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The Break Room

  • Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 NIV

    The break room fell silent as I walked in to get some water. Though I was new there, I had learned that the normal topics were hangovers, sexual exploits, or who had the best drugs. The normal stream of profanity ceased when I entered the room.

    It had all started when I said a blessing over my lunch. They seemed unsure about what to make of that. Sometimes they taunted me and I would quote scripture back to them, like Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.

    I was certainly not trying to force my religion on them. Sadly at the time, I did not care if the whole crowd went to hell. I was in survival mode and it was an every man for himself point in my life. They would have to get to heaven as best they could. I was just trying to make it in myself, but I would not hide the fact that I knew Jesus. I may have been going through hell, but I was hanging on to God while doing it.

    In time, several of the people there came to the Lord and started coming to church with me. How do you boldly stand for Jesus? Picture Him there with you. You can stand with Him, or be ashamed of Him, but He is there either way.

    Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, but that doesn't have to be you. Dont chase people with a Bible who are not ready, but when they corner you dont be ashamed to say, "Yes, I know Him, what about you? You are one heartbeat from meeting Him. Think about it."

    Prayer: Father, I pray that you give me a boldness to take a stand for You when confronted. Fill me with Your strength and give me anointed words to speak, in the name of Jesus.

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J D  Williams
J D Williams I ALSO PRAY FOR THE STRENGTH TO BOLD AS THE LION FROM THE  TRIBE OF JUDAH
April 26, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit to stand up and be Bold
April 26, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you. Father you bless me so Glory Hallelujah
April 26, 2015
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Mary Anne Kochut
Mary Anne Kochut So true. I've found it's more challenging to walk the talk than talk the talk.
April 26, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Amen!
April 26, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Oh how I can relate! The worst job I ever had (before I got my Nursing license) was working in a factory that made plastic bags; hardly anyone there spoke English, and you wouldn't believe the stares I got when I made a futile attempt to brighten the break-room during Christmas season! They all behaved as if I were from another planet! It's really funny now, when I think back. But it was NOT at all humorous at the time. Have a blessed Sunday everyone! The Lords' Day is amazingly bright and sunny here in NJ!
April 26, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, in Jesus' name I pray! 
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Jeannine Foster
Jeannine Foster Very well put.... amen.
April 26, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Good Morning Breathren!!  I say that term cause I know what it is too be part of som in great- The Body of Christ through fellowship with believers!!!! I mis My walk I had so much!!I've let issues take Me down the road of- ungodly ways!!!!!!! Boy do I mis being close too Him!!! I look at Me as a fallen Soldier..Amazing while out here knowing where I once was and want it back!! such a super reading! My flaws indeed kept Me from being deeper in Him! All a learning experience!!!!!!!!  Hum like Paul and a couple others when they turner too, to Him they were very ready and gratefull! My patience and hopefulness!!!!!!! Great sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt This is the best devotion. I was just reading about Timothy's Grandmother, Lois and his Mother, Eunice. Help me LORD  to pass down a heritage of faith, like they did.I want others to be able to boast to You about my perserverance and faith in any persecutions and trials I endure.
April 26, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen.
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen well done love this devotion today
April 26, 2015
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Linda Martin
Linda Martin Amen! I pray for boldness in my new surroundings beginning tomorrow.
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Deleted Member This really touched my heart. I know as a teenager I stood for Christ and sometimes teased because of what I stood for. But years later as an adult I had some of my friends to come to my house one day and apologize for picking on me in school and they said that I had made an impact in their lives. For that I am so thankful that they did see Jesus in me. 
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Deleted Member Praying for you Linda. 
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Deleted Member I am so thankful for this devotion this morning. 
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Deleted Member Amen, I want to pass my love of Jesus down to my son and grandson and many generations to come , so they can look back and say MeMaw served Jesus with her whole heart, soul, mind and body. 
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Deleted Member Mike, Jesus is right there all you have to do is call out to Him and believe in your heart that He has forgiven you, accept His forgiveness by faith. Knowing He loves you so much and you can have that close relationship with Jesus again. HE LOVES YOU SO. I am praying for you. 
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Deleted Member Amen. Beautifully and wonderfully said.
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Deleted Member Amen. God's Word is always right on time. 
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Deleted Member That is a wonderful story. The people that you worked with probably will always remember what you did to brighten their days. 
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Deleted Member Yes sometimes it can be hard, but I try to think of Jesus walking
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes He truly gives us His Sweet Spirit to stand in difficult times. 
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Deleted Member I have that prayer too. And I will be praying for you too J D. 
