Names of God: Goel

The term Goel drives from the Hebrew word lig’ol. The term means to redeem or redeemer. “Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”  {Isaiah 41:14, NIV} The authorized version of the Bible translates this word into kinsman. This is […]

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The Alamo Bride

Ellis Dumont stumbles upon an unconscious New Orleans Grey on her Grandfather Dumont’s property in 1836. While unconscious, he mutters about treasures and war.  Ellis wonders who Clay Gentry really is, a friend or foe. She must decide if she will trust him and learn to be courageous to travel with him to Mission San Jose and help end the […]

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John and the Spirit of Fire

 “It was about time for Jesus to be taken up into heaven. He turned toward Jerusalem and was sure that nothing would stop Him from going.”    {Luke 9:51} The time has come for Jesus to head into Jerusalem.  He knows he is going to be arrested and crucified when he arrives. “He sent men on ahead of Him. They came […]

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Filling Our Love Tanks

For Chinese New Year last month, we had a party for our residents. Part of the Chinese New Year tradition is for the older adults to give children red envelopes with money. Instead of giving our residents money, we have them gift certificates related to their interest and personality. We’d not seen the residents this excited since Christmas, when they […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. She was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy to an upper-class British family. She was moved after the place of her birth, before her family returned to England the following year. In 1837, she underwent the first of several experiences which she believed were calls from God. The first was […]

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Hymn Story: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Horatius Bonar was a Scottish minister and writer who lived throughout the majority of the 19th Century.  He is described as a “most gifted and influential” minister. Bonar wrote the lyrics to I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say while he was pastoring the Presbyterian church at Kelso, Scotland, which lies along the Scottish borders. The hymn was intended to […]

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Names of God: God

Often, when we speak of the supreme being we refer to him as God. The term God means creator deity, principal object of faith and supreme being. Judiasm refers to God as “Him” or “Father” which is why we often refer to him as God the Father. As Christians, we believe God is an eternal being who created the world […]

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Women, Rise Up!

In Women, Rise up! Cindy Jacobs shares her heart and experience to answer the call on our lives.  Whether this means working in the secular world or in ministry, the struggles are real. The book is well written and the subheadings are short, making it easy to break the chapter into smaller bites as time allows.  She gave me a […]

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John, part of the Inner Circle

Jesus has called his twelve disciples, however of these men he has a closer, more intimate inner circle.  He has three with whom he is very close. These men often go with him when the other men do not.  Why these men? Scripture doesn’t tell us. Maybe they hit it off better than the others.  We have some friends we […]

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When We Are Blessed

While I am very outgoing when I need to be, I am naturally an introvert, especially in new situations or large groups. I usually take my sweet time to acclimate myself to these new circumstances. This has been very true for me in finding a new church family and getting involved. I’ve been doing better about attending my new church […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work among the poor in Calcutta, India. She was born Anjezë Gonxhe {Mary Teresa} Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in the Ottoman Empire. Her parents were Nikollë and Dranafile Bojaxhiu. She was baptized the day after her birth and always considered August 27th her “true birthday”. According to biographer Joan Graff […]

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me,Christ behind me, Christ before me,Christ beside me, Christ to win me,Christ to comfort and restore me.Christ beneath me, Christ above me,Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,Christ in hearts of all that love me,Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. I bind unto myself the Name,The strong Name of the Trinity;By invocation of the same.The […]

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Hymn Story: Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart

In 1898, Mrs. Lelia Morris was at a camp meeting in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. When the invitation was called, a woman “of culture and refinement” responded to the invitation.  Leila Morris joined the lady, where she placed “an arm around her shoulder” and whispered, “Just now your doubting’s give o’er”. The song leader joined the two women and said […]

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Names of God: Father

God is referred to as Father throughout the Bible. One source says, “In general, the title Father (capitalized) signifies God’s role as the life-giver, the authority, and powerful protector, often viewed as immense, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent with infinite power and charity that goes beyond human understanding.”  After all, a father is a parent or male parent of a child or […]

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Book Review: The Power of Positive Words

I don’t know about you, but I need more positive words in my life.  There are too many times when negativity wants to creep in and whisper lies. Often times it is easy to forget the power words have in our lives. Stan Toler explores the power of words and how to use words in a positive manner and to […]

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James and John, the Sons of Thunder

Last week, we met James and John with their father, Zebedee.  Jesus has called James, John and Simon {Peter} who was with them as fishers of men.  However, he has a special command for these men also. “James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder.”  {Mark 3:17} […]

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When We Are Grateful

There are days when I struggle with depression and finding the gratitude in a situation. The other week, I heard a speaker say “When we are grateful our entire life changes”. I began to think of all the little things I take for granted, instead of being grateful for. The fact that I woke up this morning, breathe fresh air, […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan preacher and philosopher. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian. He was born on October 5, 1703 in the Connecticut Colony. He was the fifth of eleven children born to Timothy and Esther Stoddard Edwards. He was also their only son. In 1716, he entered Yale College. He took a great interest […]

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Hymn Story: The Wonder of it All

George Beverly Shea’s deep baritone voice, set the mood during the Billy Graham crusades.  George Beverly Shea was born on February 1, 1909 in Winchester, Ontario, Canada.  He later said he gave his life to Christ at five years of age and rededicated his life at eighteen. His parents taught him to play the violin, piano and organ at a […]

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Names of God: Faithful and True

The Lord or Yahweh is referred to as “faithful and true” on four occasions in the Bible. “They said to Jeremiah, “May Yahweh be a true and faithful witness against us if we don’t do exactly what Yahweh your Elohim tells us to do.”  {Jeremiah 42:5} The people are asking for the Lord to be true and faithful is they […]

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