How Much More: Understanding God’s Love for You

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 NIV How much more!  Can you see the look on Jesus’ face as He makes His case?  Why do we struggle to believe Him? Or is it…
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How to Keep Dismay at Bay

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV Dismay. The word caught my eye as did God’s instructions through Isaiah, “do not be.” “Overwhelm” or “anxiety” may be more familiar…
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Correcting Faulty Perspectives: How to See Through God’s Lens

“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes.” Acts 9:17-18…
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The Right Frame of Mind: Worship, Prayer, and Thanksgiving

As I head into the holidays, I desperately need the right frame of mind. A firm foundation and a solid framework of spiritual principles to keep me steady through the challenges of the season, like managing the same twenty-four hours of the day with a much longer to-do list.  Christ, as always, provides the foundation,…
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Sandpaper. Rough. Gritty. Scratchy. Applied willy-nilly, it scratches paint, mars plastic, and rips off the top layer of skin.  Correctly applied, it removes the rough spots leaving a smooth surface that’s ready for something new. Stain. Paint. A shiny coat of varnish. 2020 felt like sandpaper. Irritating. Annoying. Painful even.  I didn’t know I could…
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Male and Female He Created Them

Increasingly, culture tries to convince us the genders should be fluid. Not only does culture de-emphasize the differences between the genders, but it also tells us they’re interchangeable. Let’s look at Scripture: God created two genders. Genesis 1:27 reads, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created…
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The Weight of Glory

Weight. Not something we generally like to discuss. Psalm 62:9 (NIV) reads, “Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.” The NASB puts it this way, “Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances…
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Postage Stamp Perspective

Answers to prayer come in many shapes. Yes. No. Wait. Soon. Try this. Not that. Left. Right. Up. Down. Where is God going and what is He up to? No clue. What I do know . . . He’s working. On our behalf. All the time. When I don’t understand what He’s doing—which is most…
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