Month: October 2021

No Escape

October 31, 2021 | Comments Off on No Escape
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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:7-8 There’s hardly a soul who hasn’t wrestled with the overwhelming urge to flee when faced with suffering. Whether…

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Victory Is Mine

October 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Victory Is Mine
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“In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 There have been many Olympic athletes who have captured the attention of Americans. Jim Thorpe, Carl Lewis, and Mary Lou Retton are just a few. But there is one Olympian who has…

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Romance Versus Love

October 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Romance Versus Love
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“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11 The romance has gone out of my marriage. Instead, there is love. Romance used to say, “I’ll do absolutely anything for you,” but love goes a step further and says, “Yes, and I’ll prove it.” Romance is fleeting,…

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Tired of Sinning?

October 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Tired of Sinning?
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“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21, 24-25 I love the Confession in the Book of…

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How Including People with Disability Changes Church Culture

October 28, 2021 | Comments Off on How Including People with Disability Changes Church Culture
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“When disability ministry starts to take hold in the heart of a church, it’s like hitting the refresh button on the gospel in that church.” Have you considered how including people with disabilities might positively impact your church’s culture? Stephanie Hubach is on the podcast to share the importance and value of including everyone in…

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Work and Pray

October 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Work and Pray
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“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21 Jesus worked hard, sometimes so hard that he didn’t have a chance to eat or sleep. He was exhausted one crowded afternoon and…

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“For the First Time, We Aren’t Different!”

October 26, 2021 | Comments Off on “For the First Time, We Aren’t Different!”
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Seven-year-old Braden and his twin brother Thatcher were born prematurely at only 27 weeks gestation. Both had severe brain bleeds, but while Braden seemed to recover from his traumatic birth, Thatcher’s story is quite different. He has cerebral palsy, seizures and significantly impaired vision. Thatcher can understand everything that others say to him, but he…

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Reasoning with the Lord

October 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Reasoning with the Lord
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“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” Isaiah 1:18 Have you ever pleaded in prayer? I don’t mean if you have ever wrung your hands and cried, although that…

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Kick Start Your Church’s Disability Ministry!

October 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Kick Start Your Church’s Disability Ministry!
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Marie and her 21-year-old son Joshua feel the joy of being included in the body of Christ every week at Pear Orchard Church. As a single mom caring for a young man with Down syndrome, Marie relishes the fact that both she and her son feel welcomed, celebrated, and affirmed as equal members of their…

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Tears

October 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Tears
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“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 Years ago when I was in the hospital, I noticed something peculiar. Even though there was so much pain in the…

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