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Abiding in Christ

An ongoing, lifegiving connection with Christ and His love that results in fruit, joy, and glory to God. Living in His love includes our responsibility to continue interacting with His Word, keeping His commandments, and conversing (prayer) with Him.   Biblical References: Ps. 90:1; John 15:4-11, 16:13-15, Acts 17:28; 1 John 2:24ff  For more on abiding…

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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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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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Pearl of Great Price

by Glenda Alvord Rudat Key Verse:    “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:45-46, NIV  She was a dear friend, a pillar of the women’s ministries, even had an apartment…

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Stability in Change

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:   “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  – 1 John 4:16, NAS95  I can’t remember a time since moving to Germany where change ceased, paused, or…

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Cycle of Grace Summary

by Joy McAuley   There are four dimensions in the Cycle of Grace. We begin, or we could say God begins, with our complete and undeserved acceptance by God through Jesus. This is pure grace pouring into our lives. We haven’t done anything to bring that grace into our lives, it’s just a gift from…

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A Life of Prayer

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: “It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”” –  Luke 11:1 NAS95 When it comes to prayer, I need help. Jesus, on the other hand,…

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Caring for Clay

by Karen Kurth But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV) Recently I asked God to show me my attachments that took me away from His presence. What came to mind was my preoccupation with body image.…

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In Your Midst

by Karen Huber “The Lord your God is in your midst,     a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness;     he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) I went to church this week, though likely not the one you’re thinking…

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With Us

by Doug Mitts …and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 NIV11) I’ve had a long-standing conversation with the Spirit – one that I was mostly unaware of, but it kept repeating. I heard periodically, “I am…

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