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2020 Resolutions Check-In

Last night we discussed why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail within the first three weeks. I woke up this morning with that in my morning thoughts, and I have concluded that “low” and “no” carb diets are to blame. Without consuming any or enough of our Daily Bread, we simply can not have the strength to do many of the “all things” that only a daily dose of Heavenly Manna can “strengthen” us to do. We fail so often because we continue making annual resolutions to add things that can not be found apart from the Bread of Life (joy, peace, forgiveness, love, etc. ??‍♂️) “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need”…today!

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“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

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#matthew633 #exodus164 #john635 #breadfromheaven #breadoflife #everythingyouneed #morningthoughts #faith #hope #Love #joy #Peace #positivity #repentofunbelief #believe #Loveoverall #forgive #forgiven #thankyou #ministryofreconciliation #kingdomofLove #dailyresolutions

By:Roderick Phifer

Mas Christmas

A small cloud, a mustard seed, a baby in a ghetto manger are all small and seemingly insignificant, and perhaps even undesirable. So, if you are waiting for something large and grandiose from God; He may have already given it to you, but in a form that in no way resembles what it shall become, and in a form that is seemingly undesirable. Be careful of the things (and people ??‍♂️) you discard this Christmas and get to know them better. Mas Christ…today!

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“A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”…“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.”…”That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

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#1kings1844 #isaiah532 #philipians210 #Kingofkings #masChrist #morningthoughts #faith #hope #Love #joy #Peace #positivity #repentofunbelief #believe #Loveoverall #forgive #forgiven #thankyou

By Roderick Phifer

Choose Joy

We are the authors of our lives. We are constantly etching the scripts with the choices we make (choices of commission and omission), and framing them with the words we speak and the words we should be speaking, but don’t. Speak joy and choose love, that your life might be happily ever after, for “them” and for you…today!

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“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”…“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

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#deuteronomy3019 #proverbs1821 #ephesians415 #speakjoy #speaklove #chooselove #choosejoy #speaklife #chooselife #morningthoughts #positivity #faith #hope #love #joy #peace #faithfulness

By: Roderick Phifer

Guard Your Heart

When we guard our hearts, we guard our minds; When we guard our minds, we guard our thoughts; when we guard our thoughts, we guard our actions; when we guard our actions, we guard our consequences and rewards. Guard your heart…today!

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“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

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#proverbs423 #proverbs237 #phillipians47 #guardyourheart #changeyourthoughtschangeyourlife #morningthoughts #positivity #faith #hope #love #peace #faithfulness

It’s Not Magic, It’s called FAITH

A magician is utterly reliant on our trust in what we see, to deceive us. So to is the Deceiver, who goes about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Stop, look, and listen…today!
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“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”…”For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”
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#romans1017 #hebrews111 #john2029 #revelation2010 #1peter58 #faith#hope #love #peace #joy

BY Rod Phifer

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Unhappy? Still?

Unhappy? Still? Our unhappiness and feelings of emptiness is not rooted in the people and things around us, but in the ingratitude in us. Continually “uggrading” the people and things in our lives may lead to short term boosts of serotonin and dopamine; however, upgrading our attitudes, gratitudes, and beatitudes will stop suppressing them, leading to a natural sustainable “high.” Don’t covet your neighbors life, enjoy yours, and you’ll be much happier…today!

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“You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”

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#matthew53 #luke1610 #deuteronomy521 #enjoyyours #faith #hope #love #gratitude #Beatitudes #morningthoughts #positivity

In the Presence of Your Ememies

Perhaps the table being prepared (in the presence of our enemies) are provisions for us to love our “enemies,” to serve them, and to reconcile with them. ? God loves our “enemies” just as much as He loves us, and because they are our enemies does not necessarily make them His! Maybe He just wants to join us all at that table and share a meal together as friends…today!

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“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

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And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil.

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#psalm235 #1samuel2417 #luke635 #revelation320 #peace #resolve #morningthoughts #positivity #faith #hope #love #⭐️?☕️

By Roderick Phifer

For It Is By Grace You Have Been Saved

When we begin to understand Grace, we understand that it is not a “SpeedPass” on the Highway of sin, rather a realization that our sins against our neighbors and households ? (adultery, theft, lying, coveting, et al), are as injurious to us with the consequential discord and dysfunction. Our sins against one another are the manifestation and expression of our selfishness, our pride, and our arrogance. Grace and vengeance are mutually exclusive, thus those that struggle the most with receiving grace, are those that struggle most with dispensing it. Be a minister of reconciliation, giving and receiving Grace…today!
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“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”…”All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;”
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#ephesians2:8 #matthew614 #2corinthians518 #forgive #love #grace #⭐️?☕️ #maplesyrupandjam #theGospelofyou #ministerofreconciliation#givegracetoyoutoo

By Rod Phifer

God’s Plan

God’s plan for us is that we have an abundant life, using our gifts and talents to bless and love one other (and Him or Her ??), and to share the Good News and to give Him glory. Our mistakes and “failures” neither surprise Him nor catch Him off guard, and they don’t derail or condemn us to Plan B, Plan C or Plan D. If we believe our mistakes have somehow disqualified us from His Grace, His Mercy, or His Plan, we have overestimated our own power and severely underestimated not only His power, but His love. Let Him love you, His arms are open wide…today!

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“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

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#john1010 #romans58 #matthew2240 #romans520 #proverbs169 #grace #mercy #purpose #morningthoughts #positivity #love #giftedtogift #blessedtobless

When We Fail

When we fail, we often create distance, pushing those who love us the most the furthest away (including God). Perhaps this is because we feel unworthy and undeserving of their love? Perhaps it’s because we’d prefer some easy lust to some tough love? Imagine what we could overcome and what we would accomplish, if we would just see our immense immeasurable intrinsic worth. God has the very same love for you that He had for you, when you were born…today!
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”When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me…
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away.”
(Cory Asbury ~ Reckless Love)
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#romans58 #jeremiah15 #matthew1030 #morningthoughts #positivity#ohhowHelovesme #coryasbury #recklessloveofGod42705724_10216516494126371_3472920919301685248_o