The Valley of the Shadow of Life

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Psalm 23:4,5 The …

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Servants of Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Matthew 5:7     As Christians, we talk a lot about grace. We’re saved by grace, and we couldn’t make it through a day without grace so it’s only natural that we think a lot about it. Brennen Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a few …

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May Thier Memory Be Eternal

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 Today is a very special day. It’s a day we stop and remember those we’ve loved and lost in this world. We …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Good Friday

“14 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.” Psalm 40:14 Read Psalm 40 The Goodness of Death Is there anything more certain than death? It feels so certain because it comes to all people with no respect of person; young and old, rich and poor…no one escapes. Yet, …

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Raised from the Ashes: Holy Week Tuesday

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18 Read 1 Cor. 18-31 The Daily Cross As we journey through Holy Week, we are drawing ever nearer the source of our power as believers. The …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Day 32

“7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.”   2 Cor. 4:7 2 Cor. 4:1-12 Jars of Clay Have you ever wondered why there are some things in life you just can’t seem to do, no matter how hard you try? Many …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent-Day 10, In Memory of My Father

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24 Read John 5:24-30 Lent-Day 9 had no post as I was officiating at my father's funeral. Day -10 is In …

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Raised From the Ashes: Lent – Day 7

Lent – Wednesday, Day 7 “And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed” Mark 1:35 Read Mark 1:29-45   Lonely Places Generally speaking, loneliness is not good for us humans. However, we can acknowledge that there are times when we need …

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“Raised from the Ashes”: First Friday, The Power of the Cross

"Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die." Ezekiel 18:4 Read Ezekiel 18: 1-9 The Power of the Cross Have you ever felt as though you were living with some sort of family curse? That may sound …

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