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"It's been a long night and I'm totally worn out. My hands ache; my muscles are tired; my clothes are soaked; and my nets are empty. Just leave me alone, I'm not in the mood, I'm done!"

I wonder if these were the thoughts that ran though Peter's mind that day when Jesus saw him along the shores of Gennesaret? Although Peter was working hard, he had little to show for it. 

Our thought today comes from Luke 5:2-3: "And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship."

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Text: "... We do not well: ..." (2 Kings 7:9).

This Old Testament story in 2 Kings 7 could be duplicated, in part, in the New Testament story in Luke 10 where the priest and the Levite observed the condition of a wounded man in a ditch and passed by on the other side. They did not well. Deliverance in this story, and the one in the New Testament, is based upon the fact that Christians should get involved with the needy.

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"Revival services again, Preacher?" Yes! This is the third of seven revivals we are having this year. Evangelist Scott Pauley will be with us Sunday morning through Tuesday night. The thought or theme of revival ought to be on our hearts and minds often as God's children. I find this to be true: What I think about, I pray about. If it does not affect me enough to think about it, it usually does not affect me enough to pray about it.

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Text: 1 Samuel 30

We are living in what many see as stressful times in our nation. We are a nation divided on so many issues. Our children are growing up in a time where overdoses, suicides, and school shootings are often perceived as the normal way of life. These tragic events in our society could lead even the strongest believer to become distressed. In this devotional, let us turn our distress to delight as David did in 1 Samuel 30.

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In a recent study of the life of David, I have seen some truths about the relationship David had with his son, Absalom, that I have applied to my life with my heavenly Father. I hope they can be of some help to you.

The Mercy of the King

In 2 Samuel 13, Amnon forces himself upon his half-sister, Tamar, who is the sister of Absalom. Absalom becomes furious, enraged with hatred, and begins to plot his revenge on his half-brother, Amnon. For two years, Absalom waits until an opportune time to strike, which he does, and Absalom has Amnon killed.

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