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  • But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:50 WEB

    As Paul and Barnabas preached, many people believed, but sometimes entire towns threw them out. They did not let it get to them, but shook it off, and went on to the next town. During all of this rejection, Luke wrote 'The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.' Their joy did not come from their circumstances, but from their relationship with God.

    Paul later wrote 'Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound' (Philippians 4:11). Paul concentrated on the invisible and eternal knowing that God was in control of His situation. His mind was fixed on Jesus, and that is where his strength came from (v13).

    Once after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison, they were praying and singing hymns to God, when there was an earthquake and everyone's chains fell off (Acts 16:25). Peace, joy, and contentment, were a lifestyle for them.

    There is a joy and peace obtainable that surpasses our understanding and our circumstances. 'The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).'for the joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10). 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You' (Isaiah 26:3).

    I spent some seasons of my life working in construction. It seemed that everyone there was working for the weekend, which meant that they were pretty miserable during the week while they were waiting for it. There was one particular guy that had a horrible attitude and he always seemed angry at the world.

    Once while washing my hands, he walked up and asked me 'Why are you so xxxx happy all the time? What's wrong with you?' Though I know it would have been a great time to witness, it surprised me as I did not realize that I was that happy myself. It seemed natural enough to me, but after looking around at the others, I could see that it was mostly, just me.

    Those days I often worked in a man lift sixty feet in the air, mindlessly painting a giant warehouse. I could not attend church because I worked every Sunday, but I listened to the Bible all day on a set of headphones that I carefully hid under my hard hat. While meditating on the Word, I began praying and praising God under my breath. I just thought of it as a way to pass the time.

    After a while, I was as carefree as an eagle. Pranksters would come by my man lift, switch it to ground control, and then bounce me up and down, which when extended out sixty feet can be terrifying, but I could not care less. 'I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' (Psalms 56:11).

    Meditating on God's word calmed my mind and brought me peace and joy in a special way. Spending time praying and praising God brings a deep settled peace that is hard to be shaken. Hearing about the end of the world only brings a smile and a spark of hope that we will soon be with Jesus. God's word is timeless. It worked for Paul, it worked for me, and it will work for you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, Yah take me back to the place where I first met you....

May 3, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 Thank you! Happy to see you back online <3 God bless

May 3, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

May 3, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

May 3, 2017
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Kelly Cottrill
Kelly Cottrill

Amen.  Through my recovery from addiction I often found myself frustrated with situations beyond my control.  This is one refection that took me awhile to understand because addicts feel they always need to be in control.  But Life became so much easier with god in my heart and in charge.  Thank you Lord fir the new life you have helped me achieve.  With you in my heart and Life all things are possible.  Thank You Pastor Dion.

May 3, 2017
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Connie Cote
Connie Cote

Amen

May 3, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrelledited: May 3, 2017

Why do we as human beings let others shake our faith? It seems so hard to remember that God is in control all of the time. Heavenly Father, help me know that you are always there, even when I am unaware! Teach me to walk on the water!

May 3, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! When I am having a rough day , all I need to say is "I trust You Jesus", and then He helps me through it and soon I find I am back to feeling content and full of peace.

May 3, 2017
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh

Thank you, once again, for the wise words, Pastor Dion.  I know they come from God, but I often slip, when the stress begins.  That's when I need to stop, breathe deep, pray and thank God for being in control.  Without Him, I am nothing.  Amen

May 3, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Very true, God speeks to us in a very special way for each one of us. His word is every thing to me!

May 3, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen! The next time the world is trying to get to me, I'll visualize you bouncing up and down on that lift with a smile!

May 3, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen. 

May 3, 2017
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen.

May 3, 2017
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Tom Wallman
Tom Wallman

"Focus on the eternal things, and not the temporary."  Such great words to live by, even though we may have our earthly troubles!  Thank you Pastor Dion, for your words and thoughts! Amen.

May 3, 2017
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Angela Woodward
Angela Woodward

Thank you for the word and instructions I've needed for some time now.

May 3, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

"Peace, joy, and contentment, were a lifestyle for them.( Paul and Silas)"  This is what I need in my life.  Be joyful, peaceful and full of contentment.  Praise and give thanks to our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for great is His love towards us.

May 3, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please give me a hunger for your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with your peace and joy. Help me to focus on Eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

May 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Pastor Dion, thank you for todays devotion. :-)

May 3, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

AMEN! People may be able to kill our physical body, but not our souls, which will be with Jesus!

May 3, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

May 4, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Truly God's Word is incredible!  Testimonies as these are inspirational....thank you, Dion.

May 4, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Aaaamen!!!

May 4, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, thank you Lord for your word

May 4, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.Thank you Lord.

May 5, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

May 7, 2017