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Thankful in all Seasons

Thankful in all Seasons

Thankful in All Seasons But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 hen I went home for Thanksgiving last week, I was...

Even in Betrayal

Even in Betrayal

Even in Betrayal Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 esus spoke the...

The Best Possible Time in History

The Best Possible Time in History

The Best Possible Time in History Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of...

Praying in Community

Praying in Community

Praying in Community All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 1:14 e sat, huddled, with our heads bowed. I could hear the shallow breathing of the...

Privilege, Presence, Passion & Power

Privilege, Presence, Passion & Power

Privilege, Presence, Passion & Power And pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:18 just came across a quote by a man who lived many many centuries ago but spoke of a timeless truth. Saint John...

Transforming Light

Transforming Light

Transforming Light The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 he autumn color has burst into glory these past two weeks. As I drive to work in the mornings, the early morning light splashes across the colorful...

Christ-like Community

Christ-like Community

Christ-like Community Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 2 John 1:12 very morning this fall, a darling friend of...

The Most We Can Do

The Most We Can Do

The Most We Can Do And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.. Ephesians 6:18 hen a loved one is sick or hurting the first thing...

Coming Alongside

Coming Alongside

Coming Alongside There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24b oday I volunteered at my daughter's high school cross country meet. My job was to stand at the finish line and after finishing the race, guide the runners to enter...

More Than a Picture

More Than a Picture

More Than a Picture He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29 he other day, my eleven year old said, "You know what two things I wish were real? That people didn't die and we had superpowers." It kind of blew me away....

Letting Go of the Butterfly

Letting Go of the Butterfly

Letting Go of the Butterfly Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Matthew 6:34a aturday mornings, Jacob and I get early to take a walk together before his siblings wake up. This weekend was no...

A Simple Calling

A Simple Calling

A Simple Calling I, James, am writing this letter. I serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ, I am sending this letter to you, the 12 tribes scattered among the nations.  James 1:1 set a recent goal to read my Bible more. It's a seemingly simple goal,...

Tackling Weeds

Tackling Weeds

Tackling Weeds I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2 n the summertime, it takes...

Trusting God’s Ultimate Plan

Trusting God’s Ultimate Plan

Trusting God's Ultimate Plan The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Psalms 28:7 n January 1st of this year I began reading through the Bible in a year in chronological order. It was smooth sailing at first...

Faith in What?

Faith in What?

Faith in What? Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:17b-18a our summers ago I prayed around the clock for a girl I never met. She suffered...

New Name, New Purpose

New Name, New Purpose

New Name, New Purpose Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. I Peter 4:10a few years ago, I ran a cake shop out of my house. As a cake decorator, I made thousands of cupcakes in my house. If you have ever made...

Walking on Water

Walking on Water

Walking on Water Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't...

The Fourth Act

The Fourth Act

The Fourth Act For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12a rom our earliest years, we are taught the power of story. From The Cat in the Hat to Lord of the Rings, we learn to appreciate tales of the triumph of good...

A Renewed Mind

A Renewed Mind

A Renewed Mind And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2   ave you ever had a time where you've been trapped...

Lovingkindness and Truth

Lovingkindness and Truth

Lovingkindness and Truth Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. Psalm 40:11 ecently I read through the book of Psalms and was struck by how many times the psalmist pairs the two words lovingkindness and truth. In addition...

God With Us

God With Us

God With Us Even though I  walk through the valley of  the shadow of death,      I will  fear no evil,for you are with me;     your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 he above verse got me through my freshman year of college. It was a...