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Advanced Warning (Amos 4)

“I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. (Amos 4:6)

Now that I’m older and I can look back at my life as a child, teen, and young adult, I see in hindsight the many times that God was reaching out to me, even before I became Christian. There are very distinct moments and circumstances that occurred that were too well orchestrated and specific to be accidents or coincidences, and I now see that God was trying to both warn me and draw me to Him.

The foolish and/or dangerous situations that I repeatedly put myself or others into, I have only survived by the grace of God, as He still has plans for me to accomplish in this world as an instrument for Christ. (more…)

Do You Hear Him Calling? (John 10:27)

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27)

I was once at a party with my children at one of those enormous trampoline/bounce house/obstacle course centers. The place was jam packed with parents and children to the point where I couldn’t visually locate my kids, who were hidden somewhere within a 4-story jungle gym.

Although it was tremendously loud in there with hundreds of people yelling, screaming, laughing, and crying all at the same time, once I called my children’s names, I soon saw them emerge from the depths of the structure. (more…)