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  • God hears our heart

    God hears our heart

      When we are low on words or feel like God is distant, we must remember God will even hear our faintest cries and he will come to our rescue. Take assurance in the fact that God will never leave you, nor forsake you and as his child, you have direct access to him even when you feel unheard.

  • Restless


    So often we are spiritually burned out. We don’t bring things to God because we don’t feel like we are good enough Christians or we feel that the issue is too minor to worry our big God with. Because of this, we end up spiritually tired.

  • On a Personal Note – Refine.

    On a Personal Note – Refine.

    If we are going to do all that God has called us to do, we have to fully submit to the refining.

  • How the soul gets sick…

    How the soul gets sick…

    When we fail to surrender offense, our soul gets sick.

  • Encouragement for Today

    Encouragement for Today

    There is a distinct difference between believers and non-believers. When we say yes to God, we become empowered by His Spirit. We have access to new spiritual truths that shape how we live life. The way we think, act and navigate life is different than those that live by the world. People that function in the ways of this world don’t understand our ways. God grants insight to those who believe.

  • Weekly Declaration

    Weekly Declaration

    God goes before His children’s paths.

  • Building Community – October 2022

    Building Community – October 2022

    Community is important and it is not a one-sided relationship. The pandemic has distanced normal connections, but we must be intentional to strengthen and rebuild our community. Let’s stir up one another…. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25

  • Weekly Meditation – Genesis 43:29-34

    Weekly Meditation – Genesis 43:29-34

    God’s word provides clear instruction to His children. As we meditate on His Word, we find exactly what we need to continue our journey through this life. This week, our passage for meditation is Genesis 43:29-34. And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngestContinue reading “Weekly Meditation – Genesis 43:29-34”

  • Weekly Pruning – Evaluating the Impact of Lies

    Weekly Pruning – Evaluating the Impact of Lies

    What is one lie that you believed about yourself?

  • On a Personal Note – Deceived, but Redeemed

    On a Personal Note – Deceived, but Redeemed

    God redeems decisions made from a place of deception. Yes, Eve gets punished, because God is just. However, the sins are atoned for through her seed, Jesus Christ, and just beyond the verses that describe the discipline, “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (v31). God provided for them. There are decisions that we’ve made out of the devil’s deception. Yes, there are consequences that we must live with as a result, but that does not stop God’s redemption, provision, and will for our lives.

  • Why the Bible is a Window, not a Mirror

    Why the Bible is a Window, not a Mirror

    The Bible is like a window. It gives us a view of the redemption story like this picturesque scene through a large window. Yet oftentimes, we read the Bible as if it was a mirror. We look through the pages with the primary purpose of seeing ourselves. We approach the Word of God looking for answers about who we are and what we should do, instead of looking to see God. We have to remember that the Bible is about God for us. It gives us insight into God’s character and gives us glimpses into who we are in light of who He is. When we approach the Bible as a mirror, looking at it to see ourselves in the pages, we risk misinterpretation and misunderstanding the promises of God.

  • Deeper Roots – Genesis 43:1-15

    Deeper Roots – Genesis 43:1-15

    There are seasons when we’re uncomfortable. All we can see are the ways that a situation can go wrong. We hesitate to move because at first glance neither situation looks like a sure thing. We’re torn by feelings of doubt and our faith feels shaky. We know that God is powerful, yet our minds can’t comprehend how the situation will come out for the good. Those are the exact moments to surrender. We have to yield to God’s will. We need to acknowledge that our soul is wavering, but our divided belief does not stop God from being who He is.

  • Encouragement for Today

    Encouragement for Today

    God rewards confidence in Him.

  • Weekly Declaration

    Weekly Declaration

    God grants mercy.