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God DOES Hear Our Prayers

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Have you ever prayed for something specific, every single day and you just felt like God wasn’t listening? Take comfort and know that He IS listening and that He has a plan […]

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Intentional Blessings

“May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains,but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me—may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!” – 2 Timothy 1:16-18a I love the book of 2 Timothy. Paul […]

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No Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 The past few months have been HEAVY. I feel like I have taken on the world’s problems in my mind and I want to fix everything wrong. How about that for 2020! Not only did […]

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More Than You Will Ever Know!

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. – 1 John 3:1 With all of the craziness going on through the pandemic this year, we had the blessing of getting to spend time with our family in Branson in July. […]

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Antiphonal Attitude

“He remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:23-24 The Psalms are a wonderful way to start each day. In fact, that has been my routine for many years now—I sit down and eat breakfast as I read a psalm and […]

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Shine Like the Day

Psalm 37 Reading verse 6 of this passage reminds me of a chorus we used to sing in my youth group back in the ‘80s, “He will make your righteousness shine like the day, He will make you shine like the day. So shiiiiiiiiiiiine! He will make you shine like the day.” Remember that one? […]

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Dealing with Loss

“In all things God works for the good of those who love Him” – Romans 8:28 Hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, was blinded at the age of two months when a man pretending to be a doctor prescribed the application of a mustard poultice to her eyes as a treatment for an illness. Her illness subsided, […]

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Looking For God’s Favor

“I will lift my eyes to you, the One enthroned in Heaven.  Like a servant’s eye on his master’s hand, like a servant girl’s hand on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are on the Lord our God until He shows us favor.” – Psalm 123:1-2 At the beginning of this pandemic, one morning in […]

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Loving Your Enemies

The Book of Jonah (1-4) During my personal quiet time this week, I read the Book of Jonah which is only 4 chapters long.  I thought to myself, “This has the potential to become a devotional”, but as I was reading my mind jumped around as to the topic. There is the classic “You can’t […]

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TRUE WORSHIP

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.[a]2 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of […]

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The Lazy Susan

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 One of my favorite things about getting married this past May was making a wedding registry. You might say I’m selfish and materialistic, but free stuff is fantastic, especially given by people who love you. One of the things my wife wanted to put on the […]

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I Am Praying For You!

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 School is in session and kids (and parents) everywhere are navigating all things new. I have a granddaughter who started Kindergarten a few weeks ago. She is loving it! Well, […]

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He Looked This Way and That!

“He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” – Exodus 2:12 Although I want to focus on Exodus 2:12, we must read Exodus 2:11-15 to completely understand the scriptures and Moses’ reasoning for what he did: “In the course of time, Moses grew […]

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As If It’s The First Time

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 ESV A few weeks ago, I had the chance to experience on of my favorite […]

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An International Perspective on COVID 19

“For God so loved the WORLD…” – John 3:16a I’m sorry to admit that while in Africa these past three years I’ve said, more than once “if only we were in the USA we would have working WiFi, water, electricity or air conditioning.  I could go to a wedding, funeral, birthday party, graduation, or baby shower. I could go to […]

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WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the […]

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“What If We’re Asking the Wrong Question”

“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” – Luke 10:29 A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about an experience I had with my son declaring “Hello Neighbor” as we were trying to go to sleep. In that devotional, we examined the exact question the law expert posed to […]

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Dig Deeper

“However, it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,’ but God revealed it to us by his Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 Businesses need a way to differentiate their products and services from their competitors. One way is to produce […]

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Love Triangle

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11-13 When we first hear the term “love triangle,” We automatically think of two people in a committed relationship and one of those adults is involved with a third person in a love relationship. Love triangles among adults can […]

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Praise Him, Praise Him

“The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me…. to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion period – to bestow on them a Crown of beauty instead of Ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of […]

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His Great Faithfulness

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23 In May 2016, my husband, Jerry retired from First Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina after 14 years as Associate Pastor. Prior to his retirement, we had been praying about where we would move. The 18 years we spent […]

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Everyone Sing Along

“The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.” – Proverbs 29:25 A few weeks ago, we were enjoying some time with some of our kids and grandkids. Then we heard this sweet little voice from our, just turned 3, granddaughter, who loves to sing belting out […]

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The X-Ray

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7 When I was 15 years old, […]

