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Discouragement’s Cure

Discouragement’s Cure

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO for a wedding. Through a front gate, along a winding road, then a scenic ride on a shuttle, brought us to the site of the wedding. At the end of a long underground walkway we emerged to see this magnificent site set in a reflecting pool overlooking Table Rock. To the left of The End of the Trail sculpture sat…

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The All-Sufficient One

The All-Sufficient One

  I’m amazed at Jesus’ sufficiency for every situation as I walk this new path of widowhood. When I need tax advice, a trusted, competent advisor appears. When I am faced with questions about the farm and its daily operations, He provides people in the know. When I need energy to clean out a grossly overly cluttered garage, He supplies the motivation, a dear sister-in-law to help, and willing hands to carry off the unneeded plunder. When I need to…

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Burdens and Knuckleballs

Burdens and Knuckleballs

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. When God calls us to cast our burdens on Him, it’s not a little toss of a ball. “Cast” means “to hurl, fling.” I see this word cast as a top-notch pitcher throwing his fastest knuckleball. God’s attention is riveted on us, ready to catch anything that is a burden to us. We aren’t to hold on to…

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Our Unique God

Our Unique God

Isaiah 64:4 For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. Of all the world religions of all the ages, there is no God who forgives sins, who came to earth to tell us of the One True God, who offered His own self on a cross as payment for our sins, and then died. But there…

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Jesus, the Bread of Life

Jesus, the Bread of Life

John 6:33 (Jesus said)“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” In this passage, the 5,000 people who had shared the little boy’s five loaves and two fish, asked Jesus what they should do to work the works of God. Jesus told them that the work of God was to believe in Him, the One God sent to earth (John 6:28-29). He then told them He was the bread…

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Jesus, Our Fulfillment

Jesus, Our Fulfillment

Luke 24:44 Now He (Jesus)said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” On that first Easter Sunday, grieving disciples encountered the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13). That same evening they returned to Jerusalem and sought out other disciples to tell them they had seen…

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Jesus Is God’s Son

Jesus Is God’s Son

I John 5:10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we have a new heart. We soon learn God can be trusted in even the smallest whispered requests offered in Jesus’ name. When John baptized Jesus in…

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Jesus, Conquering Hero

Jesus, Conquering Hero

Colossians 2:15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Most of us know the Easter story, but fewer know the scope of what Jesus accomplished for us in those terrible hours. Jesus removed our sin (John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:26). He removed God’s wrath from us (Hebrews 2:17). He reconciled us to God (Romans chapters 10 and 11). When Jesus was whipped He purchased our healing…

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Jesus, Our Only Savior

Jesus, Our Only Savior

John 3:16 (Jesus said) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” To adhere to the truth of this scripture is not a passing acknowledgement that Jesus lived. Our faith must go deeper than that. True faith in Jesus believes He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He came back to life and He desires each of us to…

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Jesus’ Return

Jesus’ Return

John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also,” In the Jewish custom of Jesus’ day, a young man asked for his love’s hand in marriage. If she agreed, the young man left to prepare a home for them. When his father inspected the home and deemed it finished, then and only then, could the young man come to…

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