Toni’s Blog

The Lord Will Equip You for Your Calling

The Lord Will Equip You for Your Calling

1st Samuel 17:28, 1st Corinthians 15:58, and Philippians 1:3-6 In 1st Samuel 17, prior to fighting Goliath, David has an encounter with his older brother Eliab. Eliab accuses David of being in sin and being prideful. In 1st Samuel 17:28 we read, “Why did you come down...

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The Tool of Detachment

The Tool of Detachment

John 10:10a, 1st Corinthians 14:33b, Proverbs 6:19b, James 1:19 The tool of detachment gives me the ability to love someone without getting caught up in their dysfunction. Satan is the author of confusion, chaos, and discord among the brethren and our families. He has...

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Why Didn’t I Trust You, Lord?

Why Didn’t I Trust You, Lord?

This week, it will be 39 years since I had my abortion back in 1980 as a 21-year-old college student. I was far from home and far from God. Why didn’t I trust You Lord and have my baby? Why couldn’t I go to my parents and say I made a mistake? I was paralyzed with...

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What Is Sin?

What Is Sin?

Sin is living in rebellion against God’s laws.  Sin was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve.  Since the fall, the whole earth and every inhabitant has been affected by sin.  In essence, sin is a choice to go our own way apart from...

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Idolatry

Idolatry

What is idolatry and how do we define it? I believe idolatry is the act of putting something or someone before God in our thoughts or hearts by obsessing over or being consumed by it.  This idol can be your job, money, a sport or hobby, a relationship, or a physical...

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Self-Pity

Self-Pity

Self-Pity Philippians 2:2-4, Galatians 5:22-23 God wants me to spend less time thinking of myself, and more time thinking of Him and others. Self-pity is being consumed with thoughts about oneself, usually regarding some unfair situation or treatment by others. ...

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Secrets

Secrets

John 8:31-32 and Isaiah 61:1-3 “You’re only as sick as your secrets”, is a familiar recovery term and true statement.  Until we feel safe to share our secrets, we keep them locked up in a type of “Pandora’s Box,” where we keep all our deepest and darkest...

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Bread from Heaven

Bread from Heaven

I would rather go back to what is familiar even if it is bondage… Exodus 16: 3-4a And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you...

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Awareness, Acceptance, and Action

Awareness, Acceptance, and Action

Awareness, Acceptance, and Action: The 3 A’s to true Healing and Hope. There can be no change without AWARENESS.   AWARENESS is understanding and reflecting on a situation, person, or feeling with openness and curiosity (as defined by peopleleaders.com.au). For...

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God’s Grace

God’s Grace

God’s Grace can be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.  (Enni, Paul.  Moody Handbook of Theology) Verses Romans 3:19-28, Ephesians 1:7, 2:4-9 Grace was not something I witnessed growing up and I didn’t see it...

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Jackie’s Blog “God & OCD”

There Will Be Bad Days…

There Will Be Bad Days…

This past week was a battle. From disturbing images to extremely unsettling thoughts, OCD was going right for the jugular.  Up until that point, it had been a good period of time since I had to be on high alert against mentally obtrusive thoughts.  Thanks to the...

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Luci’s Blog

Sanctity for Human Life

Sanctity for Human Life

As I write this, it is the 47th anniversary of Roe vs Wade when the US Supreme Court decided abortion will be “legal” in all 50 states.  Churches all across America recognize this 3rd Sunday in January each year, as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  It is a day when we...

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Diane’s Blog

Empty Jars

Empty Jars

Then, I heard my name being called and I froze. My heart started to race. I remember a tightening in my abdomen and chest. My legs were shaking, but I got up and walked towards the nurse. I walked into the room where I was met by two other women.  David waited...

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