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Aligning to God’s Kingdom

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” – Matthew 4:17, NAS95 Some of my conversations with God have a long history. “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” has taken a while to digest. At first, I took…

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Unsettling Transformation

by Leslie Hall Key Verse:  “And the one seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new!’”  – Revelation 21:5, NET  If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would be willing to be a missionary in Europe, I would have stopped you before you could even get to the…

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Expecting Transformation

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because of his small stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore…

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Transformation of the Heart

by Karen Lee Kurth Key Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14, NKJV Psalm 19:14 was the first Bible verse I memorized as an adult.  I wasn’t yet a follower of Jesus.  I was reading…

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A Soul’s Value

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26, NAS95  As I weighed what I wanted to do with my life, I remember having a well-paying job right after…

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The Cost

by Glenda Alvord Rudat   Key Verse:  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and…

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The Cost

By Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – Luke 14:33, NIV  Everything costs something. This is something that I have constantly been reminded of in my life. No matter what I want, it comes with a cost. Sometimes it…

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Counting the Cost

by Angie Raineri Key Verse:  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15, ESV  In the weeks before Easter this year Pete and I were preparing to move, once again, across the world and…

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Fellowship in the Trinity

by Krishana Kraft Key Verse:  “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. . . . On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” –…

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