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Stand Firm: A Choice To Rest

Stand Firm: A Choice To Rest

"Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm." – Isaiah 7:9 NLT Our mighty God is sovereign over everything and He knows the beginning from the end.  When he declares what will take place before it happens, the hearer can know for certain that events will transpire exactly as He stated. In Isaiah 7, the Lord states that a pending invasion would never take place, but to the king, He added, "Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.” This does not mean that...

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Giving Thanks No Matter How I Feel

Giving Thanks No Matter How I Feel

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:26-29 NLT) Thanksgiving is intrinsically rewarding as graciousness is practiced and...

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Growing In Faith

Growing In Faith

“Be not afraid, only believe.” - Mark 5:36 As citizens of heaven, we are called to a life of faith.  Faith in our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally, but who also requires faith to please Him.  Jesus is the master teacher of faith and trust, always leading people past the signs, miracles, and works to a further revelation of Himself.  When Jairus came to Jesus in desperation over his ailing daughter, he sought a quick healing work, but the Lord delayed.  This delay was not a mistake or an...

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Ice Cream is Good For the Soul Sometimes

Ice Cream is Good For the Soul Sometimes

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”– Matthew 21:22 I received this story via email sometime ago. I have no idea if it is true, but it illustrates simple truths about prayer and our Father in Heaven. Last week I took my children to a restaurant and my six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice...

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