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2021 Devotionals

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Keeping It Real

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

12/07/2021

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Psalm 73:25-26 (NLT) Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

I love the Word of God because it is not full of rosy stories that don't have any semblance of the reality of what we deal with in our daily lives. In Psalm 73, the psalmist is complaining about how wicked people seem to get away with everything and seem to live painless l

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The Greatest Blessing from the Greatest Crime in History

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

12/02/2021

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Mark 15:38 (NLT) And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

Among the many lessons in life that we learn, one of them is that if you do good, then you get rewarded. If you study hard in school, you will get the reward of good grades, with perhaps even accolades from your instructors. If you are a diligent worker, you will probably be a candidate for a higher position at your job. Good behavior is generally rewarded in our society. Th

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When an Insult is a Good Thing

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/30/2021

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2 Samuel 16:11-12 (NLT) Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son is trying to kill me. Doesn’t this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”

One day, King David found himself running from his own son, Absalom. Absalom had been conspiring for a while to win the hearts of t

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A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/25/2021

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Psalm 50:14-15 (NLT) Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”

If there is one thing that God makes clear to us through His Word, it's that we need to be thankful. Thankful for what? The Lord says that we should be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). That sounds like a tall order, especially because a good number of our c

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Dining at the King's Table

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/23/2021

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2 Samuel 9:13 (NLT) And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.

Mephibosheth was King Saul's grandson. In the chaos and confusion of a lost war where his father, Jonathan, was killed along with his grandfather, his nurse dropped him as she was fleeing from the Philistines and he became crippled (2 Samuel 4:4). With his family decimated and no longer in power and with his being crippled, Mephibosheth wound up poo

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Good for Goodness' Sake

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/18/2021

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2 Samuel 9:1 (NLT) One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

David is a man who was considered by God to be a man after His own heart. No one but David holds this distinction of being considered as someone who had the likeness of God's own heart. It gets a little confusing as you read about David's life and learn that he not only made a lot of mistakes, but that a couple of those mistakes were actua

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Consider Your God

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/16/2021

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Psalm 33:6 (NIV) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

Life is a very serious journey. While there are moments of happiness and joy, there are also many times of heartache, pain and sorrow. Sometimes the unexpected happens and catches you off guard. Then there are the times that great trouble comes your way and it seems as though you have your back against the wall with no way out. Sometimes, several unmanageable situat

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Beyond the First Mile

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/11/2021

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Matthew 5:41 (NIV) If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

Back in the days when Jesus walked the earth, the Roman Empire controlled a big chunk of the world's population. The Romans, even though they were barbaric in many ways, were very big on obeying laws. One of those laws was that a Roman soldier could force a Roman citizen to carry his equipment for one mile any time that he wanted to. It was with this law in mind that Jesus uttered the words abov

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Don't Lose the Word

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/09/2021

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Matthew 13:12 (NLT) To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.

Jesus spent three and a half years teaching the disciples and whoever would listen about the Kingdom of God. His preaching was unlike anyone had ever heard before. His most famous teaching, known as the Sermon on the Mount, contains t

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When God is Not Speaking

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/04/2021

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1 Samuel 23:7 (NLT) Saul soon learned that David was at Keilah. “Good!” he exclaimed. “We’ve got him now! God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself in a walled town!”

Saul was a man who had been anointed by God to be the first king of Israel. He started off as a shy and humble man, but after tasting the power of sitting on the throne of Israel, he became haughty and proud. With his pride came disobedience to God and because of this, God rejected him as king.

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Ask Again

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

11/02/2021

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1 Samuel 23:4 (NLT) So David asked the Lord again, and again the Lord replied, “Go down to Keilah, for I will help you conquer the Philistines.”

The Bible says that David had great success in everything that he did because the Lord was with him (1 Samuel 18:14). When you read the story of David's life in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, you will find that David asked God about everything, so it's no wonder that he had great success in everything that he did. When you ask God, w

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When What's Improbable Becomes Possible

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

10/28/2021

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Matthew 5:43-45a (NLT) “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”

Being a follower of Christ is no walk in the park. Even when we think that we are making progress by doing good things, we come

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When Being Poor is Good

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

10/26/2021

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Matthew 5:3 (NLT) “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

In the fifth chapter of the Book of Matthew, Jesus preaches the most significant sermon of His ministry. It is known as the Sermon on the Mount and the things that He taught in that sermon are stunning, revolutionary, and hard to grasp because they go against the very grain of our sinful nature. His first words were the verse above, and it was the best w

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Whose Servant Are You?

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

10/21/2021

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1 Samuel 17:8-11 (NIV) Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deepl

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It's What's Inside that Counts!

by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

10/19/2021

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2 Corinthians 4:7 (INIV) But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

When I buy something that I really want and take it from the store to my home, I may get so anxious that I will tear open the box (if it is giving me trouble to open) to get at what's inside. I do not pay much attention to the box that it comes in. I don't admire it or think that it's special. I just like that it contained the item that I wa

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