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    A Life Marked by His True Colors

    Here is a seven year old “journal entry”, still filled with simple yet saving Truth: I was talking with my son this morning about the basic beliefs of Christianity. The conversation got started because we were kindly talking about a friend of his that thinks he’s a Christian. I told him that he should gently and respectfully challenge his friend with the fact that he can know he’s a Christian, not just think he’s one. It was a delight to review the fundamentals of faith with my maturing 17 year-old son by using …legos. You’re never too old to play with legos, especially when they illustrate the beautiful simplicity of…

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    Forty Days of Peace–An On-line Study

    Do you need peace–the kind of peace that passes all understanding? (Phil. 4:7) Soul Sisters Ministry is an on-line group of women who come together daily (M-F) to be encouraged in God’s word. We are starting a new study called Forty Days of Peace. (For more detail on this study, see my previous post entitled “The Order of Peace”). If you are interested, please join us in reading these daily devotions. We would love for you to be a part of this journey! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752566431555141/?ref=share May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:11    

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    The Order of Peace

    What brings peace? Where does it originate? Where can I find it? Over the last month or so, I’ve asked these questions in order to put together a curriculum that I’m currently working on. I’ve gathered a large number of peace related bible verses and they’ve accumulated like a mass of puzzle pieces (or should I say, peaces), waiting to be put in a specific spot in order to create a meaningful picture. This may not be new news, but what I found in my organization process, is that each verse fell into three different places. Soon, the order of peace was clear: Peace WITH God. This is where true…

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    The Habit of Casting

    Are you carrying an unwanted burden at the moment? Maybe you have an armful, or I should say, a heart full of worries that are weighing you down. Because I tend to hold onto anxious thoughts, a bible verse that I revisit over and over again is this one: …casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.   (I Peter 5:7) And this one: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Psalm 55:22) The word “cast” means to throw forcefully in a specified direction. In these two verses, we are given the simple instruction to throw all of our anxieties and burdens off…

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    Three Words to Live By

    I was talking with a friend who had questions about what a daily walk with the Lord looks like. I know each faith walk varies person to person, and even season to season, but in a broad way, here are three words to live by: seek, pray, trust. Seek. Seek God in His word, every day. Daily is key. Don’t we live life every day? Then, let’s seek Him every day! His word is truly the lamp to our feet, and the light to our path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word teaches us truths about who He is, and His great love for us. His word also gives us guidance for…

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    Three Wedding Photos and Three Wedding Thoughts

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, I have chosen to share three pictures from my daughter Emmy’s wedding this past weekend. She was privileged to marry her “best friend Kyle.” I could have picked several dozen different pictures, but these three are the ones I hope will speak to your heart in a deeper way. THE CELEBRATION. Due to planning a wedding during a pandemic, the guest list fluctuated week to week to week. To say the least, the drama involved around the wedding date was incredibly weighty. It saddened us that due to a virus, many people were unable to attend.…

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    Prayer-Full Persistence

    Does our persistence in prayer, our ongoing requests, bother God? I think not. Jesus tells us a parable in scripture (Luke 18:1-8) that actually speaks of just the opposite. The main point He wants to make in this story is stated clearly: “…(we) ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus’ parable calls attention to the attitude of a widow who continuously asks for justice from a godless judge; and finally, because of her persistence, she receives it. She is one of those people who “knocks and keeps knocking.” The good news unfolds as the parable continues, and it ends with this truth: our prayers are met by…

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    Equipped to Do the Call

    Did you know that if you are a follower of Christ you are equipped with the power of God? Does this mean that you can part the Red Sea like Moses or call fire from heaven like Elijah? Uh, probably not; but what it DOES mean is this: you are fully equipped to do every good work that God has called YOU to do. So, what is God asking you to do today?  Don’t make this question too difficult. Just think about today. You don’t have to figure out what your life-long mission is by the end of this post. God will accomplish the “big stuff” in you as you…

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    The Power of Gentleness

    What is gentleness? Is it a weakness of character when one chooses “to be soft”? I asked the Lord these questions and He gave me an opportunity to learn by experience… Last Saturday, I took some newly purchased clothes over to my parent’s house for my mother to try on so she wouldn’t have to enter stores at this very strange time. As she and I “set up shop” in her bedroom, I helped her in and out of each outfit, one of them being a potential rehearsal dinner dress for my daughter Emmy Baxter‘s wedding in a few weeks. Due to my mom’s ongoing back pain and unsure footing,…

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    No Peace? Know Peace!

    Are you in the midst of a storm today? Are you desperate for some peace? Allow me to direct you to seven short verses in the Bible, Mark 4:35-41. In this passage, Jesus is asleep in a boat in the middle of a storm while his disciples are trying to arm-wrestle the wind and the waves without Him. As things get worse, the fearful disciples shake the Prince of Peace to upright position and plead for help. In order to make this passage become more vivid in your mind, step into the storm-tossed boat with the disciples. Feel the waves crashing in and the boat filling up with fierce surges…