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Unshakable Thanks

We are all on a journey.  And as Paul says, we do not travel that journey as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4: 13). We know that we have a Savior sitting at the right hand of the Father who delights in us.  We have the Word of God that is living and active.  We have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, giving us gifts to make the best use of our time here on Earth.  And we have the fellowship of other believers to offer friendship, prayer, encouragement and council.  We have hope, and …

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Cow Cuddling?

I can’t believe this, but here it is. A New York farm is offering a 60-minute cow cuddling session for $75. They are also offering a full Cow and Horse Experience, which allows the customer to pet, brush and play with both cows and horses coming in at $300 for 90-minutes. With the price of cattle being so low right now, it certainly would be a lucrative proposition for the right farmer. While I agree that the idyllic scene of farm life is relaxing and all, it is amazing the price that we humans are willing to pay to attempt …

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Passion for Jesus

As I sat in this very large arena surrounded by thousands of women, I was mesmerized by the words that slapped me in the face. Words so powerful I could not move… words that formed a question that I must answer. I had come to Beth Moore’s Living Proof conference with a group of my church women. We had already attended many of her conferences to hear what the Lord would teach us through Beth’s words. God uses women who are willing and obedient to His leading and Beth is one such woman. He uses her to speak His words …

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The Greatest Love There Is

As the 2-year date that changed my faith and many lives approaches, I felt the Lord calling me to share this story in some way. I cannot stay quiet about His love and how he restored me and many others by His grace through a time of suffering. I am 24 years old. A few years ago, I would never have guessed I would be sitting here writing about my faith. I became a believer when I was small, grew up in a Christian home, and sought out the Lord as best I could in my younger years, which to …

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Bigger Than The Ocean

When I was young we lived near the ocean – well the Gulf of Mexico.  One day I was dipping my two year old toes into the waves, barely.  My parents were laughing and talking together on the beach.  I looked at them having so much fun and said, “I guess you guys are just gonna let me drown!” (I based that on the tv news that shared a young boy had gotten caught in a rip tide and drowned recently) Oh beloved, feel like you’re drowning in the ocean? Do you think God has forgotten you and is just …

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Love the Hate Away

One of the things I found myself doing was randomly scrolling Facebook. If only I could burn calories with the miles my thumbs have scrolled. I started seeing negative post after negative post and it put me in even more of a funk than I was in already! Have you ever been offended by something someone posted on social media? Maybe it was about you, maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was political or racial or an injustice going on in the world. Maybe it was a little more personal and you understood what Taylor Swift meant when she said, “Haters …

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God’s Presence Unwrapped

Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of joy out of thinking about the reaction each person will have over the gift picked especially for them. Sometimes I get busy wrapping and forget whose gift is whose. I’ve even been known to unwrap something to see what it is. At any rate wrapping a gift is fun. But watching each loved one unwrap those gifts is absolutely joyful! Oh beloved, God has already given you the best gift anyone could have. He has given you the gift of Salvation. This gift tops all …

Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

  Grace Defined and Illustrated   Though God is the essence of Grace, we find the word grace used only once in the Old Testament.  In Psalm 45, which is said to be a wedding psalm for the director of music.  We read: “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…You are most excellent of men, and your lips have been anointed with grace.” So what is the writer really saying?  What did He mean by your lips have been anointed with grace?  This is just my thought, but the ability to speak and verbalize our thoughts is a gift from God. …

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God’s Grace Manifested

      God’s Grace Manifested   Have you ever considered that it was out of Grace that God took a great void of nothing and formed the beautiful world in which we live? He took an empty, dark void of nothing and created the world. He separated water and land, night from day, and created the beautiful Garden of  Eden. Then when everything was completed, out of His grace, He created Adam in His Own image and placed him in the garden to keep it.  God realized Adam would be lonely without a companion; so He took a rib from Adam’s body …

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God’s Grace Extended

    God’s Grace Extended     Except for God’s grace, He would have given up on sinful mankind, but through the lineage of Noah, Abraham was born and God promised that his descendants would be numerous as grains of sand on the seashore.  Coupled with God’s grace, Abraham’s faith made him a great servant of God.  Though he waited many years for God to give him the son He promised, he sinned by bearing a son by His wife’s handmaid, as Sarah suggested. But basically he was a great man. I admire Abraham: because it took courage to wait on God so many years for the son He had …

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God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

    God’s Supreme Gift of Grace     “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him should never perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but so the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17 What loving grace of our heavenly Father to allow His Son to come to earth, be born in a stable, be mistreated by man, and then die on the old rugged cross to pay for mankind’s sins: even those who nailed Him to the cross. …

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God’s Grace Included Me

    God’s Grace Included Me     Even before my conception God had a plan for my life: for while in my mother’s womb He used my father’s and mother’s genes and DNA and formed my body. I did not know that as a girl, and thought I was ugly. I remember my mother’s reminding me something could happen that would really affect my appearance. I realize that I am no beauty queen, but have learned to be rather satisfied with my appearance. Really beauty is only skin deep; it’s what is on the inside that is important. Also God had a plan for my life before …