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Bringing In the New

by: Peter Alcivar

12/31/2019

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Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

As we get ready to bring in the New Year, there are a lot of things that run through our minds. You may look back on this past year and remember some good times that you had, or perhaps you may remember some very hard times that you went through. Maybe you are going through som...


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Gifts Worthy of a King

by: Peter Alcivar

12/26/2019

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Matthew 2:9-11 (NIV) After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Many people have heard and read abou...


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A Silent, Holy Night

by: Peter Alcivar

12/24/2019

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Luke 2:6-7 (NLT) And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The most incredible and miraculous night in the history of the world was the night that Jesus was born. No other event in history has changed the course of the world as this event did. Whether someone is an atheist, agnostic or eve...


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No Other Way

by: Peter Alcivar

12/19/2019

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John 8:24b (NLT) For unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

Jesus made a lot of strong and straight-forward declarations about Himself. He not only compared Himself to God, but declared that He was equal to God (John 5:18). He also used the name that God used for Himself when He revealed His Name to Moses: I Am (John 8:58). That is why the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day wanted to kill Him. Even though Jesus proved...


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Playing in Real Time

by: Peter Alcivar

12/17/2019

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Nehemiah 2:4-5a (NLT) The king said to me, “What is it you want?”Then I prayed to the God of heaven,and I answered the king…

As followers of Christ, one of the things that we must learn is to turn to God for all of our needs. When something unfortunate happens to us or when we find ourselves in some kind of need, we usually try to figure things out on our own or look for someone who we think will be able to help us out. After we do these things, some think o...


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Looking for Jesus in the Wrong Place

by: Peter Alcivar

12/12/2019

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Luke 24:5 (NLT) The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?

When Jesus rose from the dead, everyone was in disbelief, starting with the women who first approached the empty tomb. They were wondering what in the world happened to Jesus’ body. The curious thing about this is that Jesus had told His followers many times that He would be killed but that He woul...


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Don't Sink!

by: Peter Alcivar

12/10/2019

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Floating is good, sinking is bad. It’s that simple. When you are sinking, that means that you are in big trouble. That’s even true with your emotions. For example, did you ever get “that sinking feeling?” It’s not good, is it? We learn how to swim so that we can avoid sinking and drowning when we are in any body of water that has any depth to it and when we have that sinking feeling, we try to rise again to the surface so that we can emotionally “breathe.”...


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Sheltered and Protected

by: Peter Alcivar

12/05/2019

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Psalm 31:19-20a (NLT) How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence…

One of the things that we as human beings really desire is protection. That’s why we have locks on our cars and on our doors at home. Our homes protect us from the rain, wind and storms. Our cars have seat belts to protect us if w...


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Not Quite Wholehearted

by: Peter Alcivar

12/03/2019

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2 Chronicles 25:2 (NLT) Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.

King Amaziah, king of Judah, started off his reign with some success. He made some right moves and listened to the prophet sent by God when he was told not to hire extra fighters for his army from Israel. He obeyed and sent the hired men home even though this made the men of Israel angry. He went on the fight the Edomites, who had revolted and separated themselves...


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Thanking Your Way to Health

by: Peter Alcivar

11/28/2019

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Luke 17:15-19 (NIV) One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising Godin a loud voice.He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.Jesus asked,“Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

In the story of the ten lepers that Jesus encountered who pleaded wit...


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A Life That Inspires Change

by: Peter Alcivar

11/26/2019

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Ezra 10:3b (NLT) We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God.

The Israelites were at it again. After experiencing a devastating exile to Babylon that lasted seventy years and having now returned to the Promised Land, they began to do the same thing that they did before. They intermarried with the foreign women in the land and gave their sons to intermarry with them as well...


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Confuse the Enemy!

by: Peter Alcivar

11/21/2019

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2 Chronicles 20:22-23 (NLT) At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.

When Judah was in danger of imminent attack from three enemy armies that had joined forces to destroy them, King...


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Be Shocked

by: Peter Alcivar

11/19/2019

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Ezra 9:3-4 (NLT) When I heard this, I tore my cloak and my shirt, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down utterly shocked. Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel came and sat with me because of this outrage committed by the returned exiles. And I sat there utterly appalled until the time of the evening sacrifice.

Ezra was a priest and a scribe that was one of the people that had returned from exile in Babylon to Jerusalem. He had returned...


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Wonderful and Perfect

by: Peter Alcivar

11/14/2019

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Mark 7:37 (NLT) They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

As human beings, we are very prone to make mistakes and to make wrong decisions. Every single one of us can tell stories of the mistakes and blunders that we have made and tell about the consequences of having made them. We are a very imperfect people. As a matter of fact, there is n...


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Great Interference!

by: Peter Alcivar

11/12/2019

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Mark 5:7 (NLT)With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!”

One day, when Jesus went across the lake and landed in a place called Garasenes, a demon-possessed man came to Him. After approaching Jesus and knowing who Jesus was, he bowed to the ground and screamed out. This is a very striking occurrence because it says a lot to us as followers of Christ about Sat...


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