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Standing “strong” is possible only in Christ

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Ephesians 6:10-12–Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,…As a child growing up, I thought the greatest challenge of adulthood was the ability to pay bills, […]

“Eyes to see” our Hope

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Job 14:7-9– “For there is hope for a tree,if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,and that its shoots will not cease.8 Though its root grow old in the earth,and its stump die in the soil,9 yet at the scent of water it will budand put out branches like a young plant.I believe nothing makes our human existence […]

“Seeing” Christ as in control

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Hebrews 2:1-…Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothingoutside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.Believers and Churches across the world have shared the practice of listing prayer requests.  It is a great tool for corporate/personal prayer, giving a sense of unity to believe God for things we desire to see His […]

Enough faith to see Christ overcome your situation?

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Matthew 17:20–He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed,you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Sometimes we can come up against things and not sense we […]

Living out the “good fight” of faith

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2 Timothy 1:7-for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Consciously we don’t always consider how strong fear can be, though it can be the basis of many of the decisions we make and live by.  We can have fear of acceptance so we conform, fear of provisions so we’re greedy […]

Grace to endure and anticipate joy in the Lord

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Psalm 30:5–For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.“Tough seasons” in life can cause us to lose perspective, struggling to see beyond “the darkness” to what God is bringing together for His glory and our joy…During this time of “Holy Week” leading […]

Learning in this life, Christ must be enough…

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Psalm 22:2-3–O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned onthe praises of Israel. What you hear is a man who is honest and open about his heart and desire for God to listen and answer his cry.  Frustrated and desperate […]

Recalling “how far” Christ has brought you

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1 Timothy 1:13-14–though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. In a great sermon PH preached this past week on “sin and the fall”, he highlighted a condition that all of […]

Erratic emotions and faith

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Psalms 13:1,5-6-How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?…5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.  If you are anything like me, situations and circumstances can bring you through a […]

Fighting apathy to love when it hurts

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Galatians 4:19–my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!  In general, though there are many exceptions, parents naturally strive in anguish to raise their children according to what they think is right.  Even through their rebellion and dishonor, parents still grieve with a heart that desires what […]