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He Gives Us Everything We Need

    God’s Word (the Bible) is a gift from God to His followers. Without it, we would be walking around in the dark, trying to figure out how to please God. The Bible is our guidebook to life. Do you understand what ‘forgiveness of sins’ is? God is the only one that has the power and authority to forgive you for every sin you committed, and He does this through His son, Jesus. We should be thankful that God gives us everything we need to survive this life, but more importantly, He gives us the tools we need to …

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Judge Not

    There will always be a right way to mend a wrong. Since Adam and Eve, sin has been a part of our existence. No one can escape sin, we’re all born into it. Most sin is invisible. You may get away with telling a lie or coveting something you don’t have, but all sin is punishable. Sin is a debt and it must be paid back. That’s why we have judges and juries. Judges are appointed to courts to be the ultimate decision maker. You can’t deny that you have judged others. In your mind you may think …

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He’s After Our Heart

I remember a time before I was saved when I thought, “why would I want to give my life to Jesus and have to follow all His rules? It’s a thinking most people (especially the younger generation) probably contemplate. But following Jesus is not viewed as following rules as an undertaking. First, Christ is after our heart. Since He knows all things, He not only knows your hearts, but your desires and fears. When we come to Christ with everything we have and surrender it to Him, something happens. We start desiring different things. We want to serve Him and …

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Abundant Blessings

Did you know that God loves blessing His people. If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of giving your kids things and the joy it brings. Or a friend that loves giving to others. Imagine this on a greater scale as God blesses His children, even when they don’t deserve it. But these blessings come with a price. That price has already been paid by Christ, for all of our past and future sins. God sent His only Son to come to earth and die for each one of us. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve, while mercy …

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He’s In Our Boat

There are so many different types of boats. Fishing boats, speed boats, canoes, cruise liners, the list goes on. Boats are centuries old and has been a mode of transportation since the days of Jesus. He used a boat to get to different locations. We use them today for travel, sport and leisure. Aren’t we all in the same boat these days? The virus that swept the world still lingers. This is one boat that I’m ready to depart. Life can change in a moment. Just a year ago, I was making plans to go on another mission trip, and …

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Wilderness

Have you ever been lost, turned around to where you didn’t know which way to go? My husband and I were hiking in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee several years ago. We miscalculated our journey and ended up hiking in the dark. With only head lamp we stepped slowly down the dark mountain. At one point my husband stopped and said, “we’re off the trail.” I had no idea, I was just following him. Isn’t this just like life as a Christian at times? We are moving along, thinking we’re doing ok, then suddenly we realize we’re heading down the …

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Staying Positive in Tough Times

  We will all face trials in our life. There will be days that it seems nothing is going right and you’ll want to just give up. But, hope is not all lost if you have Jesus in your life. If you had asked me these same pondering questions in my 20’s and 30’s I would probably have different answers. Like, how can you be hopeful when life’s struggles seem endless? If you are reading this, there’s still hope for a better tomorrow. It may not look like you want it to, but Jesus came into this world so that …

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What Defines You?

  What you do with your life usually defines you. The Bible confirms that our actions are deeply connected with our hearts. If others know you’re a Christian by your actions, that’s a good thing. We shouldn’t be defined by our titles, or status, or by our current circumstances. It’s our hope in God that shows others who we are. Surrender your life to Christ. Set your intentions on things above and let God determine your steps. Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now …

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Leadership

  Leadership is defined as ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization.’ It takes skill, patience and organization to be a leader. Leadership in God’s eyes is more than gauging which way the wind will blow. It’s submitting your Will to God’s plan. If you plan to lead others to Christ, follow God’s plan. Let Him use you, then get out of the way. Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests …

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RSVP

Did you know that God is still accepting reservations for Heaven? To get a good table at any busy restaurant, you should have a reservation. In this bustling world, if you haven’t reserved a spot for most events, you’ll most likely not be accepted in. As it is with Heaven, and God. Have you RSVP’d God? Have you accepted His son as your savior? There’s still time. Don’t delay. Ask God into your life today. Revelation 20:15 – “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of lifewas thrown into the lake of fire.” Dianne Petrey

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We See Him Best in the Dark

    Can you imagine a world without electricity? What about the sun? Without the sun to light each day, we would be living in a very dark world. As it is in walking with God. Yes, God is near and present every day of my life, but He is more vivid in my darkest hours. Don’t give up friends. God is waiting for you, even if you can’t see Him. Romans 15:13 – “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 …

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If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose It

  The mind is a remarkable thing. It’s on the move, constantly changing, hopefully learning, and inevitably content. If you don’t use your mind to expand your knowledge, it will eventually become soft and unusable. If you’re training your body for an event, and you all of a sudden stop training, you’ll lose the one thing that motivated you to begin with. If you want to win in this life, give it away. Your life. Give it to Jesus. He will get you to the finish line. Stay in God’s word. Let it seep into your very being and you’ll …