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Love — Protects, Trusts, Hopes, Perseveres

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13:6-7   If asked to define love, many of us would use words like joy, delight, and acceptance.  Some might describe butterflies in the stomach, floating on air, or extreme happiness. But when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he talked more about what love does than about how it feels. And he also used an extreme qualifier: always. He tells us that love protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. And he added that love always does these things. In …

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Perfection

Some people strive for perfection. In their job, relationships. They think if they just do this or work harder in that area, it will be perfect. The problem is not the efforts you put into something or someone, it’s the intention or purpose of the efforts. The reality is, outside of God’s grace, we all fall short. Without God in your life, every relationship, every job, it’s a struggle to maintain, to be the best. I’m not saying not to work on those relationships, or fulfill that life long dream/career. I am confident in saying that with God at your …

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By Love

Scripture: John 13:35 – “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) Message: “That girl taught me more about love in three days than I had ever known.” – A church camp volunteer That’s the legacy that Lila Kate left upon this big beautiful world that is tainted with the nastiness of sin. The young boy who made this comment was a church camp volunteer who the McAlisters were apparently a host family for one summer. During his short stay, he experienced in a big way that of which we all crave. Love. He …

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A Necessary Repentance

  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30) I recently had a “Lauryn Hill kind of day”, where I needed to hear words that I feel but sometimes hard to comprehend. Have you ever been there? Well, I listened to one of her songs from an album that is decades old; a song that I have repeated over and over again before and the following words ignited something within me that I knew eventually …

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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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Love Notes

Our refrigerator is covered with messages, photos and magnetic notes. Oh and there are some pieces of artwork as well. I love those reminders. Each one holds a special place in our hearts. Notes that vow that we are the best at something, anything, warm our hearts. Grandchildren who pledge undying devotion, share their grades, show their artistic abilities. There’s even a note from a daughter and her family on there. Oh beloved, are you keeping the good notes close at hand? When the world is tumbling you like you’re in a rock tumbler, are you able to remember that …

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The Spirit God Gave Us

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 A Spirit of Fear Surely all of us, at one time or another, feel fear or have felt fear. Fear has become a natural emotion. In this world, we feel afraid because we are living by worldly standards and we all know who rules this world. He makes us to forget that fear is NOT within the spirit our God gave us. A Spirit of Power The same power that brought Jesus back from the dead …

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The Ultimate Encourager

  Encourage~ to inspire with courage, spirit or hope; to spur on, give support; to help When I look at the definition of encourage, all I see is Jesus.  He is the ultimate Encourager; He never stops spurring us on or dampens His encouragement for His children.  As believers and followers of Him, He has sent us a “helper” too, His Holy Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” John 14: 16 (ESV) With this “Helper” inside of us, we, too, are able to be a source of encouragement for …

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Perfect Love

Our Stella was the star in the Christmas program at their church. There hasn’t been such a perfect star in history as far as we grandparents are concerned! She was delightful, adorable and the star outfit fit her perfectly. She walked in right on cue, carried herself onto the stage and stood with the entire cast and sang her little heart out. How is it that perfection can walk around as a little girl? Could it be because we love her? We absolutely do and so as far as we are concerned, she’s perfect. The same is true for all …

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The Best is Love

  Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it can’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end… We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t …

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Learning To Love

  The word ‘love’ has been defined in so many ways. There is ‘first love,’ ‘puppy love,’ ‘true love,’ etc. The list goes on and on. Human love wears out, but God’s love lasts forever. For those of you who are married, or were married, know that love at first looks different from love 5 years later. Most couples will start arguing on their honeymoon night. This is actually the norm. Think about it; two people, possible complete opposite personalities, all of a sudden, living together and making decisions daily. Disagreement is normal. It’s ok to disagree. Love is a …

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Paralyzed

When my husband was temporarily paralyzed from a stroke, I got paralyzed too – by fear. Although hubby’s paralysis left and it’s never recurred, my paralysis tries to come back on occasion. Can anyone relate? Oh beloved, fear is the ultimate “paralyzer”. It will grab you and keep you from moving forward. It will tie you to the bed of sorrow and cause you to remain immobile and unmovable. But our God is a forward God. His momentum is to compel us to live a forward facing, continually moving in the Spirit life. No one is ever meant to succumb …