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Author Archives: Lori Hoose

What kind of David are You?

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands… 1 Samuel 17: 45-46   Where are the heroes? Where are … Continue reading »

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Male Friends Matter!

I recently read a convicting write-up about the lack of close friendships among men.  With all that society puts on them, more than a few men are struggling to maintain balance in their lives. Take a look at these statistics: The Center for Disease Control says almost 1 in 5 men will meet the criteria … Continue reading »

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Heart Moves

…everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. Ezra 1:5-6 My devotions this morning took me to Ezra 1, … Continue reading »

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If You’re Happy and You Know It…

[They] wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.  No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.  Ezra 3:12-13 Have you ever been … Continue reading »

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His Love Endures Forever

This morning’s devotions took me to Psalm 136, and what a rich time of blessing I had in those few moments when I remembered God through this psalm. Psalm 136 speaks of the wonder of God, the majesty of his Plan, the work of His hands, and the hard places of life that exist for … Continue reading »

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Devotional-November 5 2015

Having a lot of friends doesn’t shield any of us from misfortune, we know this, but we also understand that tough times don’t seem so tough when we go through them with a loyal and trusted friend. Question: How wide is your friend circle these days? Nothing is solved by doing nothing, and friendships like … Continue reading »

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Just for Today

Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful…  Anonymous Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Philippians 4:8  In the circles I … Continue reading »

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A Sometimes Confusing Gift

After several days of visiting, a prophet from Judea by the name of Agabus came down to see us. He went right up to Paul, took Paul’s belt, and, in a dramatic gesture, tied himself up, hands and feet. He said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: The Jews in Jerusalem are going to … Continue reading »

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Not by Force

Not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Zechariah 4:6 How is it that we find victory in this life? God says the only way is by depending on His Spirit to guide us. The voice of the world says, “Listen to me. Depend on governments I … Continue reading »

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The Prophet Speaks…

Joshua, standing before the angel, was dressed in dirty clothes. The angel spoke to his attendants, “Get him out of those filthy clothes,” and then said to Joshua, “Look, I’ve stripped you of your sin and dressed you up in clean clothes.” I spoke up and said, “How about a clean new turban for his … Continue reading »

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