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Forever Friends

1 Corinthians 15:53-55 (NLT) For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,   this Scripture will be fulfilled:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.   O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” I spent last evening in a youth service with grieving young people. The young girl killed in a horrible tragedy had touched many and her kindness rippled through the crowd as many shared of her character even at the tender age of 16. Their sobs racked my heart. Why God? The grief counselors from the local high school were there – all believers – they talked with some, embraced others tightly and prayed with those who requested it. I was moved by the Presence of God in the midst of such sorrow and heartache. Hugging her mother, I prayed peace and strength walking through this week into her new normal. I could

Still Waiting...

Psalm 27:14 (CSB) Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting on? Do you remember the cause of hesitation? Is it waiting or wandering? Who knows anymore? Waiting is one thing, but when you are still waiting it is an entirely different matter. Yesterday, my grandson had an appointment for a routine ultrasound. In his early stages of development, the anatomy scan revealed one kidney was not the same size as the other one. So he has had period scans to evaluate the inequality even though I believe it is just God showing the uniqueness of our design. After endlessly searching for a parking spot, my daughter and I pulled out the stroller and raced to the central registration. Of course, as any toddler would, he became fidgety and did not want to remain in the stroller but rather terrorize the waiting room. While mama filled out all his paperwork, I bounced him to sleep until I had a massive lump of baby

Standard Equipment

DOING RIGHT IS NOT OPTIONAL, IT’S CRUCIAL. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Hebrews 12:14-17. Verse of the Day:  “Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Dad and Shelly went to the car dealership to pick up a brand new car. Dad planned to leave their old car as a trade-in. “This is the first new car I’ve ever owned,” Dad said as they climbed into the new car. Shelly inhaled. “It smells so good!” she said. Then she looked at the car’s sound system. “I still don’t understand why we couldn’t get a CD player.” “I told you, Shelly, a CD player costs extra. The radio and tape deck are standard equipment, but the CD player is optional. It would have cost more.” “Darbi’s car has a CD player,” Shelly announced, referring to one of her friends. “I know,” Dad said as he drove out of the car lot. “But we can’t have everything we want, can we?” “Not in our family!” Shelly countered, a tr

Commissioned 110 Percent

Bible Reading:  1 Corinthians 9:16 Preaching the Good News  is  not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for  me  if I didn’t do it! 1 Corinthians  9:16 JASMINE DIDN’T LIKE Missions Fest, an annual conference at her church reminding the congregation of its assignment to reach the world. Every year one or two speak­ers always made her feel like spiritual slime. They were the ones who had a table at the back of the room for sign-ups to go to  Timbuktu-today. You might wonder what it really means to commit yourself for life to fulfilling the great commission as a rescuer and discipler of non-Christians. It doesn’t mean God drags you screaming to the other side of the world. It simply means: You always have a list of non -Christians you are praying for-family members, friends, classmates, neighbors, people you work with, etc. You are always making time to relate to and build bridges of communication with the non-Christians God is calling you t

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