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Burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus

    John  19:31-42 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ …

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The Risen Lord

      Luke 24:13-16   “Now that same day two were traveling to village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem and they were talking about every thing that had happened; and as they talked and discussed these things with each other. Jesus himself appeared and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.” Also,  Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was absent and when told they had seen Jesus, he did not believe them and said unless he sees the nail marks in his hands and put my hands into his side he would not …

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Stalled

I wrote a post once about me being stuck on a railroad track, while my truck stalled and wouldn’t move forward. A train was approaching and I was scared. I finally managed to put it into gear and escape a horrible accident. God was in that moment, just as He is in every day of my life. He was trying to get my attention. I gave my life to Christ as a teenager and even then, rebelled and tried to live life on my own. None of us know the mind of God, but I can imagine that it’s hard …

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Encounters

If you have God in your life you’ll be able to see that God is in every part of your life. He meets His people in many ways. Through our victories, trials, His Word (the Bible), other people and through our circumstances. Through my struggles and heartaches I can look back and see God in the thick of it. There were times when I brushed it off as good fortune or luck, but I can’t dismiss or neglect to thank God every day for bringing me to where I am today. Many let the circumstances of their lives define who …

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He’s In The Ordinary

There are millions of people today facing depression and loneliness. These are trying times. Days of isolation for many can be devastating. But, there is hope. Better days are coming. No, I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you of someone that can help you. God has been here from the beginning of time. He created every living thing. And God will be here in the end. I didn’t always know this, and even when I became a Christian, I didn’t always believe it. But the more I pursued God and the deeper our relationship became, I realized …

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Hello Devotional

      Be ready in season and out of season. 2 Timothy 2:14 says “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” Always …

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Even Then…

    Scripture: Romans 5:8 – “…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (ESV) Message: “Sometimes we may not be able to see the silver lining behind the dark cloud. But the cross is evidence that it’s there.”(J. D. Greear/ Not God Enough) Our human tendency, especially in the midst of pain is to question God. Our questions might be similar but not limited to; “Where are you, God?, “Why, God?”, and “How long, God?” In my opinion, these questions are fine when asked in the right respect. In fact, we see all through the Bible …

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What Does Jesus Say

                Forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness, extending forgiveness to others. It isn’t easy. In this devotional, we are focusing on what Jesus himself says about forgiveness through various gospel passages. MATTHEW 6:9-15 (NIV)  “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the …

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Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

          MATTHEW 18:21 – 35 (NIV) “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his …

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Delight, Detail and Direction

            “the Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”  Psalms 37:23 To know that God directs my steps is an awesome comfort. I have seen that part of the verse many times. Today, the second part really spoke to me. God really-really-really delights in me? Oh, yes! And, as if that is not enough, He delights “in…every…detail.”  wow!  That means the things that hurt, the things no one else can understand, the things that make me cry, the things that overwhelm me with joy, the things that …

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Master in the Marvelous and the Miserable

        “I said to the Lord, “You are my master! Every good thing I have comes from you.”” Psalms 16:2   He is my master… in good times (like the wonderful beach vacation my husband and I just shared), when weather is beautiful, when life brings joy and blessing, when prayers are answered as I prayed, when blessings are present and tribulations are far away. Oh, how I can proclaim He is my master and He is good and all good things are from Him!!!  What Jesus follower would state differently? Yet, what do I proclaim when …

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Forever Forgiveness

              “…their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17 Have you ever pondered on this verse? There is no comparison to any other thing in our lives! I have heard Christians say, “there is nothing God cannot do!” I understand the premise for their statement, but I would say (and thankfully so) that there really are some things God cannot do. He cannot lie, He cannot sin, He cannot change, and there are others, but what a blessing that He cannot remember forgiven sin!!! What a gift!  What freedom!!! …