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Why ‘God With Us’ Matters (Part 1)

Why ‘God With Us’ Matters (Part 1)

Download this episode's printable show notes by clicking the image above. You will have the option to be taken to this episode's recommended resources (see "For Further Encouragement"). Listen to this episode by clicking here or find it on Apple, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform! Listen to Part 2 of this series by clicking here For a free, decorative printable of the truths found in...

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March Verses ~ Grow

March Verses ~ Grow

This printable provides one verse per day, throughout the month of March, for you (or you and your family) to read, contemplate, and pray. From the compilation of these verses, we will see that growth is truly His work and yet simultaneously, our work as well. He does the growing, the shaping, the molding. We do the cooperating, the trusting, the yielding. The apostle Paul acknowledged his need...

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February Verses ~ Love

February Verses ~ Love

Is the love of Christ to compel me?  Or is the love of Christ to constrain me? Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not) – the answer is both.   His love for me is to both compel and constrain! I first came across this idea as a young Christian, when reading 2 Corinthians 5:14, which in part states in some translations, “For the love of Christ compels us…” and in others “For the love...

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He is Faithful

He is Faithful

“It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars…They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’”  (Judges 7:19-20) You know the story: the...

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Heavenly Hope

Heavenly Hope

Have you ever noticed that hope placed in people, circumstances, or other earthly things quite often lead to frustration, agitation, and disappointment, making it hard to love those who let us down or continue to do good in those situations that led to heartbreak? I have.  And I think that’s why one little verse found in Colossians never ceases to challenge me:  where, truly, is my...

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

A gentle reminder today for the one who feels lonely: you are not alone.   Noah may have felt lonely in terms of human companionship (or lack thereof), but walking closely with His God, he certainly was not alone. If you feel as though you’re the “only one” - in whatever the situation may be, remember that as you walk with your God, you, like Noah, are never alone.  (Genesis 6:9) Nor...

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Running on Empty?

Running on Empty?

The tire pressure, the oil, the gas.  As I got situated into the car, I noticed everything was “low.”  The indicator lights shone, in their different colors, lighting up their various symbols, warning me that if I did not take action, “low” would turn to “empty.” I wonder how many of us are running on low?  Low on hope.  Low on patience.  Low on joy.  How many are near empty?  Wouldn’t...

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January Verses ~ Pursue & Seek

January Verses ~ Pursue & Seek

{See below for printables} Before moving too far into 2022, let’s take a quick trip back to the 1300’s. Here we find one of the earliest definitions of “resolution,” taken from a Latin word meaning “a process of reducing things into simpler forms.” Over the centuries, the word’s usage and meaning changed and evolved.  But if we consider that early definition, we may very well get to the...

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New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

Last night as the remaining Christmas lights twinkled, the laughter rung through the house and the excitement of a new year was palpable.  Today all of that has faded as quickly as the sparklers that were waved around at midnight. The sky is cloudy.  The rain is falling.  And there is gloominess not just outside the homes but in many hearts as well.  No, nothing has changed...

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New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

Last night as the remaining Christmas lights twinkled, the laughter rung through the house and the excitement of a new year was palpable.  Today all of that has faded as quickly as the sparklers that were waved around at midnight. The sky is cloudy.  The rain is falling.  And there is gloominess not just outside the homes but in many hearts as well.  No, nothing has changed...

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