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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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God’s Love-Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom shares how she experienced the reality of God’s love standing when all else had fallen, the powerful change that comes when God pours the “ocean of his love” into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), and how the “highest potential of God’s love is available for the trivial things of…

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Open Ears

by Fred Swartz “And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.” (Luke 7:35, ESV) My wife was talking recently as she has several times in the past about how much she dislikes phone calls now, at least for relatively mundane communication. Life with 7 children is, well, loud, so phone…

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Living His Word

by Doug Mitts Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:23, NAS95) Obedience can sound or feel offensive. Interestingly, when it comes to God, I can think His…

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Obedience

by Fred Swartz “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey…

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Trust Deeper

by Karen Kurth Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10, NIV) My sending church in the States has us fill out an agonizing yearly review. Part of that review is to set a goal for the next year. I confess…

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Staying Connected to the Source

by Gabe Bernal “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1, ESV) “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4, ESV) Some of the most amazing…

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Everyday Obedience

by Fred Swartz “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25, ESV) Once when I was on a bus the Holy Spirit gave me a message for a guy that I watched get on the bus, then He said not to pursue any conversation with him…