My Daughter has a Dream Too!

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Ever since my children were born, my prayer for them has been that the Lord would use them in a mighty and powerful way.  I hope that most parents have a dream that children grow up and will make a difference in this world. I know I do and today I started to see this happening. This morning my wife, Holly, sent me a picture of something my 6-year-old daughter, Caitlyn,  wrote for school.  She had to write about her dreams for the world based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Read More…

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The Voice: It isn’t Just a Reality Show

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I like watching reality TV shows that are based on competitions.  I must confess, that I have never watched the music reality show “The Voice.”  The closest that I have come to watching it has been the few videos on Facebook.  During the first episode of the show, the judge’s backs are to the contestant so that the only thing they can judge is the contestant’s voices.  As the contestants sing, they try to win over one of the judges with their voices so that they will be chosen to be mentored.   This is nothing new as it is with most of the reality TV shows today; they all have the same basic concepts.  Contestants are trying to be heard or seen by using their “voices” i.e. their words, actions or talents.  However, long before “The Voice” aired, actually even before television, Read More…

3 Truths of Real Love

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“Take this mug for a ride…Boom! Burn! Bip! Yeah! Pow! Hey, ha ha. Down with the dc Talk…” used to bump from the JBL Powerbass 10” subs located in the trunk of my 1989 Chevy Cavalier. Boy, back in the da’ day it was fly to be bumpin’ the bass, and no, I don’t mean those pesky black things flying in the air. The year was 1994 and it was a time of low-riders and big speakers and lots of bass. It was also the year I became a believer in Christ and I was trying to change some of the things in my life. One of those things was my choice of music. I listen to all kinds of music. I like classic/hard rock, country, rap and hip hop. It was then that I started listening to different genres of Christian music. One of the groups I was introduced to was DC Talk, you know Toby Mac’s old band. Back then, DC Talk was more hip hop/rap than anything else and one of my favorite songs was “Luv is a Verb”. Great song, but the problem was, I had no real idea what that song was even about and how it applied to my life back in the day.
Now, almost 21 years later, Read More…

The Great Advocate

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John makes his intentions known immediately and they are quite simple. He is imploring us live holy lives and not to sin. However, because John knows our condition as sinners, he wanting to introduce us to the Great Advocate. The Great Advocate is the only one who can help and defend us before the mighty and just Judge, our Father in Heaven. This Great Advocate is Jesus Christ! In Christ we have no condemnation in our lives because we belong to Him: Romans 8:1. But, we must be in Him and that means we trust Jesus as our Savior. And when He becomes our Savior, we are found innocent, not because we are innocent, but because The Great Advocate Read More…

No News is Good News…Right?

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Have you ever been in a situation where you have been waiting on some news and haven’t heard anything yet when someone will predictably say: “No news is good news.”? Yes, I think we all have been there at one time or another. I know that I have said it on more than one occasion. But the reality of this phrase is that it gives us a false sense of security and hope. Just because you haven’t heard anything does not mean that the outcome will result in good news, it might turn out to be bad news after all. This morning I was thinking about the Gospel and how it changes people’s lives. Pondering this amazing truth led me to ask the question: “What if we stopped Read More…

Are You Picky?

PickyI have a confession to make… growing up I was picky! Yes, I was picky when it came to the food on my plate at dinner time.  I wouldn’t eat it if I didn’t like the way it looked.  Yes, I was picky! My mom would say, “Jacob, stop being so picky, you’re missing out on some good foods!” However, I wouldn’t listen. Remember, I was picky. However, now that I am an adult; I learned to not being as picky about my food. I do try new things and my mom would be proud of me and of course, mom was right; I missed out on a lot of good foods.

However, I’m still picky and I bet you are too!  Read More…

The Father’s Love

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Sometimes it is hard for me to really understand how much God really loves me. However, as have I looked back on my life, I have seen the many times that my heavenly Father has shown me His love. Earlier, I was reminded of one of those wonderful times. He showed me His loves through the love I have for my daughter, Caitlyn. This story happened in July of 2010. Read More…

King David was a Tattle-Tale!

CaptureWhen I was a kid nobody liked a tattle-tale, and you sure didn’t want to be known as one. You know those kids who were always watching for something to happen so they could go tell it to the world? Kids who would tattle on others always got on my nerves! I didn’t like it and most of the people I knew felt the same way! As we grow into adulthood, nothing changes. We still have the same feelings towards tattle-tales.

Oh by the way, you know what? King David was a tattle-tell! That’s right, you read that correctly. Read More…

See It? Hear It? It’s His Glory!

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“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalms 19:1 (NLT)

“Seek My face, and you will find fulfillment of your deepest longing. My world is filled with beautiful things; the are meant to be pointers to Me, reminders of My abiding Presence. The earth still declares My Glory to those who have eyes that see and ears that hear.” Sarah Young ~ “Jesus Calling”

This morning I am starting my first day of vacation camping at the lake. I am up before anyone else Read More…

Finding “Rare” Coin!

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As a kid I remember sitting in class at Amboy Elementary waiting for my prize for selling candy or some other contest at school. The teacher called my name and I got up and walked towards her with anticipation. With great excitement I reached out and received my prize. I looked down and I saw something that was round and silver with a lady on the front of it. I knew it was some kind of coin, but this coin was unlike the quarters, dimes, nickels or even the silver half-dollars that I had seen before. I later found out that it was a Susan B. Anthony dollar. As a young boy I thought I had something very rare, and I started looking for other types of coins. I found more Susan B’s, which wasn’t as valuable as I thought, along with some silver dollars and a couple of half-dollars with Kennedy on the front of them. However, I did come across another “rare” coin Read More…