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Discard The Leftovers

This morning as I realize our refrigerator is full past capacity and bursting at the seams with leftovers, I am trying to remember what my parents did with the leftover Christmas food. We will keep those delectable dishes for a couple of days – maybe even have a plate or two of the remains. But beyond that I have learned to discard it before it ruins altogether. So not only will our beloved live now crunchy Christmas tree go, so will the holiday food. Oh beloved, we may all want to discard the leftovers of our holiday meals, but there …

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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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A Savior is Born

    And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2: 6-7. This was the fulfillment of many old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah. But why would the Savior of the world, leave the beauties of heaven and be born in a dirty, unsanitary stable that was used to shelter animals? Perhaps one reason was to signify no matter how sinful my life, Jesus wants to be my Savior, and before …

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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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No Condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 Condemnation. We’ve all experienced it. Sometimes it surprises us … catches us off guard. But where does it come from? Friend and family? Neighbors and co-workers? Sometimes we find it online and other times on social media. But the worst is perhaps when it bubbles up in our own head and heart. Have you ever found yourself condemning yourself? Paul reminds us in Romans 8 what our enemy wants us to forget: we are no longer condemned! Our identity in Christ has set us free from the …

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Believe and Live

  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 The reason John wrote his gospel is the same reason many of us talk to our children and grandchildren about Jesus: we want them to have eternal life! On Easter Sunday morning this year, we watched as a little girl in our church was baptized. The children’s pastor commented that when he asked her about coming to know Jesus she responded, “My family talks to me about Jesus all …

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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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Sacrifice of Praise

Hebrews 13: 15 “through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” The phrase “sacrifice of praise” has been ringing in my ears and lingering in my thoughts for weeks.  Over and over again I hear these words “sacrifice of praise” as I struggle to understand what the Lord is teaching me.  And in true fashion, today He revealed it to me and even gave me a song to sing!  No, don’t worry I will not record my voice and make you listen.  I will, however, as part …

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My Psalm

A Psalm is a sacred song or hymn used in worship… the following Psalm was written by Sarah Heringer during a time of Bible study, as a means of worship to her Heavenly Father.   You are my strength because I am weak. You get me through and lift me up. My hope is in you.  You love me! Always and forever and all the time. I miss it sometimes, Lord. I don’t listen, see or feel you and I give up. I have doubted your goodness and faithfulness But all I have to do is look back and see …

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God’s Plan Temporarily Interrupted

Scripture: And it grieved God that He had made man. Genesis 6: 1 God had great plans for man when created, and although his sin was not a surprise; perhaps it was a disappointment. He had created man, and sent the flood that destroyed all people on earth except righteous Noah and his family. But as always God had a plan: He told Noah to build an ark and told him exactly how to build it and its dimensions. Then God told him which animals, and other living creatures to take on the ark, and the number to take. We are not told how much time that took, but when …

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Heavy Burdens

We bought a dresser over the weekend. It is one of the heaviest pieces of furniture I’ve ever seen. But where we bought it was like a treasure shop to me. Everywhere I looked I saw things I liked. There was even a huge old kettle like the one that used to sit on the stove at an aunt’s house. I told the woman that she might be my new best friend! Although that dresser was so heavy it could hardly be moved, my husband and that little woman moved it out of the storage building, across the yard and …

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Are You Convinced?

The definition of convince is “to persuade someone with evidence or argument.” Most times, you have to have proof to convince someone of something. Matthew 13: 13 – “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” As Christians, we are commanded by God to tell others about Jesus. It is not our job to convince others to believe in Jesus. Evangelism is not about ‘winning’ a person to Christ, but about proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, with the exception that God might …