Spiritual Growth

Undistracted

It’s been a beautiful day here in Israel.    Yes, Israel. Tonight is our second night in a small town by the Sea of Galilee. I am here in Israel along with a group from my church for 11 days and so far the trip has exceeded my expectations. You would think that in a country like this with such rich biblical history, that it would be easy to stay

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Enduring Strength

We’ve been doing some landscaping in our backyard. The yard has been what one might call a “blank canvas” since we moved in a few years ago. There were no trees or shrubs to be found, leaving the imagination to run wild with ideas on how to beautify the landscape. I was looking for some trees to plant that would be attractive to look at and would provide some shade.

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I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.

Into the Word

How can we have a more intimate relationship with God? With any friendship we grow closer to someone by spending time with them. By getting to know who they are, what they like and dislike, their purposes and desires. So how can we find out all these things about our Heavenly Father? A daily time of solitude with God and His Word, the Bible, is one of the key components

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"I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep and they know me."

Practicing God’s Presence

When each new year begins, I usually make a couple of resolutions. They normally have to do with my diet, health, or attitude. How about you? Have you made any new year’s resolutions for yourself this year? I decided that instead of making personal resolutions that I may or may not stick with, I would set one main goal this year and carry it through. My goal is to grow

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Eager Anticipation

An-ti-ci-pation… An-ti-ci-pa-aa-tion is making me wait. Is keeping me wai-aa-aa-aa-aa-ting. Do you remember that old song by Carly Simon? If not, maybe you at least remember the commercial where it was used. It was an ad for ketchup. While the song was playing “anticipation” you saw a bottle of ketchup upside down and it was so thick and rich that it was taking forever to come out of the bottle.

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Making the Right Choices

Do you ever say things to yourself to excuse your own poor choices or behavior? Like “I want it.” “I need it.” “It’s really not that bad.” “I’ll do better tomorrow.” Well I do. You see, I have trouble making good decisions for myself sometimes.  I will know I’m not supposed to eat that but I do anyway. I will know I need to do chores now, but I’ll play games

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He Sees Me

Early this year I was feeling low, surrounded by thoughts of being undeserving and unaccepted.  This is a deep place that I find myself in from time to time. Although I knew that God was with me, my own negative voices made it hard to hear God’s whispers of love. I decided to take a few days away to be alone and spend time in prayer and the Word to

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What am I thinking?

Have you ever gotten an idea for a new project or been drawn into a new relationship or decided to jump into a new venture and all of a sudden you hear a voice in your head saying “What am I thinking? I am not qualified for this. I am not spiritual enough for this. Is God really calling me to do this?” I’ve been there. In fact I’m there

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