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Overcoming Difficulties

  James 1:2-9 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect …

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We Could All Use A Little Inspiration

We caught the end of a new series on tv, Superman and Lois. Another Superman show. But the twist in this one is they return to the farm he was raised on with their own two sons, who find out just who their dad really is for the first time. There are some interesting twists followed by a prologue with one of the producers. Part of what he said caught my ear. “We all need a little hope, we all need a little inspiration…” Oh beloved, we do don’t we? In this season there’s not a lot that inspires us. …

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You Will Not Fall!

  God is within her, she will not fall.  He will help her at break of dawn. (Psalm 46:5)   When a mother eagle builds her nest, she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other items.  Then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool and feathers. This makes it soft and comfortable for her baby eaglets. By the time the growing eaglets reach flying age, the comfort of the nest make them quite reluctant to leave. That’s when the mother eagle starts stirring up the nest. The mother eagle strategically begins removing …

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Accept the Crumbs and God Will Make Loaves

  It’s amazing how sometimes we think that God owes us so much more than we deserve.  We possess bigger homes, better jobs, bigger cars and even more money.   How is it that we fall short of seeing the blessings in the smaller things? A remarkable story is told in Matthew 15:21-28, when the Canaanite woman pours from her needy soul in desperation of her demon possessed daughter.  She wasn’t searching for the finer things of life. She was only searching for a man who could provide her with what she needed most.  As she fell upon her knees, she …

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Guidance in Uncertainty

  The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23) Would you like to sit down and have a heart to heart talk with God? Perhaps He could tell you the exact plan that He has for your life. Or maybe He could lay it all out in black and white; marking out a path so you will know exactly what lies ahead. Well, life doesn’t work that way.  God doesn’t mark out a clear pathway for our lives, nor does He provide us with turn by turn directions.  Instead, He …

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Good Fight of Faith

        This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. The worries of yesterday cannot affect you today. Rise up friends, today is a new day. Philippians 4:4 declares “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Take some time to rejoice in what the Lord has done for you. If He woke you up and you have breath Rejoice, He is don’t done with you. He has a plan fo your life, now is not the time to give up and give in. Isaiah 41:9-10 says …

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The Meaning Of Christmas Continues

This morning I remember the year my mother kept Christmas up until March! She had a lovely artificial tree that she didn’t take down for three months after Christmas. I don’t even remember why now, but I do remember Christmas lasted a long while at her house that year. God speaks to my heart this morning. Christmas, the holiday, maybe over. But Christmas, the meaning, is never over. Oh beloved, whether you put away the festive décor of Christmas today or a month from today doesn’t matter. What matters is that you never put Christmas away – the true meaning …

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Something New To Learn

Can you remember going back to school after the Christmas holidays? Everyone would talk about their Christmas gifts and their Christmas visits with family. One thing I don’t remember is it being hard to get back in the swing of things. As an employee who gets nearly two full weeks off for Christmas, I find it not nearly as easy as being a kid returning to school. LOL But just like school, there’s always something new to learn at work. And even the old, regular processes of doing things, I sometimes have to reread the instructions to make sure I …

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A Work of Beauty

  It is amazing how a skilled sculptor can take a lump of lifeless ugly clay and form it into something of stunning beauty. Having tried this myself, taking clay into my hands, kneading it like bread dough, throwing it onto a wheel and forming it into a beautiful work of art or even an object of usefulness, this particular skill most certainly eludes me.  I have no talent when it comes to this form of art. My sister, on the other hand, shapes the clay with her hands, imagines what it will become and gently shapes and molds the …

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Believe and Live

  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 The reason John wrote his gospel is the same reason many of us talk to our children and grandchildren about Jesus: we want them to have eternal life! On Easter Sunday morning this year, we watched as a little girl in our church was baptized. The children’s pastor commented that when he asked her about coming to know Jesus she responded, “My family talks to me about Jesus all …

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Abraham Believed God

  Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6     The word, credited, carries the meaning of assigning value or putting something into someone else’s account. Where NIV uses credited (as noted above), other versions translate this Hebrew word: Counted(KJV) Reckoned(NASB) My husband, the college professor, has often been asked by his students, “Will you give me credit for this answer?” or “Can I get partial credit?” In the old days, country doctors (and probably city doctors, too!) accepted milk or eggs in credit for services rendered. We use the phrase, “I’ll give you credit for trying…” It all carries …

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He is Your Shelter in Place

      Numbers 35: 13 And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge (ESV) 1 Timothy 2: 3-4 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (ESV) I just finished reading through the book of Numbers and all I can say is “Wow”.  This book has provided so much revelation regarding what we are experiencing as world right now. If you think about the times we are living in, we are literally …