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Never take a vacation from God.

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William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

O.K. you wanted it, you’ve got it! Just think! Jeremiah recorded in Lamentations 3:22-24,”It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” So, TODAY is a new day; a new year; a new crossroads with you having the opportunity to make really right, lasting choices of goodness. It might be illustrated by the little guy who was so happy with his birthday party that he wished he could have a birthday everyday. Well you may!
No, I have not lost it, the vacation did not make me crazy, but have you ever said or heard someone say, “If only I had the chance to do it all over again?” 
Well, today is the first day of the rest of your life! So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 
Today you begin anew, all over again! The first Sunday of the rest of your life is coming up, too. So, whatever you wanted life to be for you within the will of God, let it begin today! In a manner of speaking, you really can do it all over again! But will things change? Will they be different or will they be the same piling up of more regret? Remember, God is leading, but He is not forcing! A commitment on your part to put Him first in regular church attendance, in Bible reading, in prayer, in witnessing, in reaching out to help others, in other words in the commitment of true perpetual worship will bring the enabling power of God to you through the Holy Spirit to weave a fabric of life that is truly different. What then is needed on your part? It is an unreserved commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, not only as your Savior, but as your Lord. Do it!!!!

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The Source of Sin


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.


Every summer we take the family on vacation to a cabin on the lake. There are several routes we can take to get there, and usually, I like to take the route that incorporates interstate highway along with a wide state highway because it is the safest, surest way I know to arrive at our destination. Last year, however, I thought I would be adventurous and take a back way. On the map, the back way looked a little curvy, and there were a few more turns to make, but it looked like it might be shorter. In reality, the route carried us over a mountain and the roads were dangerously curvy.  Not only that, when I drove it the first time it was pitch black, so as I drove, I heard this phrase several times coming from the passenger seats: “Are you sure this is the right way?” I was not so sure at the time.


Life is a journey. God has a plan for us—a road map—that might take us down some narrow roads, but if we follow His guidance, we can be sure the way will be well lit and there will be no cause for doubt or alarm. Sometimes, however, we follow our own will and emotions. We begin to place confidence in our own abilities and judgments, or we respond to circumstances based on our own feelings. When God is no longer our guide and we begin to trust our natural instincts and emotions, it is like traveling down a dangerously dark and winding road, and we will be led astray.





Will you follow God’s resolute truth today or your own wavering emotions?



Mark Clements



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