Rule of Life

A personal Rule of Life is a Spirit-led written description of how we want to order our life as a follower of Christ. To create a rule of life, we first envision the Christian life we want to live. How is God calling us to live?  What kind of character qualities is the Holy Spirit…

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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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Empowered Speech

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” – Colossians 4:6, NAS95 I wish I could do this better than I do now. I have noticed, though, the Spirit rearranging my words as I speak…

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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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Seeing the Unseen

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.…In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. – John 14:18, 20, NAS95 Jesus speaks truth, but often those truths come from outside my normal frame of…

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A Jesus Filled Life

by Karen Kurth Key Verse: My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me. – John 10:27, NKJV  Early in my time in Romania – pre-GEM and pre-knowing Romanian – I went to the piața to buy potatoes. I had to go to the piața because there was only one grocery store…

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These Fleeting Things

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8, ESV I recently watched one of England’s matches during the Euros (football tournament) with a friend. He is English and heavily invested in the result of the match. It was a close one, and needless to say, my…

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Life in Jesus

by Leslie Hall Key Verse: “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. – Psalm 139:1, NET There are lyrics by a little indie band called mewithoutYou that have stuck with me ever since I first heard them as a 14-year-old full of teenage angst (any other “emo kids” out there?) and as a brand new…

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Real Spirit

by Karen Huber Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken… Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:5-6 and 12, NIV) I didn’t grow…

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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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