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Alone With Our Thoughts

        The enemy comes to seek, kill and destroy. This is true, but sometimes we don’t make his job very hard. We can also seek, kill and destroy ourselves and others with our thoughts and our words. I wake up every morning with thoughts in my mind, and I go to bed every evening with them as well. Throughout the day, my thoughts can motivate me to do good deeds or threaten to tangle and trip me up and cause others to stumble because of them. Words can be used like weapons. Our tongue is the hardest …

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Age Doesn’t Have To Work Against You

    We made another one of those quick trips when our local supplier told hubby they couldn’t get paneling anymore. We went to a big store hardware and picked some up. A worker reluctantly said he’d help hubby load the stuff but he’d have to go get his own trailer. As hubby left to go look for one, a older gentleman man said “hey I’ve got this one but go ahead and take it I can just carry the stuff I need.” Hubby thanked him. We laughed together as they compared age and found that he was a couple …

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The Broken Pot

I read this story about 18 years ago, I don’t know who wrote it but it immediately became a big part of my testimony as I could totally relate to it. Once upon a time there were 2 clay pots. These were no ordinary pots for they could talk. One was beautiful and exquisite and the other had several major cracks in it. The beautiful pot would taunt the broken pot every day. It said things like “I don’t know why they keep you around here. You are ugly and broken and can’t even do what a pot is supposed …

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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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What Can An Old Individual Do to Help

    Scripture: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”    2 Chronicles 7:14 Though restricted to my room in my lift chair, I have access to my computer and can send email to many of my readers and know it can produce some interesting results. So during these, long, quiet hours, my type A personality will not allow me to just sit and twiddle my thumbs. I had some very interesting exchanges with …

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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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The Lord is Merciful and Gracious

Scripture: The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed; He made known His ways to Moses; His acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious. Psalm 103: 7-8a Some other scriptures are: The Lord is long suffering, and of great mercy forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation. Numbers 14: 15. (For the Lord, your God is a merciful God) He will not forsake you; neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers, which He swore to them. …

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Not Just A Name Change!

Danny’s mom loved and listened to what was then called Country and Western music all the time. One of her favorites was Freddy Fender. Now Freddy wasn’t his real name. He was actually born Baldemar Garza Huerta but changed his name legally in 1958. He thought he could sell records better with a simpler name. Those years and that style of music are pretty much gone now. But changing names in music and acting are still going on. Why would anybody want to change who they are? Oh beloved, this is the amazing thing of faith. Jesus comes and saves …

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IF – And It Is So!

When we said our vows so many years ago none of them included the word if. When we birthed three babies we never included in our adoration of those babies the word if. Those words have never come up in all these years of conversation. My husband is my soul mate – it’s just so. Our kids are our kids – it’s just so. Yet IF is in Scripture! Was God giving a caveat to His Word? Was He holding back? Oh beloved, God speaks volumes in a two-letter word this morning! He speaks to you! He wants to stop …

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A New Citizenship

        Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges? 6. We are called to a new citizenship   I Peter 2: 10 “Once you were not a people, but now you are a people of God, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” This last challenge is that of our calling to citizenship. I am a citizen of the City of Hot Springs, the State of Arkansas, the nation of the United States of America, on the planet Earth, all of which I proudly claim. But this earth is not my home. When God called …

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The Light that Shines in the Darkness

Hey everyone- Carissa here! One of my favorite Christmas passages comes from the words of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist and the one who held the honor of hearing a word from the Lord for the first time in 400 years. “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) The mercy of light in the darkness… anyone who is sitting in suffering today understands …

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Mercy: In Worship

  Definition of Mercy: not getting what you deserve       Mercy Mercy is a gift from God, the Father, made possible through Jesus, God’s Son. I accept the gift through faith in the victory over death by Jesus, my Deliverer. Why do I need Mercy? God, who is just, cannot delight in the unrestored. I am unable to make myself worthy in the presence of the Almighty. Who grants mercy? God.  Ephesians 2: 4-5  “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead …