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    90’s Karaoke and Time With Jesus

    Jesus said to them, `Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.’ Mark 6:31-33 (WE) I was in the middle of baking four dozen chocolate cupcakes. Both my daughters have birthdays the same week and I was knocking out this task while they were at school one morning. I decided I would blast some of my favorite musical hits from my younger years while they weren’t around since I wouldn’t receive any flack or questions like, “what is this stuff?” or “how could you listen to this?” I was a few songs in to my personal karaoke session (fully equipped with wooden spoon-mic) when I started to feel this little nudge on my heart. It felt similar to the way God will correct me at times, so I responded with, “but there’s nothing wrong with the lyrics.” I was just having
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    Are You a Spiritual Snob?

    Do you ever have those moments when a thought seems to come out of nowhere? I don’t exactly know where this thought came from, but as I was loading the dishwasher one morning, it just popped into my head. It really caused me to think, to examine my own heart. Sometimes in our Christian walk we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that there is a whole world out there filled with lost people – people who need Christ. We surround ourselves with others who are just like us. Maybe it is out of fear. It might be because we don’t like being outside of our comfort zone. Or, maybe it is just easier to follow Christ when we are not challenged – it isn’t too hard to stand up for what is right when you are surrounded by people who pretty much think the same way
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    Fearless Business

    When you feed your fear, you’ll starve your faith.  But when you feed your faith, you’ll starve your fear! In our busy world, everyone seems to want to be better.; climb the corporate ladder, strive for excellence, be better than Pinterest. Even in our churches, we see the need to want to be the best. But something happens when we hear the call from the Lord to do something greater for Him.  Initially, there may be excitement, but then, sometimes, hesitation and fear seem to creep in and shift our gaze to our ineffectiveness for the task. What you fear most will grip you and hold you back from advancing. You are God’s greatest creation, and He is calling you to live fearlessly for Him. His desire is that your faith grows and burns so strongly that whenever He calls upon you to go, to move, to do, the answer
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    We took a trip to Florida recently and I was amazed at how I felt as I boarded the plane. It was same as when I boarded the shuttle bus that would carry us from long-term parking to the terminal. I kept waiting for the fear to rise but it never did. Not too long ago I was frozen on the ground. Merely observing a plane overhead caused me to panic. To actually fly made me physically ill and I’d obsess over the trip for months in advance. The night before a return trip home -just four years ago- saw me curled up on the bathroom floor, sobbing. It was irrational and I knew it, but the fear had me gripped in its claws. It no longer controls me. I still don’t like flying. I don’t like how it makes me feel; I get the same feeling on an elevator
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    From SCARED to SACRED By Way of a Holy Perspective

    I’ll admit right from the start…I’m a bit of a nerd…a word nerd, that is! I know, pretty geeky, right? But it is totally true. I love words. I love the sounds they make, the games they play, and the fun they have when perfectly positioned in a poem or in prose. I love rhymes, alliteration, and statements that stick. Yep, I even love grammar and the rules it imposes on words. It’s all fascinating to me, and oftentimes God will show me something in a word picture. In fact, He drew a picture for me with the two bold words in the title of this article by simply rearranging two letters, and what it spoke to my heart was pretty profound! Have you ever been scared? I know, I know… dumb question, right? We’ve all been scared. Scared to take that next step. Scared to make that phone call. Scared
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    My Crown of Joy

    We can all struggle with the tendency to become annoyed with people.  Little nuances like; how a person chews, clicks that pen in a meeting, drives, or whistles all day long can make you feel like someone is running their nails on an old fashioned chalkboard. As Christians, we strive to keep our cool, and keep ourselves in check. We know we are to “love our neighbor as our self” (Matt. 19:19), but some days, frankly, that can seem far reaching. We know we should “value others above ourselves” (Phil. 2:3), but it’s just that it! It is our “self” that gets in the way, where selfishness can take over, pushing the other person’s needs and desires aside. I came across a verse when reading in Philippians one day.  It may have been one we have all glossed over in the past. An introductory phrase, yet, I know that every
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    The Way in a Manger

    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 (NIV) The years prior to Jesus being born were very dark. Isaiah says that people looked for light, but all was darkness. God had been silent for many years, and people were desperate for direction. There was confusion, distress, and yet – hope. In the midst of great darkness, God’s light is unmistakable. God uses the most difficult of circumstances to show his grace & love to the world. A season of trial leaves us empty handed, stripped down, and humbled by life. There is no worldly comfort to hold on to. And yet, we can have hope. We can have hope because God has promised us good things. John 10:10 says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV). That means that even in our darkest
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