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Holy Elbows

by Gabe Bernal “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41, ESV) Have you ever heard of the term “holy elbows?” If you haven’t, I’m sure that you know the concept. You’re sitting in church, and the preacher says something that you want…

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Spirit Promptings

by Sarah Bently “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13. ESV) Go sit with her. What?! No. I have no logical reason to get up from my table, and go join a perfect stranger. ———–…

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Struggling Into New Life

by Gabe Bernal “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26, ESV) As part of the hour-long exercise we are allowed in England during our lockdown,…

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Work the Words into Your Life

by Karen Huber “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life…

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New Life

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”” (John 8:12, NAS95) When Christ reconciled me to God through His work on the cross, I thought I had repented, but I really hadn’t.…

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Wrestling on the Promises

“For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love…” (Lamentations 3:31-32, ESV) Promises—they have the potential to do so much. They can give hope in times of waiting, bring sweet satisfaction when they are fulfilled, or bring heartbreak when…

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In What Do We Trust?

by Fred Swartz “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44, NKJV) My dialogue with…

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Remember

by Bev Hawkins “Only be careful for yourself and watch over your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. Remember the day you…

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The Certainty of God’s Love

by Stephen Coney “. . . God wanted to make the unchangeable character of his purpose perfectly clear to the heirs of his promise . . .” (Hebrews 6:17, ISV) It was the Fall of 1978 and I was sitting in our Ford Falcon with my little sister as our Dad drove us to an…

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Spiritual Spursy

by Leslie Hall “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners,…

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