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We have so many methods for music and news that we don’t rely on radios anymore. At least not the “boombox” type we used to carry around in the ’80s. Yes, I am boombox old, lol. But God… God used a well-placed boombox to call a man named Ronnie out of the darkness of addiction and remind him that he is still valued, he is still loved, and He is not forgotten.   Here’s Ronnie’s story: In October of last year, I found myself in treatment to try and get back on my feet and bring God back into my life. He never left me; I left Him. By November, I was in a treatment facility in Ashland, Ky. I was seeking Christ back in my life. Sometimes it’s hard to do that in those settings, but I knew God heard my prayers and would see me through my addiction.
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“You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind, our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:5-6   It is my opinion that one of the worst smells ever is the stagnant stench of a dirty, moist, on the verge of mold dish rag. This stench radiates from the rag like a dead animal.   It’s hard to imagine that all of our good deeds, our righteous acts, could be like that stinky dish towel. But that’s exactly what Isaiah is saying.   What could cause such a thing to happen?  Sin.   Sin spoils, rots, decays- taints
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The movie Evan Almighty takes the story of Noah and gives it a bit of a modern twist. It is a controversial movie among Christians. The portrayal of God and Noah isn’t true to Biblical form; however, there are some great teachable points. One of my favorites is when Morgan Freeman, who portrayed God, poses the question, “When we pray for something, does God simply give it to us or provide opportunities to exercise that trait?” …both. God provided everything we need to be successful in our Christian life. He gave us His Son, who provided eternal life and the perfect example. His Holy Spirit dwells in us and provides us with the gift of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, long-suffering, and self-control. The problem is when we choose to live from our flesh instead of the spirit, and when we choose to give up and groan instead of persevering in
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Why do bad things happen to good people? There are many valid answers to this question. One that I noticed was… Bad things happen to good people to deter good faith. This comes from John 12, after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  “Meanwhile, a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for ON ACCOUNT OF HIM (Lazarus) many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in Him.”  John 12:9-11 The Jewish population was eager to see Lazarus, which makes sense.  He and his sisters were well known in their community. I’m sure everyone was aware that Lazarus was sick to the point of death. They probably visited, offered words of hope, brought food
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Rhonda Lee created a small food pantry in her basement to help those in need during the pandemic. Rhonda says she has strived to find ways to give back to the community after others helped her when she lost everything in a flash flood in 1995.
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Abraham had a dream…sort of. It was actually a promise that became a dream…and then a longing. He trusted God for it until it took longer than he was comfortable with.  When longing turned to ache, it was almost more than Abraham could stand.  Abraham started looking into his own resources to figure out what he could do to jumpstart this legacy God promise him.  He looked at all the places I would…cultural norms and socially accepted practices, but the outcomes caused chaos and disappointment.  I can relate.  When God gives me a desire of heart, I want it now.  I don’t want to wait.  Waiting takes extra work of heart and attitude.  It also keeps me looking to Him and listening for His voice — which I desperately need.  When God gives me a glimpse of His dream, it’s not to torture me by dangling it over my head
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A Very Important Message from Derek WithrowClick Here to Read Message
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