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Time for Joy

Time for Joy

Time for Joy Rejoice always. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16 If you’re waiting for everything in life to be perfect in order to begin rejoicing, then here’s a rather disappointing spoiler alert: life will never be all sunshine and roses; thorns and clouds will always make an appearance. Jesus said it this way, In this world

Jesus, I Need You… When I Feel Disappointment

This Mixed-up World Dear Jesus,
I’m frustrated with this mixed-up world. Everything seems turned upside down. What You’ve declared to be evil and wrong is often considered to be right and good. There are even those who change Your Word so it fits what they want to do and who they want You to be. You’re

The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. — John 10:11 A bad shepherd lets his sheep to stray. He neglects the flock, allowing the sheep to graze in bad fields or experience life-threatening thirst. He beats the lambs to teach submission and obedience. He isn’t alert to

Guard Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. — Proverbs 4:23 Have you ever said something and wondered where that comment came from? Or maybe an idea crossed your mind that you wouldn’t tell your best friend about — and exactly where did that come from? Or maybe you did

Though the Cost Be High

Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. — Luke 9:23 Anything worth having, costs.
 Cars and houses cost. So does a college education. And so do relationships. In friendship, parenting, and marriage, we give up some of our preferences, we learn to compromise, and

Why, When, and How Should We Pray?

Why Should We Pray? God insists that we ask, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking. — Catherine Marshall Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. — Philippians 4:6 So I say

Full Potential in Jesus

Later, as Jesus left the town, He saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow Me and be My disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed Him. —
Luke 5:27-28 (NLT) Jesus had a knack for looking at people and seeing something different from what

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