Preparing for the End

Planning. Budgets. Meals. Activities. People. Practices. We can prepare for most life events. As we engage in the preparations, we become more confident with the success of the end result. Proverbs 16 is filled with principles that says man can make the best of plans, but every step is from the Lord. Even if our …

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Preparing for New Beginnings

The last several months have been filled with many preparations. Our only son is getting married this weekend. Hard to believe since it seems I just held him in my arms for the first time. Precious memories. Bittersweet—a mixture of sadness and happiness. Now I share him with his new bride to be. Another one …

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Confessions of an Amateur Painter

I am definitely not a painter. My idea of painting something somewhat similar to the desired image is using a beginner’s paint-by-number kit. However, during a team-building activity, our department decided to paint our own masterpiece—freehand. Great. Surprisingly, after this activity, I was quite pleased with the result. Why? Our artist instructor was sensitive to …

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Faith Community

Welcome to Faith Connections Friday, as we connect the concept of community with faith. Community plays an important role in Scripture. Three examples come to mind. First, millions of people traveled from Egypt through the wilderness to the promised land. Second, believers are encouraged to meet together for worship (Hebrews 10:25). Third, people from every …

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Faith Influencers

As a pastor’s wife, the majority of my life is involved with ministry. When I was a teenager, I knew that I would one day follow that calling. Thankfully, I have had many influencers who have taught and encouraged me on this path. Notable pastors and staff members led by teaching solid biblical principles so …

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People of Influence

One feature social media includes is the Influencers, the people others find intriguing—leaders, authors, and industry professionals. When viewing profiles of people I find inspiring, this is an area I review so I could also follow recommended top leaders. We all have people who have influenced us in some way. From childhood to adulthood, people …

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Benefits of Discipline

Self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit. As we grow spiritually, we develop self-control, or self-discipline. We learn self-control through obedience, perseverance, and dedication. Why is self-control important? We grow in godliness (1 Timothy 4:7-8). We produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11). We add to our faith virtue, knowledge, self control, …

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