THE VALUE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

THE VALUE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Is there value in righteousness today? Or has the time for being righteous passed? Looking at the seemingly easy and prosperous life of unrighteous people around us can be discouraging and frustrating. It can cause us to  wonder why we choose to follow Jesus and try to do what’s right? While reading Proverbs recently, I was reminded why I do what I do and believe what I believe. I was encouraged to stick to it! Here’s what I found!  …

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Keeping Your Hope On

Keeping Your Hope On

Hope is crucial for survival! Hope strengthens us. It empowers and drives us. And hope causes us to have peace even during the storms this life throws at us. As followers of Jesus, hope inspires us to be and do what God wants. It helps us to be effective ministers in a world that tries desperately to undermine and steal our hope with bad reports from Drs, terrorism threats, financial burdens or relationship crisis. These are not imaginary schemes. They’re very…

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CLOSER NOW THAN EVER!

CLOSER NOW THAN EVER!

Do you know that God is closer now than ever before? I just finished reading the book of Exodus! It starts out pretty exciting with the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Once they get to Mount Sinai and the 10 Commandments are given the action slows down and it gets into various laws and the plans for the tabernacle. Most of the last 15 chapters in Exodus describe this tabernacle. I admit I was kinda skimming through…

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SOMETHING MORE

SOMETHING MORE

Do you want to do something more with your life?   I believe God has put within each of us the desire to do something more to impact our world for good! He says in John 14:12,“I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things…   The problem is, we talk about it but rarely do anything about it! Why? Because we have taken for granted…

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FINDING PEACE NOW

FINDING PEACE NOW

How peaceful is your life right now? Is everything happening just like you planned it would be? Or are there things going on that cause you to wonder about life, about the reality of God, about the strength or worth of relationships? Does it seem like life’s spinning out of control?   I am always amazed as I read the Psalms. David’s life was not easy. He faced many enemies. It started with the lion & the bear when he…

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Struggling through tough times can make it hard to see the big picture.  Isn’t it remarkable that in Jesus’ time of greatest turmoil, His focus wasn’t on the pain but on the gain! In Luke 22:15 , “Jesus said to them, “I’ve had a deep desire to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.“” Why would Jesus have a “deep desire” to have this meal with His disciples? As I checked into this verse, I realized that it was because…

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THE POWER OF LOVE

THE POWER OF LOVE

As I read the gospels I am always amazed at how everywhere Jesus went crowds followed Him. People were drawn to Him. I wonder how come people aren’t drawn to His church or to us, His followers today? Maybe we’re not as much like Jesus as we think we are?   In Luke 7, John the Baptist sends some of his disciples to find out if Jesus really is the Savior. Jesus response is clear, “Go back, and tell John…

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HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS?

HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS?

I was challenged and inspired as I read these musings from my brother-in-law, Jim Roth. He has agreed to let me share them with you. I’m sure you will be equally as challenged and encouraged as you read these thoughts based on Jesus appearance to a couple of His disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24.   Did you ever wonder why the disciples were “kept from recognizing Him” when He came along side? Maybe they weren’t ready….

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All Is Not Lost!

All Is Not Lost!

ALL IS NOT LOST! It’s easy to lose hope, be discouraged and frustrated because of circumstances in our lives. Life doesn’t always happen the way we expect and things can seem to build up until the “light at the end of the tunnel” is pretty dim. You need to know that this is not a new concept and you’re certainly not the only one feeling that way. It’s an oft used tactic of Satan. Check out this verse from Psalm…

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A Reason to Celebrate

A Reason to Celebrate

The Best is Yet to Come Christmas, a time of celebration! Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth to save us from our sins. It was all part of God’s plan from the beginning of time! This child, born in a manger, in a barn in Bethlehem, would someday give His life so we could have life! An incredible concept that challenges me every day. Through belief in His death and resurrection, I can walk in newness of…

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