Gear Up: GOD’s WORD

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Misconceptions are funny things. You don’t know you have them until they are corrected. I really thought that the armor of God was put on by saying a few words in prayer each day. Now I understand that this armor is a lifestyle of becoming more aligned with Christ’s character. It is a result of constant prayer, repentance, humility, and …

Gear Up: SALVATION

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When you grow up in church, you can develop an odd vocabulary compared to the rest of the world. A pew, a vestibule, and a sanctuary mean completely different things to a church goer. We might think of a sanctuary as an auditorium dedicated to worship, while a non-church-goer might picture a wild bird refuge instead. And what on earth …

Gear Up: FAITH

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We are in active spiritual warfare. The attacks come from media, culture, and history revisionists…not to mention our own temptations, desires, and lusts. Knowing this, I pray through Ephesians 6, carefully mentioning each part of my spiritual armor as though I can manufacture them by my words. I am slowly learning that, while this is a good place to start, …

Gear Up: RIGHTEOUSNESS

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When I hear the word righteousness, I picture a severe, mirthless character standing on a mountain-top looking down upon a valley of wretched sinners. Or a sour-faced reverend dishing out a long list of rules. Or a stuffy church lady in her fancy Sunday hat criticizing unruly teenagers. You, too? Boy, are we wrong! These caricatures are waaaaaay off the …

ACWM: A Little Comma

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I generally like to fit in and fly under the radar. I don’t mind being different, but I don’t want to make a scene about it. So, when I noticed my dad saying the Pledge of Allegiance differently, I hoped no one else noticed. After all, why say it differently than the 500 other people in the building?? Everyone around …

ACWM: Stand and See

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Share this Post The soldier was standing, but barely. The enemy rushed in from all sides, attacking with renewed ferocity. He mustered all his strength just to keep his shield up and his sword swinging. As soon as one attacker was down, another one took its place. Would it never end? He didn’t know how much longer he could stay …

ACWM: A Portrait of a Beautiful Woman

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Share this Post Yesterday, my cousin posted a memory of our Gramma on Facebook. It was a sweet prayer that Gramma had tucked into her favorite Bible. Throughout the comments, some of her other grandchildren had posted memories of her lovable traits. I found myself choking back tears as I remembered how much I loved her. She died 15 years …

A Father’s Prayer

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Share this Post What if your child were one day elected to be your city’s mayor? Or your state’s governor? Or your country’s president? What would you wish for them? What prayers would you circle around them? Before he died, King David appointed his son Solomon to be king of Israel after him. He knew first-hand what struggles his son would face. …

A Prayer for the First Lady

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Share this Post Another political post? Nope. Like you, I have had enough of the bickering and name-calling of social media. I’m tired of trying to figure out which news sources to trust. I want to rise above the fracas. I don’t want to be bogged down by the mudslinging political disputes. If we claim to follow Christ, there is …

ACWM: God-Sized Dreams

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Share this Post Recently, many of us have been part of a 21-day prayer group. We have committed to fast and pray for the things God put on our hearts. One day last week, I read “Day 7” from Mark Batterson’s book, Draw the Circle. He talked about acting in faith as we pray in faith, just as Noah did …

A Presidential Prayer

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Share this Post First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires …