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    Let Your Light So Shine: Sharing God with the World

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)   A NEW WAY TO SHINE In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good…

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    Getting Through The Hard Times: You Are Not Alone

    “How can we get through hard times?” she asked the class. My friend was leading Sunday’s discussion in our class of 7 & 8-year-olds. “Have you ever experienced something that was hard?” she continued. Hands shot up all around us as each child shared their experience of hard times, as…

  • Trials Are Blessings: How To Create A Masterpiece Life

    Trials are blessings, I was reminded today, as I painted watercolor flowers. Let me explain.   NEW TECHNIQUES Painting relaxes me and helps to clear my mind of unwanted thoughts and emotions. As an amateur painter, I learn as I go. Today I learned more about paintbrushes and the strokes…

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    Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God: Living A Life Of Faith

    The Apostle Paul led a less than perfect life. Remarkably, he became a fearless minister, full of wisdom, testifying of Christ through thought, word, and action, in an increasingly hostile world. When Paul proclaimed: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but…

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    Giants, Then and Now: Becoming a Covenant-Keeping People

    One day, in the midst of an election season, my 8-year-old son asked if, as a family, we could study the Old Testament. At first, I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. So we started on a slow and steady journey through the Old Testament, all the while feeling sure…

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    Tall and Courageous

    Stand tall and be courageous.   That’s a mighty tall order for a generation of believers living in an increasingly wicked world. But yet, the counsel still stands:   Be strong and of a good¬†courage; be not afraid. ¬†(Joshua 1:9)   **This post may contain affiliate links. Read more about…

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    Restoring His Day: Authentic Sabbath Worship

    Sunday. The Sabbath. A day of rest. A day of worship. One day in seven designed for us to renew ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually from the toils of the previous week, and to prepare our selves for the week to come.   The Sabbath is a special gift to…