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The Goal is Love

The Goal is Love

“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.” ― Bernard of Clairvaux “Mom, I realized what’s causing your allergies to act up every time you go outside,” my daughter excitedly told me.  Yes, for the past month or...

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Grace of God

Grace of God

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the words "the grace of God?" Perhaps it is the word "undeserving." Maybe you begin to hum the tune of "Amazing Grace." Grace is a word that we are so familiar with, sometimes to a fault. If you want to be in awe once again of your amazing God and His amazing grace, listen to this message, found here.

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Reading Backwards

Reading Backwards

Many years ago, Readers Digest reported the following: “A newspaper ran the following correction: “The title of The First Christian Church program in last week’s paper was written as ‘Our God Resigns.’  The actual title is ‘Our God Reigns.’” What a comfort it is to know that our God never resigns or retires!  Rather, He is forever on His throne, rightfully ruling and reigning. The fact...

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Lessons From An Empty Calendar

Lessons From An Empty Calendar

Just over a year ago, when it became evident the calendar would be staying “empty” longer than originally thought, my prayer was that although my calendar was empty, we might experience fullness. Not a fullness from busyness but rather a fullness from fellowship - with the Lord - and with one another.  Now as life seems to pick up pace as abruptly as it skidded to a halt over a year ago, my...

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Holiness of God

Holiness of God

Holiness: the central attribute of God. It is the only attribute of God that is mentioned three times in succession (He is "holy, holy, holy"). In this message, not only do we attempt to understand that which is beyond human comprehension - the holiness of God, but we also aim to consider some of the implications of His holiness in our every day lives. Click here to view this message.

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Wisdom

Wisdom

“A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.”  Proverbs 12:16 NLT What wisdom is given to us for this brand new week!  Surely something may be said or done in the coming days that could cause insult or offense.  If that happens, let us remember the wise words found in this Proverb and ask ourselves: How will we respond?  Will we be quick tempered,...

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Pour Out Your Heart

Pour Out Your Heart

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”  (Psalm 62:8)Oh, that we would put this pouring into practice!This verse specifically refers to the pouring out of one’s tears and complaints.  How often do we find ourselves pouring out our tears and complaints to all BUT Him.  The truth is, we may find that once we pour our heart out to Him, we don’t...

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Ask

Ask

What should I do NEXT? How many times have we asked that? If you’re like me, it’s been too many times to count! I think that’s why I especially love what one commentator had to say regarding wisdom: “Wisdom is a practical, ‘what I do next’ kind of thing.  It’s common when we’re under pressure to feel deep frustration and be uncertain of what to do.  When we are in that situation, James says,...

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He Knows

He Knows

“I don’t know.”   Those were the words I repeated over and over again last week as my husband and I learned that we would be the ones in charge of 19 girls and their spring soccer season.   “I don’t know.” I don’t know much about soccer.  I don’t know how to work the scheduling app.  I don’t know where the out-of-town fields are, what to do about missing uniforms, or how to find all the parents’...

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Daily Burdens ~ or ~ Daily Benefits?

Daily Burdens ~ or ~ Daily Benefits?

He daily bears our burdens. He daily carries us in His arms. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  (Psalm 68:19 NIV) Or, as the NLT says, “... For each day he carries us in his arms.” As this new day - and week - dawns and is fresh before us, I am so grateful for these truths.  In picturing Him carrying us in His arms, I am reminded of carrying...

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