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God's Rest

god's rest

"We're called to rest and trust in God. As God says in Isaiah 30:15 “For thus said Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.' But you were unwilling...”. God's call to us every week is to remember him and to rest in him. Instead of being a burden, the fourth commandment reminds us to st...

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God's Provision

God's provision

"Friends and a church that has regularly reminded us in the past few months to look to Christ. Only He is enough. So as we look forward and, unlike Joseph, don’t know how much longer restrictions will continue, what can we hope in? What will give us purpose? As all of Joseph’s story teaches, Christ is with us and he will always be sufficient." ...

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The Doubt of Thomas

The doubt of Thomas

"In the same way, even though Thomas doubted Jesus’s promise to rise from the dead and doubted the testimony of others that he had, Jesus was still merciful and patient with him. He showed up the next week and let Thomas see and touch him. And in response Thomas believed and acknowledged Jesus as Lord and God. "...

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Contending for Renewal

Contending for renewal

"One of the most consistent questions in my Christian walk is “what do I need to do?” Confronting that head on is Isaiah 30:15, one of the most comforting/convicting passages in the Bible for me: “For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not....

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Offering & Renewed Generosity

offering & renewed generosity

"He gives us the opportunity each week to praise him with thankful hearts, and one of those ways is giving money. It’s hard for me to do this with rejoicing, probably because I’m so thankless. I forget that everything I have is God’s, I forget all that God has done for me, and I forget that giving is an opportunity God gives us to worship him rather than a drudgery o...

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Remembering God's Goodness

remembering god's goodness

"Now theLordwas gracious to Sarah as he had said, and theLorddid for Sarah what he had promised.Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.Abraham gave the name Isaacto the son Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.' "After twenty-five years of waiting, God k...

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Work and Eternity

work and eternity

"Our lives in this world are helping to bring about his kingdom and prepare the way for the return of Christ. Our work, our relationships, our hobbies, all of it is actually important and is preparing both us and the world for Christ’s second coming. By looking forward to the end of the story in Revelation 21, as Moses did, we’re reminded that our life right now has et...

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Celebrating the Spirit

Celebrating

God had kept his promise and given his Holy Spirit to the disciples. And now he was giving it to all who trusted in Christ for salvation. ...

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Return to Your First Love

Return to Your First Love

When does anyone have time to take 5 minutes to read a chapter a day, much less think about it and pray about it? Yet the purpose of this isn’t to add one more thing to a to-do list....

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Open Hands

Open Hands

You see, I’m not that different from Nebuchadnezzar. He wanted to build a legacy for himself, and he did. Just like him, I’m trying to build a legacy… And I’m anxious when I think that I might not accomplish these goals or, even worse, that having accomplished them I might see them taken away from me. ...

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Holy of Holies

Holy of Holies

I wonder how the priests felt every day when they went into the temple and saw the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple. Did they look at it with dread? Or curiosity? Or maybe they longed to be in God's presence just for a moment even if it killed them......

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