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Faithful to Answer

“…and they cried out to the Lord,… So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” 2 Chronicles 13:14b, 18 We see the character of our Heavenly Father throughout the scriptures.  In 2 Chronicles 13 Israel was divided, and the northern kingdom of Israel was attacking the southern kingdom of Judah from both sides. In verse 14 it is recorded that King Abijah of Judah and his people looked to the Lord and cried out for help. Even though Abijah was a very evil king, he looked to the Lord in a time of deep crisis and the Lord answered. Look at the willingness of our God to respond swiftly to...

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Soar, Run, and Walk

“Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.” Isaiah 40:3-4   Looking back over the past year, feelings of gratitude are mingled with regret.  Gratitude for how our Heavenly Father has sustained us and carried us through, and possibly regret over missed opportunities or mistakes. The spectrum of emotion varies equally regarding our outlook of a brand new year, and for 2020, a new decade.  From wide-eyed wonder and expectation of great things for some to melancholy indifference for others, the scale of hope is as varied as there are...

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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 act of indifference; it was not an inconvenience to Jesus to minister to this young girl, but it was an opportunity to grow Jairus in faith. Jesus showed compassion to...

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