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Give Thanks In All Circumstances

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV...

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Discover the Power

HOLY SPIRIT & TRUTH = POWER

If you're feeling less than powerful today, don't feel alone....

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Because He Loves Me

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“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Psalm 91:14 NIV...

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High Expectations

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Do you often find yourself disappointed and let down by people? Sometimes we place too high of expectations on others. The only one that will never let us down is Jesus. ...

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In a Crowd Yet All Alone

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In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 NKJV...

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Torched

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Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 NIV...

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From Guilt to Goodness

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She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:18 NIV...

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Struggling With Friendships

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13...

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The Happy File

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But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3 NIV...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 6

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts." James 4:8 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 5

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power ...

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Sufficient Grace

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“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Psalm 91:14 NIV...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 4

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 3

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 2

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 7- Day 1

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 6- Day 5

"Forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead" Philippians 3:13 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 6- Day 4

"This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed." 1 Corinthians 4:1 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 6- Day 3

"Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:39 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 6- Day 2

Matthew 25: 14-30...

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Unclean Lips

Is it just me or have you ever had one of those days that just blind-sides you? ...

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The Valve

The book of James tells us that our tongue is like a restless evil full of deadly poison....

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Crows Have Landed

No one escapes the fact that we all age. One day we wake up and realize the spring in our step has a bit of a squeak, gray hairs are sprouting in the most bizarre places (like cascading from your chin), and everything that was once perky has headed south....

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Plate Spinner

No matter how hard I try, someone or something reminds me that my attention is not evenly distributed. I remember one afternoon dropping to my knees in total exhaustion and wailing, “It’s never enough!”...

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When The New Wears Off

Have you ever been thrown out for a newer model? In marriage, in a friendship, in a job? We are a throw away society....

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Believe You Are Becoming

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Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20 NKJV ...

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A Lone Target at a Turkey Shoot

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 NIV ...

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When Life Doesn't Make Sense

God has a bigger picture than what we can possibly understand...

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Drain or Drink

We all have them. As a matter of fact, we all ARE one of them....

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A Storm of Thoughts

My husband brought home something that reminded him of me. He walked in, handed me a piece of paper and said, "This is you!"...

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Prayers are Powerful

When God nudges, how do we respond? ...

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Unexpected Lesson

An unexpected lesson happened yesterday......

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Remembering Who

Do you ever get confused? Do you ever forget for just a moment who you are?...

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Happy Birthday Mom

Happy birthday mom. I know you'll never see this but I needed to tell you. Thank you. I miss you. I love you. ...

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Never Enough

Do you ever suffer from the "Never Enough Syndrome?"...

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He Did What?

Oh, I want to be a Noah! Some days it is easier than others....

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Unfailing Love

We use the word “love” so indiscriminately that often the true meaning of love gets lost. Or worn out from overuse. Everyone desires love and not just any love, but unfailing love....

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One A Month

Isn't it funny the way we see such a small God when we pray? What is our deal? For some crazy reason we don't want to 'bother' Him with our requests....

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Sometimes I Fall

I don't know about you, but at those moments when I trip and I stumble, I contemplate staying down....

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You Deplete Me

A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. Proverbs 27:15 NIV...

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Salt, Not Just for Your Food

You would think as you get older, you might find relationships easier....

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Rag Rugs, Gardening and More, Oh My

He pressed on my heart, "I remember." He remembered my dreams as a child....

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Adjust Your Focus

Pleasing everyone is exhausting. Have you tried it? No matter where we turn it seems someone is always feeling left out. ...

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Upside Down

The Bible teaches us to put first things first; to seek God before all else. So why is it so hard to do that on a day-in, day-out basis?...

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Building the House

… built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:20-22 NIV ...

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Undivided

Life is always changing. Mine just shifted. Maybe your life is changing too....

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Special Delivery Package

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 NIV ...

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But Jesus Bent Down

He bent down. With that movement alone, He commanded control....

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Superman! Not So Super Woman

There is only room for one Super in our life (and it isn't us)....

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The Dead

Let's choose to uncover the buried dead things that keep us paralyzed unable to move forward. ...

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Follow the Leader

God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. 1 Peter 3:20 NIV ...

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Frosted Plan(t)s

Do we check with God about the time of our plans?...

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Serving Up Patience

A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 NIV ...

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Raah-Raah Roi

"You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me." Genesis 16:13...

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Gotta-Get-Away

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become ni...

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Humble Yourself

We are all well-wishing good parents wanting the best for our kids. But are we teaching them to have humble spirits and to serve others?...

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El Roi, the God Who Sees Me

"You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me." Genesis 16:13...

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Wisdom - Do We Really Want It?

Lot's wife lingered. Sound familiar? ...

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Pardon My Plank

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 NIV ...

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Engraved On The Palm Of The Almighty

Things on earth pass away, like yesterday's fad but God's love will not fade away....

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Dedicating This Temple

For years I was fascinated with Solomon's Prayer of Dedication in 2 Chronicles the 6th chapter. Today, God opened my eyes to something NEW!...

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Does What I Do Matter?

There are days when I get weary and wonder, does what I do matter?...

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Unspeakable Joy 2015

Need Encouragement?...

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Others Don't Live in Your Bubble

You and I are live in different bubbles, yet each are wonderfully made to do God's work through His Spirit....

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God Reminders

God is in control... I'm not... as He gently reminds me...

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Remember God’s Faithfulness

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:21-33 NLT ...

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So Now, Go

Have you been complaining about your life? Are you asking yourself, “Is this it”? You do not have to live a mundane existence. God moments are everywhere and He has a bigger vision for your life too! ...

