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Believe the Son or Reject the Son

  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. John 3:36   Everyone human being falls into one of two camps: 1. Believer 2. Non-believer Some might say, “I haven’t rejected Jesus – I just don’t believe in Him.” But by default, refusing to accept is equivalent to rejecting Him. There is no middle ground. Choosing not to choose is a choice in itself. And, like everything in life, choices bring consequences. Age has a way of humbling us and providing wisdom that can only …

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Are We Hopeful?

As a Christian, our world is transparent, in that people are watching us. They are wondering, “how are they handling this crisis? How are they coping in these uncertain times?” I’ll be the first to admit, this has not been my favorite year so far. But, I’ve not lost hope. How can that be, you might ask? It’s because I know there’s a God that loves me, and cares for my well-being. God has brought me through some dreadful and scary storms and I’ve come out on the other side, stronger in my faith, and more aware of the awesome …

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Fast Forward?

Have you ever met someone that likes to read the ending of a book, before they start to read the story? Or, some that likes to fast forward a movie and skip all the boring parts? Well, what if we could fast forward our lives? What if we could skip to 2021 and miss out on all this chaos we’re living in now? Did you know that it says in the Bible that we (Christians) are to welcome trials? That sounds crazy, right? Why would we want to be grateful for the birth of this pandemic? Christians know their future. …

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Fixing Hope on Jesus

Through Him [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5: 2-5) Hope. It is something that we have all experienced in our lives, whether it’s hoping for that one particular birthday gift, …

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The Hope

We went to visit my aunt yesterday. She is so ready to go home from rehab. She was sure she was going home today. While we were there, she was convinced that surely tomorrow would be the day. After we left, I got the message that Thursday would be her day. She will be living, hoping and waiting for Thursday. Scripture comes to mind – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. I get it don’t you? Sometimes we can so focus on what’s going on around us that we …

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Our Living Hope

  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy he had 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 – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the time.”  I Peter 1:3 – 5 I have the awesome privilege of being a mentor for a group of women recovering from addiction.  When a …

Reset

Deb Rice introduces us to Christian woman who will share words of encouragement to you as we begin a series entitled “Reset” as we journey through these turbulent times.

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Faith is Seeing in Advance

    Faith is defined as “a complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” You’ve heard people say, “just have faith, it will all work out,” when they’re faced with a difficult or stressful situation. Some will respond by, “that’s easier said than done.” You can have faith in many things. You can have faith that your car will start and get you to work on time. You can even have faith in the pilot (whom you seldom even meet) will get you from one city to another. But, faith in God is seeing in advance. It’s trusting in …

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History Teaches Us To Hope

    Biblical history is full of hope. There are great lessons to be learned from these legendary stories. If you know God, you know that He NEVER changes. He’s the same today as He was yesterday, and 2000 years ago. But, we change. As we develop from childhood to adulthood, our personality changes, our surroundings possibly change, and yes, our circumstances change. Change can be a good thing. It’s your reaction to change that typically affects your circumstances. I’ve read where children growing up in poverty, one would think that this would be their destiny, but the opposite often …

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How Jesus Responds to Our Doubts

What happens when God doesn’t intervene? When circumstances grow worse, doors close, and illness lingers? Is He still good? Does He still love you? Intellectually, we know sometimes bad things happen to good people, but sitting in the middle of chaos and catastrophe, doubts take hold. A couple years ago, while on her first college coop, our daughter’s depression spiked. She did all the appropriate Christianity things. She went to church, read her Bible, meditated on Scripture, and prayed. She prayed and prayed and prayed. And yet, her depression remained. And though she knew they were lies, comments she’d heard previously tore at …

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In Hope

“Rejoicing in hope.” Romans 12: 12. In this chapter of Romans there is a wonderful list of instruction for us to live godly in Christ Jesus. One of these instructions is to rejoice in hope. How do we do that? How shall we be in hope and then also rejoice in it? I am so glad you asked! We are to rejoice in hope. Rejoice in Greek is chairo and carries the meaning of being cheerful, calmly happy, or well off. This is a place of settled peace and feeling good about what we believe in and stand upon. In …