Gone Snorkeling

Have you ever been to beautiful beach with bright white sand and ocean water clear as glass?  Its absolutely beautiful, and a reminder of God’s creative beauty.  Our boat (not mine, but the one our team had rented) pulled to a stop off the coast of Barbados.  We had spent a week under the hot sun playing sports with kids and sharing Jesus as often as we could.  Now we got the opportunity to literally cool off in the Atlantic.  Our guides handed each of us a life jacket and snorkel.  In just a few minutes we’d be swimming with amazingly colored fish and sea turtles!


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Faith

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20


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Function > Form

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47


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When Things Aren’t as Expected

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  Proverbs 16:9

Have you had one of those days when things did not work out the way you planned?  You took the time to schedule and prepare for that day, and everything seemed to go wrong.  Maybe it was that vacation day to the beach you planned, and rain ruined your efforts.  Or maybe you worked on a presentation for work, and none of the technology cooperated that day.  Sometimes no matter how much we plan or pay attention to details life has a way of throwing things off.


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Remaining in the Presence of God Each Day

Have you noticed that the presence of the Lord sometimes seems fleeting?  There are days His presence is so evident, but there are days when He seems so far away.  There is a lot of truth in the old saying, “If God feels far away, guess who moved.  It wasn’t God.”  God is near to us.  He promises to be with us, not to forsake us.  We know that His omnipresence doesn’t limit him to one location at a time.  So, how can we remain each day in the presence of the Lord?


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