Every Good and Perfect Gift

Read Ephesians 4:17-5:2 Sin corrupts our natural hungers for pleasure, joy, and beauty. Regeneration of heart and mind through Christ will restore your will and emotions, if you let Him. Remember in the beginning? God created everything that was made, along with the trappings and treasures encapsulated therein. God designed every single thing. His heart […]

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For What Purpose?

Read Romans 1:18-23 This fall we moved into a new house. Most of our boxes are unpacked and we are slowly turning our new house into our home. Part of this process is spending time choosing paint colors and furniture, moving current furniture around to find the ‘perfect’ spot for it. Some decorating decisions are […]

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The Hunger for Joy: Week 3

Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 3:9-14 There is nothing quite like enjoying the beauty of a sunset or holding a newborn baby in your arms. To share that joy with another person doubles the joy as together we marvel at the beauty before us. Scripture speaks again and again of the gifts of joy, beauty, and pleasure […]

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Great Servanthood

Read Matthew 18:1-5, 20:25-28 Many of us learned as children that the way to thrive in this life is to identify the person you need to please and follow their rules. While we may not have heard this lesson directly, we can hear it in the undertones of lessons like, “Earn your stripes,” or “Thereʼs […]

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Humble Horsepower

Read Ephesians 4:1-7 In many Bible translations, Ephesians 4 starts with the word “therefore.” If you have listened to many sermons or been involved in a Bible study, you’ve likely heard the question, “what’s the ʻthereforeʼ there for?” It typically marks a transition from principle to practice, from doctrine to application. “Therefore” is where the […]

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A Quilt of Many Talents

Read Romans 12:1-8 Some years ago, my mother gifted me with a handmade quilt. The quilt is a log-cabin design, with rectangular strips representing wooden logs stacked on top of each other. In the center of each quilt block is a small red square, representing the fireplace, the center of the log home. The interesting […]

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