A Soul’s Value

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26, NAS95  As I weighed what I wanted to do with my life, I remember having a well-paying job right after…

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The Cost

By Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – Luke 14:33, NIV  Everything costs something. This is something that I have constantly been reminded of in my life. No matter what I want, it comes with a cost. Sometimes it…

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A True Foundation

by Krishana Kraft Key Verse:  “For no one can lay any foundation, other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” – 1 Corinthians 3:11, NIV When I lived in southern California, I made Newport Beach one of my weekly stops. This is a popular spot for surfers because of the immense waves. I found it…

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Kingdom Parables

by Karen Kurth Key Verse:   Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade…

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Waiting on a Promise

by Sarah Bently God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Numbers 23:19, ESV) God made me a promise ten years ago. Only it wasn’t…

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In What Do We Trust?

by Fred Swartz “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44, NKJV) My dialogue with…

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The Certainty of God’s Love

by Stephen Coney “. . . God wanted to make the unchangeable character of his purpose perfectly clear to the heirs of his promise . . .” (Hebrews 6:17, ISV) It was the Fall of 1978 and I was sitting in our Ford Falcon with my little sister as our Dad drove us to an…

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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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