Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

In Stevie Wonder’s song, he pledges loyalty to an old love. In spite of mistakes, he hopes she will take him back and he assures her he’s all in.  As believers, we need never fear our Love’s rejection. Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy…
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Chosen, Not Rejected

Ephesians 1:4 NIV is one of my favorite verses, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Read it again. Before the creation of the world—you were chosen.  God wants us to get this one: 2 Thess. 2:13 “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers…
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Dusting for Fingerprints

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV Powerless. An apt description of the Israelites in exile. During the events in…
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Lavish, Darling

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1 NIV) Lavish. Extravagant. Where did we get the idea God is chintzy? Stingy? Withholding? Actually the idea came from the enemy (see Genesis 3), but that’s a different blog post.…
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God’s Plan: It’s Bigger Than the Vote

Election Day. Finally. Regardless of the results, let’s focus on two things: God is sovereign, and He can use ungodly people to accomplish His purposes. Though Hebrews 11 is filled with Hall of Faith heroes, Scripture is filled with outside–the-box, even outside-the-faith people used to accomplish God’s plan. Check out this line-up: Egyptian pharaohs. Joseph’s…
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Encouragement: Setting the Thermostat

The sun came out today. First time in forever and I couldn’t get enough of it. (Hence the sunburn.) I felt like I’d had a double shot of espresso. Other friends said the same. Turned out we’d suffered from the same condition. The blues. The grumps. The down in the dumps. But as the sun…
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