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Month: April 2022

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:5 NKJV I didn’t realize how much Paul wrote about hope in Christ until I began this week’s study. He was quite the encourager. He was also candid and …

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Hope, Dread, and the Observer

A Poem: Hope, Dread, and the Observer Two men.Their final week. Departing. Leaving. Dying.Yet, starting anew.Traveling. Moving on. The next life. Eternal life.Transcending. Tombstone: Born date – Died date.The dash in between. Life. Each life.What did they do?Human life. Seemingly the destination, but merely the transition.What did they learn?Did they have an effect?What lies ahead? …

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Hope in the Face of Death

Hope in the Face of Death: About a month before my husband, Kenny died from colon cancer, we suspected the cancer had spread to his brain. He imagined all sorts of things and was disoriented at times. I left him home alone one Saturday while I went to work. I got a phone call from …

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God is so good

This is so exciting–God is so good! I love when He shows me stuff. Yesterday I was looking for a specific Bible verse, but couldn’t find it. Last night I found it and looked up the commentary for it in my study Bible, which I wouldn’t have had time to do yesterday morning. The Bible …

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Can You Hear Me?

The Book: Can You Hear Me? Hope After Loss by Y.Y. Chan, A Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Gold Medal Winner 2021 (Children – Religious Theme) Description from Amazon Can good things really come from bad things?Why does God allow bad things to happen?Will Daddy still be able to hear me from Heaven? These are …

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Where Is Your Hope?

Yesterday the Pastor ended the service with two questions for us:Where’s your hope?Do friends and family know where your hope is? I know the answer, “my hope is in Jesus,” and I know the phrase is throughout the Bible, but honestly, I struggle with it. To me, “hope” means something we’re uncertain of. I “hope” …

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Obey Your Parents

Some of the people we’re praying for are adult children. Even in their twenties or thirties, they’re still rebelling against their folks for control of their lives. They don’t want to feel like they have to obey their parents. However, the parents aren’t trying to control them. The parents just want to be a part …

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Rebellious People

I’ve been thinking about all of the “rebellious” people I’ve known during my life and about what made them that way. At first it seemed like it was either rage or pride, but the more I thought about it, the more reasons I discovered. Rage/anger Pride/narcissism Loneliness/abandonment Not fitting in Lack of social skills OCD …

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Vengeance is Mine

As a Christian, I know I’m supposed to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), forgive my enemies (Matthew 5:44), and love everyone (Mark 12:31), but the fallen nature side of me struggles to do those things consistently. I know the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine,” and that I’m to leave that to Him, but I …

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Rebelling Against God

What got me thinking about this topic of rebellion was last Sunday’s sermon. The Pastor said that people who don’t accept God’s free gift of salvation are rebellious. They’re rebelling against God, but they’re really rebelling against being under His authority. They don’t want to “submit” to Him. I’ve admitted time and time again that …

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