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Your Life with God

Your Life with God

Salvation is often viewed as a singular “event” or moment in our lives. By God’s grace, we receive salvation by believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus to save us. There is a sense in which this is absolutely true, from the moment of belief we are saved...

New Direction

New Direction

When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...

A New Song

A New Song

Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...

Coping in Crisis: Five Ways to Maintain Mental Health

Coping in Crisis: Five Ways to Maintain Mental Health

Coping in Crisis: Five Ways to Maintain Mental Healtho one wants to have mental health issues, but the truth is that life can be painful and difficult at times. As humans, we can and do break. For the overwhelming majority of us, mental health...

The Truth About Self-Care

The Truth About Self-Care

he first time I heard the term "self-care" what came to mind was the hundreds of thousands of articles and YouTube videos of twenty-somethings as they vlogged their way through yoga, bubble bath, and green smoothie routines. I wondered if this...

A New Mind

A New Mind

There is a powerful connection between how we think and how we live. We’re not always aware of those connections, but what we think about and how we think about it directs our actions and responses. The Bible draws a direct connection between spiritual transformation...

A Good Old Age

A Good Old Age

Family involves many times and seasons of life. Our roles within our family change, but each role and each season is part of God's plan for family. If we're fortunate, one day we'll find ourselves in the last season - Old Age. While this is a season some of us would...

A Time For Everything

A Time For Everything

A Time For Everything There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1  he other day I was going for a walk and noticed a house with tree seedlings planted in their front yard. I giggled to myself,...

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29   ast month I read the...

One Last Thing

One Last Thing

Last words are important words. Books have been written and lists compiled about the last things that famous and influential people have said. This week in our study of 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul will write his last and most important words to Timothy, his protégé....

Begin with the Rocks

Begin with the Rocks

Begin with the Rocks Be still, and know that I am God.     I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth! Ps 46:10 or years I was in the habit of getting up early and spending time with God. One day, about a year ago, I...

Shalom

Shalom

Peace. We sing songs about it. We march for it. Demonstrate for it. Hold conferences about it and create think tanks to create it. We long for it. But it remains elusive. We live in a world broken by war, poverty, hatred, and illness, making peace seem impossible. Yet...

Seeing the Stars

Seeing the Stars

Seeing the Stars Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26...

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...

the god of success

the god of success

If there is a god most near and dear to the heart of our culture it is the god of success. The god of success promises us the control, allowing us to make our own way; the approval of others who recognize what we've done; and the access to whatever pleasures we may...

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....

Give Me a Break

Give Me a Break

Summer is upon us and that means a welcome break from the normal rhythms of life - time to slow down, rest, vacation.  At least, that’s what it’s supposed to mean. The truth is that our culture doesn’t do rest very well; the rhythm always seems to be high tempo. We...

After Midnight

After Midnight

We’ve all been up after midnight. While at times it has been in pursuit of joy and fun, there are times when anxiety, trials, and suffering keep us tossing and turning into the break of dawn. Join us as we visit King David on such a night and consider God’s Word prior...

The Miracles of Jesus – 2 – God of Rest

The Miracles of Jesus – 2 – God of Rest

This week we’ll continue our study of the Miracles of Jesus by investigating a healing miracle in which Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. In this week’s lesson we’ll be considering not only what Jesus did, a miracle of healing, but also when He did it, on the...

Lighten the Load

Lighten the Load

Life is busy and people are tired. Our days are filled with what seems like a never-ending list of activities and obligations. The hectic nature of life makes us long for rest. This is just what Jesus promises to those who will come to him. He offers rest to those who...

Chased by the Monster of More

Chased by the Monster of More

You can always count on Jesus to talk about real life kinds of things. That’s why He addresses the possibility that you might feel unsatisfied—always wanting more and more. Like all the challenges Jesus highlights in the Sermon on the Mount, greed reveals a heart...