Every Second Counts

Whenever there is a spiritual drain in your life, realize that something has been coming between you and God. Change or remove it at once.

Never let God show you a truth that you don’t immediately begin to live up to.

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Hanukkah

The Jewish Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC. Today begins the eight day observance on which candles are lit each day.

The Temple had been recaptured from the Greeks, who had contaminated most of the olive oil that was available for the lamps to be used in the victory celebration. Miraculously, a single cruse of uncontaminated oil was found. The Talmud tells us that, although the uncontaminated oil was only enough for one day, it lasted for eight days. Hence, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah and the lighting of a candle each day.

Hanukkah 2021
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Hope

Advent 2021: Hope
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Advent 2021: Hope

Today marks the beginning of Advent. Advent is the season of waiting and of preparing for the birth of Christ. The first Advent was the birth in a stable in Bethlehem, the Incarnation that we celebrate as Christmas. As Israel longed for their Messiah to come, so Christians long for their Savior to come again.

Each Sunday in the four weeks of Advent is marked with the lighting of a symbolic candle. Each successive candle is a reminder that Jesus, the Light of the World, is coming. Today we light the Hope candle. We remember that the hope of the Messiah began early in the Old Testament, in the writings of the prophets. Most notable are the words of Isaiah: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in darkness. ” Isaiah 9:2 HCSB

And then there is this. “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counsellor; Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 HCSB

The Hope of the ancient Israelites was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. Many of that time missed His coming. Our present Hope is evermore with Jesus. Don’t miss it!

Illuminate the candle of Hope in your home.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall be born for thee, O Israel!
Amen

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Even Though The Earth Should Give Way, 5 of 5

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Psalms 46:1-3 ESV.

Here we have the declaration of the sons of Korah: we brothers and our families declare God is our family refuge. Refuge is translated here from the Hebrew maḥăseh (Strongs H4268), meaning a place to flee for protection, a shelter from rain, storms, danger, falsehood, a place of hope, refuge, shelter, and trust.

What is your refuge from the dangers and tribulations of the World, and of day to day life? God? Something else? God plus something else?

Where do you run?

You will naturally and instinctively run to your default refuge when a tornado hits. Better have it figured out. If your refuge is not God, consider the three inevitable results:

  1. Distance – Picking the wrong refuge (drugs, alcohol, food, government, etc.) is idolatry. The Bible tells us that idolatry is adultery in our relationship with God. Idolatry separates us from God in the same way adultery would separate us from a spouse.
  2. Dissatisfaction – Satan and the things of this world offer many enticing refuges. But Satan’s refuge is temporary, inferior, and inadequate. They will bring passing relief. Until, like cocaine, we need another hit. They cannot withstand when the earth gives way. They eventually and inevitably fail.
  3. Devastation – Alcohol, food, shopping, and all the rest are ultimately traps. These things bring only destruction of God’s perfect will for our lives. If I don’t run to Him for refuge, pain is the certain result.

God is a god of mercy and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). He is the very definition of maḥăseh. Choose God as your refuge.

Your natural refuge may not be morally wrong. Asa turned only to his physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Turning to parents, friends, self-help books. etc. is not, as is adultery, morally wrong. But it is idolatry. God wants to be our only shelter. His refuge is a secret and safe place reserved for His children. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High are protected (Psalm 91:1-4 NLT).

Psalm 46 tells us the benefits of taking refuge in God:
1. Strength from God (Verse 1);
2. Help from God (Verse 1);
3. Peace from God (Verse 2).

The sons of Korah also gave us Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Their call is to wake up, pay attention, be in awe of God; in the midst of any storm you are safe inside the shelter of God. As relevant and true today as it was in 1000 BC.

Want to see this played out in real life?

Jada is sold out to Christ. But her world has been shaken, the earth threatening to give out under her. Her answer? Hear her play it out beautifully and powerfully in an original song she composed (lyrics and music). Listen here: https:bit.ly3ldb9hq

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Even Though The Earth Should Give Way, 4 of 5

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3 ESV, a declaration of the sons of Korah.

Your natural refuge may not be morally wrong. Asa turned only to his physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Turning to parents, friends, self-help books. etc. is not, as is adultery, morally wrong. But it is idolatry. God’s plan is that He be our only shelter. His refuge is a secret and safe place reserved for His children. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High are protected (Psalm 91:1-4 NLT).

Psalm 46 tells us the benefits of taking refuge in God:
1. Strength from God (Verse 1);
2. Help from God (Verse 1);
3. Peace from God (Verse 2).

The sons of Korah also gave us Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Their call is to wake up, pay attention, be in awe of God; in the midst of any storm you are safe inside the shelter of God. As relevant and true today as it was in 1000 BC.

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A Thankful List

We have much to be thankful for. Friends. Family. Church families. Food on our plates. Sunshine. Bicycles. Laughter. Turducken. Books. Coffee. Voices who speak and write wisdom. Music. Work. Kingdom work.

Because of God’s love and out of His abundance we could go on and on. What would you put on your thankful list?

This Thanksgiving yield yourself to God without whom none of this is possible. Celebrate Him with your life. Truly worshipping God is a life fully surrendered to Him.

Start by being thankful.

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Even Though The Earth Should Give Way, 3 of 5

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Psalms 46:1-3 ESV, a declaration of the sons of Korah.

If your refuge is not God, consider the three inevitable results:

  1. Distance – Picking the wrong refuge (drugs, alcohol, food, government, etc.) is idolatry. The Bible tells us that idolatry is adultery in our relationship with God. Idolatry separates us from God in the same way adultery would separate us from a spouse.
  2. Dissatisfaction – Satan and the things of this world offer many enticing refuges. But Satan’s refuge is temporary, inferior, and inadequate. They will bring passing relief. Until, like cocaine, we need another hit. They cannot withstand when the earth gives way. They eventually and inevitably fail.
  3. Devastation – Alcohol, food, shopping, and all the rest are ultimately traps. These things bring only destruction of God’s perfect will for our lives. If I don’t run to Him for refuge, pain is the certain result.

God is a god of mercy and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). He is the very definition of maḥăseh. Choose God as your refuge.

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Even Though The Earth Should Give Way, 2 of 5

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3 ESV, a declaration of the sons of Korah.

What is your refuge from the dangers and tribulations of the World, and of day to day life? God? Something else? God plus something else?

Where do you run?

You will naturally and instinctively run to your default refuge when a tornado hits. Better have it figured out.

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Even Though The Earth Should Give Way, 1 of 5

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Psalms 46:1-3 ESV.

Here we have the declaration of the sons of Korah: we brothers and our families declare God is our family refuge. Refuge is translated here from the Hebrew maḥăseh (Strongs H4268), meaning a place to flee for protection, a shelter from rain, storms, danger, falsehood, a place of hope, refuge, shelter, and trust.

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