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Getting Charged Up

Getting Charged Up

Stay spiritually fresh. Stay connected with God. Keep your spiritual batteries charged. “…be prepared in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2 For some time, we have known they were coming, but when the first one in town opened this week across the street from my office, I just stood and stared. I am…

God Knows our Deepest Needs

God Knows our Deepest Needs

God knows the depths of our possibility, the depths of our potential. God knows the depths of our capacity and the depths of our destiny. “Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it is Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.” Genesis 32:28 (Msg) The story of Jacob speaks to…

Tap Into Strength

Tap Into Strength

Friend, life is real. We all go through challenging moments of life. At all times, you and I can reach out to God. He is not far. He has already enriched us with his power. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner…

His Faithful Ones

His Faithful Ones

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever… “  Psalm 37:28 Thought God is committed to his people. He loves justice, and those who pursue it. He will not forget his people, those who seek to honor him by displaying his character in their lives….

Trouble Comes with Life

Trouble Comes with Life

How do we survive the bitterly cold winds of life? When the account has no cash. When the marriage has no joy. When the crib is empty or the grave is occupied. Well Scripture offers a couple of starchy observations. First, no one gets a free pass. Trouble knocks at the door of us all. Someone needs…

What is Following You?

What is Following You?

In Psalm 23 He invites us to pitch our tent and camp on the fact that He is our Good Shepherd. What eats at the heels of your life as you walk? Worry? Stress? Fear? God promises Goodness and Mercy will follow you as you follow Him. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all…

Inside Out

Inside Out

It is impossible, without Jesus to have true, lasting change that brings healing and restoration. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”  Galatians 5: 22-23 What Chris Caine knew about God came from…

Just Like Jesus

Just Like Jesus

“Oh, magnify the Lord with me” Psalm 34:3 We have a new grandson. He was born six weeks early and gave us a bit of a scare. We were packed and ready to go to a conference in balmy Florida, but then, with one phone call in the middle of the night, our plans changed….

Into His Likeness

Into His Likeness

God has ambitious plans for us Strange as it may seem, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that Christians actually have within themselves a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ. Strange is the word! If I have the mind of Jesus, why do I still think so much like me? Why…

Do You Want Change?

Do You Want Change?

If change bothers you, look to the One who never changes. Only things that are eternal remain the same “I the Lord do not change”  Malachi 3:6 The register rang up $19.98. I handed the cashier a $20 bill. She asked, “Do you want change?” I smiled. “Not really, but nothing stays the same does…