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Faith and Freedom

Watchout For That Toothpick

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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first […]

Our Light

O LORD, you are my lamp. The LORD lights up my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29 NLT The smallest light can illuminate the blackest darkness. It’s amazing and the opposite is not true. Walk into a dark room, light a candle and there is an instant awareness that is realized. The prophet Samuel writes that “The […]

Overwhelming Victory

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT Lopsided Victories. Some use the term, “blowout”. It’s when one opponent so overwhelms the other that victory is not only anticipated, but amazing. One of sports truly overwhelming teams was the 1901 Michigan Wolverines Football team. Impressive enough […]

Real Religion

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ NLT‬‬ Have you ever struggled with “living a list” as opposed to “living a life”? Many find safety, security and even significance in following a […]

The One We Can Trust

But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT   Simple can be significant.  We trust God to take care of us because He is trustworthy . . . take a moment to let that sink in . . . God is worthy of […]

Seeing With His Eyes

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:36-37 NLT Perspective. Writers create it by communicating word pictures. Artist capture it in visual imagery. Storytellers create a […]

Amazing Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV God’s grace has not nor ever will be wasted. The Message gives […]

Value in the Valley

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NLT As a young adult, I had the opportunity to hike the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. The highlight of the trip was […]

Find Peace in Praise

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28 Beaten up. Worn out. Fed up. Sound familiar? In the challenges of each day, we choose to chase those things that promise fulfillment, but usually fail to deliver. The expectations to be “perfect” lead us down a […]

The Right Words

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 NLT Living wisely, effectively and with a Kingdom influence is one of our great opportunities. This is a defining moment. Wise […]

The Undeniable Legacy of Unselfish Love

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:18 NLT It’s been said, “Love is not a noun that needs to be defined, but a verb that needs to be demonstrated.” The validity of our love is verified by our walk, not […]

For Others

We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. Romans 15:2 NLT There is an undefinable and undeniable strength that comes from following Christ. This strength provides confidence, courage and conviction. It allows us to attempt great things for Him as well as rest in His grace. Paul reminded […]

A Strength For Surviving

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 ESV Life is full of ups and downs.  There are mountain top experiences and deep valley expeditions.  Some successes and some significant failures.  Some could be burdensome, but each is a blessing.  Gandhi said, […]

He Is

For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36 NLT   There’s an old Irish blessing that reads, “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to […]

He Can Handle This

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV During a troubling time, […]

Take a Break

I will fully satisfy the needs of those who are weary and fully refresh the souls of those who are faint. Jeremiah 31:25 NET   Weary.  Worn out?  Whipped?   We are always on the go . . . always working . . . always connected.  We have given the nod to the novel notion […]