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Enjoy Jesus

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11 A few years ago, I went to a conference in Dallas. I was so excited to sit under the teaching of some of my favorite preachers and to […]

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SOUL CONVERSATIONS

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.  On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times, O people; […]

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Kill, Steal, Destroy

“A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” – John 10:10 When I scroll through social media, I can’t help but compare my life to the ones I see posted. It’s just how it is. Now, I […]

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“Hello Neighbor”

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31 Earlier this summer, my family took a weekend trip for a little rest and relaxation. This rest and relaxation led to one of the worst sunburns I have ever experienced, but that’s another […]

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Speed Bumps

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength” – Isaiah 40:31 Recently I watched workmen install several speed bumps on the driveway outside my office window, which led me to consider speed bumps which GOD places in our lives! Several things are true of speed bumps: They are there to slow you […]

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Understand the Times…

“from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;” – 1 Chronicles 12:32 A large church in Texas was about to shut its doors due to embezzlement by senior church leaders. The church was 5.5 million dollars in debt and had no money […]

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God Is Not Surprised!

“Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways.” – Psalms 139:1-3 Every August before my children begin another school year, I spend one […]

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Intentionality

“His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:18-20 […]

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Wonderfully Made

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one […]

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Deliverance from the Fire

“…12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up… 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able […]

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God Doesn’t Create Half People

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24 Recently, I was asked to do a breakout session at a church on the topic of singleness. One of the points I wanted to share with the single women was the […]

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A Tale of Two Sisters

“Do everything without complaining or disputing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.“ – Philippians 2:14-15 Among the many blessings of being in ministry at First Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina was the […]

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Who Am I Really?

“But you are a chosen people, a Royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 As God’s children, we are His special possessions and loved dearly by Him. I was raised in church […]

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Mountains and Valleys

“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” – Psalm 139:7-8 I went to Denver, Colorado about three years ago with a very good friend of mine. We had planned this […]

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You Are Qualified

“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light”. – Colossians 1:12 In Numbers 16, we read that Korah gathered a group of men to complain about Aaron having the position of priest. He took several men with him to make his case stronger. Korah’s […]

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Reroute

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We’ll be boarding this flight from Atlanta to Tulsa in 10 minutes.” Normally I would be grateful for an on-time flight heading home, but this […]

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Drinking from a Quiet Stream

“He leads me beside quiet water.” – Psalm 23:2b Sheep will not drink from a moving stream. The water has to be pooled in a calm pond before a sheep will quench their thirst. Some translations of Psalm 23:2b read, “He leads me beside stilled waters…” and this an accurate translation because shepherds would often […]

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I Have…

“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 I love analyzing words. The addition of […]

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Sometimes They Just Need A Mulligan

“And he called the twelve to himself, and began to send them out two by two, and he gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts – but to wear sandals, and not to […]

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Who is Your Leader?

“…4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the […]

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Your Thoughts Lie to You

“And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.” – Joshua 22:11-12 Imagine your boss calls you on Monday to set up a meeting for […]

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In Tents for a Time

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1 ESV You see them everywhere, but you may not recognize them. You see them at the store, at the office, in […]

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Whispering Hope

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31 A few weeks ago, I wrote a devotion about the word hope. […]

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Is There Any Hope?

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7b Having grown up as a “Preacher’s Kid”, I was exposed to the Gospel through different means all throughout my childhood and youth. As a young child, I remember learning songs that helped teach Bible stories and the nature […]

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He Holds My Hand

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” – Isaiah 41:13 When I was nine years old my Father took me to New York City and we went to the observation tower at the top of the Empire State Building. […]

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“Who’s Your Role Model?”

“Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” – Philippians 3:17 In 1993, Charles Barkley was on his way to winning an NBA, MVP award and only Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls stood in […]

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Accurate and Important Information, What Can I Trust?

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 In times like these, many do not know who or what to trust. How do I know what is […]

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Who are you? What is your true identity?

“For in Christ all the fullness of God dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” – Colossians 2:9-10 When we adopted our children, we went before a judge, who changed each one’s last name to our last name. They legally became […]

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Not Your Average Gold Fish

“However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.” – Matthew 17:27 If you spend any considerable amount […]

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The First Inaugural Address

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of […]

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Your City Needs YOU!

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.  So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on […]

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land.” – James 5:17 James tells us that the prophet Elijah was a godly man with great courage and faith. Also, that he suffered […]

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Close Fisted or Open-Handed!

