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Burnout? You’re Not Alone

Feeling burnt out?  You’re not alone – Crossway (publishers of the ESV Bible) recently surveyed 6,000 individuals about this very topic and the results were dramatic – so many believers today are stressed out and burnt out.  Check out the article here –  

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Marriage Reality Check

Another great article from Crossway today – 3 Things to Remember about Your (Imperfect) Marriage by Dr. Paul Tripp

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Love Emojis and a Taste of Reality

Wow – great article today from Crossway for Valentine’s – Love Emojis and a Taste of Reality

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Psalm 88 – How to Deal with Dark Times

Have you ever wondered why such a dark Psalm like Psalm 88 is in the Bible?  Well, there’s a great reason it’s in the Bible – read on…   How to Deal with Dark Times from Crossway on Vimeo.

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The Female Brain: Pregnant with Design

I just love stories like this – science once again showing the amazingly intricate, intentional way we were designed as men and women!  

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Pray for your Pastor!!!

A great article about a recent study from Barna/Pepperdine University about the very real struggles many of our pastors face.  PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR(S)!!!  

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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2016

From Christianity Today –  

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Prayers of a Child – An Encouraging Story to Start 2017

I received this today from the Navigators – truly an example of hope and child-like faith in action!  

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Who was where at Christmas? A Christmas Timeline

An interesting infographic from Biblegateway about who was where during the Christmas story:  

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Biblegateway.com – Year in Review

I got a neat article from Biblegateway.com today, summarizing their top searches for the past year – no surprise “love” was the #1 word search and John 3:16 the top Bible verse search.  Check out the article here:  

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“Reclaiming Our Godly Sexuality” with Aaron and Nicole Baart – Third Church

Did you miss the “Reclaiming Our Godly Sexuality” event with Aaron and Nicole Baart at Third Church?  Handouts from the event are available, along with video of their presentation below – be blessed!  

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Prayer Calendar for the Persecuted Church

Do you have a heart for the persecuted church around the world?  Are you looking for a unique gift idea this Christmas?  Well how about a 2017 Prayer Calendar for the persecuted church from Voice of the Martyrs?  They are just $5 each, or as low as $1.45 each if you purchase 20!  Check out […]

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The Word of God is now in over 3,200 languages!!!

I have a good friend who works for Wycliffe Bible Translators – I saw this news article today and thought of him – such exciting news that the Word of God is now available in at least some form in over 3,200 languages, including the full Bible in 636 languages!!!  You can check out the article […]

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12 Prayers to Keep Christ in Christmas

Looking for a way to keep things in perspective this Christmas season and make sure Christ doesn’t get lost in all the hustle and bustle?  I think this simple prayer guide from the Navigators could be a big help – check it out here!  

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What to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner?

Ok – I’m an introvert at heart, so I have a really hard time making small talk when I’m in large groups, especially if they are people I don’t know well.  I received this today from Donald S. Whitney, the author of Family Worship – 10 questions to ask at your Thanksgiving gathering. I may give this […]

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He’s Got Your Back
"Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against youH." Psalm 5:10

David now cries out to God for Him to punish the guilty, and his desire is for them to be banished. Haven’t we all been there, wanting God to say to the guilty… "Guilty"! We all know people who have hurt us in some way and desire for God’s judgment to be on them.
When we allow God to be the judge, we can be set free from the pressures of trying to get even. We no longer carry around the burden of allowing their ways to control ours. We may suffer the consequences of their sin, but it does not own us. It no longer controls how we respond, because we know that God has us in His hands.
Imagine being freed from allowing the consequences of the sin of others to control our thoughts and actions. Remember, there is nothing that the Lord does not see or know and take comfort that we are being taken care of by His ways. His ways are higher, and in times of persecution, there is something greater going on other than the current situation. Persecution is temporary, but the pain of the process will grow us into the leaders God has called us to be. Hold on tightly to knowing the truth instead of getting caught up in the enemy’s ploy of destruction for our lives. God is with us, and He has the greater plan.

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