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What is Conflict anyway?

What is Conflict anyway?

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (ESV) Conflict, what is conflict anyway? A conflict is usually a serious disagreement or argument, typically a lengthy one between two or more […]

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  May 10, 2017   No comments
Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow….For a long time I used to rely on a wise saying that it is better to bend like a willow than break like a mighty oak….The meaning of this to me was that it was better to surrender in love, truth and humility, to a storm of conflict, than to stand […]

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  May 3, 2017   3 comments
A Harsh Reality

A Harsh Reality

The Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor (Matthew 18:21-35) offers us who like to think we are Christians, a harsh reality: Forgive—you’re in. Don’t forgive—you’re out. And, of course, Jesus is talking about Heaven in that parable. I find it interesting that a debtor and money was used in the parable because it is both money […]

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  April 6, 2017   No comments
Please Have Mercy

Please Have Mercy

“Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart.  Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart” -Shawn Mendes These lyrics kept going through my head as I tried to think about what mercy was to me. My step dad passed a few months ago. When he was in the ICU dying from lung […]

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  April 5, 2017   2 comments
Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds. This floated past me one day – a few different times – and it stuck. Funny how, when we are open to see the perspective we need for the moment, messages will come to us in many […]

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  April 2, 2017   No comments
Nurture Your Seed …

Nurture Your Seed …

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds […]

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  March 28, 2017   No comments
Many Get Invited; Only a Few Make it.

Many Get Invited; Only a Few Make it.

My daughter is reading William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in her 9th grade English class. She’s having a hard time understanding it and so she came to me for help. “Don’t look at me, kid,”  was my first thought. I remember reading the play in my 9th grade English class. Every time the teacher called […]

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  March 22, 2017   No comments

Satisfying our Hunger

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”  – George Carlin Ugh.  When I read my assignment for this series and saw I would be needing to identify with the parable of the hidden treasure, I cringed.  Jesus was an amazing teacher, but […]

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  March 17, 2017   1 comment

Joy in Whatever Circumstance

It’s Friday and I’m sitting listening to “How Great Is Our God”, singing to myself and thinking about what keeps us from the next level, or reaching our capabilities that God has given us. How do we know what He has in store for us? What if we keep getting in His way? Fail to […]

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  March 14, 2017   1 comment

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who […]

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  March 7, 2017   No comments