Friendship in the Garden of Life

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C.S. Lewis wrote: Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “You too? I thought I was the only one.”

How many of us can say we’ve said that a time or two?

Ever heard the phrase, “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you?”

We pick a few in our childhood. We pick a few from high school years. We become adults and we pick a few more. Continue reading “Friendship in the Garden of Life”

Labels

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Everywhere we look we are surrounded by labels. From the tags in our clothing to periods in history, we have relied on labels to give us information and to help us remember. My Type A personality loves labeling things as a means of organization and to add perceived order to the chaos of life.

Unfortunately, we rarely reserve labels for “things” in life. Consciously or not, we assign labels to people as well.  Some of those labels are reflective of appearance or station in life.  I remember the first time someone called me “ma’am”. I immediately felt as though I had aged twenty years.

I have been labeled as many things: wife, mom, teacher, and friend. The label I bear most proudly is that of “Christian”. Peter said it best when he wrote in 1 Peter 4:16 “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”

But what are we doing to the name of Christ? Continue reading “Labels”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 4

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And when HE had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you.” Luke 22:19

Jesus said to His disciples, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:15-16

 

After the Seder dinner is finished, the celebration comes to a close with… Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 4”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 3

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He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  Isaiah 53:7a

 

I left off Part 2 of this series with a question. The answer is right here on this page…

In preparation for Passover, the men of the family would pick a one-year old spotless male lamb, bring him into their homes for fourteen days before they were to be slaughtered at twilight on the fourteenth day. Everyone in the household would care for this precious little lamb inside their homes.

 You must have it in safe keeping until the fourteenth day of the month. Exodus 12:6

Comparison Christ and the Lamb: Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 3”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 2

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“His firstborn Son, Yeshua, became our redeemer, sacrificed on the altar of the Cross, freeing us from our slavery to sin.” ― Martha Zimmerman

Things to remember as we go through this series:

  1. Firstborn Son
  2. Blood sacrifice for Redemption of Sin
  3. Spotless /Unblemished Lamb

 

Let’s begin in Exodus chapters 1-11. Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 2”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan

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From the very beginning of time, God longed to have fellowship with us. Starting in Genesis.

“God took man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to care for it. God said to Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:15-18 NIV

Reading further, The man and his wife were both naked and they had no shame. Genesis 2:25

Picture this… Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan”

10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager

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We’re so excited to share this post with you that was written by our dear friend, Bella Morganthal. We know that you will identify with these lies whether you are a teen or were a teen 😉. Share this with the teens in your life. Read; take measure; rethink. ‘Cause EVERYONE falls for these lies sometime.

 

If I could go back in time, there are plenty of things I would want my teenage-self to know. But if I could, I’d especially want to go back in time and shine some truth into a few of the lies that I believed as a young person.

Maybe you’re struggling with some of these lies too. If so, this is my invitation to you to experience some truth. Continue reading “10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager”

Scar Sharing 

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Throughout 2019 my pastor taught on “simple church” and the four foundational corners in which to build our lives upon — prayer, worship, learning and sharing.

I believe sharing your testimony is the key foundational point for a believer.

My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long. Psalm 35:25

As someone with a “roadmap” of scars on one leg and a “pot hole” on the other, I’m reminded of the day when a precocious three-year-old neighbor boy looked at me and asked, “Why is there a hole in your leg”? I remember his mother being so embarrassed that he would ask such a question and trying to shush him from speaking.  Of course, I gave him a simple answer without including words like car accident, cancer or surgeries. Continue reading “Scar Sharing “

 Go be wonderful!

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How amazing is it when we look at nature and see all of the beautiful things that just seem to “take care of themselves”?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26

Amazing how tiny a seed is covered in the deep, dark, damp underground; yet if it is left still ‒ just being ‒ it pushes through the ground at the right time! It was given a “gift.” It was given intention (its talent, if you will) from God whether it be a flower to be placed upon a grave or a plant to brighten up your landscape or a vegetable to be consumed for nutrition… It was given a purpose.

YOU have also been given attention by God. Continue reading ” Go be wonderful!”