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Move Like Water

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Water doesn't care if obstacles find their way into its path. It just finds a way around them, over them, under them and sometimes even through them. Be like water and don't allow today's obstacles to be a deterrent in moving on with life. You can find your strength to do so in Christ Jesus.

‘For in Him we LIVE and MOVE and have our being.’
(Acts 17:28)

Patient Endurance

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Water does not typically carve out a hole this size in a matter of hours, days, weeks, months or a few short years. Yet, bit by bit, little by little, the stone has been chipped away. This is an example of patient endurance.

Patient endurance is a quality that we obtain through God's strength. We certainly need it because sometimes this road of life is long and full of hazards and immense stress. Patient endurance pleases God, bears witness of His goodness, helps us to show kindness, and makes it possible to joyfully give thanks in all things.

Patient endurance helps us as we await that eternal inheritance in heaven one day. So, no matter what you are facing today please know that there is a far greater blessing waiting on us one day that cannot compare with even your very best day ever here on earth.

Paul writes, "Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power a…

Be a Reflector

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It doesn't take you being a priest, pastor or missionary to reflect God's glory to the world. If my car window can do it then surely we (who were created in His image) can certainly do likewise and much, much more!

Matthew 5:16
Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fences of Protection

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The fence in this picture looks almost like a corral. If this had been present in the day this church was active then it might have made a good place for the small children to play and be safely protected from dirt-slingin', wild-hoofin' horse-drawn wagons.

Most probably it was put there to keep vehicles from parking on the grass though. With pullover space a premium at times, people get very creative in their parking and too often it damages the environment.

The Bible gives us fences in the way of laws or commandments that are not meant to infringe upon our fun or freedom but to protect us from this fast-paced, dirt-slingin' secular society whose ethics and morals are quite contrary to God's desire for His children. These teachings also keep us from doing harm to ourselves and others. Fences are good for most of us who have a tendency for pushing boundaries.

Observe how the Psalmist felt about God's precepts (rules, directions, commandments)...

The precepts of the Lo…

The Narrow Lane

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If you've traveled the gravel roads in Cades Cove you know too well that these lanes are better suited for one-way traffic than for two. They are very narrow. But those of us who love the Cove would not want it any other way.

Jesus said, "Broad is the road that leads to destruction."~Matthew 7:13

Most people believe that the wide road with many lanes and higher speed limits is the way to go. Interstate highways were constructed for this purpose... to move the masses. Surely, if everyone else is choosing that route or the GPS sends you that way then it must be right! Or is it?

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. ~Proverbs 14:12

Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean it's right. Just because most people accept that there are many lanes to heaven does not make it so.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~John 14:6

Biblical teaching and thinking…

If It's Not One Thing Then It's Another

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"IF IT'S NOT ONE THING THEN IT'S ANOTHER..."

Have you ever said that referring to one challenge after another? The couple pictured here emerged out of the fog to find a tree down in their path. Now, in reality neither the fog or fallen tree are true problems but they represent what we often deal with day in and day out. Do you ever get tired of it? I know I do.

One positive to this scenario is that these two individuals have someone with whom they can walk through their "challenges." When you face difficult times, do not retreat and become a hermit. Seek out caring friends and family.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

The second positive is that while things may be unclear right now, you can rest assured that in hindsight you'll see why God took you through the fog, and you will recognize His wisdom and purpose in it. He is often building your character to become more Christ-like.

We also glory in our sufferi…

Log Jam or Footbridge?

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Be careful when assessing challenges or obstacles in your life. This fallen tree could easily be perceived as a potential log jam but it could also be utilized as a foot bridge over the river. The very thing we might see as a problem could actually be the solution or answer to another of life's trials. Think on that for a moment!

Look for the Lord in every situation regardless of whether you "feel" good or bad about it. God has a plan and it's our task to join Him in it.

The LORD works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster. ~Proverbs 16:4

Even when you do not see God at work around you, don't follow what you see or think to be true, but trust what you know about our loving and sovereign God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

He is faithful, and those log jams can most certainly be a foot bridge to the next …