Receive

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I want to continually live in a posture of receiving from God. Not so drawn in by the things of this world. I desire to daily choose to make the better choice. “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named…

Find refreshment

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden?” Aren’t we all? We are often reminded – & I hope you take to heart – that everyone has a story and a struggle. Life is hard and we often think we need to take it all on ourselves and not burden others. That is not what Jesus…

Outlook affects outcome

Read: Philippians 4:1-8. (Version: I have used TPT and reference NIV) It is often heard, “Think before you speak.” Very sage advice, but what if your thoughts are riddled with negativity, insecurity and doubt? It’s tough to see the joy in life, let alone speak with joy, if your outlook is clouded and dark. At…

To be disturbed

“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” – John Stott I am convicted lately and want to be restored. I must admit I have not been as dedicated to reading the Word as of late…

A gentleman

“Jesus is not going to make you or push you to follow Him. He is a gentleman! He will gently guide you with the Spirit.” – Pastor Matthew Hartsfield I don’t think we realize how much we are pushed into, coerced, manipulated and even threatened into decisions and hearing others’ viewpoints these days. With social…

Test yourself

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5 MSG

Jesus wept

TOGETHER in Sorrow Everyone knows this passage, but do we understand the significance of this moment in Jesus’ life? Jesus was weeping over the circumstances of Lazarus’ death. In this particular verse, weeping is derived from the Greek word “dakruo” meaning to weep silently, to shed tears. “Jesus’ tears were generated both by His love…

Common vessel

We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours. Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are persecuted by others,…

Hiding place

Regardless of circumstances, the joy of our faith walk is that Christ is our hiding place. Whether our hearts are vile,  unstable, tempted, or our feet prone to wander… He is still with us. Seek Him in the vileness. Find Him in the instability. Reach for Him in temptation. Ground your footing in Him through…

Christmas is here

They (The shepherds) hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Luke 2:16 Christmas is here. After years of the world waiting, anticipating and pining… Jesus was born. Not at all the way the Messiah’s entrance was expected… but ever so simply, quietly and beautifully…