Can Good Works Save You?

Can Good Works Save You

Today we complete our reading in the book of Titus and next week we will conclude the “Truth In Love” series with a discussion about “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Let’s read through Titus 3 together… Titus 3  1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. According to verses 1 & 2, what 7 Christian duties are we obligated to live out in our lives? Examine your own life, does the world see this […]

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Should Christians Simply Unite Around the Gospel?

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Jesus prayed this for believers:  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:22-23) It is God’s will that believers live in unity. According to Ephesians 4:13-15, we reach unity when we are mature, no longer infants tossed back and forth by the wind of teaching but instead speaking the truth in love. Truth unites! Paul says […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

Today we remember the crucifixion… On the cross Jesus said, “It is Finished.” (John 19:30)  FINISHED – PAID IN FULL. For those who place their faith in Christ, all the bad things we have done or will do, are paid for in full, by the blood of the Lamb who gave his life for us on the cross. Do you wonder if you are lovable? Do you wonder if he really can forgive you of your sins? Does your guilt lie to you? Psalm 103:10-12 answers these very questions: “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our […]

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15 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

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  For God so loved the world –He gave his Son! Immanuel –God with us! And because God is love – he has commanded us to love Him and to love others (Matt 22:36) – not just at Christmas time –but ALL the time! So I want to give you 15 practical ways to keep Christ in Christ-mas.  These 15 ways are not numbered – but the first 9 are in the collage below and the last 6 are in the writing of this post :).   I’ve already begun facebooking, tweeting and pinning the tips below on my Women Living Well […]

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Are You Leading a Summer VBS or Neighborhood Bible Club?

Are you leading a summer VBS or Neighborhood Bible Club? This is a great way to share the gospel with kids. You can do it on your driveway, in the church parking lot, or even on a dry erase board. You can make it small or make it huge and sit the kids around the square…the kids always love it!  **Chime In: Are you leading a Summer VBS or Neighborhood/Backyard Bible Club?  What materials are you using and do you have a special way you present the gospel?  Share it with us! Walk with the King,        

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The Precious Blood of Jesus

The Precious Blood of Jesus

    Today we remember. (Taken from Matthew 27)   We remember…   the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver the flogging the crown of thorns the purple robe the sign “Hail, King of the Jews!” the strike on Jesus’ face the crowd shouting “Crucify Him!” the long walk to Golgotha carrying the cross the nails in his hands the nails in his feet DARKNESS the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom the earth trembling the guards exclaiming “Surely he was the Son of God!”    […]

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We Are All Just Donkeys

We are all donkeys

    This is not an insult. Just stick with me for a second. In the blogging world, there’s awards for everything. On the “Circle of Moms”  they crown the Top 25 Blogs in a boatload of categories: couponing, cooking, decorating, party planning, travel, homeschooling, beauty, fashion, vegan, fitness, outdoorsy, single moms, adoption, and more.  You name it, they crown it and yes –they even have a Christian Mom Blog category. I’ve been in the running a few times for these awards and it’s been awkward for me…I mean – really…should I try to get votes for an award for sharing Jesus on-line? Probably not. It’s awkward…but I have […]

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When It Feels Like No One Understands

When It Feels Like No One Understands

 One thing I’ve learned from Facebook, is that all of us are going through a lot of similar things.  When one mom complains of her child not napping, 5 more moms are there to say, “Mine too!”  When someone mentions her frustration with all the laundry piling up, we all do a cyber nod in agreement.  And when another complains of headaches, someone is there to say “I’ve been there and here’s what helped me.” We all have common struggles with husbands, children, our work and stress load and just living life on planet earth. But… Our puzzles are all different. One woman has […]

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Election Day Thoughts

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  I just finished reading this post by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition:   Politics Is Hell Imagine your life were an open book. Every conversation recorded. Every errant word written down. Every gaffe broadcast before all. What if everything you ever did was fair game? What if every action and every decision were held up to the severest scrutiny? What if all your last minute apologies failed to satisfy? How would you feel to realize someone knew everything about your past? And someone was chronicling everything about your present? How would you like to face a barrage of […]

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When the Bottom Falls Out

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Last summer, my husband was walking down our deck stairs holding my daughters hand… they stepped on one stair (these are higher up than they appear in the picture) and it gave out – then they stepped to the next stair and it gave out too!  Thankfully my husband had my daughter by the hand and she did not fall through.  He strong armed her onto the 3rd step down but he got injured from gripping the railing – the wood punctured his hand and later developed an infection – it was just a mess! The bottom fell out literally for him that day. But I think […]

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The Biggest Disappointment of Relevant

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Me with Ann right before we spoke on a panel about “Upside Down Blogging”. There was one HUGE lesson God revealed to me during the Relevant Conference… I’m a huge disappoinment and it’s time I embrace disappointing others –  to the glory of God! Let me explain. The closing speaker for the Relevant Conference was my #1 favorite blog writer – Ann Voskamp of  A Holy Experience.  Her writing takes me to the throne of God each time I read it.  I simply can’t get enough of her writing. Previous to her closing session, I had shared the platform with Ann in a session titled […]

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Are You Cheating?

Forneys- Missionaries to Indonesia Missionaries are my heroes! As a child, missionary stories challenged me and motivated me to want to live the crucified life. When I have a woe is me day…where life seems rough, I remember my Christian brothers and sisters in Christ who have sacrificed all to take the message of the gospel to unreached places. My small afflictions are NOTHING compared to what they face! One of my favorite on-line missionaries to follow are the Forney’s. They fascinate me! Dave is a missionary pilot married to Joy and they have 5 children! Their stories of snakes and jungle […]

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