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The Roller Coaster

  • After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, 'Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.' 1Kings 18:1 ESV

    I remember some friends once got me on a roller coaster. We waited for everyone to board and then it started slowly climbing up and up the rails. After a pretty long wait, it crossed the crest of the hill and the real ride began. It was pretty boring until it started and then oh my'hang on!

    Elijah waited for three years, just waiting, waiting, and then waiting some more. But when the Lord spoke this scripture to him, within hours, he had a showdown with 950 false prophets, caused fire to come down from heaven, executed the false prophets, turned Israel back to the Lord, caused it to rain when it had not for three years, and then outran a chariot back to town. I think he had crossed the top of the hill and was hanging on for dear life at that point.

    Don't give up on God during the hill climb. When His plan finally comes together it can move very quickly and you can be racing just to stay up with Him. The roller coaster climbs the hill slowly but when God says it is now time, hang on for the ride to come.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being there for me. Though it comes slow, I know that it is coming and that You have plans for me. Guide me and teach me along the way, in the name of Jesus I pray.

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Theresa Holt
Theresa Holt Thank you Pastor for this message.
January 9, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson What a ride it can be!  Remember to hang on!! 
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Deleted Member Amen, hold on, because sometimes it gets bumpy, but Jesus always come right on time.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: January 9, 2016 Oh man! Have I been there! Hanging on for dear life but knowing God is the driver! And Thank God for that knowledge!! Some of those rides have truly been life or death rides!Trusting our Father to pull us through this ride too! The wait is long but I know who the driver so it's all going to be ok! Thank you Pastor for always inspiring me to hope for the best :) Blessings   Pastor's Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being there for me. Though it comes slow, I know that it is coming and that You have plans for me. Guide me and teach me along the way, in the name of Jesus I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen, it will be right on time, love you, Dianna, you are in my prayers everyday. Love and Hugs.
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr HaHa! Outstanding! Amen.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you Lord Thank you amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. Thank you Pastor for this message. I am waiting on The Lord and I know my Breakthrough is coming.. In His time, Not Mine. 
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Deleted Member Amen, He will be right on time. God bless you.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen!!! I believe in Gods timing and His plan for my life. God can do what He says He can do, because God is who He says He is. I want to trust in His journey for my life.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Theasa Chavers
Theasa Chavers Thank you for that Word. I'm now learning how to wait on the Lord. 
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Deleted Member Amen, God will be right on time. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, I'm hanging on in Jesus ' name , he alone is my driver! Thank you Pastor Dion for the word! 
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Deleted Member Amen, He is the best driver ever. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Yes Lord, bless me to hang on!  Thank you Lord for blessing Pastor Todd with a wonderful encouraging message.
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Deleted Member Amen, hang on Joan, for Jesus will not fail you or let you down, trust Him with all your heart and He will be right on time. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Thank you Pastor Dion for  the word of Hope very encouraging. Reminder to all of us never give up on God.....its in His timing. Have blessed day. 
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Deleted Member Amen, very on time for me too.
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey over a year ago, the building our church was in was bought by Walmart and torn down, we have been without a building, we worship with another church every Sunday,  I have been use to working in the church in different capacities besides preaching. I miss our week nite services as well as other services we would have.  I woke up this morning with tears in my eyes praying to God again about our situation and how I want to go back to work in church. (Right now we are just spectators). Then I read your devotional, I feel that this is my answer.  We have searched for a place, there are church's with no one in them and the owner want rent it, so we are in the waiting game. thank you for that word, it blessed me!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, hold on for  your redemption draws night. Jesus see's your tears and He will wipe them away and bless you and help y'all to find the perfect place for your church and I pray for great blessings to come upon you. Love and Hugs. God bless you.
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Amen
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor Dion another great devotional ! I pray your having another great day! God Bless this ministry!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes, thank you Lord Jesus, amen. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This is just what I needed to hear today! I've been sick and feeling more than a little bit sorry for myself; but today's devotional really lifted my spirits. Thank you so much
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Deleted Member God bless you.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Describes my life perfectly right now! Still on the climb.... ;)
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Deleted Member Praying for you.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Thank you! (((hugs))
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord I'm also waiting ....God Bless your Ministry. Hope Sylvia is feeling better.
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus will be right on time, hold fast to Him. God bless you. 
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Deleted Member Thank you for this wonderful message. God bless you and Sylvia. Love y'all.
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer Another on time message, Pastor Todd...I will use this with others...hang on during the climb! You are right God can move quickly. Be Blessed!
January 9, 2016
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Kathryn Hoover
Kathryn Hoover I am waiting and have been .... I am celebrating in the hallway waiting on the door to open. I get down and  concerned but, I know that He is working. I am so greatful for your ministry.... God is good~
January 9, 2016
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Nanci Helmlinger
Nanci Helmlinger God Bless you
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! 
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Nanci Helmlinger
Nanci Helmlinger Oh Lord,I have been on a slow roller coaster for five years.Im waiting for it to take off to bigger and better times.. Thank you Jesus
January 9, 2016
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney Me to Nanci. ..
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 9, 2016
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Amen!!!!
January 10, 2016
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney Yup....thank you pastor Dion. ..i definately needed to hear this one...cuz it feels like he's forgotten bout me....lol...ive been reminding HIM alot lately though that all i wana do give HIM the glory in everything i do...all i want is for HIM to consume me.. all i want is to be able to bless HIM an to BE a blessing to other... an for some reason...im finding that hard to do in the situation/position im in...i feel so icesloated. ..an not sure what to do....
January 10, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, please Guide me and Teach me!
January 10, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner The ride has not easy  the ride to say I do  I questioned   myself was maling right choice had only knew Joel for seven half months yes  was  thinking  I,m letting him rush into something not ready for. well as nine months pass by as newly wed we were now already parents of two and five year old boys well God knew what he was doin  I was thinking o my what did I do  well lfe sure got inresting after that yes because april 27 2007  I would find out on my neces birthday we were be parents  well did think great o my three children now know not sure this good thing some how every thing worked out the boys went back now we have three girls and been married nine years and yes at times throwing in the towel and divorce did come to my mind now gladindure some life stress up moment brought much charcter to me and self confience thankful no gray hair.
January 10, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen 
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Pastor,for sharing this.
January 10, 2016
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney Wow..!!! I was reading most the replies.....lol....i did not realize there is SOOOO MANY people ...WAITING !!!  Lol....now i feel like im standing in line waiting to get my work order....lol...i can actually see all of us standing in line at heavens window waitin to get our work order....but instead of moanin an graonin..an gettin inpatient....we are having a good time in the lord , getting to know each other,  sharing stories, an prasing the Lord. ...now maybe as long as i can keep THIS VISION....the wait wont seem so......you know.....lol
January 20, 2016