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Today’s Truth

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you! 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)

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I was on the way to the airport when the phone call came.


“Mom, it was positive,” my daughter said, sorrow thick in her voice.


This didn’t refer to a long-awaited pregnancy or a good report of any kind. Instead, it was the result of a biopsy for breast cancer.


This was familiar territory. I was a 31-year-old mom when I received the same news. I remember scooping up our children one by one to explain as gently as we knew how, trying to prepare them for the multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation ahead. Now my daughter, one of those little ones I once held close, was about to walk that same path.


Bad news can make your knees knock. I stumbled

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The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8 NIV).

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I watched the news and mourned the hatred of mankind. I read the paper and questioned the senseless headlines. I listened to the radio and cried about the wildfires out west. Silently I prayed, God, why is the world so messed up? And then the Holy Spirit reminded me of where broken began.


When God fashioned, fitted, and filled the earth, there was nothing but goodness. The lion and the lamb lay side-by-side. Adam and Eve lived a harmonious existence without a hint of discord. God and human beings communed with no barrier between them. All creation ebbed and flowed with the rhythm of the tides and the breath of God. There was no lack, only abundance; no fear,

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Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who truly want to find Him (Hebrews 11:6, ICB).

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Billy Graham once said, “Most of us do not understand nuclear fission, but we accept it. I don’t understand television, but I accept it. Why is it so easy to accept these man-made miracles and so difficult to accept the miracles of the Bible?” It’s a matter of faith.


Faith is the very foundation of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that without faith, we simply cannot please God. We must come to Him, believing that He is really who He says He is and that He really will do what He promises to do. That’s faith.


“Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is real and that

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"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV).

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A turtle showed up on my doorstep. And, can I tell you all? He was the cutest turtle.


At first, he was covered in muck, but my 2-children got a wet paper towel and cleaned him all up. He looked spiffy. His gold stripes shined, and he seemed happy to have a new home in my kid’s plastic outdoor box. Every 15-minutes or so, we’d run to the window to see what our new pet was doing.


But, before long, I knew what would have to happen… He couldn’t stay with us forever. It was getting cold outside, plus large predatory birds and animals often get dinner at night. My heart couldn’t take the idea of losing him. I informed the

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Today’s Truth

Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17, NIV).

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When I was swept up in the whimsical world of wedding planning every detail mattered. I was excited to be marrying Brad Smith and wanted our wedding day to be a magical springboard to a life filled with amazing adventures and deep years of God-centered love. From the cake choices – to the dress choices – to the music choices – to the guest list choices – to the bridal registry choices, I was all about the business of wedding prep.


The bride of Christ is purposed to be all about the Father’s business. To prep for eternity by making choices to bring Him glory throughout our days. To intentionally worship the Lord through our service.


We are called to

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“So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.’” (Isaiah 28:16, NIV)

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I stand inside the bones of a building. Wooden beams stretch over my head like a rib cage. I am close to the center where the heart would be. I run my hands along a rough board waiting for a wall to cover it like skin. My husband and I often venture into houses that have not yet fully become homes. With his training as an architect, he can picture it all before it comes to be. “This is where they’ll sleep,” he’ll say. “This is where they’ll watch TV.”


So it makes sense that he’s the one I ask when I come across a word in Scripture I don’t understand. I’m reading in bed and his head is

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He drew me out of deep waters ... he rescued me because he delighted in me (Psalm 18:16,19, NIV).

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Debbie felt worthless for years. She was verbally abused and emotionally abandoned in her marriage from the very beginning, but Debbie stayed in the marriage for years, though she was wronged and mistreated.


The shame of it all kept Debbie silent and trapped in an unsafe marriage. Behind closed doors she endured verbal cruelty, and she believed the lies of her abuser. When her husband was in a good mood, things were good at home. But if he was in a foul mood, Debbie bore the brunt of his abuse and anger.


She endured the abuse for a long time before she left. Three kids, twenty-plus years, many affairs, and many lies later, Debbie finally had enough. She mustered up

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Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 ESV).

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When I was a little girl, my mom did her grocery shopping at White’s Supermarket on the corner of Tarboro and Pearl Streets. Other grocery stores were close by, but only White’s gave out S&H Green Stamps.


On shopping days, I stood on tiptoes, bug-eyed as the cashier pushed the buttons and rang up my mom’s purchases. My mom lit up every time she heard the cha-ching, knowing that meant more stamps were on the way. After the cashier tallied the purchases, she pulled a lever and the register spit out two streams of stamps—large and small. We never put the stamps in books right away. Mom stuffed them in a brown paper bag and stored them in a cabinet over the

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Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water (Matthew 14:25, NCV).

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Did you know that the African impala can jump to a height of over ten feet and cover a distance of greater than thirty feet? Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in any zoo by a three-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.


What a great picture of faith. Authentic faith naturally produces action, but faith is hindered unless we abandon ourselves to that faith. That means we are willing to jump even if we don’t know where we will land.


Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see. John Shedd says, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Faith

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Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:1-2 CSB.)

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As I gazed out the window of my living room on a quiet Saturday morning, only interrupted by the snoring of the dog and the humming of the appliances, I took in a deep breath to savor the moment as my eyes settled on a sight I’d never seen before.


At least a hundred times I’ve looked out this window, but I had never noticed the landscape quite this way. It was like the trees were climbing up the hillside to touch the sunrise. What changed, you may ask? The answer is simple. My focus.


Between my window and those climbing trees are a myriad of power lines traversing back and forth along with the blaring red of a stop

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8