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On discipline and distractions

Discipline and Distractions

We all have struggles when it comes to studying God's Word. Distractions pop in, tough passages frustrate us, temptations pull at us. How do we get the most out of our time with the Bible? Here are a few practical tips....

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What's in a Name?

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Have you ever been called by the wrong name? It can be hurtful, even when we know it is an honest mistake. But one name should never be forgotten--the Name above all names....

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Blood, Sweat, and Shears


Spring has sprung, and it is time to start cleaning up our gardens! Exciting, but maybe a little overwhelming, too. But as we clean the messes in our yards, do we think about the mess we made in the Garden of Eden so many years ago? Does it remind us of God's redemptive work as He seeks to restore His creation?...

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Humble Helpers

Humble Helpers

As we seek to put our spiritual gifts into practice, we must examine our hearts. Are we letting pride seep in where only God deserves the credit? Are we serving ourselves or Him? How do we exercise humility in our walk?...

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Love at a Distance


Although voices around us might say that marriage is about our own personal happiness, God's Word says it is about much more: it is a picture of Christ and the Church. With that in mind, how do we handle the conflicts, the highs and lows, the changing nature of a marriage?...

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Trees, Tinsel, and Truth


As we decorate and celebrate, do we remember the WHY behind all that we do? Let us not forget the Savior who came to give His life for each of us....

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When love doesn't look like you expected


We often equate love with happiness and warm fuzzy feelings, but true love goes much deeper. Real love means doing what is best for someone, even when it is hard or doesn't feel good....

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Haircuts and Hallelujahs

haircuts and hallelujahs

Ever since Adam and Eve made the fateful choice to eat the forbidden fruit, death has been a reality for each of us--haunting some, fascinating others. But thanks be to God! Through Jesus, he has destroyed the power of death for those who believe!...

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Velcro Pug


When my husband surprised me with a puppy, I had no idea my new companion would stick to me like velcro! What can we learn about abiding in Jesus from my sweet pup?...

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Decisions, Decisions


We can sometimes get overwhelmed by decisions in life. Jesus has made one choice very easy for us, though. He is THE door, THE way to God....

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A Boy and a Babka


The aroma of freshly-baked bread is one of the most irresistible smells in the world. But every baker knows the frustration of a ruined loaf! How do we find bread that truly satisfies in a world full of disappointment and discouragement?...

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Encouragement in the Wilderness


Have you ever experienced an intense low after a great high? We don't always know why this happens, but we do know God is with us through it all....

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Heart Trouble


We are often told to follow our hearts, but is that really a good idea? What does the Bible tell us about following our hearts?...

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How Do You Spell Relief?


My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 The symptoms of discontent, whether worldly or spiritual, manifest themselves in a wide variety of ways. As a sojourner in this world, we have an ever-present battle with discontent and its symptoms. To be able to stand firm as followers of Jesus we must recognize disco...

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Sticks and Stones

The person who wrote the nursery rhyme 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me' may have had good intentions, but as a life philosophy, I'm not sure it is helpful. After all, sticks can be sharp, and stones can be deadly. Ask Goliath. As Christians we are taught Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God,...

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CHRISTmas Past and Future

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Christmas Past and Future Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lordand His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever." ...

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An Unexpected Gift


On November 8th my husband, Gary, and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We felt this was quite a feat, and worthy of celebrating so we decided to take a short vacation. This past week we spent three days in hilly southern Ohio at Salt Fork's rustic lodge. We were surrounded by cozy fireplaces, beautiful fall scenery, surprise visits from white tailed deer, lo...

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