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I didn’t marry my Prince Charming

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Life | 0 comments

Recently a young woman was sharing about marital problems she and her husband were having when she stopped short and said, “Oh, never mind. You have the perfect marriage and wouldn’t even understand what I’m talking about.” I have had similar conversations over countless years which always leaves me shaking my head. What people see is the forty year redemptive work of Christ on display in our lives, not our doing but His doing. Hopefully a covenant-keeping display of Christ’s love for His Church. Often Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms give us a “snapshot”, at best, of the lives who post them. Lives framed in perfect portrayals of marriage,...

Because of God’s Grace

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Life | 1 comment

I don’t know about you, but when I read devotions there are some that I simply read and say “Yeah I see that.” While others grab me by the heart and don’t let me go quite so easily. March 5 was one of those days.  It was also a day that I wondered to myself if anyone else was snagged by it? Am I the only one who has read Romans 8:31-39 a bajllion times only to still struggle with something I no longer had to worry about? What was is it that I read that had me so entangled? If you are God’s child, you can rest assured...

5 Steps to Making Effective New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Life | 1 comment

A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior. Did you make a New Year Resolution? The statistics say about 45% of us made a New Year Resolution. What did we resolve? The top 5 are: Lose weight Get organized Save more and spend less Enjoy life to the fullest Stay fit and healthy And the good news is that 75% of us keep the resolutions we make! Well, at least we will for the first week, and mostly for the second week, but we do start...

The Angel’s Candle – Fourth Week of Advent

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Advent |

  In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them,    “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there...

God Came to the Ungood – 3rd Candle of Advent

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Advent, Holidays |

 The Shepherd’s Candle  The lighting of this candle is a reminder that God came for the most unlikely and insignificant people. By that I mean this, the first announcement of the Messiah’s birth was given to a group of shepherds! (Luke 2:8-14) There was not a more unlikely group to receive such an important announcement, unless maybe it was the Gentiles. Think about it. If you were making the announcements who would you pick to hear it first? The high priest? The whole company of priests? The religious ruling body called the Sanhedrin? King Herod? All of these would be possibilities. But God chose none of them. The People...