5 Reasons to Cling to God’s Word

Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
Psalm 119:89-91

Sixty-six books, 40 authors, yet God-breathed, 2 Timothy 3:16,

The Bible reveals a love so deep men and women cannot grasp its totality. We watch this love unfold as God breathes into Adam and gives him life. We see God walking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day – the way it was meant to be. We frown as Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit and hide from God. We marvel when God promises One who will pay the price for their sin and the sins of future generations, so that their relationship will be restored with God. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Cling to God’s Word

2 Christmas Gifts

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The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

“What? The Holy Spirit who overshadowed Mount Sinai when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments is going to overshadow me? I’m just a poor girl from Nazareth, engaged to a humble carpenter.”

“Nothing is impossible with God,” said Gabriel.

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:37-38

Dirt-poor. Wrong neighborhood, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Soon-to-be pregnant. Unmarried.

Nothing is impossible with God.

Overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.

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Magnify the Lord with Thanksgiving!

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Psalm 85:10

From winged artists’ palettes to fragrant nectar, from heavenly light and color displays to rolling hills and flatlands, our Father’s artistry and character shine forth as righteousness and peace kiss each other and spill onto the earth and all its inhabitants. May your Thanksgiving be filled with abundant delights as you meditate on the blessings our Lord has bestowed upon you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 ways God introduces Himself

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Who is like You, O LORD among the gods?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Exodus 15:11

There is no one like our Father in heaven. God’s name represents all that He is and all that His children need, for He is our loving and gracious Father.

When I introduce myself, I say, “Hi, I’m Karen.” I may continue with, “I’m Kristin’s mother,” or “I am Keith’s wife,” or “I am an adjunct professor.” I usually don’t think of introducing myself in relationship to the other person I’m meeting.

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6 Prayer Requests for America


Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name in America. Father, I pray that America would return to You and make You Lord and Shepherd. I pray that we would revere Your name and honor who You are.

Your Kingdom come.

Father, we ask that Your kingdom would reign in our hearts and in the heart of America as she reels in the midst of this great evil. Give Your people a boldness to proclaim You as King and Lord in their lives and in their actions. Cause America to turn to You.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your will is perfect, holy, and true. Cause America to learn Your will and to desire Your will in this nation.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Father, You know what America needs this day. We need comfort. Give us comfort. Give us a resolve to follow You. We lift up those who have suffered injury, those who have lost a loved one, and the first responders and other heroes who pushed through the horror to save lives and help. Father, America needs comfort today. America needs the Bread of Life today, Jesus! Holy Spirit, quicken America and make her receptive to the true Bread of Life.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Father, America has sinned. We have forsaken Your Word. We have walked away from You. Forgive us. Thank You that Jesus has paid the price of our debt. He took our debts upon Himself on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. We choose to forgive those who have wronged us. Help us, Lord. Have mercy, Father.

Lead us not into temptation (testing), but deliver us from evil.

Father, we mourn this tragedy as well as the hurricane tragedies in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. Deliver America from additional evil. Carry us through these trials and use them to bring us back to You.

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Our Father, You reign in Your people’s lives with power. We honor You and give You glory. Cause America to bow her knee to You, and reign in this great land with power, and we will glorify You.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen