Being Branded by Jesus

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I’ve heard a number of missionary presentations, but two are written with permanent marker on my mind. One was from a young family living in the Middle East, another from the jungles of southeast Asia. I was in wonder of how their talks were marked up in a hundred different ways by the bold grace, mercy, and sustaining power of Jesus Christ. These missionaries were living in surrender to Him, a stunning picture with the signature of the Risen Savior all over it. Despite their humanity, … [Read more...]

Light Moves

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The sun rises in the east but it sets in the west.  It moves.  If you go outside to stand in the sun in the morning but you do not move, soon you will be in the shade.  We are to follow the light of the world, Jesus Christ, but if we don’t move we will not be following any longer and soon we will not be in the light anymore, but in darkness.  Follow is an action word that means MOVE! When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never … [Read more...]

Confessions of a High School Teacher in August

So we are halfway through August--how are you doing?  The blog on "Top Ten Words of Advice" had nearly 800 views, so we teachers are desperate for encouragement or humor.  Either way, I am praying for you,  and here's an offering in the name of teacher desperation   We are bonded in our effort to stamp out ignorance and still have a piece of sanity when June rolls around. So here are a few confessions that are working for me.  Some seem quite normal  or maybe just normal to me. 1.  I seem … [Read more...]

Lesson from Haiti: Do God’s Will–Now!

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God called me to Haiti for two weeks to work with a wonderful ministry called My Life Speaks (www.mylifespeaks.com).   I knew why.  I have been praying that God would “slay the beast” in me called pride and vanity.  I have an abundance of it.  We all do; it can be so subtle that we don’t realize it.  Our worlds revolve around us, making ourselves look good and always looking for a chance to take center stage.  If you feel that this does not typify you, consider your motives lately.  All … [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...]

The Day Jesus Spoke to me in a Parking Lot

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“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2 NLT   One morning this week, I stopped by Starbucks to have a little quiet time with God and start praying over the Romans bible study that we’re doing here on the blog. After finishing up, I ran across the street to the grocery store to pick up a few things and meet a friend to drop off her photography cd. As I was leaving and walking into the parking … [Read more...]

How To Be Ready for Battle

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It has been said that the best defense is a good offense. As I have continued to meditate on the Psalms this week, I believe that is true, but with a qualification. I have noticed that our strategies for life are often far too wearying for us because we end up on the offensive lines when we shouldn’t be. We become tired and overwhelmed, trudging after the Lord reluctantly. We excuse or eliminate ourselves from His battles because we have already been expended fighting when we were not called to … [Read more...]

Sundays are different for me…..

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Sundays are different for a pastor's wife. It's a work day. She has to sit through all of the services, not just one; and for me that means 3 times I listen to my husbands sermon. It's really good the first time, but by the third time my mind wanders and I think "what are my cats doing right now; how many ceiling tiles are in the sanctuary; would anyone notice if I slipped out during the sermon so I could get to Publix to coupon?" The pastor's wife also is the go-between for her husband and … [Read more...]

True Peace

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John 14:27 (NIV84) 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Just like everything else this world offers us, it is the opposite of what God has to offer us. Our enemy the devil has his own versions that are very good imitations of the things God wants to give us. The enemy works really hard to get us to spend all of our time chasing after these counterfeits instead of seeking the real … [Read more...]

Drawn towards broken people

I recently read these statistics: “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep … you are richer than seventy-five percent of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace … you are among the top eight percent of the world’s wealthy.” How many luxuries do we have that we so often take for granted? Let us consider our gifts and say, “Thanks!, I appreciate it, and I am grateful”. From the time … [Read more...]