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Fill & Subdue What God Has Given to You

authority genesis increase Mar 18, 2020

By Doug Snyder

Adam 1 - The setting - God blessed them and said… “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue (or govern) it.” Genesis 1:28

Yep, God gave us that much authority. But Adam bought the snake oil from the slippery serpent and gave it away in the garden. So, Jesus came to reclaim us and it.

Adam 2 - The reset - “All authority in heaven and earth has been given me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:18-19

Same commission - fill and subdue or multiply and govern. God wants His will and ways to cover and govern His earth.

Let’s review - We’ve been translated (moved) into God’s Kingdom, by grace through faith. (Colossians 1:13)  We’ve explored God’s Kingdom, transforming our old thinking to the new. (Matthew 6; Romans 12&14) Now our job to express His Kingdom on His earth. You and I are...

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The Feral Heart

cats freedom heart Mar 11, 2020

By Doug Snyder

A gray stray appeared at our patio door last fall. It was feral, fearful from the harshness of living outdoors. Several head scars unveiled the probable cause of it’s wildly vigilant state. I imagined threats and encounters with other cats, dogs, coyotes, and occasional eagle. It took 4 months of patient coaxing to earn “gray cat’s” trust. 

Our relationship progressed from feeding to petting, receiving medicine to entering the house. Eventually the cat relaxed enough to take a nap on my chair. The naming also evolved, from “cat” to “gray cat” to “holy smoke” to “Diesel.” 

This process is not isolated to animals. The human heart is feral too. It leans wild. At the same time, it longs to relax, to be at rest, to be “home.” It takes the heart time to learn trust, to move from wild to domesticated, from roaming free to finding “home.”

Is being free and domesticated...

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Remain Family

family father spring Mar 05, 2020

By Doug Snyder

Spring is knockin' on winter’s door. 

Our youngest, Andrew, noticed emerging flowers as we removed the grill and picnic tables from storage. Beth will soon be in the garden. One of her happy places.

John 15 records Jesus’ teaching on gardening and family. This powerful parenting imagery has 3 timely lessons that affect your future.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Lesson one: remain grafted. Don’t get uprooted by fear. Those spreading fear amid COVID19 are fake gardeners. The goal of fear is to uproot faith and replant elsewhere.

Lesson two: bear much fruit. Don’t become distracted by lack of supply. It’s not your concern. It’s the Gardeners.

Two times, in verses 1 & 8, Jesus refers to “my Father” as The Gardener. This is very important, as The Gardener is literally God, the Father of...

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Family

family healing Jan 30, 2020

By Doug Snyder

My favorite wall in the house is the one with our family photographs. In the middle of a collage of pictures of our children, and spouses of 3, is a large black metal wall hanging, “FAMILY.” 

The most memorable times of the year are when we get together. Often, I look back and reminisce. And, I look forward with anticipation. How about you? 

Having shared this, I realize not everyone enjoys or enjoyed a great family or home life. Many of my friends today relay very painful upbringings, including every sort of abuse imaginable. My heart is heavy for them. And, I am so amazed by the progress most have made in healing and rebuilding positive images and understandings of family. They want to. They need to.

Family is God’s design. He is a Father, and, “our Father…” Family is the foundational unit of every community and nation. And this is exactly why families - marriages, kids, and definitions - have been under attack. God...

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Use Your Authority

authority believe head jesus Oct 30, 2019

by Doug Snyder

 

The Canadian policeman, parked roadside, waved me over to the curb. I obeyed because I believe in the authority behind his badge. While physically, he’s no match for a speeding car, his authority is. 

Believers should act more like that policeman. 

How so? 

By applying our Authority daily. When catching the Devil at work in your family, health, finances, or attacking your faith, dividing your church, your friendships, or simply hovering in your circumstances - use your authority to stop his encroachment. Arrest the attack.

The Source of your Authority. 

The defeated Devil1 must obey God’s Authority. God gave all authority to His son, Jesus2. Consequently, all who befriend Jesus become children of God3, joint heirs with Christ4, representing this same authority5

Jesus affirms, “l have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore, go…”6

Learn to apply Authority.

Jesus gives disciples authority...

