He holds the victory

Looking at verse 9, what a beautiful promise is given here. If we do not rebel against the Lord but, instead, walk in obedience, we needn’t be afraid of what’s to come. The Lord walks with us. He protects us against evil. My heart aches at some of the things happening...

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Reaping what we sow

Focusing mostly on verse 8 today… Who doesn’t like God’s blessings? We all want to be showered with blessings, but sometimes we forget the verse about reaping what we sow. God wants us to live in the land of milk and honey, where our thirst is quenched, our hearts are...

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A relationship with Him

So many people say they believe there is a God. Many of those same people will also admit that much of the Bible—such as instruction not to kill, steal, or lie—is right. But believing God exists and having a relationship with Him are two completely different things....

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Our testimony to share

When I was a toddler, my mother took me to visit a neighbor. The woman offered me a banana, and—as all moms do—Mom prompted me with, “What do you say, Kim?” I said, “Can my daddy have one, too?” That wasn’t exactly the response Mother was expecting, but the neighbor...

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Hymn day: “Trust and Obey”

HYMN DAY! Do you believe God does everything for a reason? God intercepted Saul on a highway for a specific purpose, and Saul-turned-Paul was obedient to the call. God has a purpose for you, too. Are you obedient? “Trust and Obey” by John H. Sammis. When we walk with...

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Time with the Father

I remember Sunday mornings when my girls were young. During the weekdays, our schedules put us through the single bathroom in our house in shifts, but on Sundays we all needed in there at the same time. Too often the hour before church was more stressful than serene,...

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Prayer is never wasted

(This week I’m on the K-Love cruise, basking in warm breezes and beautiful ocean views, so I’m sharing a few ocean images with you. Enjoy!) When we see a need, what prevents us from trying to meet it? Fear of rejection? Worry that we won’t have the resources to...

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Tell it to Jesus

An old hymn says, “Are you weary, are you heavy laden? … Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to Jesus…” Jesus understands everything we feel because He’s felt it, too. His understanding means He can meet us where we are and guide us forward into a place of...

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Time with the Messiah

Do you ever fall into the trap of saying, “I’m going to [fill in the blank] for God,” but then get caught up in life’s busyness and not actually get to it? The Jews had long anticipated the arrival of their Messiah. They had all sorts of plans for when He came. But...

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Loving with God’s love

One of the things I really miss is hanging out with my mom. She and I had such fun together. We could talk for hours about things both serious and humorous. We laughed and we cried together. I trusted her with anything, because I knew without a doubt that despite my...

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Forgiveness sets us free

(I’m using pictures of snowy landscapes this week since it is January, wintertime, and cold in Kansas.) We talked in Sunday school a week ago about how culture changes and morality shifts, but truth as found in God’s Word does not change. We’re human, and we’re part...

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