A Work in His Hands

“Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:4-6 The same work God did through Christ long ago ...
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Learning To Take Care of Yourself, Part 2

  “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5 There are two kinds of people who will never understand your need to take care of yourself:  (1) Legalists—they never stop trying to measure up to certain perfectionistic moral, ethical, and religious standards.  (2) Serve-a-holics—they sacrifice themselves on the altar of endless church activity, believing it is the only ...
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Learning To Take Care Of Yourself

“She poured it on His head.” Matthew 26:7 Jesus allowed others to minister to Him.  Do you?  The scriptures say, “A woman…having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil…poured it on His head….But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, ‘Why this waste?...when Jesus was aware of it, He said…’She has done a good work” (Matthews 26:7-10)  There is an important lesson in t...
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Are You Content?

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Philippians 4:11 Today’s culture certainly cultivates anything but contentment.  Never does it suggest that it is possible to be happy and satisfied with our current status and possessions.  Or that there is any virtue to gratitude that says, “I have all I need and I am thankful.”  However, Paul, ...
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Life’s Whys

“The LORD knows how to rescue godly men[women] from trials.”  (2 Peter 2:9)   Often when we’re facing a trail in our lives, we ask, “Why? Why did this happen to me? Why now?  What’s the purpose of this?” Sometimes we get so caught up in focusing on why something happened that we lose sight of how to push through it.   We may never know exactly why certain things happen in this life.  We may n...
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Songs of Praise

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.  From now on all generations will call me blessed…”   Luke 1:46-49   Mary is visiting her cousin Elizabeth, and the two women are overwhelmed by the gifts that God is giving to each of them.  Mary breaks forth into song about how wonderful God is and her gratitude tow...
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God’s Handiwork

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He crated them.” Genesis 1:27 Happy New Year!  Here we are on the 6 day of a new year, the year 2016.  It reminded me of the 6 day of creation when God crowned His creation with us.  Can you wrap your thoughts around that for a moment.  It is incredible that He would think that much of us--not just...
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“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8) God wants you to spend time with Him. He wants you to tell Him everything from your deepest fears and most secret insecurities to your wildest dreams and craziest hopes. He won’t just listen, He’ll comment and He will counsel you. You come as you are—with all of your insecurities, fears, wounds, and dreams—and God will come as He is—in ...
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God Fights for You!

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14) We often admire people who don’t give up easily and are willing to stand up and fight for what they believe. We appreciate their tenacity, strength, and resilience as they oppose other people and groups who take them on. At some point or another, everyone must stand up for themselves and for what they believe. However,...
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Spring Cleaning

“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons…” (Daniel 2:20-21) Spring cleaning affords us the opportunity to clear out the cobwebs of winder and sort through the items we may have accumulated while indoors for so long. We can open our windows, sweep out the dust of the past few months, and welcome the warmer weather and gentle breezes ...
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