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The Prayer Sandwich

  The Prayer Sandwich By Dewey Compton What if I told you there was a sandwich that is so delicious you can eat it every day, and it never gets old, stale, or moldy. In fact, it gets newer, fresher, and tastier each day. I call it the prayer sandwich. What if I told you it is God’s will for you to eat it. It comes from one of my favorite verses. I have it on the wall in my living room and every morning, I stare at it. I meditate on it. Then I read it and eat it. It is crazy how certain days it tastes very different than other days. Nonetheless, it’s always satisfying. I’ll try my best to describe what it means to eat it. But you will just have to try it for yourself to truly experience how satisfying it is. Oh and another thing, it has changed the way I pray as well. It’s a short, simple little verse, but very powerful. OK, here it is: “Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances;  for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Let'
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Our Funeral Celebration

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Psalm of Dewey

My Lord and my God, I just come before you now in the heavenly courts. I stand in front of the courtroom and I ask: Is the King meeting today to address my accuser? Is the King of Heaven having a session today on Friday, July 31st? If so, hear my plea Oh Lord: Is the liar standing before the throneroom accusing me that I am a bad father? Is the liar standing before the throneroom accusing my children of being rebellious, unloved, disobedient, prideful?  Lord, I just pray and ask, how dare he? What gives him the legal right? Did he go to the grave, dig up our dead past and bring it before You? Was he out fishing in the Eastern sea of forgetfulness for the sins you cast there? Was he in the Western sea dredging for my sunken transgressions that you buried there? How dare the graverobber come before the courts of Heaven and dump this garbage on the holy table as evidence of his accusation! That is illegal! He has no license nor permission to go against my Almighty God and Your finished wo
  Shooting Blanks - Rest as a Weapon By Dewey Compton February, 2019 blog Have you ever considered the possibility that our adversaries are shooting blanks when they attack us? What if when we believe their lie, we re-arm the lie making it a damaging weapon? But Jesus “disarmed” the enemy.   (“Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his! Colossians 2:15 TPT”) I asked the Holy Spirit about this one day. Obviously, the enemy is doing damage on the Earth. How could he be disarmed? Then this thought came to my mind: “He is shooting blanks.”   Immediately I was taken back in my memory to an experience I had while spending a week with the US Marines in San Diego, CA. We were standing by a tank listening to a weapons speciali

Are There Greater Threats to our Student's Than CoVid?

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