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Shock Treatment

  • All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11 WEB

    While at school, I learned to read and write, add and subtract, and much more. However, many times it was after school that the learning really began for me. Dad would tell us 'That electric fence will shock you so stay away from it', but what did he know about life. After all, I was now six years old.

    One day while trying to step over that electric fence, I found that he was right! Actions speak louder than words and this time I remembered it well. Now I fully understood that his words were meant to protect me from unnecessary pain. For those of you who have never grabbed an electric fence, be assured that it is something that you will remember the rest of your days. Some things, we just need to learn the hard way.

    Many times the Lord will give us a little warning, and if we persist, let us go on our way. His word is there to protect us, but He will not force us to obey it. If you want to avoid the shocks, burns, and scratches, be quick to listen.

    Even when we just go ahead and do something totally stupid, He is there to pick us back up in His loving arms without even an, 'I told you so.' He is a loving Father who only wants the best for us. Now if we would only listen.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your mercy on my life for I am still breathing today. Help me to recognize when You are speaking and give me the grace to be obedient, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Yes, if we would only listen:) Thank you Pastor for these words to contemplate today. Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your mercy on my life for I am still breathing today. Help me to recognize when You are speaking and give me the grace to be obedient, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  
March 20, 2016
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell My mom use to tell us that the stove would burn you, but I guess we did not realy believe her until it burned the hyde off of us. If you were like me, mom would come running when she heard one of us in pain, and do everything in her power to sooth that pain. That is who God is, but religon has taught us something so differant.
March 20, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the word of our Lord and Savior this morning.
March 20, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. Yep, some of us are slow learners by choice. We really have to know how something works. Being told or reading the instruction manual isn't enough. We have to find the real source of how things work the hard way. But sometimes I think it makes us stronger and more usable. Finally sometime in life as you get older and wiser you start to read the instructions and follow them. It makes life a little less painful.
March 20, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
March 20, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!! When I was a kid and whenever one of us kids would do something dumb I remember my Dad saying "Oh so you went to the school of hard knocks"  
March 20, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen
March 20, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
March 20, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!! Amen!! Amen!!
March 20, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield No matter what stupid things we do, God is always willing to forgive!
March 20, 2016
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez Thanks be to GOD ..........  
March 20, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor. Thank you
March 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Life teaches us lessons as we journey through the road of life. The older we grow, we get better and wiser.  With our faith getting stronger as difficulties and trials come, and as we fall GOD is always there to pick us back up in HIS loving arms always frogiving and loving. Thank you so much for loving me and always forgiving me  LORD MY GOD .  I will always love you with all my heart.  Amen
March 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
March 20, 2016
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K K
K K Amen! Amen! :)
March 20, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen Thank you Pastor Dion! Jesus, give us all the wisdom to know to walk like you. To try and protect our heart. soul and mind. Let ua all come closer as we learn more each day. I pray in Jesus. Name.  Pastor, Dion, I know that shock it hurts. I was at a friends farm and he had a fence around the cows. I was standing close to the fence and started to slip on the grass. My friend was there beside me saw me falling she grabbed me I grabbed the fence and we both got shocked. I'm not sure if she got shocked from me or if she grabbed the fence too. We both looked at each other. We said to one another that fence just shocked me. We didn't even know that it was electric fence. We was at a pig roast and they had a band in the barn. Chris and I thought that we would take a walk around the farm. It was a shocking experience.     
March 20, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner yes so true as teenager  knew should not be  so intrested in boys longing  be loved lacking father figure learned the har way took me until was twenty four finally exept maybe I did,nt want date guys were not as interested getting know me personal and  then met friend who introduce the Garners it was there babysitting his newphews tha met the man  who I would married was twenty five  then at twenty six after only knowing each other five half months  at seven months I was married  that summer iwould turn twenty seven well glad miss  that oppunity  glad decide not keep  let guy have my number or walk me home  that was not in love with me.
March 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you, Lord for protecting us!
March 20, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Amen Dion!  In my history, 54 year of learning, I have found myself to be slow on the uptake many times.  I seem to have to learn like the hard way.  My Higher Power has been so patient with me and has never given up.  I don't like reading this story about me but it make me see trust and obey.  This devotion will help me from trying things over and over that don't work.
March 20, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
March 20, 2016
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen 
March 20, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, Help to recognize when You are speaking, and grant me the grace to obey.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
March 21, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you and Amen.
March 21, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
March 23, 2016