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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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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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The devil cometh…

  This morning my devotional time took me to 2 Kings 18.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m an Old Testament kinda gal. I love the wisdom that comes to God’s church from the OT, and I love the “voice” God uses and the examples He provides in those ancient texts.  For me, they make sense. They explain struggles and … Continue reading »

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Called to be a reporter? Maybe…

    Have you ever been tempted to tattle on another? Conversely, have you said nothing about a situation that maybe should have been talked about.  Did you look the other way, or decide to “stay outta it?”  We Christians sometimes find ourselves torn between two opinions, don’t we?  On one hand, we want to be non-judgmental, … Continue reading »

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