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  • An encounter with the living God

    “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations”—James 1:2 (AMPC). A friend recently posted the following on social media: “One encounter with God can change your whole life.” She added, “I’ve personally experienced many God encounters that created a 180-degree change […]

  • Navigating New Seasons: Helpful Lessons From Ruth

    It’s a new season. So what do we do? It’s common to assess where we’ve been and consider the changes we want to make moving forward when transitions come. Whether we call them resolutions or goals, these decisions shape the way we live our lives. Yet, a decision without action remains more of a dream […]

  • What is the Whole World Talking About?

    “And His name shall be the hope of all the world”–Matthew 12:21 (TLB). How many times have you heard television news anchors excitedly announce, “The whole world is talking about…” And then, they mention the name of a famous personality. The news might be about a music idol, a TV reality star, a pro sports […]

  • Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”—Philippians 4:8 (NLT). “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow” is a hymn that when I sing it, springs up […]

  • Having a Christ-like Attitude

    “Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”—Philippians 2:5 (GW). As a former high school teacher, I recall students who had a good attitude and those who had bad attitudes. It was often challenging to be nice to the ones with the latter. However, that still, small voice always reminded me I didn’t know what […]

  • The Best Stain Remover on the Market? God

    Have you ever had a stain you just can’t get out?  Stains can ruin a favorite garment. They make things feel dirty no matter how much we sanitize them. They draw attention to themselves and seem impossible to hide. The other day I noticed an orange stain in our shiny white tub.  No amount of […]

  • When You Need Rest, Seek Jesus

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”— Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV). Deafening […]

  • Do You Dare to Question God?

    I wonder if you’ve ever been told NOT to question God? I have. It’s disrespectful, irreverent, and overly-familiar, apparently. Questioning God shows a lack of faith and fear of the Lord. I mean, God is GOD, and who are we, as mere mortals, to interrogate him? Verses such as Romans 9:20 are quoted to support […]

  • God Loves You, Even Before Creation

    “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”— 1 John 4:9-10 (NIV). In a […]

  • Never forget, you are God’s masterpiece

    “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”— Ephesians 2:10 (NLT). Until a neighbor posted the following on social media, I’d planned to toss the small wood scraps from a project still under construction in my backyard: […]