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Matthew 17

Great service in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  I had attended a small group at the Calvary Chapel in Enterprise with Joshua Post and I liked the people.  I recognized the name, and Google took Jackson and I only about 5 minutes from our hotel to this spot. Glad we went.  Mike Wiggins is the Pastor and he was an awesome communicator. Maria said she would keep Jackson and I in her prayers as we traveled to Miami… or as she referred to it Sodom and Gomorrah.  First day for new Worship Pastor Josh and his wife Ashley Sturgeon.  Great farewell to Lena, the current praise leader, as she takes a break for a bit.  Best of luck to them for sure! Just a great place to praise Jesus.  Keep praying Maria!!!


The Transfiguration

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.

The Temple Tax

24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”

26 “From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Christine Caine 10/24 Devotional


Ian & Larissa

Jesus by calling 1-800...

yellow painted classical phone

The average American encounters hundreds of commercial messages each day, and because of this we've been programmed to think life was supposed to be easy. It isn't. Life is supposed to be meaningful and we can't gain a sense of meaning without conflict.

When Jesus asks people to follow him, he's asking them to enter into a challenging, counter- intuitive life. When Jesus says "I have come to give you life more abundantly", he's not talking about a life of comfort, he's talking about a life of meaning. He's calling us to the challenge of following him, a challenge so purposful and hopeful that suffering for his sake becomes a reward.

If we think of Jesus as a product that promises a comfortable life we will always feel God is letting us down. But the problem isn't that he's not doing what he promised, the problem is we misunderstand what he meant by an "abundant life".

Jesus is not a product that will make your life perfect, he's a living being that wants a relationship and relationships are hard.

Can you imagine the Apostle Paul, doing an infomercial for the product of Jesus?

"Hi, I'm Paul and I want to tell you about the product of Jesus. I used to have a job and money and friends and lots of power. And then I got the product of Jesus and lost my job, my friends, my money and my power. Today, I'm secretly shuffled from town to town where I'm routinely ridiculed, imprisoned, tortured and occasionally bitten by snakes. You too can have the product of Jesus by calling 1-800..."

There could even be a doctors warning at the end of the infomercial: The product of Jesus may cause temporary blindness. If your blindness lasts more than three days seek medical attention.

Jesus asks us to take up our cross and follow him. That's conflict.

Donald Miller

So I Pray


I have read this over and over and over today: 

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12


This stuff that we go through is hard sometimes, but I believe and I will persevere! I will pray through it.

Completely Original

“The Bible makes it clear that every time that there is a story of faith, it is completely original. God's creative genius is endless.”

― Eugene H. Peterson



Bro. Jim praying with a bus passenger. — at Love In Action International Ministries.  This man was headed to Charleston, SC and asked for prayer for travels and for family struggles.  Blessed to have been there.

Check out what these guys are doing.  They are on fire for the Lord.


Also… this is the night I met Curtis Moore.  He prayed for me and blessed me by his upbeat spirit and love of Christ.

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I love you, Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

    and I have been saved from my enemies.


Where I Belong


Just Wow!!!


Praying for those that hurt us the most is really hard… and totally necessary!!!

Ultimately the release from the bondage of unforgiveness is our reward and reason for us to endure.

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Praying hard this morning!

Seeds Of Hope

Every kind word or deed is a seed of hope. 

Be bold and scatter hope throughout this day, wherever you go. Make a difference!!! 


Just One


I Knew You


God Is Able


Great Reminders


Last Cab Ride

Last Cab Ride


I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. 

The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.

I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..' The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove

aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Spirit Of Wisdom

Ephesians 1:17-23


17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

When No One Is Looking

Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  Philippians 1:27 (NIV)


At the plant where I work, forklift drivers are required to wear seat belts at all times. This is because even a minor collision can be fatal. Still, safety rules can be frustrating when you are in a hurry. I was working alone one evening, tired and eager to finish my tasks. Knowing the safety coordinator had already gone home, I was tempted to ignore the seat-belt policy. Who would know? But I obeyed anyway — not because I feared getting in trouble, but because it was for my own good. Paul feared that his friends at Philippi might live differently if no one held them accountable. He acknowledged how they had obeyed him while he was with them and then explained that it was even more important that they remain obedient in his absence. I can relate to that. It is easier for me to be Christlike when I know others are watching me. But when I am alone or around strangers, I am often tempted to compromise my values and revert to bad habits. Just like the seat-belt policy at work, God’s rules about how we should act are for our own good. When we are tempted to compromise, we can remember that each act of obedience draws us one step closer to Jesus — and he is always paying attention to us.

Thought for the Day:  Being a follower of Jesus is a full-time job.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to show us the way to live. Strengthen us when we are tempted to compromise our integrity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

The Author:  Johnathan Kana (Texas, USA)

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Full Acceptance

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: 


Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 

1 Timothy 1:15, 16 NIV

Come to me...


Breaking Your Own Heart

Word For Today - S Krakowski 10/04/13

When you start to feel disconnected from God, just tell Him. "God I feel so far from you, please come near to me" He will. I promise. Press in... part of your assignment is to hold a space where heaven can rule and reign, through and around you. This takes work. Its not a work to prove that God loves you, that you've earned His love. No, that all comes through Jesus. We earn the FULL love of God through Jesus. But if we want to be the powerful mighty people of God we've been called to be we must PRESS IN. It is a battle. It is a war. Don't be so surprised! Don't be so weary! Say it, "God I feel so disconnected from you. I'm sitting here and I need you now!" He will come near to you. Don't just 'tack Him on' to your day. Set aside time everyday to talk to Him. Really talk to Him. Really have relationship with Him. Read His word.... The religious spirit also reads His word & is not in relationship with Him. That's dangerous! Understanding Bible verses and even knowing the Greek and the Hebrew won't save you or bring you into deep intimacy with the Father. I love the Greek & Hebrew. I LOVE studying God's word. But it is HIM that I want! His presence. Him. His touch. Relationship with Him is what keeps me vibrant. Reading His Word when I am in Him & having relationship with Him REWRITES the Book! HA! It becomes ALIVE, daily! It's what keeps me alive. Not church membership. Not a prayer meeting. Not a Bible study. I love my local church. I LIVE to pray and intercede. I love studying my Bible. But a deep intimate relationship with the holy Trinity and living IN heaven while I'm ON the earth, this is what I was created for and so were you. THE LOVE OF GOD settles the matter. Seek HIM. Seek His righteousness. Stop trying to be so good and stop trying to earn His affection. RECEIVE His affection. RECEIVE His love. This makes you altogether good AND powerful! Lean in. Press in, my friends. Take the time. IF you do this... if you pursue relationship with Him above everything else in the entire world.... your entire world will change. Your work will be brighter. Your communication will be better. Your brain will operate more fully! You'll dream again! He is my DNA. He is my all. Nothing has any value to me apart from Him. And with HIM?!?! OH MY GOODNESS.... life is a blast! Through its highs and its lows and its challenges and its victories. Life in a loving deep relationship with Him.... is worth it all. Love you! Have a great day today.

Sandi Krakowski - Word for today 10/4/13


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No Matter What

Bus Stop Ministries with LIA

"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40


Tonight I was really blessed to have the opportunity to meet with so many, and share in God's love with (LIA) Love In Action Ministries tonight at the bus station outreach! — at Dothan Greyhound bus station.  Gave people food and drinks, met men and women that are just on fire for the Lord, shared stories, prayed with many, and just loved in the name of Jesus!!! Doing stuff like this just strengthens me and excites me to see God working through us!!! Too awesome for words!!!