Satan’s Fall

I always pictured the scene as he and a third of the angels (what a multitude that must have been) literally falling, forcefully cast down to earth and into the gates of hell, locked out of heaven for all eternity.* Maybe it was like that, but commentary tells us that when Jesus said, “I saw …

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A Liar and A Deceiver

The Pastor reminded us in his sermon that Satan is a liar and a deceiver. As God often does for me, everything just lined up so I understood that to be our prayer focus this week. I’ve been adding one “thing” to my schedule, then one more thing, then another, and another, and I’m thinking …

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Ephesians 4:20-32

Ephesians 4:20-32 NKJVBut you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, …

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The Spirit Gives Life

Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus …

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The Holy Spirit Stirring Within

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to review books by Moody Publishers. The first book I’m reading is Approaching the Almighty, 100 Prayers of A.W. Tozer, Compiled by Phil Shappard.* These prayers are an answer to our refilling prayer. Tozer’s words are so passionate and so moving I can feel the Holy Spirit stirring within. …

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Reaffirmed

This year my God experiences at Missions College were a series of reaffirmations. God reaffirmed what I’m doing for Him; He reaffirmed the importance of what I pledged for the New Year (to take everything to Him in prayer), and He reaffirmed that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Before I left for …

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A 7-Day Challenge

I’m home. Last week I attended Missions College which is a yearly conference, you guessed it, about missions. The first one I attended in 2020 right before the pandemic was the catalyst behind the book I’m writing. God met me there and made clear what He wanted me to do. This year, He gave me …

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January Blues

January blues seem to be a yearly thing for me. It’s amazing how I can go from feeling energized with all of the exciting things I’m going to do in the new year, to depressed – completely depressed – within the first week. This January hasn’t even been bad, weather-wise; well, today is. Typical Ohio …

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Making a Difference

A story that I heard years ago:Once there was a really bad storm that left thousands of starfish stranded on a beach. They could survive there for a while, but they wouldn’t make it until the tide came in, and several were past the point where the tide would ever reach them. After the storm …

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Reflecting Back

These are portions of some posts from 2011-2014 that were a little more reflective. I think it’s fine to spend time reflecting back as long as we don’t beat ourselves up over things we can’t do anything about now, and as long as we don’t dwell on, or try to live in the past. One …

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