Who Cares?

I spent some time with my mother-in-law in ICU today at the local hospital. Normally, I would have been at church, but I needed to get an update from her doctor and see Sherran so she knows she’s loved and not forgotten. Her youngest son, my husband, has been sick the last 3 days and unable to go see her. Her oldest son lives a few hours away and came to see her during the week. I thanked the doctor for their excellent care, and he mentioned how blessed Sherran is to have so many people who love and care for her, because many patients don’t have that. I said “Reall...

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The Prince of Peace

In scriptures we are told of an encounter that Jesus had with a man who was possessed. The man lived among tombs and would cry out and cut himself with stones.  He was so powerful that chains and shackles could not restrain him. When this man met Jesus, he was freed from the demonic possession and restored to his right mind. After years of living in torment, the man was set free and now could live a life in peace. I have been told by some in the past that miracles like this don't happen today. I have never put much weight into those comments - as I have personally had ...

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On the Frontlines

I am a big fan of hero movies. Whether it is movies about real heroes or super heroes I just love the idea behind individuals that risk and sometimes sacrifice their lives for a greater cause than themselves. In the military we often find those valiant warriors are on the front lines of the battle. About three days ago I returned from a trip to GooJoo where we trained 270 pastors. During that trip I was surrounded by many heroes. Doctors and nurses who served over 900 people at a clinic in just four days; Trainers who encouraged missionaries that will go out to unreached ...

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Got Fruit?

In our backyard is a fig tree that was here when we bought our house. The original homeowners brought the young fig tree here from New Jersey 20 years ago. When we moved in my family was delighted at the prospect of picking fruit out of our own tree. It’s a sprawling tree that the previous owners would cut back in late fall, and by summer it would grow back bigger than the previous year. We decided we wanted to continue picking and sharing the fruit of this tree. This summer, however, we’ve had personal setbacks that have barely left time to mow the grass, let alone ...

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I Love You Most!

I had an encounter with a young man once who loved Rock and Roll. It was when I was working as a stocker at a grocery store. At the time I generally would sing praise or worship songs as I worked. It seemed like I could see God’s hand working even in the most mundane things. While in the dairy section stocking milk, the young man ran up to me and said, “I want what you have.” I knew he was referring to my relationship with God and the joy God had given me. But before I think of how to respond, I heard the words coming out of my mouth, “You can’t have what I ...

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In His Time

Has someone ever told you that pulling off a bandage quickly is better than pulling it off slowly? I have heard this since I was a child, and even today I prefer to just deal with the pain of quickly ripping the band aid off versus having to slowly pull away at the edges. Many will agree that dealing with extreme pain for the moment seems more appetizing than dealing with a slight less pain over time. Yes, it hurts for a few seconds, but then the pain is quickly forgotten. A few weeks ago I was working from home when I heard my mom yell for help. I quickly got up from ...

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When Healing Hurts

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I decided to shoot some hoops indoors with a friend. It had been a while since I played basketball. After losing a few games of 21, I kicked it into high gear like in my teen years. After quickly moving around the defender, I headed for the goal and attempted a “stop and pop.” This move involves suddenly changing direction and making a short jump shot rather than a layup. At that point my shoe gripped the floor and stopped, while the rest of my body kept moving forward. There was a pop, but not the one I was looking for. Lying ...

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If We Don’t Lose Hope

Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” I don’t know about you, but I like to start new projects. I like to pursue new paths. I love diversity! I love creativity. Think about some dreams you have had that initially filled you with overflowing enthusiasm! Even those around you may have shared your excitement and patted you on the back and said things like “Wow! That’s great! Congratulations!” or “Your’e so talented…you will definitely succeed at ...

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Finding Ourselves In Him

I think part of learning to love ourselves is understanding more fully how much God loves us. So many times we fail to accept who we are. We strive to find identity in the things we do – whether it’s through work, family, friends, or a hobby. What happens when that factor is gone from our lives? Who are we then? Today I had a chance to share with a coworker about a defining moment in my life. It was when I was a teenager that I discovered a relationship with God is what I lacked and what I needed. I learned to find my identity in Christ. In a small group, the leader ...

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Does God Have Boundaries?

What kind of boundaries does God have? How can we be more like Him? The concept of boundaries comes from the very nature of God. Starting in the book of Genesis, God set a boundary for Adam and Eve. He told them not to eat of a certain fruit from a tree in the garden...and we all know what the outcome was when Adam and Eve did not respect the boundary God set for them. God defines himself as a distinct and separate being and he is responsible for himself. He defines and takes responsibility for his personality by telling us what he thinks, feels, plans, allows, will not ...

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