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In His Time

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” – Hebrews 10:36 A few days ago, we talked about how twists and turns in the course of our life can frustrate us. We may feel like we are moving further away from our destiny instead of closer to it. However, because God has gone before us and He is sovereign, we can rest assured that we will ultimately get to where we need to be. We will be stronger, wiser, and tougher for having endured the long road!  Speaking of this, it’s interesting how the younger you are, the harder it is for you to understand that for every great dream, there’s a great price to pay. You see this a lot in Disney films and in other fairy tales. Every story has a villain and every great

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The Price of the Prize

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” – Genesis 27:3-5 We can learn a lot from the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, so for the next couple of days, we are going to look more closely at his life. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the account, but it begins when Jacob’s 11th and favorite son, Joseph, had a couple of peculiar dreams. Unfortunately, his siblings were already jealous of their 17-year-old kid brother because he was his dad’s

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The Journey to Healing

“Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” – Luke 17:19 In continuing our study of the story of the ten lepers who cried out to Jesus for healing, it’s interesting to note that He bid them embark on a journey in order to see their miracle manifest. Though He often touched someone — or even spoke a word — and restoration happened immediately, this time it was different. Rather than instantaneously changing their circumstances, He instructed them to go and show themselves to the priest, who happened to be in Jerusalem. Since they were near Samaria at the time, it would have been a three or four day walk from where they were to get to the temple. And while they could have come up with any number of reasons why they shouldn’t make the trip, they started moving with the faith that

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Silence vs. Negative Speech

“The angel said to him, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.’” – Luke 1:19,20 To wrap up our discussion about Zechariah, I want to conclude by saying that when God shuts our mouths, there’s always a good reason. Though we’re not likely to be visited by an angel and have our tongues physically tied, if we remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit, there may be times when the Lord tells us to stay silent. When this happens, it’s usually because He wants to work something out in us, and to speak too hastily might do more harm than good.

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Chiseled to Perfection

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8 Since wood wasn’t plentiful in ancient Israel, it’s unlikely that Jesus was a carpenter in the true sense of the word, even though that’s what’s traditionally been taught. Because most structures in the Roman world were hewn from stone, there’s a high probability that He was actually a stonemason. I find this interesting, especially in light of the fact that the Lord chose His own profession. Since He is sovereign over all circumstances, He picked exactly how He would arrive in the world, where He would be born, and what He would do as a trade. It speaks clearly to His nature that He decided to foreshadow physically what He does spiritually — chip away at hard and unformed rock to create something beautiful and

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