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...]

Flawed Women Who Serve a Flawed God

It's so easy to read stories in the Bible quickly, get the gist of the story, pull maybe one of two things out of it and move on. I am guilty of this for sure. I have read the story of Sarai and Hagar and Leah and Rachel dozens of times. This weekend though, I got a completely different perspective on who these women were. The last weekend in Feburary, my mother, sister, a few relatives and some of my mothers close friends joined 300 other women from the tri-state area for the women's … [Read more...]

God is hiring!

The most successful of people in their field have important common traits among them. According to an article published last month by Entrepreneur.com, these are as follows: Tenacity Passion Tolerance of Ambiguity Vision Self Belief Flexibility Ability to break the rules To be successful in this life, and in this context, if you want to be rich, unless it arrives on a silver platter in a silver spoon - get ready to put some work in. "Most entrepreneurs I know believe they will change … [Read more...]

Why I Hate Religion

This video made its way around the internet a few years ago. I remember seeing it on someones Facebook page and sharing it back them. It has found its way to me so I thought I would share it yet again. It's only a four minute video but it says a lot. I know so many close friends and family who have been hurt by religion. So many people turned off to JESUS because they see what damage RELIGION can do. Religion has started wars, turned people against each other, spewed hate and condemned. … [Read more...]

Marketing Your Christian Business

If you are a Christian in business, any type of business, you are actually in the ‘Marketing Business.’ No matter what is the nature of the business, be it Graphic Design, Estate Agency, Ministry work, I.T., Business Start-up’s, Consultancy or ‘Handy Man’; you can’t get away with the fact that your primary activity is Marketing. Without effective Marketing you are ‘up a creek and without a paddle!’ You are tossed to a fro by every wind of market conditions and are unable to make wise … [Read more...]