Category Archives: encouragement

Like Well-Watered Gardens: Isaiah 58

  “Feed the hungry,     and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,     and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually,     giving you water when you … Continue reading

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Yield to God

 I read a story about a radio exchange that took place some time ago between a U.S. Navy ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland. The Canadians warned the Americans and the conversation went something like this: “Please … Continue reading

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Killing My Sin, Before It Kills Me

We are for the most part anyway, eager to please God. We are Jesus’ people with the occasional brush with sin. But hey, who doesn’t? But that attitude must be questioned. “My little children, these things I write to you, … Continue reading

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The Urgency of This Moment

   “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” John 9:4, NLT To be quick means that we move very fast; being slow … Continue reading

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Go Lower Yet

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 Some Christians reading this part of scripture, have concluded that foot washing should be part of the Churches customary routine.  … Continue reading

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Getting Past Your Past

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”  2 Corinthians 7:10, … Continue reading

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When It is Far Too Dark

Practical Thinking: When the Darkness Overwhelms Depression has been called the “common cold” of mental disorders, and one source estimates that it disrupts the lives of 30 to 40 million Americans. For many, a “cold” isn’t even close to describing … Continue reading

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