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New and Old Treasure

by Fred Swartz Key Verse:    “And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’”  – Matthew 13:52, ESV As a missionary, it’s probably fair to describe me to some…

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Hearing Heaven

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:    “He who has ears, let him hear.” – Matthew 13:9, NAS95 God focused my heart on passages like this in 1994. Peter spoke on hearing God and my heart quickened, to some degree, to the reality of heaven here, all around me. I became aware of Godaccessibly present with me. That made…

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Shaping Reality

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse: “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life”   – Proverbs 4:23, HCSB I can be a bit of an overthinker. I’m sure many of you can relate. My mind never stops. If I’m not careful, I can think something to death.  I will hyper focus on…

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Our God is Pruning On

by Fred Swartz “And in that day, declares the Lord, I will cut off your horses from among you and will destroy your chariots; and I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds.” (Micah 5:10-11, ESV) God has a strange idea of what victory looks like. In the…

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Fruit Happens

by Doug Mitts And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (Matthew 13:23, NAS95) I love the metaphors of Scripture. They possess a simplicity that…

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On the Rocks

by Karen Huber I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well.…

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Which Fruit?

by Fred Swartz “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8, ESV) I keep coming back to this scripture now that I’ve been in full-time ministry for a few years. What kind of fruit in my life glorifies the Father? I suppose there…

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