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I Get Hungry

At least three times a day, my stomach reminds me that it needs to be filled. Sadly, I too often fill it too much. With all the wonderful selections that can be had from the cupboards and fridge contents, is that really much of a surprise? If I really wanted to, a quick drive would…

Join us in reading the Bible in 2017

ABC Family, There has never been another time in history when God’s Word has been so accessible to so many. God’s Word internalized leads to encouragement of others and personal life change. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual…

when our church does not gather

The snow is keeping us from gathering, but that does not mean that we cannot think of one another. Here is a plan to consider implementing with your family when the weather keeps us from coming together in worship and service. Sing a song – whether you live alone or with family and/or friends, worship God in song. If you can’t hold…

Is it godly to be busy?

I want to appear important. What better way than to be busy? The incredible hours, the crowded schedule, and the heavy demands of my time are proof to myself and to all who will notice – that I am important. …I live in a society in which crowded schedules and harassed conditions are evidence of importance, so I develop a crowded schedule…

A Love Affair with Sin

“Our love affairs with sin are not just a matter of morality, though, but of joy. This is not just about faithfulness to God, but about finding our deepest, most satisfying fulfillment. Many people think following Jesus means surrendering our happiness. You can either enjoy a fun, passionate, and exciting life here for a short time or live a bland, boring, but…

Works of Service

We often forget that the body of Christ comes together to serve, not receive. Here is a Scriptural reminder of that truth. Ephesians 4:11–13 (NIV) — 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until…

Do you blush in the presence of God?

The verse none of us like that is as true of us as it was for Ezra and the people of his day: Ezra 9:6 (ESV) — 6 saying: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the…