The Importance of Praying for Others

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Day-to-day, God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to talk to him about all things: good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, it’s true he knows everything about us but he wants us to talk to Him, just like when you talk to your best friend face-to-face. Prayer is important for our everyday Christian life. But what about praying for others? Is it essential? Did you know that many people in the Bible prayed for others? Here are some examples: • Abraham prayed for Abimelech, his wife and other … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Pasture: Calves and Babes in Christ

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The road in front of our property is actually the divide between city and county.  Folks on the west side are in the city limits of our tiny town and those of us on the east are in the county. A couple of months ago, as I turned onto our road and saw the traffic jam, my heart fell.  If there's a cow out, it's ours.  If there's a critter in the road, that would be ours. It was our cow, but thankfully she wasn't in the road.  As this cow has done in the past, Miss Kitty decided to calve near the … [Read more...]

The Remodeling of Our Heart

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On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, … [Read more...]

Waiting on the Lord

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31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 I draw on this scripture to help me be patient so that I can do what God really wants me to do. After I have done everything you can think of to do for my family and for my future, sometimes I need to remember just wait upon the Lord.  There have been so many times that I have moved towards a goal for … [Read more...]

Can You Hear Him? Emmanuel Is Calling Out To Us By Our Royal, Eternal Names!

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  Can you hear Him, Emmanuel? He is delightfully whispering and calling out to us by our royal,eternal names and emboldening us to live out our Kingdom identity here in the earthly realm! “Child of Grace”, Joint-Heir of Jesus Christ,” “Saint,” “Beloved of God,” “Loved one of whom I sing,” “Apple of my eye,” “More than conqueror” “Royally Redeemed,” “Lavishly Forgiven,” “Soldier of the Cross,” “King,” “Queen” “High-Priest,” “Prophet,” “Gifted … [Read more...]

The Power of God’s Love

THE POWER OF GOD’S LOVE John 3:16; 1 John 4:18; John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, I Corinthians 8:1; 1 John 3:18, John15:1-8; Galatians 5:22-23; I timothy 4:12, Ephesians 5:8-14, Philippians 2:14-16. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive God’s grace that breaks the power of sin, and His love that covers the multitude of sins. By this simple act of faith, we become justified, free from guilt and have peace with God. We become the children of God by the power of His … [Read more...]

Is Jesus Nice?

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We like to believe in fairy tale moments, princess story endings and magical moments. We want to hope that life can be better than this. So when my pastor mentioned in brevity that “we don’t want a church filled with nice people,” I remember being completely stumped and caught off guard. To be completely honest, I DO want a church filled with just nice people. People who are willing to turn the other cheek and go out of their way to be like the good Samaritan. I want to be surrounded by … [Read more...]

Yes, God Loves You

I have a question.  I might make you a little uncomfortable.  Have you ever attended a funeral or memorial service where the deceased is “not” in a better place?  I know I haven’t.  Do we take the Grace of God for granted?  Do we believe in a heaven AND a hell?  The Bible says both exist and there are some key verses we should consider before we assume our loved ones will go to a better place. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to … [Read more...]

Trusting in the Darkness

I usually enjoy summer storms and love listening to the rain, but the other night brought severe thunderstorms with intense cracks of lightning, floor-shaking thunder booms, and sheets of raining pelting the house. Thankfully we were safely home and not out driving in it, but we were home alone since my husband is traveling for work. The boys and I watched the storm through the windows with interest and excitement until the lights began to flicker. We raced for flashlights and candles before … [Read more...]

Is Modest Really Hottest?

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Modesty seems to be that topic that girls really don’t talk about too much. In this day of Victoria’s Secret & Pinterest, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that we, as women, must look our very best as soon as summer rolls around. Our society gives a thumbs up to whatever reveals the most and a thumbs down to modest clothing. It seems as if the world doesn’t give us a choice. They deem you beautiful the less clothing you wear & not so attractive when women decide to cover up. As Christ … [Read more...]