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How Does God Feel About FEAR?

If fear was necessary to life, God certainly would have given it to us.  But He didn’t! The Bible is very clear about it. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)  That’s new news to many of us.  Fear is a evil spirit and it doesn’t come from God. Understand this, if God is not the author of fear then it’s an enemy spirit and we need to deal with it accordingly. Let’s start by identifying “fear” and all the related “enemy agents.” From concern,…

God Knows Your Name

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m my own worst enemy?”  I have, and I’ve even said it myself on more than a few occasions. I confess that at times I’ve had things go wrong-I’ve made dumb decisions that cost me and others a lot unfortunately- but who hasn’t, right? And who hasn’t, at one time or another, felt like the decisions he or she has made brought God’s judgment down in their life? Well, I was wrong to believe this. I’ve come to realize that I am not the enemy. No matter how many dumb things I’ve done, no…

Ripples in the Pond by Stan Rarden

A man stands on one side of a large pond, skipping rocks on its surface. He does this for a few moments, counting how many times they skip, trying to beat his personal best.  At last he’s out of smooth stones, the kind suitable for skipping, and turns to leave.  Before he does, though, he sees a large, craggy rock at his feet.  Just for fun, he heaves the rock as far into the pond as he can, enjoying the big splash it makes when it hits.  Then he goes, having had his moment of play, forgetting all that he’s…

Change Your Mind

We are promised a transformed life as the result of a renewed mind.  Sometimes we forget how very different God’s way is from the accepted perspectives of the world.  Thought I would just pull this excerpt from the Employed for Life Devotional as a reminder that we are not of this world.  We need to keep Heaven’s point of view at all times, and live it out every day. Holding Kingdom Perspectives For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a…

Open Your Hands

It is amazing how things can creep into our hearts and grow in importance…until they eclipse what really matters and hide what God is doing in our lives.  I hope you will be touched by the simple and powerful message in this blog written by my husband, Stan. We’re married 22 years now, thanks be to God, and if I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a bazillion times from my loving wife… “Hold everything with an open hand.”  When we first met I thought she was just recycling some ancient hippie dogma, along the lines of “If you love…

How Dirty Is Your Windshield?

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 It’s really hard to grasp the practical truth of the above scripture, especially when we’re in the midst of a life change and it’s so dark we cannot see the way ahead of us.  At times the road can be so  obscured we can’t even see the next step in front of us, let alone the upcoming intersections that will call for some choices and decisions on our part….

Remember the Sabbath?

What has caused believers everywhere to think that honoring the Sabbath is now optional?  Somehow, for many of us “commandment” has become “suggestion” and that really only if you feel like it.  Jesus honored the Sabbath so if our intention is to imitate Him (and it should be!) we would  still set aside one full day out of every seven as the Lord’s Day. For twenty four hours we would put our focus, energy, and attention on God and Him alone.  (And let’s not get distracted by whether that day should be Saturday or Sunday—chances are the ones having that argument…

Practicing Your Serve

Do you know that whenever you show up to work in the church or to volunteer for a service assignment you are really showing up for Disciple’s Boot Camp? You might think that you found some extra time and wanted to put it to good use, or that you’d like to “give back” in appreciation for all you’ve received. Perhaps you are concerned about the current state of the world or your community and you want to change things and make a difference. Be that as it may, no matter what motivation brought you to this point, it’s really God…