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Do you want to get well? (John 5:6 NIV).

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Five-year-old Brooke was sitting in the backseat of the minivan while her mom and I ran errands. “Mommy,” she asked, “Is it worse to pick a scab or pick a mosquito bite?”


“You shouldn’t pick either one,” her mom replied.


I glanced back at Brooke as she tried to wipe away the bloody evidence that she had done both.


Little girls aren’t the only ones who pick at scabs. We big girls do it, too. Maybe we don’t pick at the brown crusty scabs that form over flesh wounds, but we do pick at bitter rusty scabs that form over soul wounds. Either way, picking at scabs keeps wounds from healing, and keeps us stuck from moving forward.


One day Jesus went

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Today’s Truth

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28, NLT).

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Close your eyes for a moment and picture who you will see in heaven. Perhaps you’ll see the face of that beloved grandma who prayed for your salvation or the women from your Bible study. You know who else you’ll see in heaven? Jesus, loving people from all different colors and cultures, many who will look nothing like you. Yet, in eternity we’ll stand unified worshipping God together and proclaiming His name with one voice.


If we’re going to worship God with one voice for all eternity, what is keeping us from worshipping and serving God with that kind of unity today?


One of the most uncomfortable barriers to our unity as believers in Christ is the topic of race.

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Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song (Psalm 95:2 NIV).

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It’s not every day you come close to death, especially when you’re young.


It was a beautiful spring day in Akron, Ohio. I’d just gotten off work and was excited to meet with a manager of the restaurant where the rehearsal dinner for my wedding would be held. One of my bridesmaids was going with me and we were eager to sample the food and select the final menu.


Michele and I met up in the parking lot of my workplace then she followed behind my car in hers as we headed to dinner. The restaurant was in an area called “the valley,” and there was a long, steep hill leading down to it. At the bottom of the hill

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Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 ESV).

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We crowded around the kitchen table with an important decision to make.


Just a few days before, my husband and I had given a Christmas gift to our children — 2 new puppies! Naming the first puppy was easy. The puppies joined our family on Christmas Eve, so we all agreed to name one puppy, Eve. The other girl, however, still needed a name.


Everyone at the table cast a vote. We started with eight names and narrowed it to four. After one more round of voting we landed on the name, Grace. At the time I didn’t know how much I’d learn from this sweet girl and her name.


Grace likes to be near me and the family. One

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Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24 NIV).

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Bones are important. Bones are the framework of our body. I was recently reminded just how important good bones are to our overall health when I had to have shoulder replacement surgery. Bone spurs caused by arthritis were pushing the shoulder bone out of its socket. I know. It is as painful as it sounds.


The surgery was successful and it was time for my two-week follow-up appointment. The doctor came in, followed by his assistant and an intern who were excitedly talking about great bones. I didn’t pay much attention until the assistant put my x-rays up and said, “This is the patient we were all talking about. Her bones are amazing!” Seeing the look of surprise on

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Today’s Truth

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd (Exodus 23:2 NIV).

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A few years ago, I got a speeding ticket on my way home from the grocery store. I remember telling the police officer I was very sorry, but I was speeding for a good reason. My son really needed to use the restroom and my daughter was overdue for a nap. Those are good reasons, right?


I got the ticket.


I appealed to mercy but I got justice…and that’s okay. I got what I deserved. I had broken the law. Have you noticed lately how many drivers are blasting through red lights? Speeding down the road going way too fast? Ignoring stop signs? My oldest is about to get his driver’s license and I’m constantly telling him to “drive defensively”

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Woman, you have great faith! (Matthew15:28a NIV)

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He called it a dune buggy. I called it a death trap.


My friend, Harry, invited me and some of my friends for a ride over beach sand dunes in his big wheel jeep. I like sand. I like rides. Sounded like fun. It was not.


We buckled in and Harry revved up the engine. We did not ride over the sand dunes; we flew. Bouncing. Jostling. Screaming. Crying for him to slow down. All the while, Harry laughed and had a good ole time, mainly because he was the one controlling the steering wheel.


One thing I learned that day, besides don’t get in a jeep with Harry, was that you need big tires to go off-road over big hills

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“Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble” (Jeremiah 16:19 ERV).

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Movies with happy endings are my favorite movies. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen?


When the movie, “The Perfect Storm,” was first released, the previews suggested it had a happy ending. I should have known better, but we love the water and really, how bad could it be?


We bought tickets, popcorn, and drinks, found the best seats in the theater, and prepared to be entertained. Wrong! Just about every scene showed tiny boats caught in the grip of frightening waves and fierce winds. I

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Today’s Truth

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17 NIV).

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“You are not included.”


Well, this isn’t exactly what the woman said to me, but it sure sounded that way. Worst of all, this wasn’t the first time she excluded me and, as I’d learn later that day, it wouldn’t be the last, either.


Grr. When I got home, I thought, “I hate that lady.”


Certainly, my mind wanted to carry on with horrible thoughts about her…and why she acts rude…and how she must be an unhappy person…and that she is thoughtless and careless, but…God.


God stopped me. He stopped me from condemning this woman in my mind.


“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John, 3:17 NIV).


This verse

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Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me” (Matthew 26:10 NIV).

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I am completely crazy about cool jewelry, so when the Lord prompted me to take off my favorite necklace and give it to the woman who had just admired it, I tried to pretend I didn’t hear Him.


“It’s mine, God!” I reasoned. “I love this necklace! Why would You ask me to do that?”


My self-plan didn’t like the God-plan that was laid out before me.


He was nudging me to give up something that meant a lot to me. And the Spirit prompt didn’t even make sense. It seemed bizarre and totally random.


Reluctantly, I chose to obey.


Moments later God softened my childish heart as the woman wept at the Lord’s blessing. My selfish thoughts faded to deep, humble joy

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