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Disgrace or God’s Grace?

“What used to make us stumble, God can use to make us stand. What once made us bow our heads in shame, He can use for His glory.” ~ Joanna Weaver~ Having a Mary Spirit I bow my head in shame to think of the number of times I have stumbled or fallen. Each time was a direct result of ... Read More »

The Battle of Good and Evil

There are two trees in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate from the poisoned tree they infected mankind. Before eating they did not even realize they were naked—their focus was on God. The knowledge of good and evil distracts us from the One who is ... Read More »

Are You Seeking Religion or Relationship?

The Hebrew word for faith is אמונה (emunah – Strong’s #530) and is an action-oriented word meaning “support”. Our Western concept of faith places the action on the one you have faith in, such as “faith in God.” But the Hebrew word places the action on the one who “supports God.” Emunah means faithfulness, persistent determination, holding steady, holding firm, ... Read More »

Religion or Relationship?

God does not want a people who simply adhere to a set of rules, no matter how well intended. God said in the book of Hosea, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6 ). Sacrifices meant nothing because their hearts were unfaithful to God. God wants obedience ... Read More »

The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Teach Your Child

We all have one main purpose—to have a relationship with God, to bring glory to Him by the way we live our lives, by how we relate to Him and others (Matt. 22:37-39; Mark 12:29-31). When we are walking in that purpose we are where we are meant to be, we are swimming in the river of living water. Doing what we are created to do.Walking in the love, joy and peace of the Trinity--allowing that love to flow through us into others. Read More »

Condemnation or Conviction?

I vividly remember the first time I read Paul’s passage in Romans 7:15-17. I was breathless. I was a baby Christian in my 20s. “That’s me!” I cried. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.Now if I do what I do not want, I ... Read More »

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