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For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. (Matthew 13:15, NIV)

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“You don’t listen,” my son informed me.


I had one of two choices – I could either cut him off, then bite his head off for being disrespectful, or I could listen and understand his heart.


I chose the latter. Yet, to make matters worse, while I was standing there in the kitchen trying to listen — my husband vocally agreed with my son. I felt unprotected with only a paper towel in-hand. Everyone seemed to be coming against me. I was being exposed.


My mind drifted back to the morning discussion I had with my husband when he was sharing from his heart. He talked at length about things. I had to admit my mind did drift elsewhere. And it is true;

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Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8b, NIV)

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I don’t know a single adult who will look back on the year 2020 and not shudder!


Living through this past spring and summer has felt like I’m running a marathon that I did not sign up for. It was filled with obstacle courses of people and places to avoid, lonely trails due to isolation, and uncomfortable running gear consisting of a face mask and the occasional surgical gloves! And the race isn’t over yet.


I know you’re feeling me; ‘cuz you’re living it, too.


Each week I intentionally spend time talking on the phone with loved who are also struggling during this season of doom and gloom. Given the present climate, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness can slowly seep into

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Today’s Truth

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up…A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV)

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Looking out my den window I noticed two of my neighbors puttering slowly down the street. Ernestine, with her bald head snuggled in a woolen cap, held tightly to Patti’s supporting arm. Patti’s chestnut hair, just two inches long, shone like a victor’s crown of a cancer survivor.


The previous year, Patti discovered she had breast cancer. For three months she endured chemotherapy followed by seven weeks of radiation. As God would have it, her final treatment fell on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, she had much to be thankful for—a full life, a loving husband, and Ernestine Nevils, her new next-door neighbor who had moved in two years before.


During Patti’s cancer treatment, Ernestine was right by her side, an extension

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1, NIV)

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Who says dreams don’t come true? Our son grew up with one dream in mind – to play college football. That dream came true. Jered was the starting fullback on his college football team and was on academic and football scholarship. I, of course, taught him everything he knows!


When college football scouts from all over the country began to recruit Jered, I discovered it was quite a process. The scouts keep track of the statistics on high school players, watching certain ones for three and four years. College coaches show up at high school games to talk with high school coaches and watch their potential players in action. Letters start filling the mailbox along with promotional material for

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Today’s Truth

"Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7).

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It’s common for us to doubt our value and significance. Yet, in Psalm 144 David is struck by the mind-blowing reality that the God of all creation, the One who bids billions of stars to shine in the heavens and commands the powerful waves of the oceans to stop at waters’ edge, cares for wee-little humans like you and me.


The very thought of it leaves me breathing deep, shaking my head in wonder with the psalmist. “O Lord, what is a human that you care for him, a son of man that you would think of him?” (Psalm 144:3, CSB)


Jesus had a lot to say about this topic. When it comes to knowing the value God places on

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

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All of us are familiar with crisis. If 2020 has taught us anything, it has given us a chance to grow through difficult times. Our country is facing four crises at once: a health crisis, a financial crisis, a racial crisis and a political crisis. This was not the year any of us expected.


How do we find hope in the midst of crisis? How do we keep believing God is at work? How can we know it is all going to be okay? Hebrews 11 teaches that we must do three things to stay hopeful in the storms of life: embrace an eternal perspective from God, establish a daily routine with God, and trust the total sovereignty of

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Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 TNIV)

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I believe one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century was the Post-It Note. First there was yellow. Then came fuchsia, turquoise, buttercup, and magenta. From full-page mega notes to tiny little strips, sticky notes have kept me organized, tasks prioritized, and Scripture memorized. Mostly, they have served as visual reminders of information, events, and appointments not to forget.


But a visual reminder of things not to forget didn’t begin with Post-It Notes. They began with God, Himself. All through life God places holy Post-It Notes on our days to remind us of Him.


In the Bible, Paul wrote to the Romans, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen,

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Today’s Truth

“I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight.” (Psalm 119:174, NIV)

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In C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series, a young Edmund Pevensie is a fictional character who, at one point, almost traded his soul for a Turkish delight. He naïvely gave into cravings that ended up costing him, and his loved ones, way more than he anticipated.


Initially, the evil White Witch was shocked by Edmund’s presence in Narnia, but she quickly implemented a crafty plan to destroy him, and her plan of destruction began with temptation.


First, she pretended to care about him. Then, like the crafty serpent in Eden’s garden, she warmed him up by providing a sugar-coated death delight. And just like the first Adam and Eve, Edmund, Son of Adam, took the bait.


Similarly, our very-real enemy

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Today’s Truth

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

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Why did I let my mind go there AGAIN?


There I stood, in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just happened? No. I sobbed about a horrible movie generated in my mind about one of my girls getting into a bad car accident as she drove to a friend’s house.


That mental movie was so graphic, so real. I could see the accident scene and myself running and screaming toward a mangled car with hazy smoke rising from the wreck. I could feel the EMT’s pulling me away. I could hear my screams in my mind. My heart pounded and tears streamed down my face. Why does this feel

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

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Hebrews 11 teaches that we must do three things to stay hopeful in the storms of life: embrace an eternal perspective from God, establish a daily routine with God, and trust the total sovereignty of God. Today we focus on trusting the sovereignty of God.


Our faith, our confidence, our assurance and our hope are all grounded in the sovereignty of God. Sovereignty is a big word. And an even bigger concept. It is worth grabbing.


First – sovereignty means the King is in charge.


The word “sovereignty” obviously comes from the word “sovereign.” And sovereign means “he who is in charge.”


There was an old black and white TV show from the 1950’s called “Father Knows Best.” The title says it

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