Jesus Had To…

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All throughout scripture, we know that Jesus did some pretty incredible things.  He had victory over Satan in the wilderness, He healed hundreds, if not thousands of people, fulfilled scripture, etc…   We also know that He often went off by himself to pray.  He prayed with joy, and He prayed with tears and sorrow.  He was tempted in every … Read More

New Habits

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When you really think about it, habits can have a big part in defining who we are.  We all have many good habits that are a part of our everyday life, but we all seem to let the bad ones impact our lives the most.  It is human nature to let the negative parts of our life take the front … Read More

Be YOU

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A huge turning point in my life (which was recently), was when I met one of my pastors for lunch.  I was taken back a bit when he counciled me, not in “religious talk,” but with words like a normal human being.  He wasn’t “P.C.” or even “spiritual” sounding.  He was real.   You see, for years, I felt like … Read More

The Refiner’s Fire

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Have you ever heard about the process of refining precious metals like gold?  Once gold is mined from the earth, it is taken to a goldsmith, where the precious metal is refined by fire.  The goldsmith takes the lump of gold and puts it in a container where it is heated up to extreme temperatures.   The purpose for this … Read More

Suffering and Heartache

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It is extremely difficult to understand why we go through such hard times.  Not just any momentary trial or struggle.  I mean the gut wrenching, shaken to the core type of hardships.  I know exactly what it feels like to feel like being in a deep, dark cave, with no light in sight, to feel almost naked and weighed down. … Read More

Keeping Your Joy

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As I was reading in my quiet time one morning, I came across a passage in Philippians.  It read: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to … Read More