Posted by: Anne | December 8, 2018

gifts given and giving: empathy

“When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad.”
~ Romans 12:15 (Contemporary English Version)

Posted by: Anne | December 1, 2018

gifts given and giving: sharing

“Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”
~ Hebrews 13:16 (Christian Standard Bible)


Posted by: Anne | November 24, 2018

faith, in other words: contentment

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
~ Philippians 4:11-12 ESV

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Posted by: Anne | November 17, 2018

faith, in other words: give thanks in all circumstances

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

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Posted by: Anne | November 10, 2018

faith, in other words: stand firm

“And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
~ Exodus 14:13-14 ESV

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Posted by: Anne | November 3, 2018

faith, in other words: wait expectantly

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
~ Psalm 42:5

Posted by: Anne | October 27, 2018

faith, in other words: be brave and patient

“Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. Learn to be patient, so you will please God and be given what he has promised.”
~ Hebrews 10:35-36 (Contemporary English Version)

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Posted by: Anne | October 20, 2018

faith, in other words: forgo fretting

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm.”
~ Psalm 37:8 (New King James Version)

Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually… It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere…

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Posted by: Anne | October 13, 2018

faith, in other words: keep on

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
~ Matthew 7:7 (New Living Translation)

Many times we pray and don’t get the answers we want in the time we think it should have been answered. Have you given up on God? Don’t! Let’s look at what God says about praying.

Are you willing to surrender your will for God’s will at all cost? That means you give in to your own idea of how things should be and trust God for how He will answer.

What does God’s Word say about the issue you are praying about? God’s Word is living and powerful and discerns our hearts and motives. While reading it and looking for God’s answer to your prayer, you will know if your prayer is according to God’s will.

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Posted by: Anne | October 6, 2018

The Power of a Clear Conscience

For anyone who struggles with feelings such as guilt and regret, I recommend the series that I’m currently following: The Power of a Clear Conscience.

The audio files are available in the radio programs archive; scroll down to “Previous Programs” and select from the titles listed. (NOTE: the series begins on September 26 with “Living In The Shadows, Part 1.”)

So far for me the biggest takeaway has been the reminder that there truly are “honest mistakes.” With today’s widespread rush to shame-and-blame, we don’t hear that enough!

If you prefer to read – or when months have passed and the audio series is no longer available – Dr. Lutzer’s book on the topic is also available: The Power of a Clear Conscience: Let God Free You from Your Past.

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