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Lost Your Work?

Lost Your Work?

How many times have you been working on your computer and then lost all your work because the computer freezes or some malfunction occurs? SO frustrating. You restart trying to remember everything you’ve done to that point thinking there is no way you could do it better the second time around. All we can think about is the work we previously did. When you invite Jesus into your heart recognizing that He is the only Savior we need, Jesus froze…

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Politics

Politics

Isaiah 40:17 says, “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.”‭ Some of the worst name calling in the world of politics is from that of professing Christians. Is that attitude setting us up for opportunities to witness to others, or pushing those we seek to save further from us? That’s rhetorical. We tend to get wrapped up in government affair and politics, yet do you think God is…

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Paul’s Reminder

Paul’s Reminder

I really like Paul’s reminder here in Romans chapter 9: 30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.  Are we living our lives as though we can earn…

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Prayer Struggles

Prayer Struggles

Romans 8:26 says, In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  I struggle with prayer, so this verse gives me hope. I find tremendous comfort here knowing that God knows my concerns, which mostly revolve around my family if I’m honest.  Many times I fall asleep in the middle of my prayers since I admittedly don’t pray without ceasing…

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Peace

Peace

Romans 8:6 says, The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  Look at the last word.  Peace is one of the most underrated things we rarely ask for in prayer. Do we realize that with PEACE, nothing else matters?  So when we are in our own cultural world of rushing, anxiety, stress, task lists etc that we are OPPOSITE of peace. Yet when we surrender to the spirit (and live in…

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Praying for Opportunities

Praying for Opportunities

Just a question – Are you praying for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with anyone in your purview? If not, why not? Jesus calls us to go and make disciples. I get it, it’s not always comfortable. I’m not someone who believes that everyone needs to be a missionary. After all, Paul acknowledges in Romans 12 that each person has a gift that is unique to them. But we are still called nonetheless. In lieu of…

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Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Our childhood next-door neighbor sends out a five-minute weekly recording. It’s always wonderful and I truly look forward to each one. I’ve tried to convince him to make it a podcast to no avail thus far. This week, he was telling a story from years ago about an interaction he had where someone mentioned to him that people would know he was a Christian based on how he acted. My question for you is (and for myself), is, if a…

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We are all sinners

We are all sinners

In Romans 3, Paul levels the playing field for all of us. Stated plainly multiple times, but culminating in the ever popular Awana verse since it was one of the shortest we ever had to memorize as kids – verse 23. For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Here, Paul ensures that we all know that none of us are righteous and we are all sinful. Any arrogant pride that comes from knowing the Bible…

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Grace Causes Us to Change

Grace Causes Us to Change

There is a great excerpt from my all-time most gifted book, The Ragamuffin Gospel where the author, Brennan Manning, discusses how grace causes us to change that I’d like to share with you. “Getting honest with ourselves does not make us unacceptable to God. It does not distance us from God, but draws us to Him—as nothing else can—and opens us anew to the flow of grace. While Jesus calls each of us to a more perfect life, we cannot…

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Hypocrites

Hypocrites

In Romans Chapter 2, Paul states, 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor…

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