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James 5:13-20: Prayer is Doing

James ends his letter by emphasizing prayer and loving one another well. Let’s look at four promises related to prayer. God hears us when we pray. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 NIV I love the story in Luke 18 of the wicked judge…

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Lent: What is forgiveness?

We talk a lot about forgiveness in churches, but do we know what it means? Recently we had this discussion in our community group. We’ve been reading The Prodigal God by Tim Keller and discussing it each week. We tried to define significant theological words along the way. Note these four characteristics of forgiveness: Voluntary…

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Guest Writer: Invitation to Forgive

“Come, let’s settle this,” says the LORD.“Though your sins are scarlet,they will be as white as snow;though they are crimson red,they will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 CSB “If we confess our sins,He is faithful and righteousto forgive us our sins andto cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 CSB Our challenge: to forgive…

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The Mercies of God: Manasseh

Manasseh’s story is an unlikely source illustrating God’s mercy. It may not be very familiar to you. Manasseh was the oldest son of Hezekiah. While Hezekiah was known as a righteous king of Jerusalem, his son, Manasseh, was evil. The author of Chronicles says, “Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray so that…

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Holy Week #6: Holy Friday

In past years, the church we attended had a tradition on Good Friday to provide a quiet, meditative service. We wrote our sins on small scraps of paper, and nailed them to a wooden cross. The only sound in that service was the rap, rap, rap of those nails. As we meditated we also read…

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God of Second Chances

from my husband’s pen today … GOD OF SECOND CHANCES All of us have heard that God is a God of second chances.  I think the concept brings comfort and hope to those of us who fall time and time again.  We all need second chances. But the “second chance” idea puts all of us…

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