What if Mary said No

I don’t think there’s anything sadder in life than to feel trapped in an unsatisfactory existence with no hope of changing. I’m sure everyone experiences this feeling at some point in life. It’s a very sad time to feel unhappy and question whether things will ever change. It can feel hopeless. The greatest thing we […]

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THE MIRACLE STORY

The real miracle story is not that Jesus came into the world 2,000 years ago, the miracle story we look at now is that He can be born in your hearts again today.  That God’s love draws near to touch your life in a personal way, that’s the miracle story.  No matter what you’ve done […]

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IT’S THE MOST “STRESS”FUL TIME OF THE YEAR

There’s some truth to this statement, isn’t there?! The Christmas season ushers in busy schedules, added commitments and nearly impossible to-do lists. If we’re not careful, we find ourselves feeling more stress than wonder! But, it doesn’t have to be that way! You and I get to choose. Just three things we can do to […]

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Joy no matter what

Don’t put the spirit’s fire out is a statement made by Paul in 1 Thesselonians 5:19-31.  It is the statement that when life is hard and we’ve been through difficult times, it is God’s Holy Spirit that comes to ignite that fire, that zest, that enthusiasm for living in our lives rather than letting us […]

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Justice or forgiveness?

We know God forgives us, but we have to also reach out and forgive one another, for if our hearts are full of anger and hatred, there will be no room for Christ. I’d like to share three ideas with you about forgiveness. First of all, if you want to start dealing with the anger […]

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CONFRONTING YOUR HEALTH

You and I can be masters of avoiding. We don’t’ want to confront some of the difficult issues in life, especially when it comes to our physical health. We don’t want to confront stepping on the scales. We don’t want to confront our cholesterol, our blood pressure, or our PSA. I mean, come on, who […]

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ARE YOU PART OF THE SOLUTION?

The words of Jesus in the Bible are clear. We are to love God, worship him and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. When you and I take that seriously, I believe we become part of the solution rather than the problem! We move from being people who simply exist and take up space […]

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LETTING GO OF THE PAIN TO FIND JOY

I’m really looking forward to the release of the new “Mary Poppins” movie on December 19, 2018! Mary Poppins was written by P.L. Travers back in the 1930s.  Of course, it was Walt Disney who turned it into a movie in 1964. If you’ve seen the movie, “Saving Mister Banks you know there is a […]

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Blessed are the peacemakers

Jesus was known as the Prince of Peace and wherever He went you can see Jesus creating a new world with a sense of peace. He says, “Blessed are the peace makers, you will be called the Children of God.”  So how do you and I become peace makers?  Let’s look at three ways we […]

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What are your gifts?

“These are the things you must insist on and teach.  Let no one despise your youth, but set the believer as an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift that is in […]

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