Why Am I Here?

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The questions we can hear often and maybe ask ourselves are, “Why am I here?” What is my purpose?  What is life all about anyway?”  Our answers define how we do life.  We will feel the pressure to conform to the world that presents to us all kinds of models that can attract the attention of our hearts. Jesus maps … Read More

Prosperous and Successful

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The world says to succeed we have to follow our natural instincts and appetites.  We need to work at convincing ourselves that what we want is okay.  Greed, ambition, looking out for number one, having a good time, being rich, and winners are the mantras for the world’s way to success. The dictionary defines success as the “degree or measure … Read More

Foundation of Intimacy

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We long for intimacy with God.  We attempt to follow all of the spiritual disciplines and serve God.  We read and study our Bibles thinking this will deepen our relationship with God.  We worship and witness knowing these things are important.  We do all these things and wonder why these things are not deepening our intimacy with God. Isaiah 66:2 … Read More

Reasoned Comfort

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Some of the most comforting and clarifying words come from Isaiah 43:1-4. “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, Oh Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the … Read More

You Are Mine

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Simple truths have a significant impact on how we do life;  especially, when it gets difficult.  “God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his…” (2 Timothy 3:19a) NLT.  We are His.  He knows Us. When it gets down to life-and-death issues, to whom do you entrust your life?  God in … Read More

Untouchable

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When we receive a safe loving touch from someone it can cause us to feel accepted, cared for, and good.  The enjoyment of safe caring touch is a signal of a greater and more beautiful spiritual reality. Jesus sought out the outcasts, the really bad people who were known for their blatant sinfulness.  He was their friend, would engage with … Read More

Not There Yet

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We can all tend to wish our redemption was a once and done battle.  If it was easy, we would never really understand the nature of the honest fight.  Consequently, we would then not be of much help to others in the fight. God works with us and walks with us.  He is always interested in how we take the … Read More

What Do They Think

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As God’s children we know we are created for relationship.  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit function as one God in a relationship of perfect unity.  We learn that as we have been created in His image we are created for unified relationships.  When many close friendships seemingly fade away, we can start to think … Read More

Emotional Health

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Being emotionally healthy is a process that requires continual work.  This does not mean we will always be checking our emotions or following a list of spiritual dos and don’ts.  The goal is to nurture a deep relationship with the Lord that is experiential, trusting, and loving.  In this we learn, over time, to more and more love what God … Read More

Relationships Fail or Thrive

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Relationships are hard work.  Some days it seems impossible to get along and love each other well.  There are a lot of reasons why relationships fail.  Our communication can tear us apart, but God gives us a means to enhance our speech.  There are five distinct reasons why relationships fail and four relational means to enhance and protect. Signs of … Read More