Word of Life

The fantasy universe created by Marvel Comics features a character whose super power is a catastrophically destructive voice. The tiniest sound (or whisper) made by Black Bolt is liable to obliterate an entire city. With a voice that can spell death, Black Bolt has learned to maintain absolute silence in order to preserve the Inhuman …

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Calling on the Caller

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet (Jeremiah 1:5). One of my favorite lines in Donita K. Paul’s ‘The Realmwalkers’ Christian Fantasy book series says that ‘the called must call upon the caller.’ I don’t usually pause …

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New Every Morning

Text: Lamentations 3:19-23 Key verse:  “They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23). I watched amused as a popular news channel featured celebrity new year resolutions ranging from less cheese consumption to increased church attendance. However, I turned thoughtful when one of the interviewees stressed that her resolution for the current new …

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***Devotional – Pleasing God in the Mundane****

  Read: Matthew 3:13-17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17). The crowd looked on in awe.  One minute, he was just another person getting baptized.  Next, the heavens opened up with a ringing endorsement from God Almighty Himself, saying “This …

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***Devotional – Idolatrous Priorities***

In the middle of a sermon, someone called out.  “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  Without skipping a beat, Jesus replied, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Then he turned to the crowd. “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness…” (Luke 12:13 – 15) …

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***Devotional Share – Chicken or Eagle?***

In keeping with our Life Abundant theme, I’m sharing this excerpt from a devotional published by Journey Christian Church on August 25: In his book, The Song of the Bird, author Anthony de Mello tells the following story: A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen.  The eaglet hatched …

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***Devotional – A Holy Desperation***

Read: Mark 5:24-32 The disciples thought Jesus had lost it.  A multitude of people pressed in, and He wanted to identify just one!  But Jesus stood his ground – someone had touched him.  Eventually the woman trembled forward with a confession.  How had Jesus singled her out? Jesus could tell that most of the people …

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