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Grace That Is Greater

Devotional 6.22.22

Dear Faith Family, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:23-24). Off to the mountains we did go. It was all planned. Fifteen of us all under one roof! From pool to pond and even Walmart we did go. What a delight to enjoy grandparents, parents, children, a...

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From Fisherman to Fisher of Men


Dear Faith Family, And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.", (Luke 5:10). First vacation morning on the bass pond. Check. First fish hooked. Check. Big fish hooked. Check. It's going to be a good week. Check. Some time to reflect on Jesus' encounter with Peter in Luke five. Check. I confess, I was once again enamored with the li...

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Under the Mighty Hand of God


Dear Faith Family, Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, (1 Peter 5:6). Meredith had her own ideas perched in her "clip on" chair on the side of the kitchen table. She had just set her cup down near the edge of the table after a drink. Her mother proceeded to move her cup from the edge of the table to a sa...

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Hurry Up and Weight


Dear Faith Family, Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! (Psalm 25:6-7). The first Theodore Roosevelt was concerned about the health of his children and wanted them to get as much ...

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Dear Faith Family, We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3). Steadfastness. Hope. Wow, those two words appeared to have a fallin' out this week! This week a condemning report w...

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A Day of Rest


Dear Faith Family, Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God, (Exodus 20:8-10a). It has pre-hardened, rust resistant hardened steel blades that stay sharp longer. It is lightweight and compact making it easy to use with less fatigue. It has a powerful motor to tackle yo...

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God’s Storage Facility


Dear Faith Family, But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, (Matthew 6:20-21). 1 So off to lunch with a friend. The distance between Ballentine and Chapin was littered with storage facilities. Got me to thinking. I think I sho...

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Looking for Love in all the Odd Places


Dear Faith Family, We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, (Colossians 1:3-4). There it was in black and white (ok, the attached picture was in color). It was a post on Facebook from "Meanwhile in Ukraine": "I left the bomb shelter and s...

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Devotionals (1)

Dear Faith Family, For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building, (1 Corinthians 3:9). It was insensitive, inconsiderate, unimaginable, unthinkable, dare I say it, inconctheivable! I mean my "back forty" is a work of art. For years I've worked the soil adding compost, tilling, watering, and weeding. The 8'X12' garden plot in my backyard is fraught ...

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Serve’s Up

Devotionals (3)

Dear Faith Family, Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving, Colossians 2:6-7. All it takes is a pole, a ball, and something to connect the ball to the pole. Tetherball here we come! The rallying point for fierce competitors becomes the pol...

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