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Difficult Choices

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“The truly happy person doesn’t follow wicked advice, doesn’t stand on the road of sinners, and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful. Instead of doing those things, these persons love the Lord’s Instruction, and they recite God’s Instruction day and night! They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don’t fade. Whatever they do succeeds.” -Psalm 1:1-3 CEB-
Have you ever had to make a really difficult choice? It can be very difficult to decide between multiple options for a situation, and decide which one you are going to choose. Sometimes these choices are between multiple good things, and sometimes it’s between good and bad. There are so many things that influence the things that we do every single day. TV shows, friends, parents, social media, peer pressure and many other factors come into play everyday as we decide how we act and operate in our daily lives. It is sometimes crazy, and scary to me how influenced we can be b…

Reflection for Ash Wednesday

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Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love!Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion!
Wash me completely clean of my guilt;purify me from my sin!
Psalm 51:1-2 CEB

Have you ever had a moment where you found yourself overwhelmingly upset at something you've done? Perhaps you knew the thing was wrong at the time or you realized it later, but you got to a point where you felt so sad, perhaps angry, at yourself for doing it. We all have these moments. Perhaps the regret comes in the moment of getting caught for the wrong thing we did or perhaps seeing the negative consequences of such an action created remorse with us. The weight of our sin is incredibly burdensome, but the good news is that God always forgives us when we confess our sins.

Today is Ash Wednesday which is a day that begins the season of Lent which is the season that leads to Easter. Lent has often been associated with giving something up for a period of time. This can be good when the lack …

The Secret No So Secret Words of Jesus

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Listen, I’m telling you a secret: All of us won’t die, but we will all be changed.” - 1 Corinthians 15:51 CEB -
Secrets are so great and so awful! We love to be the one with knowledge to share with someone else. But we hate to be left out of the loop. Often we are afraid that secrets shared without us are designed to hurt us or are about us or we simply do not want to be left out of the loop. Yet we can’t help but draw in close for someone whispering into our ear.
Yet some secrets are so important that they need to be shared with everyone. Instead of being told in quiet corners and subtle conversations, they need to be shouted for all from the rooftops. Of all secrets the message of Jesus is needed to be told to all! Jesus lived, served, died and rose again to bring us new life. Just as Christ died, so we die to who we think we need to be and instead are allowed to be transformed into who God created us to be. Both now and forever more!
The best part is that once we receive this secre…

Her Faith Sustains Her

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High Standards

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When It Is Hard to Speak

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The Lord responded, ‘Don’t say, ‘I’m only a child.’ Where I send you, you must go; what I tell you, you must say. Don’t be afraid of them, because I am with you to rescue you,’ declares the Lord.”
- Jeremiah 1:7-8 CEB - Maybe it is a conversation with your parents where you know what you want to say and you are afraid of the ramifications. Perhaps it is a problem you see around you that needs to be taken care of but you are unsure if anyone will take you seriously. Maybe it is a good friend that you know is making an awful decision that you are hesitant to really bring up for fear of messing up your friendship. We all have times in which we feel powerless but know there could be something more for us.
Jeremiah was a young prophet that didn’t think he had anything to offer or anything worth saying. Instead God insisted that Jeremiah go where God sends him and speak what God tells him. And then God reassures Jeremiah that he shouldn’t even fear because God will always be there to res…

Grace from Evil

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For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10a NIV –

Over half of the New Testament was written by one man: the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul is renowned as being a great man of faith and one of the strongest early supporters of the Christian faith. These things are true. What is also true is that the Apostle Paul was once the Pharisee Saul who persecuted and ordered the execution of Christians. Jesus touched Paul’s life in a dramatic way and everything changed. Paul embraced and taught grace, but Paul knew that he was once this evil, murderous Saul.
I bet most of us have never done the terrible things that Pharisee Saul did, but I also bet that most of us can think back on things we’ve done that we’re not proud of. Often when we think on these things we wish the memories could go away or that we coul…