5 Smooth Stones

5 Smooth Stones

 

Finishing what we start is not an easy discipline to implement in our lives. For a variety of reasons it can be all too easy to abandon things and leave them unfinished. Sometimes it’s boredom that undermines our good intentions.

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Defiant Hope

HOPE AGAINST ALL ODDS

Romans 15:13 (NLT)

13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Angry Like Jesus

Angry Like Jesus

It’s crazy how easily offended we can be. Why are we always seemingly dealing with an offense? Not just in our families, but in workplaces and schools. In our churches, it happens there too. Even though you would expect a higher standard to be understood and lived out in accountability.


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Equal Parts Gifted And Imperfect

The thing about great leadership is that even though there is no concise way to describe it, we all know when we’ve experienced it. I believe that is why we are drawn to Jesus, even before we ever recognize him as our Savior.

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Concealed & Revealed

CONCEALED AND REVEALED

Proverbs 25:2

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (NIV)

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Zipporah Moses’ Black Wife

Numbers 12 (NLT)
1 While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. 2 They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them.

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Interrupted

 

“Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land now. We can do it”. Num.13:30

What could be so urgent that Caleb had to interrupt a meeting with Moses and the people and called for silence? A  distorted perspective of the land that God had promised and an internal vision of themselves that was equal to that of a grasshopper.

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Songs Of Hope & Restoration – Part 4

Stop dwelling on the past. Don’t remember these former things.
I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and  grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing stream in the desert.”
    (Isaiah 43:19)


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Songs Of Hope & Restoration – Part 3

28 His intelligence is unlimited;
    he is never puzzled over what to do!
29 He empowers the feeble
    and infuses the powerless with increasing strength.
30 Even young people faint and get exhausted;
    athletic ones may stumble and fall.


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Songs Of Hope & Restoration – Part 2

Habakkuk 3:17-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,


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Songs Of Hope & Restoration – Part 1

Indeed, Yahweh will comfort Zion, restore her, and comfort all her broken places. He will transform her wilderness into the garden of Bliss, 
her desert into the garden of Yahweh. 
Joy and laughter will fill the air with thanksgiving and joyous melodies.

Isaiah 51:3

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Be Anchored

BE ANCHORED

Don’t panic. I’m with you.
    There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
    I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:10 (MSG)

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Zephaniah The Black Prophet

The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. (Zephaniah 1:1, NKJV)

Zephaniah’s Birth and Genealogy

According to Zephaniah 1:1, we get to see Zephaniah’s ethnic background, heritage and royal lineage : “Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.”

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The World’s First Ruler

One of the greatest and most powerful leaders in the Bible and very few people know that he was black. Nimrod is considered the world’s first ruler, and his name synonymous with greatness. His renown went far and wide for being the greatest hunter, warrior and builder. In fact, Nimrod built a great Kingdom, with great cities and civilizations that still exist today in Babylon and Assyria.

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