72018Jun
Don’t Do the Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t Do the Do’s and Don’ts

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.” 1 Corinthians 15:56, NLT “Rules and laws do nothing to change someone’s heart. Absolutely nothing…It is the love and grace of God through his spirit that transforms the human heart from the inside.” – The Fields Brothers Is our…

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242018May
Less Control. More Peace.

Less Control. More Peace.

Less problems. More money. Less pain and sickness. A better job. More property. More connections. People doing what we want them to do. Subtle manipulative behaviors. Blatant manipulation. A sense of having control over our lives. Peace. It cannot be bought, created, or found in any of the ways mentioned above. Temporary periods that are…

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142018May
Just Look

Just Look

In John 3:14-15, Jesus references an Old Testament story. According to the story, many were suffering and dying from snake bites. Moses, their leader, was told by God to lift a bronze snake up for all to look at. When they merely looked at the snake that Moses lifted up, they were cured. They didn’t…

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162018Apr
It is Enough

It is Enough

“But for the present let us be satisfied with the blood, that it is there and that it is enough.” – Watchman Nee It is easy to fall for the lie that there is something more for us to do than to trust God’s provision and love for us through Jesus Christ. We trust Jesus…

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72018Apr
Real Trust, Real Love

Real Trust, Real Love

“Real trust only grows inside a relationship based on love.” – Wayne Jacobsen   Our relationships with God, our spouses, our children, our parents, and our friends all need the same foundation to thrive. To truly experience and enjoy our Father and each other, love must be an underlying theme in our relationships. All too…

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32018Apr
Community

Community

It is possible to be part of a community but not truly be IN community. In other words, being considered part of a group doesn’t necessarily result in meaningful relationships. Any group can be full of surface relationships that amount to no more than mere acquaintances, more closely resembling strangers passing on the street than…

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152018Mar
A Choice Fueled by Faith

A Choice Fueled by Faith

“Most of us postpone a decision hoping that Jesus will get weary of waiting and the inner voice of Truth will get laryngitis…Our indecision creates more problems than it solves…WE GET STUCK. With the paralysis of analysis, the human spirit begins to shrivel.” – Brennan Manning (emphasis added) Sometimes the step of faith we desperately…

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272018Feb
Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum

We all have had days in which we step in chewing gum on the road of life. It’s not fun, and it can be downright annoying. Then there are other times when much more significantly troubling things occur. At times like those, it’s good to recall and trust the following truth: “Your circumstances are NOT…

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232018Jan
A Closer Look at Our Prayers

A Closer Look at Our Prayers

Prayer is a wonderful thing. It is communication between us and God. It is amazing that, by His grace, we have direct access to such a loving Father who actually wants to hear from us. He wants to speak to us, too. Why do we look up? I have noticed that I often tend to…

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122018Jan
A Plan to Be Abandoned

A Plan to Be Abandoned

I’m a planner. Some people might not even notice that about me. That is because most of the planning goes on in my mind. I don’t necessarily share my plans with those around me. The planning usually starts when my eyes open up in the morning. “Get up, floss, brush teeth, eat breakfast, work out,…

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