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Fix Your Eyes on the Unseen

by: Denise Robinson

07/27/2021

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"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  (2 Cor 4:16-18).

Do you feel like your life is being renewed daily or do you feel like you're on a treadmill going nowhere? The ...
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Walking the Path

by: Denise Robinson

07/26/2021

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As Methodists, we share a common heritage with the Church of England (Anglican Church). The Book of Common Prayer offers prayers, meditations, Scripture readings, etc. for different seasons of the year and different times of daily living. I offer the following words as a reflection and as a prayer:

O God, by whom we are guided in judgment,and who raises up for us light in the darkness:Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties,the grace to ask what you would have us to d...
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God, Don't Give Up On Me (Please)

by: Denise Robinson

07/23/2021

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I came across this poem/prayer in my devotional time written by The Rev. Ted Loder, pastor of The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (Pa.) for almost 38 years. I read it, then re-read it, then prayed it - and knew I wanted to share it with you:

Holy One, there is something I wanted to tell youbut there have been errands to run,bills to pay,arrangements to make,meetings to attend,friends to entertain,washing to do . . .and I forget what it is I wanted to say to you,...
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Faith Tested

by: Denise Robinson

07/22/2021

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"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4). "Test" is not my favorite word. I suspect that's true for many of you as well. From our earliest memories, we recall having to take tests - sitting in desks, no. 2 pencils at the ready, a teacher watching to...
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What Do You See Ahead?

by: Denise Robinson

07/21/2021

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I wonder, this morning, what our lives might be like if we didn't have the baggage of our past. Below is a quote from author and theologian C. S. Lewis (of Chronicles of Narnia fame): "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." Jesus made a promise in John 14 that he was going ahead of his disciples to prepare a place for them, so that when they passed from this life to the next they would be with him again, reunited with him and with one another. Th...
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Love that Makes Mountains Sing

by: Denise Robinson

07/20/2021

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"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake the way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and return to our God, for he will abundantly pardon ... For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song; and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:6-7, 12).

If you need words of encoura...
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Plant a Seed

by: Denise Robinson

07/19/2021

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"He (Jesus) also said, 'The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.'"  (Mark 4:26-29)

Time and again in the Gospels, Jesus uses imagery to explain to his disciples, ...
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Habakkuk's Prayer

by: Denise Robinson

07/16/2021

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"O Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:1).

These words are the beginning to the prayer of Habakkuk, an Old Testament prophet about whom we know very little. From the words of the small book, it is clear that Habakkuk, as he looks at events around him affecting himself and his nation, feels God is absent. He is aware that it is more...
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Don't Be a Stumbling Block

by: Denise Robinson

07/15/2021

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"Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as ...
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I Will Bring You to My Holy Mountain

by: Denise Robinson

07/14/2021

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"Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil. And [those] who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant—these I will bring t...
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Living a Worthy Life

by: Denise Robinson

07/13/2021

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The Apostle Paul wrote a large percentage of our New Testament and many of his words give us insight into his thoughts about faith and living as followers of Christ. This morning's words come from Ephesians 4:1-6:

"I (Paul) therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in...
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Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

by: Denise Robinson

07/12/2021

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"Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so, the Lord of hosts, will be with you .. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate .. [L]et justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:14-15, 24).

The prophet Amos, to put it mildly, was not happy with the people of Israel, His anger came from the fact that God, to put it mildly, was not happy with the people of Israel. What was the problem? The nation of Israel co...
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Your Plumb Line

by: Denise Robinson

07/09/2021

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"This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel...." (Amos 7:7-8a).

In Amos 7:7, God shows the prophet Amos a “plumb line,” a piece of lead or tin hanging from a string used to measure the straightness of a recently constructed wall. The weigh...
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Listening for the Voice of God

by: Denise Robinson

07/08/2021

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Samuel was a Hebrew prophet who was raised from childhood in the Temple by the high priest, Eli, who was his spiritual mentor and likely a father figure to him as well. One night, while sleeping in the Temple, Samuel heard a voice calling him. Twice he went to Eli, thinking that the voice was Eli's; twice Eli told Samuel he didn't call him and told him to go back to bed. The third time Samuel came to  Eli saying, "Here I am, for you called me. Then Eli perceived that the L...
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Be Angry But Do Not Sin

by: Denise Robinson

07/07/2021

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"Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil." (Ephesians 4:26-27).

Can we be angry and not sin? This verse, written by the Apostle Paul, mirrors closely Ps. 4:4: "When you are angry do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent." These verses presuppose that we will get angry, but that the key is not to sin.We know, from the Bible, that God and Jesus displayed anger. Think of Jesus when he entered the Temple and...
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