Month: October 2016

a whole new fire

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6 Fan the Flame Have you ever watched a fire begin to burn down to the point that all you have left are coals? It looks as though there is no…

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too much buttermilk

A few days ago, as we were doing out weekly grocery shopping, I overheard a young homemaker say, “A half gallon of buttermilk! Are you kidding me? I’d never use that much buttermilk. I’ll just make something else.” Since my new motto is “Just be a good listener…your ears will never get you in trouble.” I…

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not a horrendous event

Good Morning and Blessing upon this last week in October! We read the following article during our ‘quite time’ this morning and since Pastor Jack Hayford writes so.o.o eloquently, on any subject—and since we happen to agree with him on this subject—I’m sharing it with you today. Redeeming Hallowe’en For you were once darkness, but…

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unanswered prayers

At that same time, I begged God: “God, my Master, you let me in on the beginnings, you let me see your greatness, you let me see your might—what god in Heaven or Earth can do anything like what you’ve done! Please, let me in also on the endings, let me cross the river and…

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glorious garden colors

As October rushes head-long toward November, our garden glows with color. Piles of mums border the fence against a backdrop of evergreen, the last of the summer roses and a few herbs and peppers. With the morning sun turning each pile to pure gold, the whole thing is a glorious sight to behold. As Mr.…

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the Prize Pineapple

Thought you might like to see this little jewel, which Mr. L grew from the top of a grocery store pineapple. It lived in the greenhouse for a while, then moved to the south side of the house this summer. First it produced a fruit, and now there is a baby plant coming up beside the original.…

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where to start

Sometimes prayer begins with a confession of wrong-doing. … I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. . _Psalm 32:5 For the child of God, confession of sin without an…

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the ‘right’ way

Does the Bible teach a Right Way to pray? Throughout the Bible effective prayer includes elements of adoration, confession and commitment, as well as requests. “When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. _Nehemiah 1:4-11 (RSV)  While Ezra…

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a conversation with God

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your…

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learning to pray effectively

Prayer is, perhaps, the most universally practiced, yet least understood of human experiences. Prayer is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Its simplest definition is communication with God, yet so often we approach prayer like a one-way telephone conversation, forgetting that God also wants to speak to us.

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