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 As we finish up over three months of Meet A Need, let me say thank you to all of the faithful volunteers and givers that provided so much food that we were able to help over 1,300 families! […]

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Effects of our Faithfulness

“I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers and also stops those who want to […]

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Discomfort for the Glory of God

“So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my […]

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The LORD is our Strength

“But as for me, I shall sing of Thy strength; yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning, for Thou has been my stronghold, and a refuge in the day of my distress.  O, my strength, I will sing praises to Thee; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me […]

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Where Does My Help Come From?

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2 My husband, Jerry and I, love hiking in the mountains of Colorado!  The beauty and majesty found along the trail is truly an amazing experience—from the smallest […]

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Green Pastures

“He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.” – Psalm 23:2 Israeli shepherds are usually young teenagers who tend their flocks in pairs. They know every sheep by name, and they constantly call out to the sheep as they lead their flocks across the mountainous desert countryside. The sheep […]

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The Question? Game

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5 Have you ever played the “question” game? You know, the one where someone thinks of a noun (person, place, or thing) and your opponents have a limited […]

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What is Hope?

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.” – Titus 1:1-3 There is a word that continues to […]

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Taking Our Thoughts Captive

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 When I was first married, I participated in a Bible Study that centered around Philippians 4:8 […]

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Your City Needs YOU!

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.  So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on […]

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Temporary Home

“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always consigned to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work […]

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What Comes Next?

“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.” – John 17:25 Last week, I shared with you a verse from John 16. In this world, we will have trouble, but we have hope because Jesus has overcome the world! There is […]

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Overcoming Loneliness

“Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.” – Psalm 142:4 Several years ago, I experienced a horrible bout of loneliness. For several weeks, I’d wake up, sit on my couch, put my hand on my […]

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No Regrets

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind…” – Luke 10:27 Billy Borden was born into a wealthy Chicago family, a benefactor of his father’s holdings in silver mining and real estate. He gave his life to Christ under the […]

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IN JESUS’ NAME

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” – John 14:13-14 “Momma, what exactly does it mean when we say ‘in Jesus’ Name’ at the end of our prayers?”  […]

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Who Are You?

“Now this is what the Lord says—the One who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel—“do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 You are Special, a book by Max Lucado is one of my favorite children’s books. It […]

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Our Reputation Matters

“But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, ‘Let those men go.’ And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, ‘The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.’ But Paul said to them, ‘They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman […]

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Peace Amid a Crisis

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 On a warm Sunday morning in July 2009, Gregory Hunt, the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, was preparing for worship […]

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Fear Replaced by Faith

“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.” – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 God had been preparing me for […]

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Get Dragged Into it!

“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” – Mark 15:21 Many of us can attest to a time when we were dragged in a conversation, an argument, or a situation we never wanted or […]

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Yesterday, Today & Forever

“Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.” – Deuteronomy 7:9 I have been reading through Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I am to the point when the Israelites are toward their end of […]

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Let God be your GPS

“For the Lord watched over the path of the Godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” – Psalm 1:6 I wasn’t sure where I was going recently and my oldest son, JW, said, “You can look it up on your phone, Mom.”  He was right.  I smiled, realizing he will really never […]

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The Ideal Bible Reader

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not […]

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Steadily becoming Steadfast

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:1-4 The book of James is very unique compared to the other […]

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GOD’S WILL: DO GOOD!

One of my favorite books in the New Testament is the book of Titus.  Paul is writing instructions to Titus regarding his work at the church in Crete.  If you read through the book, Paul repeats the same theme over and over again.  Paul wants Titus to instruct the believers to “keep doing good.”  God […]

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First Baptist Church Broken Arrow and Community Baptist Church Transition

We are excited about what God is doing at FBCBA and CBC! By the fall of 2020, CBC will launch as their own autonomous church with Adam Mask as their Senior Pastor. The transition will be finalized no later than August 15.  As we look to the future, we must remind ourselves of what God […]

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Lean on Me

“For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth. I have leaned on You from birth.” – Psalms 71:5-6 Derek Redmond trained for four years to compete in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Before his first race began, he tore his Achilles tendon and didn’t even start the race. So he trained for four […]

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I Have Great News!

“Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?’” – Luke 17:17 I was in my home office a few weeks ago, finishing another fascinating Zoom meeting with other Kids Pastors from around the state, when I heard my wife tell our son Drew to put his shoes on for a bike ride. […]

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In The Blink Of An Eye

“Listen!  I am telling you a mystery:  We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-53  Questions can […]

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Wait for Him!

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14 Have you ever waited on the Lord for something? Maybe you’ve waited on God to bless you with a baby…a spouse…a dream job…a prodigal child to return home…the salvation of a loved one. At one point or another, […]

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What? An ambassador?

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 Ruthann and I both grew up in families where our parents were active in church.  Consequently, as children in our respective families, we were what you […]

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Do Better

“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3 There is this running joke in our family that has gone on for years. When my sisters and I were playing booster club basketball in elementary school, my dad would take us to the gym at the school where […]

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Lift Up Your Eyes!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4 If this pandemic has revealed […]

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Abundant Life

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10 Abundant life? Now? During these difficult times? How is that possible when most of us are sequestered in our homes watching re-runs of old sporting events, Disney movies, or Andy Griffith.  Granted, I’m a huge fan of Barney, Otis, Aunt Bea, […]

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“Isolation, but not from God”

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be […]

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When Life is Not Fair

“Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?” So the last will be first, and the first last. – Matthew 20:15-16 Each of us can attest to a time when we were not treated fairly. We may have been overlooked for a promotion […]

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LETTING GO AND LETTING GOD

“A righteous man will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear.” – Psalm 112: 6-8 I am a fixer. Not of material things by any means, but if I see a problem or someone hurting, I feel a need […]

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Circumstances Change, God Does Not

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” -Malachi 3:6 As I am writing this devotion, I am in the midst of my upcoming wedding, while also living through a historical event. This season, of having almost everything change, hasn’t been my personal favorite. From switching venues […]

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A Power Wheel for Beth

“Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 I was making an early Saturday morning Wal-Mart run to pick up pancake mix for a “daddy breakfast” when I spotted it: A US Army “Desert Storm”, camouflage-colored Jeep Power Wheel. In case you don’t know, a […]

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God’s Promise of Restoration

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my […]

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Stay Focused

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:5 When I was in the second grade, my dad decided that he would pay my brothers and me to pull dandelions […]

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We Are Christians

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 In 1773, the future President of the United States, George Washington, dealt with immense sorrow following the death of his step-daughter Patsy Custus. According to biographer Ron Chernow, Patsy’s brother […]

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Biblical Baking Lessons

Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  – Matthew 16:6 If you are like me and you don’t bake much, leaven isn’t a term you use very often.  Some of you may not even know what it is.  I know I didn’t the first time I read […]

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Letting Go of Fear

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 When my husband and I were new parents to twins, we read all […]

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Choices

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments. I have stored up your words in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:9–11 In Wisconsin, there is a men’s […]

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God is Not Siri

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:12-13 When Siri was first introduced, my friend’s kids had a blast with her. They would ask her the […]

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He Didn’t Know!

“And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” – Judges 16:20 The story of Samson is one of my favorite parts of the […]

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Spring Has Sprung!

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever.” Psalm 29:10 Last week, it seemed like all of spring was wrapped up in one night. We saw straight winds, tornado warnings, lightning, thunder, flooding, and hail after a beautiful sunny day! Did I miss anything? Weather is so unpredictable this time […]

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The Wisdom of “Sheltering in Place”

The coney (rock badger) is a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks.” – Proverbs 30:26 Long before microbiology and microscopes exposed the “invisible enemies” of the germ world, God had already done so. He also revealed proper mitigation standards. Lately, our vocabulary has expanded with the language of testing, community transfer, […]

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Peaceful Bride?

“I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace this world can give. So, don’t be worried or afraid.” – John 14:27 How has it been for you these past weeks? Stressful? Quiet? Busy? Exciting? Loud?  The list could go on, and on any given day you […]

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Pray Like Jabez

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be […]

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The God Who Restores

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” – Joel 2:25a ESV Locusts can have a devastating effect on crops in certain situations. They can plague vegetations and completely destroy them. Covid-19 feels like it’s a worldwide plague. It is our locust and it has eaten and destroyed various times […]

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Don’t Treat God Like a Trophy

“Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the people came to […]

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Responding to a Crisis

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12b When we find ourselves facing a crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, we can be uncertain as to how to respond. Fortunately, the Bible shows us how we should respond in times like these. These times can become […]

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How to be a Witness

“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, […]

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Thanksgiving and Brussel Sprouts

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in Him!” – Psalm 34:8 As part of our Thanksgiving meal a few years ago, I made brussel sprouts marinated in a balsamic vinegar mixture, roasted in the oven, and finished with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. There were […]

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‘Tis the Season!

