Month: November 2021

Too Much of a Good Thing?

November 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Too Much of a Good Thing?
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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:2 My friend Judy makes the tastiest little chocolate eclairs of anyone I know. Once she threw a tea party in my home, laying out her nicest linens, china, and silver. My friends and I daintily…

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Where Are the Simons?

November 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Where Are the Simons?
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“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Mark 15:21 I once read that criminals to be crucified often had to carry to the place of crucifixion their own cross beam, a piece…

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Scaling the High Bar

November 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Scaling the High Bar
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“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable… and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 God telling…

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The Major Problem with Minor Sins

November 27, 2021 | Comments Off on The Major Problem with Minor Sins
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“No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” 1 John 3:6 Sin becomes a crime, not against law but against love; it means not breaking God’s law so much as not breaking God’s heart.* – William Barclay What hurts me most…

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All the Wrong Reasons

November 26, 2021 | Comments Off on All the Wrong Reasons
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“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 My sister Jay, as a teenager, was famous around our home for whining, “Daddy, I’ve got a problem.” We knew what that meant. He would laugh, reach for his wallet and say, “Okay, Jay, how much?”…

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The Old Lamplighter

November 25, 2021 | Comments Off on The Old Lamplighter
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“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 Born in 1900, my father loved to tell stories of…

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Reflections: How God Provides Abundantly When You Are Generous

November 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Reflections: How God Provides Abundantly When You Are Generous
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Crystal Keating sitting in front of a microphone.

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12 As we close out season 3 of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Crystal is reflecting on the many wonderful conversations we’ve had this year and…

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Be Still

November 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Be Still
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“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 One of the best ways to get to know God is to be… still. I have learned that lesson from spending years in forced bed rest. Up in my wheelchair, I…

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Stretcher Bearer

November 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Stretcher Bearer
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“Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” Mark 2:3-4 The four friends of the…

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A Good Wife

November 22, 2021 | Comments Off on A Good Wife
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“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 Why is it I cringe whenever I read Proverbs 31? Probably because the wife mentioned is more than chief cook and bottle washer. This lady buys real estate, reads The Wall Street Journal, designs and…

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