Overachiever Syndrome

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, January 31, 2019


Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. Luke 12:18 During World War II, over 60 million military personnel and civilians died. Hitler and his ally nations of Italy and Japan lost that war because they had an insatiable desire to subdue the whole world. By 1940 Hitler had already conquered 11 Eu ..

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When God says no!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, January 29, 2019


When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. Acts 16:7 After I graduated from college, I did not want to go into ministry. Even while I was in seminary, I was preparing myself to go to law school. My desire has always been to make enough money to help take care of the many poor people I left back in Haiti. When I left H ..

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On the battlefield

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, January 28, 2019


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 One of my favorite hymns is “I’m on the Battlefield for my Lord,” written by Estelle V. Banks and Sylvanna Bell. In that Christian hymn, these two hymnologists talk about hearing from heaven to do the work of the kingdom. They celebrate the gift of eternal life as they look forward t ..

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Lean on the Lord!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, January 25, 2019


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 In April 1972, American singer-songwriter Bill Withers recorded and released the song “Lean on Me.” The song has since been re-recorded by many other artists, including Kirk Franklin. The song has been ranked number 208 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of a ..

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This is bigger than us

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, January 24, 2019


If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 The Marriage Ministry at our church is currently reading the book “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas. In chapter 3 of that book, the author says whatever we do in our marriage is not for our spouse, but for the Lord. This simple yet profound statement ..

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Spiritual Rehabilitation

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, January 22, 2019


I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 In the 1990’s I worked as a social worker at a public housing complex for over 950 people. During that time, I helped many people who were battling drug addiction. Some of  ..

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The Audacity to Dream

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, January 21, 2019


The thief comes only that he might steal and might kill and might destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. John 10:10 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a visionary and a dreamer. He dared to dream of justice and peace rolling like a river on the streets of our cities to wash away the stain of racism and inequality even though he lived at a time when whites and bl ..

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The future begins in the present

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, January 18, 2019


So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 My son and I were talking about professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony on our way back from the gym this morning. A few years ago, Anthony was the darling of New York City. With fame and fortune at his fingertips, Anthony was on top of the  ..

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Call on the Lord

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, January 17, 2019


Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." Psalm 50:15 Parents are sensitive to the needs of their children. Whenever my kids call on me, I feel compelled to listen to what they have to say. And when my children come to me with an urgent need, I do my best to supply that need and to reassure them of my commitment to their wellbeing. Even now that my oldes ..

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The Lord my Banner

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15 A banner can be used as a rallying point for troops in a battle. Every nation has a banner. A military flag is also called a banner. The national anthem of the US is called the Star Spangled Banner. It was written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Historians tell us that as Key watche ..

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