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Do Good for All People

The Apostle Paul frequently wrote on the theme of doing good for all people. When Paul talks about the freedom we have in Christ, he essentially says it is expressed through doing good things. In Thessalonians, it says, "And as for you, brothers and sisters, never...

Jesus’ Family is Our Church Family

Today I want to talk about our church family and the family of God, because I recently read this passage about Jesus' family and it made me think. When you watch a beautiful family, it's incredibly inspiring, isn't it? If you're blessed to have one of those, it's a...

God Uses Ordinary People (Nehemiah’s Story)

In the book of Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, the Israelites were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon. He took the people of Israel, destroyed their city, brought them to Babylon, and made them prisoners. Over many years, Nebuchadnezzar died, and the...

Why Does the Word of God Call Us to Love Our Neighbor?

Why Does the Word of God Call Us to Love Our Neighbor?

He wants to restore the world through his people. He wants to use us, where we live, work and play, to bring restoration to the world. By loving our neighbor, as Jeremiah 29 commands and as we see throughout the Bible, we bring God’s hope and love to the world, and peace to ourselves.

Trusting God, Even on Lonely Sundays

Trusting God, Even on Lonely Sundays

During my church-hunt, I discovered Sunday is the loneliest day of the week. But I felt some comfort in believing the Spirit would guide me as I journaled through Psalm 13 – a directional song David must have written during a limbo time in his own life. Trusting God can be a sweet journey.

True Beauty and the Women of God

True Beauty and the Women of God

The world we live in is materialistic and focused on appearances. In the world’s eyes, if you look beautiful, you are beautiful. As women of God we need to wrestle that thought to the ground.

Friendship and Reconciliation (Take Five)

Friendship and Reconciliation (Take Five)

If you’re like me, you need to hear about people who are courageously honest and welcoming – who reconcile and seek justice, who keep their eyes on Jesus and their arms outstretched in love toward others. I hope this collection of posts from around the web encourages your heart today – let’s live authentically and with purpose in our relationships today.

The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

In a beautiful and succinct description of how to be present and love one another, the apostle Paul tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) In the best of times and the worst of times it is a gift to be with one another, and by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, God is present.

What’s Your Response When Gossip is Served?

What’s Your Response When Gossip is Served?

How will you respond next time gossip is served? We’re all guilty of it eating and serving gossip. We dress it up sometimes, making it look presentable. Sometimes we even say it’s a prayer request. After all, everyone needs prayer, don’t they? There are reasons why we take part in these tasty morsels, but maybe being aware of them can help us to push away from the table.