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The Promise: You Are A Child of God

The Promise: You Are A Child of God

God’s Promise to Abraham The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I...

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The Easy Burden of Jesus’ Yoke

The Easy Burden of Jesus’ Yoke

One morning while my friend Gordon and I were having coffee, he said, “Y’know, every morning I wake up feeling tired. Can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling rested. It’s not the physical side of doing the job, I can do that just fine. It’s all those...

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SHALOM: The PEACE of GOD

SHALOM: The PEACE of GOD

Excerpted from Shalom! by Douglas James Harris Baker Book House, 1970. Shalom: The Peace of God When I read Douglas Harris’ book, Shalom, in 1988, I was so impressed with its scope and comprehension of God’s peace that I very presumptuously excerpted the more salient...

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SALVATION IS A SURE THING

SALVATION IS A SURE THING

AM I SAVED? HOW CAN I BE SURE! Your salvation does not depend upon the strength of your faith, for your salvation is found completely in Christ and his saving work for you. Take heart in God’s own words as he assures you of your salvation. Jesus said, “I am the living...

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Forgiveness: What It Is, What It Isn’t

Forgiveness: What It Is, What It Isn’t

Forgiveness: What it Is, What it Isn’t In the sermon, the pastor spoke of Maria, who had come to him for counsel and prayer several years ago. “Maria came to me seeking help in dealing with the abuse she had suffered as a teenager,” the pastor said. “If that wasn’t...

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The Promise: You Are A Child of God

The Promise: You Are A Child of God

The Promise from God’s Word: You Are a Child of God God’s Promise to Abraham The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will...

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The Question of Comfort

The Question of Comfort

The Question of Comfort Loyd said, “I like that verse, the one about comfort. It’s, uh … comforting.”             Our Bible study group had just read 2 Corinthians 1:3 and 4: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the...

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Husbands & Wives & Ephesians 5

Husbands & Wives & Ephesians 5

A Biblical Encouragement for Marriage As my first appointment of the morning entered my office, it was hard not to see they weren’t happy. Wife sat at one end of the couch, husband on the other. Plenty of space between them. Arms crossed over chests. Frowns and scowls...

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An ATTITUDE for MINISTRY

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2.  Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as in...

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Three Questions

Who am I? I am a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for I have been baptized into Christ and have clothed myself with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.  If I belong to Christ, then I am...

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On this day ~

On this day ~     Mend a quarrel.  Search out a forgotten friend.  Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.  Write a love letter.  Share some treasure.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.   Keep a promise.  Find the...

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Ten Good Gifts

Ten Good Gifts     Hugs . . . to someone who is lonely   Love . . . to someone who has nothing to give in return   Patience . . . to someone who is struggling with life   Freedom . . . to someone who needs to find their own destiny   Guidance . . . to someone drifting...

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Saddlebacks Faith

God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.   The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.   Jesus is God showing himself to us.   Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.   Nothing in creation ‘just happened.’ ...

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A PARABLE

A PARABLE     The Kingdom of God is like golden threads, woven through a tapestry.     A  large celebration was held in the Kingdom of the Earth, in which people from many cities and towns came together. Those of many different colors and...

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Names of God

Adonai Yahweh Sovereign Lord El-shaddai the Almighty Elohim the Strong One El-roi the Strong One who sees El-yon the Most High Elohim-Sabaoth Almighty Lord of the Sabbath El Elohe Yisrael the God of Israel Elah Illai Most High God           Yahweh Sabaoth the...

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LET GO . . .

To let go does not mean to stop caring; it means I don't need to do it for someone else.   To let go is not to cut myself off; it is the realization I do not have the right to control another person.   To let go is not to enable; but to allow learning from natural...

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Desiderata Christus

Go peacefully amid the noise and haste.  Remember what solace may be had in silence, for that is where God is known.  As far as possible, serve all others. Speak the Lord's truth quietly and clearly.  Listen to others with your heart, most especially the poor and...

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