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Make God Your Refuge - UpWords - Week of July 31 - August 6

"Refuge" is a favorite word of David’s; you can count as many as 40 appearances of it in some Bible versions...

Make God Your Refuge by Max Lucado  Refuge is a favorite word of David’s. You will count as many as forty-plus appearances in some Bible versions. But never did David use the word more poignantly than in Psalm 57. The introduction to the passage explains its background: “A song of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.” Lost in shadows and thought, he has nowhere to turn. Go home, he endangers his family; to the tabernacle, he imperils the priests. Saul will kill him. Here he sits. All alone. But then he remembers he’s not. And from the recesses of the cave a sweet voice floats: “Be merciful to me, O God! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I make my refuge.” (Psalm 57:1) Make God your refuge. Let Him be the foundation on which you stand! From Facing Your Giants   Listen to UpWords with Max Lucado at OnePlace.com read more

You Are Reflection of God’s Glory? - Girlfriends in God - July 30, 2015

  July 30. 2015 You Are Reflection of God’s Glory? Sharon Jaynes Today’s Truth The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands(Psalm 19:1 NIV). Friend to Friend My friends Gwen, Lisa, and Bill joined Steve and I for a shrimp boil at my home. We spread out the steamed shrimp and then made a glorious mess as we shucked and ate one tasty morsel after another. After dinner Gwen and I challenged Bill and Lisa to a paddleboat race across the lake. “Oh, we’ll cream you guys,” Bill boasted as he and his paddling partner accepted the challenge. He puffed up, knowing that victory was eminent. He was pumped. I pointed to Bill to one of our two vessels. “Here, you take this one.” “Fine with me,” he said, self-assured. My husband, with a knowing smile, signaled for the race to begin. Off we went. Bill and Lisa paddled furiously and pulled out ahead. While Bill had his eye on the finish line across the lake, I turned around in my seat and lowered our secret weapon. Unbeknownst to Bill, our boat had a silent, hidden, battery-powered bass motor. I dropped the motor, flipped the switch, and in no time we passed our competitors and left them in our tiny wake. While Bill and Lisa paddled frantically like milkmaids churning butter, Gwen and I sliced through the water like a hot knife through cream. Bill was confused. We were tickled. Of course, Gwen ... read more

God Uses the Wicked - In Touch - July 28, 2015

Once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan.

July 28 God Uses the Wicked Genesis 37 When we don't understand what God is doing or why, His ways can seem perplexing. The times when ungodly people seem to triumph over the righteous make us scratch our heads and wonder why the Lord doesn't intervene. But the truth is, He often uses the wicked to accomplish His purpose. Joseph faced one hard-hearted individual after another during his years in exile. His brothers shipped him off to Egypt. His boss's wife accused him of an unspeakable crime. And even those he helped, like Pharaoh's cupbearer, forgot about him (Gen. 40:23). The actions (or seeming inactions) of God make little sense at this point. But once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan. The Lord used numerous people across several years to bring a humbled young Hebrew unexpectedly to power at the right moment to spare his family--who were the Messiah's ancestors--from the effects of famine. In our circumstances, we can see God's actions only from the limited vantage point of our humanness. We experience the events He has allowed or caused but can't discern what He is thinking. Often the Lord's goals and purposes are hidden from us until His plans come to fruition. God is sovereign over all the earth. We may wonder at the strange or even terrifying turns our lives take, but we can be certain that He is ... read more