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When We Barely Can Pray

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Sometimes prayer barely has words. We hardly know what to say, or we don’t know at all; maybe we can’t even speak. We are at the end of ourselves, and there is no good solution. Our tears can be prayers, too. Jesus prayed a wordless prayer when, out of compassion for his friends...

Joyful, Fearless and Free

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Jesus came, lived and died for us. But that is not the end of the story. The grave is empty. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! It is finished. The work is done. So, what’s next? I once heard a preacher, Hud McWilliams, say that the marks of a Christian should be freedom and joy. It hit me...

What's Your Name

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My mom died 12 years ago today. I really miss her. She’s the one who gave me my name. If she told the story once, she told it a couple hundred times. Because of an illness and treatment my father had had years before I was conceived, they didn’t know if I would survive to birth. So...

My Peace I Give To You

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” — John 14:27 When Jesus came to earth almost 2,000 years ago, no one could have imagined what would follow...

Hospital Staff

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And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” — Luke 5:31–32 “Jesus is the physician and the church is the hospital.” On Sunday, Casey Coats...

Run, Fight or Surrender

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5–6 I have serious anxiety credentials. From my childhood, well into adulthood, anxiety and fear manifested themselves in...

My List

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 2:12 God. Family. Service. These are the three main priorities I prayerfully...

What's Your Story?

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but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect — 1 Peter 3:15 “So, what’s your testimony?” It was a perfectly reasonable...

Yield

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Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the...

Share With Others

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Devotional writers have been tasked this week to write “about a time when God changed your situation and how you were compelled to share with others,” like the man who was deaf and mute and was healed by Jesus (Mark 7:31–37). Unfortunately, I have to tell you how much I...


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