Expect Delays

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Are you kidding me? I was already late. But the road sign ahead instructed me to adjust my expectations: “Expect Delays,” it announced. Traffic was slowing down.

I had to laugh: I expect things to work on my ideal timeline; I don’t expect road construction.

On a spiritual level, few of us plan for crises that slow us down or reroute our lives. Yet, if I think about it, I can recall many times when circumstances redirected me—in big ways and small. Delays happen.

Solomon never saw a sign that said, “Expect Delays.” But in Proverbs 16, he does contrast our plans with God’s providential guidance. The Message paraphrases verse 1 as follows: “Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” Solomon restates that idea in verse 9, where he adds that even though we “plan…

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VIDEO Kingdoms vs. the Kingdom – Nebuchadnezzar’s dream

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Kingdoms vs. the Kingdom

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44

Besides his scientific expertise, Sir Isaac Newton (d. 1727) was an historian. He wrote a lengthy book—The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended—that outlined the chronology (rise and fall) of six ancient kingdoms: Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonians and Medes, Israelite, and Persian.

We could add more kingdoms to the ones Newton wrote about; the pages of history tell of many. There is something in the nature of man that wants to create a kingdom and rule over it—probably a vestige of man’s commission to rule over God’s kingdom on earth (Genesis 1:28). But all such human kingdoms…

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For we are HIS Workmanship!!

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Trust in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua with all thine HEART and SOUL!!

( Ephesians 2:10 KJV“For we are HIS Workmanship, Created in Christ Jesus unto Good Works, which GOD hath before Ordained that we should Walk in them.”!!

( II Timothy 3:16-17 KJV ) “All Scripture is GIVEN by Inspiration of GOD, and is Profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness: That the man ( or anyone ) of GOD may be Perfect, throughly Furnished unto all Good Works.”!!

John 1:1-5 KJV ) “In the Beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.  The Same was in the Beginning with GOD.  All Things were Made by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was Made.  In HIM was Life; and the Life was the Light of men.  And the Light Shineth

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The Young America Movement–Changing Our History

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by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The very informative book To The Victors Go The Myths And Monuments  by Arthur R. Thompson deals at some length with a group called Young America that was very active in this country during the middle of the 19th century.

Mr. Thompson observed, on page 215 of his book that: “The Carbonari’s Young America (YA) reached its ascendency in the late 1850s and played a key role in laying the groundwork for a future civil war. After the Civil War they faded as a visible organization even though their ideas have never faded from the American scene, as witnessed by the Spanish-American War and the modern neoconservative movement. YA aims since the Civil War have been generally carried out by the establishment of the major political parties. In other words, the goals of YA became the established American…

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Messages from the Messiah’s Life: The Feeding of the 5,000

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“When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.” (John 6:5-6)

Word began to get out about the Lord Jesus healing all who came to Him, and a “great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased” (John 6:2). An exasperated Philip noted that “two hundred pennyworth of bread” would not be enough so that “every one of them may take a little” (John 6:7).

Andrew found a “lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes, but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9). Jesus calmly told the disciples to seat the crowd, gave thanks, and distributed the food to the disciples, who then…

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Living Obediently

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Joshua 6:1-20

If you grew up attending Sunday school, you know the story of Joshua and Jericho. But we must be careful not to file this story away in our minds as something amazing the Lord did a long time ago. The same God still guides us today, and by studying this account, we gain insight into living obediently.

Joshua heard God’s directive, “You shall march around the city” (Josh. 6:3). In order for us to obey, we likewise need to hear what the Lord is telling us to do. This means we must be reading and meditating on His Word, confessing sin, praying, and spending time with Him.

Joshua obeyed, telling the people, “Go forward, and march around the city” (Josh. 6:7). Joshua did as instructed, despite three potential stumbling blocks:

1. He could have questioned God’s directive. After all, marching around the city didn’t seem like a practical…

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Swept Away

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I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Isaiah 44:22

When he invented the pencil eraser, British engineer Edward Nairne was reaching instead for a piece of bread. Crusts of bread were used then, in 1770, to erase marks on paper. Picking up a piece of latex rubber by mistake, Nairne found it erased his error, leaving rubberized “crumbs” easily swept away by hand.

With us too the worst errors of our lives can be swept away. It’s the Lord—the Bread of Life—who cleans them with His own life, promising never to remember our sins. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,” says Isaiah 43:25, “and remembers your sins no more.”

This can seem to be a remarkable fix—and not deserved. For many, it’s hard to believe our past sins can be swept away by…

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