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Hungering for the Bread of Life: Praying the Scriptures {Psalm 119}

Hungering for the Bread of Life: Praying the Scriptures {Psalm 119}

Click here for downloadable Scripture and prayer cards. Consider printing them and making them your prayer! Click here to listen - "Moving from 'Having Devotions' to 'Living Devotedly' (Encouragement for those in busy, pressing seasons)" - a podcast episode aimed to offer hope and encouragement for your devotional life. (Be sure to check out more recommended resources below.) "There is only one...

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Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

I was only a college student, but the words said in passing have stuck with me all these (many) years later: “Gratitude must be cultivated.”  You see, I was at the home of one of the leaders of my campus ministry, joining the family for a home-cooked dinner (every college student’s dream!).  I left with much more than a satisfied stomach, however.  I left with an invaluable lesson...

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Though I Am…

Though I Am…

What a great example David has given to us for walking through times of difficulty. Although he was well aware of his circumstances and troubles, he did not fix his gaze upon them.  He did not see them as his end.  How?  By following the “though” of his circumstance with the truth of his God. “THOUGH I am surrounded by troubles, YOU will protect me…”. (Psalm 138) How necessary it is for us, as...

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Light in Our Darkness

Light in Our Darkness

Feeling as though you're in the thick of the battle? Feeling weak, weary, and exhausted? You're not alone.  While a very different kind of battle, no doubt, this is what is described for us in 2 Samuel 21 when the Philistines once again were at war with Israel. We read that when David and his men "were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted."   Battles, of any kind, will do that...

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Under Construction: Lessons from a Pumpkin Patch

Under Construction: Lessons from a Pumpkin Patch

Feeling a bit as though you’re under construction? Read on! “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”  Philippians 3:12 NLT “Under construction.”  Don’t we get so frustrated and impatient when we enter a construction zone?  The lanes...

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Along the Way

Along the Way

As Jesus was on His way to the home of Jairus, in order to heal his daughter, we read one of the most captivating accounts of His earthly ministry: a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years pushed through the crowds, reached out, and touched the fringe of His robe.  Immediately the bleeding stopped.  Immediately Jesus stopped.  He asked, “Who touched Me?  I know that power has...

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The Cost of Compromise

The Cost of Compromise

The book of Judges may not be the first book we turn to when we desire important and applicable Biblical truths for our lives today. But boy, what a mistake! In this message, which covers the first two chapters of Judges, we are reminded of the importance of knowing, obeying, and sharing His Word. We also consider safeguards that we can put into place to guard ourselves against compromise. Click...

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Come to Me

Come to Me

The sweetest word ever spoken by Jesus may very well be the word, "Come." In this brief video, we will: 1) look at the invitation given by Jesus to come to Him 2) consider the effect that coming to Jesus has on the believer, causing us to "become" more like Him3) remember that we are to live in a "becoming" way, in order that we might extend His invitation to those around us View Video

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Hope: The Anchor for Our Souls

Hope: The Anchor for Our Souls

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) The writer of the book of Hebrews described the hope we have in God -  who does not change, does not lie, and who keeps His Word - as an anchor.  He wrote, “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”  (Hebrews 6:19) Don’t...

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Why So Downcast?

Why So Downcast?

When the psalmist asked, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” (Psalm 43:5), he was describing an inner commotion, possibly even an uproar of heart and mind, a turbulence experienced within one’s soul.  Such a disquieting within, such noise in one’s inner being would surely lead the psalmist to declare “there is no hope,” wouldn’t it?  Quite the contrary! In fact, the...

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