Say Yes to the Best

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Say Yes to the Best by Diana C. Derringer   “Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come’” (Mark 1:38, NIV).   The smiling bride-to-be held a dress bag and a sign reading, I said yes to […]

Writing Worthy Words

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Writing Worthy Words by Alice Murray   “If you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman” (Jeremiah 15:19b, NIV)   My pen flew over the paper as I raced to jot down what I heard. Packed with tips and challenges for improving my writing, the webinar for […]

Sharpening Words

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Sharpening Words by Jan Powell   “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 ESV).   Sharpening knives registers low on my list of fun things to do in the kitchen. Close to cleaning tiny crevices and scrubbing the floor. As a result, I neglect the task until […]

Developing Capacity

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Developing Capacity by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes   “Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29, NIV).   Why aren’t some of us receiving many of the blessings God promised us? What must we do to receive all we desire […]

Come On, I’ll Show You

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Come On, I’ll Show You by Sharron Cosby   “Jesus said to them, ‘When you pray, say this: ‘Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come. Give us day by day the food we need. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring hard […]

Am I Wasting My Time?

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Am I Wasting My Time? by Tina Yeager   “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and […]

Strengthened by the Weight

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Strengthened by the Weight by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes   “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, CEV).   I have two daughters who ran track throughout high school. The youngest continues to run as a collegiate athlete. She […]

Fresh Starts

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Fresh Starts by Jan Powell   “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to […]

Doorkeepers

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Doorkeepers by Tina Yeager   “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:10, NIV).   Dead leaves pollute my front stoop. I’ve lost concern over the buried mat in this season of rare visitors. As uninviting […]

Making the Grade

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Making the Grade by Jan Powell   “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Philippians 3:12, ESV).   Learning drills in elementary school bored me. At metal desks with […]