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    Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you." For he kn...
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    Jesus, looking at them, said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27 WEB.Have you ever faced a seemingly impossible circumstance, something that looked entirely hopeless? Jesus said that ALL things are possible with God. There is nothing out o...
  • Jan 17
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    The Promised Land from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In the book of Joshua, the Israelites were gathered together on the bank of the Jordan River. For the last forty years, God had miraculously provided for their every need, and He had done everything for them. He went before them as a clo...
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Creating The Masterpiece

  • The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.' Luke 11:34-36 WEB.

    After viewing the marble statue of David, someone asked Michelangelo: "How did you know what to cut away?" The sculptor answered: "It's simple, I just remove everything that doesn't look like David." He knew what the statue should look like before he began his work, but it then took him three years to carve away the pieces that did not belong.

    They say that anything can be accomplished when it is broken down into small enough steps. I do find that when I take on a large project, it works best for me to break it into stages. I complete phase one, then focus on two, and so on until the project is complete. The way you eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

    It is essential to not become overwhelmed in our life. If you brought a bride to her new home and showed her all the housework that she would do. All the dishes there would be to wash. All the dirty diapers she would have to change. If you showed her everything, all at once, then the wedding would probably be off.

    God is similarly working on us. He does not want us to remain in darkness, but He does not want to overwhelm us either, so He takes it one step at a time. That is why some teachings are so timely in our lives. It is the Holy Spirit at work uncovering things, reassuring us, comforting us, giving us new direction.

    We all have areas of our lives that could stand improving. But if it were all done at once, we could not bear it. The cost would appear too great, and we would probably give up. When we first come to Jesus, there are usually more areas. After we have walked with Him a while, hopefully, there will be less.

    Some of these areas are anger, greed, idolatry, jealousy, envy, strife, the love of money, gluttony, and drunkenness. Combined with various lusts like pornography. These are really just a few areas that the Holy Spirit will shine His light on. You know that thing that causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up when mentioned? The one that we tend to keep quiet about? That is the one that I am talking about right there. He will bring those things up one at a time until they are all gone.

    Yes, He loves us, and He will wash our sins away. But after growing up on a farm, I can tell you that it is tough to wash a hog while it is actively rolling in the mud. You have to wait for it to stop.

    Work with God day by day. Let Him help improve your life and try not to get too far ahead of Him. Take it one day at a time, and He will let you know what is on today's to-do list. Walking with Jesus is not a sprint. It is a marathon. He works with us individually and at our own pace. Don't compare yourself to others that seem more polished. In time, you will be as well.

    God is working on a masterpiece that will take decades to perfect: You. He gently chips away parts that don't belong there. So don't get too excited on the mountain top, and don't get too depressed in the valley. This is a lifelong event.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for having patience with me. Please help me to be stable and learn to time my steps with You. Make what is important to You important to me and help me focus on that. Please give me the grace to get through today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Isaiah 55:10-11 "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11] so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." ~ 'Winter Wonderland' will be our next fun theme and, as always, is open for creative interpretation What does winter look like where you live? My photos this week show a bit of snow and a bit of sunny day fun. Have a fantastic week y'all, and let's make sure our words accomplish our desires just like Jesus ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 2, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. My focus is on You Lord. You are my guide. AMEN

December 2, 2020
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Margaret Kay
Margaret Kay

One day at a time.  Bless you!

December 2, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

December 2, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 2, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen please show me the way I should walk as I put my trust in you precious Lord

December 2, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for having patience with me. Please help me to be stable and learn to time my steps with You. Make what is important to You important to me and help me focus on that. Please give me the grace to get through today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

December 2, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

December 2, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord Jesus,  I trust you. We'll get through one day at a time together.  Amen

December 2, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks for this timely reminder, Pastor Dion! Especially at this time of year I get so impatient and frantic. Lord, make what is important to You important to me and help me focus on that. In Jesus' name, Amen

December 2, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

December 2, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,please help us to take one day at a time.Let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

 

December 2, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

December 2, 2020
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Thanks for the wonderful devotional AND the laughs. I just can't stop thinking about wrestling with a muddy, ornery hog!

December 2, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to give us the grace to go through this day, I want to follow Your will in our lives and to be closer to You. Take away our impatience and give us Your blessings, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Pastor, love your story of the pig which made me laugh but knowing is a true example. God bless you and Sylvia. 

December 2, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dearest God give me with great faith. Thank u for your many blessings. Keep us safe and grateful in the name of Jesus Amen 

December 2, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Father for showing me what needs work and for loving me every step of my journey, I will follow and not lead so much Thank you Father for sending us your your Spirit In Jesus' name I pray amen,

 

December 2, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 2, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

That's it in a nut shell pastor Dion. Thank you for putting the truth so plainly. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

December 3, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes I Lord 

December 3, 2020