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He’s Still Working

My granddaughter told me something that reminded me that God is still at work in my life. There have been times in my early years when I’ve felt alone, abandoned and even neglected. My first memory of these feelings was when my dad died suddenly, when I was only ten years old. I didn’t understand it. I went to Sunday School. I learned about God. But, what I learned and what was happening just didn’t add up. My world had suddenly collapsed without reason. Looking back I can see how God was working in my heart, even then. He saw …

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One Day Closer

One day closer. Those are the three words I heard one morning recently. One day closer. It’s a good word from the Lord for us. It’s a positive rather than a negative statement. I know this event we are going through can be a pessimist’s daydream. But we aren’t pessimists because God isn’t. Oh beloved, you are one day closer. To that answer to prayer. To being released from social distancing. To seeing your loved one again. To gaining access to heaven. One day closer to whatever it is that is the longing of your heart. Most of all you …

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We Can Trust Him When We Break

  Have you broken anything?  I think we break a dish almost every week in our house.    Cars break down; dishes break,  toys break, trees break… everything breaks.   I often wonder if there is a point to things breaking?  I don’t always know why things have to break, but I know that God can use broken things and in fact, sometimes breaking is essential.   Grapes have to be broken to make wine.  Olives have to be crushed to make oil.  Tomatoes have to be crushed to make spaghetti sauce.  You get the point, but did you know …

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Consider It All Joy

  James 1: 2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” These days we are facing many ungodly acts of people in our world. We see the worship of self become more prevalent and the times speak for themselves don’t they? Many are perishing without knowing who God is and what Jesus did for them. This is a sense of urgency in life that you place in your heart and mind: the message of the cross to those who are perishing. 1 Corinthians 1: 18 “For the message of the cross is …

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God Wants To Speak To Our Hearts

On the hunt for some new clothes, I purchased some unrelated items.  As I walked towards the exit I noticed that a pair of pants were still in my buggy.  I turned around as one of the checkers was finishing up with a customer.  I told her I realized I did not check out these pants and would she please check them for me.  She was astonished that I wouldn’t just walk on out with the unpaid item. That brought about a conversation on honesty, integrity and more.  She told me that every time she had ever done something wrong …

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Letting Love Lead Out

    “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3: 4  If love and faithfulness never leave me, then they will define everything– every choice, action, and word. Paul defines love as the “greatest of these” –even greater than faith or hope– in I Corinthians 13: 13. Love is the first attribute of the fruit of the Spirit. Love is what led Christ to the Cross. When I let love lead out, I am proving myself to be a Christ-follower. Love is my choice for today…and …

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Love Your Neighbor

    The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 31 The greatest commandment is to love God and the second greatest is to love our neighbor. The order here is extremely important.  Only by loving God FIRST are we able to truly love our neighbor. This is true even when (perhaps especially when) our “neighbor” is our beloved mate. Consider these wise words from C.S. Lewis: When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. …

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Do You Love Me?

    Jesus asked this question of Peter not once, not twice, but three times in John 21 (see verses 15, 16, and 17).  Some scholars say one time for each of the three times Peter denied his Lord. In John 21, Peter’s relationship with Jesus is restored. Without this passage, Peter’s key role in the early church and events recorded in Acts might not make sense.  John 21 documents Peter’s restoration and his commissioning for Kingdom work. You and I perhaps relate to Peter more than any of the other disciples.  We, too, can be impulsive, passionate, and fearful. We too, have …