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Tonya Jones
Tonya Jones Amen... simply beautiful passage
April 26, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!  He has pushed me to speak to others and even though I don't know if they were open to my conversation, I did feel good that I had not ignored His small still voice. Perhaps  the seed we plant is all that is needed, we don't know what In their lives will bring it to grow.
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Perfect timing of our Lord
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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak Wonderful message. Amen!
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery Thank you Pastor Dion...my first devotional to read for this new week, and I don't remember how long it has been since I read the previous one.  I came to my home page and saw that the Devotional was next door to Home, so that is where I clicked after posting 3 posts on my home page.  I have not forgotten office politics, and I do not like them as I have enough trouble with governmental politics.  But I am on the right road, confessing to know Jesus as my personal Savior without the politics.  His law is the only one I want to follow!  PIcture Him:  as the song goes "I can only imagine!"  and there is another song about being a "heartbeat away," but that is from my 1970 high school days, I think.  I share your prayer with you on this new day of the week for my new journey of a lifetime at 10:28 AM on 4/26/2015.  My break room includes God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  :-)
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Anna Eriksdotter
Anna Eriksdotter A true friend stands by your side no matter what!!!! I Will stand by Jesus<3
April 26, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen, a great devotional. 
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Yeeeeessssss YES YES YES... HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH!!! I LOVE YOU AND I KNOW YOU JEJESUS!!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!
April 26, 2015
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Linda Martin
Linda Martin Thank you Tammy!
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Mahlet  Tsegaye
Mahlet Tsegaye Amen! Oh LORD please give me courage .
April 26, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I haven't worked in years outside what goes with homemaking.  I remember a big company I worked in & things you said Pastor.  One said, "Oh Cheryl's here so let's move back to other aisle".    They knew yet many came to talk & ask for prayer of concerned love ones.  It was nice. Jesus reign!
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Fred Abeysundera
Fred Abeysundera How hard it is sometimes to do the right thing. We have to depend on Jesus for the strength and he is always there with a shoulder to lean on.
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin Amen great message. We all need boldness in this broken world.
April 26, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  A light, a witness, and an example.
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Lisa Archambault
Lisa Archambault Amen
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Randall Benson
Randall Benson thanks for these words I remember when I was in survival mode myself and I feel that I was a bit offensive when I should have been kinder.
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Jennifer Larkins
Jennifer Larkins Thank you so much. We need to be at peace in the here and now.
April 27, 2015
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Shunta Chaney
Shunta Chaney May our life be an invitation for others to know him more.
April 27, 2015
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Rosemary  Sambrano
Rosemary Sambrano Amen! Thank YOU LORD JESUS because YOUR Holy Spirit will give us what to say in our time of need! Thank you Pastor Dion Todd and your wife for these messages! May GOD bless you both always!
April 27, 2015
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Angela VIlinskis
Angela VIlinskis Dion, I really appreciate how "real" you are with your walk with God.  I had to laugh when you were so honest about your attitude toward your coworkers, because in our walk THIS is how it is.  We don't come to Christ perfect, it is a little growth every day.  I think relationship with God is sometimes made to be so "fancy" for lack of a better word.  I remember condemning a friend in her 20's for listening to secular music and couldn't figure out why she was so offended...20 years later I get it, I was an idiot :)...an idiot who loved God, but wasn't mature in how to share that, so I laugh about it now.  I think God is proud of us that we even want to pursue a relationship with him and give us ALOT of grace along the way, and I think it's important for others to realize we are ALL loved but we are ALL a work in progress, it's not about being perfect it's about our willingness to connect with our father and let him guide us, and obey when he asks us to do something and trust in the transformation that is happening even if it we don't necessarily feel it. 
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Carletheia Linnen
Carletheia Linnen Yes LORD, more boldness, more courage, more strength, AMEN!!! Excellent message!!
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Deleted Member Yes amen, it truly was an excellent message. Sure touched me in a special way.
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Deleted Member Amen.  I think we have all went through similar things and later realized if we just let jesus guide us. He is so good. 
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes that is so true, to let our light shine so others can see Jesus in us. 
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Deleted Member Amen
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Yes, thinking back over my feeble attempts at aggressive witnessing makes me think about something else. I have won more people to the Lord by just gently following the Holy Spirit and not even being interested in how they lived their life. In time, they came to me for prayer after they got to know me as a friend that loved God. People don't care what you know until they know how much you care. :)
April 27, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo Amen
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you Pastor for the beautiful message!
May 1, 2015