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Living and Eternal Music

eternity life music Oct 16, 2019

By Doug Snyder

…the morning stars sang together… Job 38:7

Last night I attended a magnificent concert. Listening to the beautiful music the band played, I closed my eyes and had an iMax size thought. I imagined all Creation as one great orchestra - a conglomerate of people, plants, animals, seas, trees, planets and stars - all making celestial music, conducted by the Creator Himself. 

Last night’s band concert was not the first I have imagined such an ingathering of musicians. Sometimes, in the middle of nothing particular, a melody springs forth in my heart. At the same time, in my mind’s eye, I see into another realm, like I’ve just been given a glimpse inside heaven. 

In past visions each human musician’s instrument was like no other. It was made of, or formed out of, the actual events of their existence - activities of work and play, intimate and unfamiliar relationships, words whispered and woven, gracious attitudes and...

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The Drop Zone

drop grace love zone Sep 25, 2019
By Doug Snyder
 
Caught! 
 
No one was suppose to know. Two lovers, alone together. But it had been a set up, an adulterous trap. The plot planners, religious leaders, aimed to squeeze Jesus into legal error. Then this religious reformer could be defamed and eliminated.
 
The funny thing about sin is…we’re all infected. Everyone! No one’s immune. 
 
Pointing fingers, identifying other’s flaws and missteps, only illuminates our ignorance, and misunderstanding of God, at least in that moment. Rather, we ought to encourage one another, in love and grace, toward the fitness and infinitude of Truth, who is Jesus.
 
Angry, crowding, they pressed round Jesus, and the shamefaced woman. Each one holding a rock of justice. Their heart and hand, intent on executing this wayward sinner by stoning…according to the law.
 
Justice, however, stooped down and wrote in the sand. Impatiently they demanded an answer. So Jesus stood...
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The Secret to Battle Ground Victory

battle defeated jesus victory Sep 18, 2019
By Doug Snyder
 
“Satan is defeated,” I said.
 
They said, “Satan is active and powerful. The battle is real. Look at all the terrible things in the world.” And we had a lively discussion for the next 30 minutes. 
 
Holy Spirit brought to mind two stories I read years ago. Japanese soldiers, one in the Philippines, one in Guam*, were discovered living in seclusion nearly 30 years AFTER WWII. 
 
What…?!!
 
Coaxed out of hiding, they struggled to assimilate into current Japanese culture. Life was vastly different than when they left decades earlier.
 
The illustrative gem in these stories is the mind of the soldiers. Their thinking had not been updated. They were living in the past, hence, unnecessarily hiding in seclusion. 
 
When you trust Jesus, you are - in the blink of an eye - made completely new internally, and, rescued or transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light (2 Cir...
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A "Dog-on" Good Day!

dogs Sep 11, 2019
By Doug Snyder
 
Dogs. 
 
This past weekend we dog sat for our daughter and son-in-law. They headed north to celebrate. We stayed put to watch their new “child.”
 
It went much better than I anticipated. No messes to clean up. No rowdy romps through the house. No middle of the night moans. In fact, our relationship was quite splendid. Morning and evening walks. Naps on her travel bed. Affection and rub downs aplenty. 
 
Mia had one position while inside the house. Paws on the arm of the couch, eyes trained on anything brown and furry in the back yard. She stayed in that position for hours. When a squirrel or rabbit came into view, Mia remained motionless, while her body trembled with excitement, eyes intensifying into a holy burn. 
 
Her example reminded me of something important. Mia’s eagerness and disciplined watching demonstrated how I should look to Jesus everyday with wholehearted anticipation and self-controlled...
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Exploring God

explore presents wife Jun 19, 2019

By Doug Snyder

Week one…shoes. Week two…card. Week three…flowers. Week four…book. Week five…wall decor. Week six…coffee date.

Each week, for fifty-two weeks, something unexpected popped up in our home or on our schedule, especially targeted for my bride’s pleasure. 2011 marked a milestone, our 25th Anniversary.

Can you imagine how 2011 would have been different if Beth had received all 52 gifts but failed to open and explore them? What if she never took the time to wear the shoes, read the card, appreciate the flowers, explore the book, hang the wall decor, or meet at the coffee shop? 

Is this how our Heavenly Father feels when we receive salvation, but fail to open and explore His gifts, understand and apply His promises, or engage Holy Spirit in deepening relationship? 

Yes, there is more to salvation than just being saved. If we believe and confess for salvation, shouldn’t we also believe and confess His Word over...

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