A Granted Prayer

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

I was inspired when I learned about the Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. I first heard about it through this series by Walter Bright. I never knew that such a powerful prayer was hidden in plain sight in these two verses, in a book of the Bible that contains mostly genealogy. So when I was asked to deliver a message for the youth last July 15 (Saturday), I immediately thought of writing my own blog about the powerful prayer of this man named Jabez.

9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause…

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The Two Shall Become One

Daybreak Devotions

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Take a good hard long look at this tree. What do you see? It started out as one and then grew as two. If you were to split them up I believe the tree would die. The two are intermingled and thrive off of each other. They both have just enough sunlight and rain to live together, and grow together off of the same root system. When you get married God designed marriage perfectly. In Mark 10:8 He said, “The two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” In Genesis 2:24 He said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” The seed was planted long before we could see the tree. God knew the marriage would happen long before we know who we are going to marry. The seed…

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Things That Matter

Parish Dynamics


I recently attended a meeting where the facilitator asked each of us to summarize our backgrounds and the number of years we had served in parish ministry. At the time, I thought of my response as a matter of fact and without embellishment. As I reflected on the event later, however, I recognized within me a deeper motive of pride in my past accomplishments. As it turned out, I was the only volunteer leader among a group of professional lay ministers, and I unconsciously felt the disparity in position and wanted to elevate myself in their eyes.

In I Kings 19:9-13, we read about Elijah coming to stay in a cave on the mountain of God, Horeb. Outside the cave, he hears, sees, and feels a driving wind, an earthquake, and fire. Yet, Elijah determines that God is in none of these. Rather, upon hearing a “tiny whispering sound,”…

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Bad Day Syndrome

Daily Pursuits: A Word From Pastor Chris

Some mornings we wake up and we suddenly realize it’s gonna be one of those days. I call it BDS (Bad Day Syndrome). I recently woke up with a severe case of BDS. My alarm went off at 5:30 on a Sunday morning so I could get up and begin my morning routine. I didn’t get up. I stared at it and said, “NO!” I reset it for 6:30 and again it went off and again I said, “NO!” What I was really thinking was, “Not today Satan!” But of course, it wasn’t Satan trying to get me out of bed to pray.

When I finally got out of bed I stumbled into the kitchen to fill my cup with water and my roommate chose that morning to walk up behind me and give me a scare. The joke was on him, I turned around threw my water at him…

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To My God, My Soul Belongs

Sin comes knocking at the door, Every day Temptation beckons me. It wants to come in to kill me, To destroy is the goal of Sin. Its knocks burden me greatly, I'm tormented by its repeated calls. I called out to the Lord for help, For rescue, I pleaded to the Almighty. My Divine King … Continue reading To My God, My Soul Belongs

Jesus Calling

Three Iron Nails

I AM THE GOD OF ALL TIME and all that is. Seek Me not only in morning quietness but consistently throughout the day. Do not let unexpected problems distract you from My Presence. Instead, talk with Me about everything, and watch confidently to see what I will do.

Adversity need not interrupt your communion with Me. When things go “wrong,” you tend to react as if you’re being punished. Instead of this negative response, try to view difficulties as blessings in disguise. Make Me your Refuge by pouring out your heart to Me, trusting in Me at all times.

Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

[Psalm 105:3]

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

[Psalm 55:17]

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty…

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Isaiah 55:1-2 Eat And Drink The Best

Insights From Tom

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:1-2

Being hungry and thirsty is something that every person has to deal with, some more than others. At times one will be more thirsty, in the hot summer time in the south, while at other times one may be more hungry. Most people can satisfy their physical hunger and thirst without too much problem, but both will return very soon.

However, there is another hunger and thirst that many people have that is much harder to be satisfied. It is hunger for meaning and satisfaction in life. Some people are always seeking a bigger, better thrill in life to keep them moving…

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Family Tree

For the Love of Christ

If we trace our path backwards

We all end up in the same place


As we get closer to our origin

The paths start to merge

Until there is only one path

And only two who took that path

Out of the garden


Our family tree has many branches

The branches are the paths


Our family tree is like a map

And we find our way back home

By following the crumbs we left behind


The Bible is our family tree


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