it’s a good friday

It’s 12:44 as I begin to write this post. Approximately 44 minutes ago, some 2,000+ years ago, Jesus declared, “It is finished,” or “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” depending on which Disciple’s account you read. The earth shook, the curtain in the Temple was torn in two and darkness filled the sky. …

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where is Jesus in your life today?

I was just sitting at the kitchen table working on our Thanksgiving grocery list. As I looked at one of the empty chairs across from me, I pictured Jesus sitting there…and then I pictured Him in the chair next to me. What joy! My heart was overflowing! Even though we can’t physically see Him, Jesus …

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God is faithful

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] I was just looking out onto the autumn landscape, savoring a moment of calm and that “settled” feeling that only comes from knowing that God has had his hand on my life from the very beginning. Through every twisting, turning, joyous or horrific moment, He has never left me even before I …

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fork in the road

We’ve all been through circumstances where we’ve come to the proverbial “fork in the road” – that moment of decision that would dictate our path forward on a particular issue or in a particular circumstance. With ever-changing cultural norms and often volatile socio-political climate, we, as Believers, are under increasing pressure to give into what’s …

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persevering

“…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by PERSEVERING produce a crop.” – Luke 8:15, emphasis added Did you notice the key: “by PERSEVERING produce a crop”? Let’s take a look Webster’s definition of the root word ‘persevere': 1. to …

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alive in the shadows

Are you alive in Christ but still living in a shadow of the past? Maybe Jesus has been your Savior for years but you’re still holding onto secret hurts, secret circumstances, secret regrets. Are you protecting a person or situation that should be brought into the light? Has the enemy convinced you that everybody will …

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signs all around

I see the news…the world events…the signs all around us and I say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” The evil that is being perpetrated around the globe has no boundaries, defies description & crushes my heart. This is not the future I want for our family or anyone else and yet we will walk through whatever circumstances …

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faithfulness

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] Focus on faithfulness and obedience in every task God gives you to do, no matter how small or insignificant it might appear. Maybe God gave you a big-picture vision and you have no idea how to get there. Don’t get mired down, worry, or lose heart. Focus on serving Him one step …

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dusting off God’s Word

Do you have a Bible? Is there dust on it? Is it easily accessible or is there stuff piled on top if it? It’s time to get one if you don’t have one, or dust if off/dig it out. Take some time and read God’s Word – his love letter to us & basic instructions …

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