Month: August 2021

Habakkuk

August 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Habakkuk
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“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”…

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To Love or Not to Love

August 30, 2021 | Comments Off on To Love or Not to Love
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“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 I wheeled into the house the other day and had a very biblical experience — I felt like Jonah entering the mouth of the whale. The house stank of fish. My fisherman husband had caught twenty-two tuna. I glanced into the kitchen…

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Conditional Promises

August 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Conditional Promises
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“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” John 15:7 Certain promises have strings attached. Like this one from John 15:7. True, we may ask whatever we wish, but Jesus qualifies our prayers with two important conditions: We must be living…

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A Breathtaking View of Grace

August 28, 2021 | Comments Off on A Breathtaking View of Grace
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“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16 There are times in my life when I am breathless. It may come when someone gives me a gift I never expected. At other times it comes from seeing an incredible painting or from reading a beautiful story. And,…

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The Measure of Love

August 27, 2021 | Comments Off on The Measure of Love
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“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 If love could be measured, it would be measured by how much it gives. Would you…

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Where Faith, Adoption and Disability Come Together!

August 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Where Faith, Adoption and Disability Come Together!
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“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 Scott and Laura have adopted six children with special needs that include cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. While they know in their heart of hearts that God called them to adopt each one of their children, life…

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Hard Sayings of Jesus

August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Hard Sayings of Jesus
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“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’” John 6:60-61 Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, never harming, always charming. Is that so? Perhaps it’s the picture occasionally painted in a…

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Tested by Fire

August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Tested by Fire
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On her 60th birthday, shortly after receiving a Teacher of the Year award, Vicki Zoradi was diagnosed with an innocuous kidney stone. When the kidney stone became lodged between her bladder and kidney, she was rushed back to the hospital 36 hours later in severe septic shock. Medical professionals gave Vicki virtually no chance to…

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Were You There…

August 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Were You There…
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“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 The cross is a place of peace and power. Just look at this…

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Kneeling

August 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Kneeling
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“Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Psalm 95:6 I grew up in a little congregation where they read the Gospel, sang hymns from the heart, and kneeled in prayer. Sunday worship was serious business and I learned as a child what it means to bend my…

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