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Speaking Life

by Sarah Bently Key Verse: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24, NIV In reviewing for a Sunday school lesson at church, I chatted with God a bit about the creation narrative. Wow. Your words literally created life. Yes. And they still do, every day. What power…

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Battle or Bless

by Fred Swartz Key Verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  – Matthew 5:9, ESV  I have recently been quite frustrated with some decisions made that impact ministry for me.  My perception of those decisions, one in particular, is that they hinder mission and growth of the Kingdom.  Assuming for…

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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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Blessed Feet

by Julie Workman Key Verse: How beautiful on the mountains     are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace,     who bring good tidings,     who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,     “Your God reigns!”  – Isaiah 52:7 NIV  Throughout middle school my feet seemed to take on a life of their own, growing significantly faster than the rest of me. In hindsight, I now…

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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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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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by Gabe Bernal “Behold, I received a command to bless: He has blessed, and I can not revoke it.” (Numbers 23:20, ESV) Have you ever made a promise that you soon discover will be hard to keep? Maybe it’s because circumstances change, perhaps you find that you are unable to keep it or maybe the…

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The Beatitudes

by Karen Kurth “He said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the…

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