We Will Overcome

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The Faith to Overcome Fear is a very powerful emotion that can impact our lives in helpful and harmful ways. Fear is helpful in that it teaches us to avoid danger. Fear is harmful when it keeps us from new experiences and possibilities for growth. Fear can help or hinder.  The recent shooting of Botham Shem Jean created a great deal of fear for me. It shook me to the core that this vibrant young man was not safe in his own home. It caused me to fear for the safety of my young adult children, nieces and nephews. I questioned my own safety. This incident has stirred racial tensions once again in the city of Dallas.  A subject which … Read More

Live Free

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One of our greatest challenges as Christians is understanding who we are in Christ and living out of that reality.  We have great freedom as believers. We are free to be authentically who God created and called us to be. We have freedom in Christ, to be ourselves, to make mistakes, to be imperfect, to be great. Christian living is not about following a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s about living by faith in the one who has already done it.  Friends, that’s very good news. It means I don’t have to try to live a Christian life, I trust to live a Christian life. I trust the love of God for me in Jesus Christ. I trust God’s … Read More

From My Heart to Your Heart

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Psalms 54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. I can vividly remember growing up watching my mother every week, like clockwork, write a check for tithes. No matter what shape our family was in, or in my mind what we were doing without, she always wrote that check. I can remember seeing her pray sometimes before she filled the check in. But she did it. I would actually get angry at times when she did that. I figured, ‘wouldn’t God understand if she used that money to buy me a new pair of pants, a pair of Converse or lunch money?” It was years later I told her about … Read More

Are You Willing To Take the Next Step

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Are You Willing To Take The Next Step? 2 Kings 4:2 – “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.” There is a powerful story tucked away in 2 Kings Chapter 4. It tells of a woman who had reached the end of her rope. Her husband had died. She had no way to pay her debts. There was no Social Security, Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare or other assistance programs at that time. Her creditors decided to take her two sons as slaves for payment of the obligations that still remained. She was at the end with no hope in sight. She couldn’t see the next day and above all of that, she had NOTHING in … Read More

New Year, Same You, Same God

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It’s 2018! It is a new year, with new possibilities, new hopes, new dreams and more New Year’s resolutions. I wonder why most of us don’t keep the resolutions we make year after year. Studies have shown that 80% of people fail to keep New Year’s resolutions and 70% last for one month or less. Resolutions are like wishes. They sound good, but there’s no real substance to them. Perhaps it would be good to bear in mind that while the year may be new, you’re the same. So am I. The change in the date doesn’t automatically translate into a changed life. Real change, requires real work. Let’s say, for example, you want to lose weight (I know, sensitive … Read More