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PRAISING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES

How often do you pause and praise the Lord?  Daily, hourly, minute by minute?  Or is it sometimes more like weekly—when the pastor’s sermon reminds us of just who He is?  Do we let the circumstances of our life dictate whether or not we praise Him? It is easy to praise God for the good […]

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The Exercise of Waiting (Part 1 of 2)

Waiting is not my favorite activity—I don’t do it well.  How about you? Although we consider it an inconvenience, we spend a major portion of each day waiting. We wait for everyone to get ready as we leave for work or school.  As we drive off in our motor driven vehicles, we wait on traffic: […]

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Did Jesus Laugh?

When you think of Jesus, do think of a man who walked around like he “carried the weight of the world” on His shoulders.  (He did—but do you think he constantly acted like it?)  We know, especially in the latter years of His life that His mission was urgent–to get the message out about who […]

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Yes, God Can Use Even You!

Lessons from Finding Nemo Part 3 Do you feel inadequate when it comes to serving God and His kingdom?  Do you worry that you aren’t smart enough, strong enough, tough enough, or brave enough?  Do think you’re too shy, too anxious, or too shortsighted to accomplish anything God would ask you to do? In the […]

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With Trust, We Can Overcome Fear

Are you anxious and fearful?  Is your main goal in life to stay in your “safe” zone, and never venture out into the great unknown where anything (good or bad) could happen?  Not only is this a miserable way to live, it is not a convincing way to share your belief in Jesus Christ as […]

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Can Anything Separate Us From God’s Love?

Have you ever watched the movie “Finding Nemo?”  It is a movie about a father and son who become separated because of a moment of rebellion by the son.  The entire movie we watch the father struggle to find his son and bring him home.  Sound familiar? Much like Nemo, don’t we have moments of […]

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Overcoming Doubt and Discouragement

How is your life going?  Is it all rainbows and lollipops or do you sometimes feel as if you are in a war, fighting a battle you don’t remember being invited to?  You are busy from before daylight until way past sundown, struggling to hack out a living, keep food on the table, fuel in […]

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Scorned Justice

Fiction:  Christian Romantic Suspense by Margaret Daley Christian romantic suspense. Not too sappy. Characters seemed real and believable. No explicit sex or violence; however, the criminal element brings in the struggle of evil vs. good. Hero and heroine are both strong, honorable characters. Supporting characters were entertaining and enhanced the story-line. It was a quick, […]

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Let Jesus Set You Free

Have you ever felt “locked in” to an action or attitude that you knew was a mistake but you couldn’t stop? An addiction you couldn’t shake, a habit you couldn’t break, or a lifestyle change you didn’t know how to make?  As Christians, we’ve all been there.  Satan finds a chink in our armor and […]

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The Significance of Small Group Bible Study

 Have you ever participated in a small group Bible study?  I’m not talking about Sunday School or discipleship classes held on Sunday nights prior to evening worship services.  I’m talking about small groups that meet in someone’s home to study and pray over God’s word—much as the disciples did in beginning of Acts as the […]

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