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Devotion: Strive #ThisMatters

Luke 3:11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” My wife and I are often amazed at how much stuff we have. Between what we each brought when we moved into our apartment, gifts we’ve received,...
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Devotion: Empathy

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV) Jesus the Great High Priest Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we...
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Devotion: Authentic Worship

Colossians 3:12-17 Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another. If any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave...
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Devotion: Prayer #ThisMatters

Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace...
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The Gift of Female Friends

A while back an article entitled “The Life- changing Power of Female Friendships” caught my eye. The article told stories about friendships among women that emerged from shared life experiences like child rearing and other joys and challenges. It told of women who walked beside...
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Be the Change You Want to See

“Be the change you want to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi As I reflect on all of the happenings in our community, and in our world recently, I often find myself thinking of this phrase. We all have heard this phrase at one point or another, although doesn’t it seem...
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Becoming A God Pleaser

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV) Have you ever met someone who seems to “walk to the beat of their own drum?” Living...
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A Puzzled Look

  My wife’s family loves to do puzzles.  Over the years her father would put out a large (2000-5000 piece) puzzle every couple of years and the family would stand around and work on it over conversation.  It was regularly at the center of activity during family gatherings....
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What Will You Give Up?

Romans 12:1 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you...
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I Am Enough

In mid-January, our women’s ministry team met to discuss the coming year and how we can inspire and meet the needs of ALL women in the congregation. One question our leader, Kathy Paisley, posed was: “Who do you represent?” Wow. What a loaded question. I joined this team 10 years...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: The Lord Will Provide

THE LORD WILL PROVIDE Please read Genesis 22:1-19 So Abraham called that place, “The Lord will provide.” Genesis 22:14 There are many examples of God providing for the needs of His children, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Genesis 22 is a great example of God’s...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Tell the Story

In the mid 80’s I was hired as the library director for a public library in North Central Nebraska. It was a job that I loved, primarily because I had the opportunity to work with young children. I organized and led the story hour program during the summer and checked out books...
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