“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 I was born and raised in Oklahoma. One of the many reasons I love Oklahoma is the four distinct seasons. Though lately, they seem to be not staying in their designated times! I love spring, as we feel […]

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To Whom Much is Given

“To whom much is given, much will be required.” – Luke 12:48 Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan which is found in the book of Luke 10:25-37. A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers, stripped of his clothes, beaten and left on the side […]

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The Glow-Up

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Glow-Up: Noun. The complete transformation of a person’s appearance for the better. This whole idea of going through a “glow-up” is one that has become almost an obsession for our […]

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Jesus, Mulan and Me

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:18-19 During the quarantine, Disney+ has become one […]

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The God of Sweet Surprises

They were filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” – Luke 7:16 Last year, I visited my sister in Chicago and she surprised me with a ticket to Hamilton. I told her I really wanted to see the musical and […]

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Are You Listening?

“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious; I have not turned away.” These verses describe the coming of […]

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Ever Wonder What God’s Will Is?

“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 As people share their pictures on Facebook, I have noticed a lot of puzzles being worked these last several weeks. Several people have shared that they discovered one of the most frustrating things […]

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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 How cliché is the phrase “there is a light at the end of the tunnel”? Very! As I was thinking though, […]

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Family Matters

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline […]

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What Did You Do?

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it”. – Hebrews 12:11 Throughout the Books of Law in the Old Testament, we are reminded of the Israelites’ frequent acts of disobedience despite the mighty miracles they had […]

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I Will Say It Again: Rejoice!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds […]

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Look Busy! Dad’s Home!

“Thanks be to You, O God, the One who gives me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, I will be steadfast, immovable, abounding in Your work, Lord, knowing that my labor in You is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 When I was growing up, my brothers and I were always supposed […]

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Running the Race

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set […]

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Super Glue

 “And he is before all things and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17  ESV I absolutely love this verse. He, Jesus, is before all things! This means that Jesus is above it all and was here before it all. Verse 15 tells us that God showed His image and His love through […]

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You Are A Hero for God!

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus, by the will of God…” – Colossians 1:1 In the ’80s Bonnie Tyler sang… “I need a heroI’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the nightHe’s gotta be strongAnd he’s gotta be fastAnd he’s gotta be fresh from the fightI need a heroI’m holding out for a […]

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Business Trip or Tourist?

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Phil. 3:20 If you have done any traveling outside the country, you know there is something very important you must keep with you and that’s your passport. A passport is an official document issued by a government, […]

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Forever

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1: (CSB) God’s faithful love endures or goes on, forever. It never stops, never fades, and never goes away. God wanted us to understand this big truth, so He led the author of this Psalm to write that phrase, […]

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Let Not Your
Hearts Be Troubled

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will […]

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Broken Cisterns

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” – Jeremiah 2:13   Jeremiah was one of God’s prophets to the people of Judah in the southern kingdom of the Israelites. Judah, at this time, was […]

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Spectacles of Faith

“For we walk by faith and not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 A few years back, my wife and I had the opportunity to take my two girls to see the newest Peanuts movie. For some reason, we thought it would be a good idea to go to the 3-D showing. Did I mention […]

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Being Stretched

“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”           – Ex 3:10 (ESV) Most of us come up with excuses for why we can’t do what God wants us to do. We let fear and doubt get in the way. […]

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“Don’t Waste This Time!”

“I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth.” – 3 John 1:4 Isn’t that the desire of every parent for their children to live in truth? Throughout their lives, they will see and hear so much from the world that is not the truth. Parents, you are […]

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“Placing Our Trust”

5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) King Solomon wrote portions of the book of Proverbs in an attempt to guide and instruct others in their pursuit […]

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“Tomorrow”

“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34: (CSB) This is a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Great crowds of people have been following Jesus as he has been preaching all over Galilee. He sees a great crowd of […]

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“The Baggage of Our Lives”

28) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matt 11:28-30 ESV The […]

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