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Black Holes

Black Holes

A black hole. That’s what it seems like at times in our personal lives. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place…

Assurance of His Provision

Assurance of His Provision

“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”  Psalm 37:3 Thought Having a place of permanence in the middle of life’s uncertainties and having the assurance of God’s provision are based on two very clear principles: trusting in the LORD and doing good to others. When we live…

Each Step We Take

Each Step We Take

Every step we take, every path we follow, even when we stumble and fall, God is holding onto us. I hope you will always remember that as you continue your journey, and as you choose to walk by faith with the Lord. Today, I want to leave these scriptures with you. They happen to be…

Greatly Misunderstood

Greatly Misunderstood

Christian friend, is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? Don’t lose hope. Keep praying for the one you love. You might see the whole picture soon. “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Acts 1:14 My brother and…

Renewed

Renewed

“…..be made new in the attitude of your minds…  Ephesians 4:23 Thought We cannot renew ourselves on our own. We can guard ourselves against corrupting influences. We can offer ourselves to God and come to discern his will more fully (Romans 12:1-2). Ultimately, however, God himself must do the renewing, not just when we are…

Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way.”  Mark 1:2 For many people, this upcoming time of year is filled with decorations, music, parties, and shopping. But it is also Advent — a season where we can not only prepare our own hearts to…

How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

The Father always equips His children. He begins by developing Christlike character within us. “ As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is…

Let the Lord be the One

Let the Lord be the One

Let the Lord be the One—you call on: “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies” Psalm 18:3. Care will break the rest of the soul as much as sin does. And there is no hope that we should know the peace that…

All What?

All What?

When I look at these words of Jesus, I feel overwhelmed. How do I possibly reach everyone in the world? “He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15 “Jesus told us to tell all creation,” I said. “No, it doesn’t say that! Creation? All…

Light of the World

Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 Thought Darkness dominates our world. Despite appearances, darkness controls so much of what is said and how it is viewed by the world. When someone lives for Christ, they will be noticed. Their allegiance to Jesus and his…