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My Hubby and Wilson

Being alone is a hard concept for most of us. Our world tells us that we must be active and involved. We fill our days racing from one event to the next hoping to accomplish everything on our to-do list. However, Jesus lived a very different example with His life. ...

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If Only

We live in a hurting world. Haunting choices from our pasts linger in our lives and prevent us from being all that God intends for us to be. Baggage doesn’t have to be a reality in your life. God longs to give you an abundant life....

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She Lied

We all make decisions that have a ripple effect on others. Usually almost immediately, we can see this decision was a mistake, but instead of admitting we were wrong, we get mad and often blame someone else or worse yet, God....

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Snippets and Nuggets

God's rich nuggets of truth cannot compare to false substitutes. And they only spring to life in us when we internalize His Word through snippets of memory. ...

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Bill's Gift

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV ...

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Plumb Fearless

What fear is gripping you? We have a heavenly Father that has promised to be with us wherever we go. There is nothing we face that He cannot help us conquer....

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Annihilate

Is it really possible to forget the very real wrong that has been done to us? Is it possible to forgive and forget?...

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Feel The Burn

I had heard people talk about feeling the burn, but I never really got it. However that day, the warm sensation in my limp and lazy muscles felt good. Stretching past the norm made me feel alive....

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Dedicating the Temple

LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth...

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Excuses

At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. Luke 14:17-18 NIV...

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Drop the Doubt

Satan may be clever, but he is not original. We know his schemes. He repeats them over and over. Don’t entertain the question and you too will drop the doubt....

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For Such a Time as This

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for th...

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Disabled

Look around ”" people around you are hurting. When you know the Savior, you have a healing balm that binds the wounds of this world. Will you reach out to someone in need today? ...

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Brush Strokes of Memory

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 2 Peter 1:13-15 NIV...

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Get Real

He knows you are hurt. He knows your pain. He knows every choice you’ve made. What truth have you been hiding?...

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Fishing for Truth

This seemingly odd story, tucked between the transfiguration and parables, holds evidence of these important truths. ...

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Snatched from Danger

The trials you are facing today are not too big for God to handle....

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On The Edge

Is it hard for you to wrap your guilt with His grace?...

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Live At Peace

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace Romans 14:29 NIV ...

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This Is Only a Test

God tests me. Does He test you too?...

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Good Day Sonshine

Ask God to give you a song in your heart, a smile on your face and sunshine in your attitude....

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It's a Hard Fall

Sometimes pride deceives, but through God’s grace, it should never describe us....

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Turn Your Eyes

Our circumstances seem to almost paralyze us as we sit frozen by life. Have you come to an abrupt stop in your life? Are you bucking at the thought of yielding?...

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Fill 'er Up

Have you ever been ready to bake a cake and realized you didn't have all of the ingredients? Ever go on a trip and forget to gas up? Why is it so hard to remember that God has given us the solution to an empty spiritual tank?...

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Just In Case

Is it time to clean out the 'just in case' items in your life? Am I the only one who stuffs things into cabinets, 'just in case' there may ever be a need?...

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It's a Process

Our life is a series of stages. We have been carefully chosen by the Master for a purpose....

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God Connects the Dots

Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. Psalm 119:49 NIV ...

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Self-Reliance Let Me Down

Self-reliance has let me down in my life. I've read many self-help books and followed most of their points. There is always one major thing missing... the missing piece!...

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God's Killer Love

This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and ...

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Laying It Down

God wants desperately to bless us. What would our world look like if we simply carried out God's will for our lives?...

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Moving Stones

Any stones in your life you're trying to move in your own power? ...

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A Seed or an Empty Pod?

Will you prove to be an empty pod with no seed inside? Or will you walk in His Light so that you might burst forth with fruit that lasts....

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Afraid

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV ...

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Relationships Are Hard

Life is tough and relationships are hard! Some moments during a relationship seem flawless, but most don't....

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Stiff-Necked People

Are we stiff-necked? Even just a little? Are we stubborn at times? Are we hard, difficult or obstinate in areas of our lives? The consequences of being stiff-necked are unimaginable....

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Apology Lesson

Sometimes in the most unexpected places you'll find life lessons....

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The Journey

On my journey, I NEVER would have guessed who all I would meet, what choices I would make, the places I would live, or why God asks me to walk with Him....

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 6

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts." James 4:8 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 5

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 4

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 3

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 2

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 7 Day 1

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 ...

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Fire Up or Torch?

We can fire up and encourage a withered heart or torch it with a careless word. Each day, let's choose to mend, to encourage, to fire up some weary souls that God puts in our path. ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon Week 6 Day 5

"Forget what is behind and strain towards what is ahead" Philippians 3:13 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 6 day 4

"This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed." 1 Corinthians 4:1 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 6 Day 3

"Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:39 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God��"this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1 ...

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Absolute Boundless Abandon; Week 6 Day 2

Please read Matthew 25:14-30...

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Seek His Will

Let go and let God show you which path to take. He will open the doors and all we have to do is walk through them and trust Him. Changes are coming....

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The Slums

One day I read in Psalm 139 how I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God does things beyond the bounds of human powers. Choose to see others the way God sees them: fearfully & wonderfully made....

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I Don't Fit In

Will you ask God to help you see someone who needs your encouragement? There may be a newborn Christian within your reach who feels "they don't fit in" and you may be the arm they need around their shoulder. Go and love on God's lonely children today....

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I Never Saw It Coming

We need to make every decision through the filter of His perfect plan. Why risk the emotional upheaval wrong decisions can make when we have a heavenly Father with a perfect plan?...

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Wednesday Afternoons

God allows people in our life for a season. He has a purpose, a lesson and a mission for each encounter. The question is will we say “yes”?...

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Come, Return

Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. Hosea 6:1 NIV...

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