I Cor 11:18
The Bible assumes that Christians will regularly come together as a church.  Sure we can and should worship God at home or in the beauty of His nature.  But church is much more than just worship.  It is connecting with fellow Christians, encouraging them and being encouraged. It is being a part of something bigger than ourselves.  To be sure, no church is perfect.  But rather than letting that be an excuse to stay away, it should be the driving reason to be a part of it.
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Love God and Love Others

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. I John 4:20
 
It is easy for someone to say, "I love God".  But the proof of our love for God is seen in our relationships with others.  The Bible says that if we hate others, then we really don't love God.  That's hard!  But the good news is that God will help you to love the unlovable.  When you have Jesus in your life, He brings His love to enable you to love those that cannot be loved with a human love.
 
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You Are a Sinner

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim 1:15
Jesus did not come to make the religious feel good nor to judge the bad people.  He came to make salvation possible for all sinners.  You cannot become a Christian without first admitting that you are a sinner, that you deserve hell, and that you are not good enough to go to heaven when you die.  Then and only then are you in a position for Jesus to save you and qualify you to spend eternity with Him.
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Just Believe on Him

Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. Acts 16:31
The offer of salvation is so simple.  Sadly, many churches have made is so complicated.  All we have to do is to believe on the Lord Jesus.  First is believing on. I can believe that a car can get me to another town, but it won't get me there until I believe on it.  Second, it is the Lord Jesus that we must believe on.  Lord means boss, master, the one in charge.  Have you placed your trust on the One who is the master of your life?
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The Real Truth

Evil men and false teachers will go from bad to worse. They will lead others the wrong way and will be led the wrong way themselves. 2 Tim. 3:13
 
The Bible says that in the last days, evil men will become even more evil.  We are not evolving but rather, going in the other direction.  Also it says that there will be more religious teachers who will mislead people.  They may be sincere, but sincerely wrong.  How do we guard ourselves from these kind of people.  Read the Word.  Find out what God says in the Bible and not just blindly believe what other people or churches teach.  He will show you the truth.
 
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One Way. Jesus.

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
I Tim. 2:5
 
Some people get upset when you say that Jesus is the only way to God.  They think that all paths lead to heaven.  If that is so, then Jesus was wrong for going to the cross.  If there are other ways, He did not need to die that terrible death.  But He is the only way and He did need to die for us.  I'm not upset that He is the only way.  I'm just glad that there is a way.
 
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Are You Ready?

When the master comes and finds that servant doing the work he gave him, it will be a day of blessing for that servant. Matt. 24:46
 
There is a lot of talk about the second coming of Jesus.  Someday, it will happen.  The question is not when will it happen, but will you be doing the work He has given you to do when He does return?  We are not to stand on a mountain top, watching and waiting for His return.  We are to be about His business until He does.  Are you ready for Him to return?  Are you doing the work He has given you to do?
 
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Keep Up the Good!

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal. 6:9
 
It is hard to always do the right thing.  Sometimes it seems like those who cut corners and cheat get ahead.  We want to give up and just do what is easy rather than do what we know is right.  God says to not get tired of doing the right thing, He promises that we will eventually be blessed if we don't give up.  Regardless of what you see around you, keep doing the right thing.
 
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You Are Unique

Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3
 
Sometime it is good to be reminded that someone made us.  We are God's special creation and have been made for a purpose.  None of us are an accident.  If God did not want us, He would not have made us.  Perhaps you have been made to feel unwanted at times.  The good new is that God uniquely and lovingly made you.
 
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Audience of One

God is fair. He will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for Him by helping His people. And He will remember that you are still helping them. Hebrews 6:10
 
A lot of what we do for God goes unnoticed by those around us.  It seems as if no one sees it.  But God does.  He notices what you have done for Him by blessing His people.  He will be fair and not forget it. Keep helping those around you, even if it seems no one cares.  God does and He will reward you.
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He Loves You.

 And from far away the Lord appeared to his people and said, “I love you people with a love that will last forever. That is why I have continued showing you kindness.  Jer. 31:3
 
God loves us because He chooses to, not because we deserve it.  He does not see something in us worth loving.  We cannot earn His love nor lose it.  His love is eternal because that's who He is.  You can never do anything to make God love you more and you can not do anything to make God love you less.  He just loves you, period.
 
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Talk to God

A WORD FROM THE WORD
I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Ps 116:1-2
 
God hears you when you pray.  It may not feel like it, but He does.  He is never too busy to hear your heart's cry.  He want us to tell Him our hurts, our dreams, and our joys.  Take a moment and talk to Him right now.  He wants you to.
 
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