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Faith and Freedom

Walking Tall

Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 NASB   To many people, “where” we walk in our spiritual life is more important […]
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Living In This World

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. John‬ ‭17‬:‭15-16‬ NLT‬‬ Get out or get in? Build a wall or build a bridge? Run away or reach out? As Jesus prayed […]
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Looking Good

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5   Depending on the time of day, looking in the mirror can be challenging.  What you see IS what you get.   Our reflection in a mirror is similar to the reflection of our soul.  When you look at […]
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What Surprise

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So, they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3 NLT I love surprises. It could be an unexpected […]
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The Power of Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Saying “thank you” is one of the earliest lessons we try to teach our children. Expressing gratitude for a gift is essential to experiencing the generosity of the giver. Rejoicing in thankfulness is a product of appreciating […]
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This Little Light

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living […]
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His Words of Love

If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭13‬ NLT‬‬ Every day we encounter unanticipated changes, unexpected challenges and unwanted choices. These detours in our schedules can alter our path . . . these distractions to our strategies can affect our purpose. God’s indwelling Spirit gives a voice and vision to guide […]
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It’s All About the Choices We Make

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. ‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬ NLT ‬‬‬ Every day we face the choice to conform or to change . . . to be the same or to be special. Conforming is an indifferent satisfaction to our culture. Changing is an intentional strategy. We are changed […]
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It’s A Good Day

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ ESV‬‬ The phrase “Seize The Day” or Capre Diem gained notoriety in the movie, “Dead Poet’s Society” with Robin Williams. Carpe Diem is an aphorism taken from a poem written in the Odes in 23 BC […]
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True Refreshment

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1 NLT The rat-race and fast-pace of religious exercises can lead to real emptiness. Lance Witt writes, “You can’t live at […]
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It’s All About Grace

Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬ It would be great if every cup of coffee was just right . . . […]
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Some Things Never Change

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 NLT   Life is full of change.  It happens.  We live in a time of endless options . . . options that create opportunities or obstacles.   We face uncertain, unpredictable and unknown challenges in every moment.  Schedules shift.  Priorities are pushed.  Calendars […]
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He Makes The Crooked Paths Straight

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:6   “There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse. And they all lived together in a little crooked […]
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Being Right or Doing Right

  And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 NLT   It’s easier to raise a generation to believe that righteousness or right living is founded on what we do, instead of who we are. Righteousness based on what we do becomes rule driven and unwelcoming.  Righteousness […]
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The Gift

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 ESV   None of us likes to talk about sin.  The results of sin are usually not the topic of choice at get togethers with friends or co-workers.  However, there is a […]
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Treasure In A Clay Jar

“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 MSG   I’ve often wonder why we go through what we go through. […]
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