Enjoy the Holiday Season More

Holidays can be very enjoyable for some people, but they can also be very stressful or even depressing for others. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of experiences, there are ways to make this holiday season more enjoyable. Click on the arrow to listen to one suggestion that Pastor Marlan makes in this Sunday’s message.

 

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Pie Time

It’s time again for our annual Thanksgiving Service and Pie Fellowship. Join us tomorrow evening, November 23rd at 7 PM for a wonderful family oriented service followed by plenty of time for fellowship and some amazing desserts.

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Show not Tell

If we were to take a poll of Christians, pretty much all of them would say that they love God, but do we? As the old saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding”. Do our actions line up with the truth of the words that we say? Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Marlan’s message about showing that we love God by our actions rather than mere words.

 

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3 Things to Remember When It’s Hard to Forgive – FaithGateway

Forgiveness isn’t something that comes easy. In fact sometimes it seems like having to forgive just adds insult to injury. However, God has a different viewpoint on the subject. Today’s devotional contains some little gems of truth that can help on our journey of forgiveness. Click on the link to read the full article.

Have you ever struggled to choose forgiveness over bitterness in the midst of feeling rejected, abandoned, or hurt? Maybe you’re there right now as you prepare to spend time with friends and family over the holidays. Deep hurts from loved ones can feel so very raw and unresolved in the midst of a season that’sa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/3-things-remember-hard-forgive/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: 3 Things to Remember When It’s Hard to Forgive – FaithGateway

Joy: True Happiness – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional gives us some fresh insight into joy. Whether you are happy or not at the moment you can still have joy. Read with us to find out how.

I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. — John 15:11 Remember Eeyore and Tigger in the Winnie-the Pooh-books? For Eeyore, no matter what amazing circumstance came his way, doom and gloom remained the focus. For Tigger, bouncing through life without a carea href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/joy-true-happiness/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Joy: True Happiness – FaithGateway

Love is Stronger Than Fear

I don’t know about you, but all the anger and craziness that’s out there right now is getting old. I was hoping things would calm down on some of the social media sites I’m on, but it hasn’t gone away. Not to say that we shouldn’t stand up for what’s right or we shouldn’t have the freedom to voice our opinions, but things have gotten way out of hand. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth’s blog, addresses the issue and gives us some down home advice on a way that we can help diffuse rather than inflame the emotions of those around us.

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© Jason Stitt | Dreamstime.com – Megaphone Woman

“…But what if instead of those angry words and that tirade online we simply go to the person who is standing in our kitchen today and say, “I love you and I am for you”? Or we reach out to someone who is different than us? Because we also fear what we don’t understand. And if we’re spending all our time saying, “here’s my opinion” then we’re not listening, not understanding. Fear wins.

Jennifer asked, “What would it be like if we made a commitment to fight for each other instead of with each other?” It’s a question worth considering if we want to defeat fear. Because if we live with swords drawn in defense then we are always on guard, looking for the next fight, seeing threatening shadows in every corner.

We have a Protector. He is good. He is wise. He is kind. And here’s what we need to know: He hasn’t asked us to be right all the time. He has called us to love. This is the harder, braver choice. Because it requires read more

(c) 2016 Holley Gerth Used with Permission

Practices That Can Bring Healing to the Heart — Charisma Magazine

Sometimes we don’t realize that what goes on in our spiritual heart has a huge impact on our physical heart, and how negative emotions can take a toll on us physically. Today’s devotional article give us some great ideas about keeping not only our spiritual heart but our physical heart healthy. Click on the link to read the full article.

In a world that often values surface image more than spiritual heart health, attention to matters of the heart must be something we daily pursue and steward. We must be intentional about this.

Our hearts not only need healing, but regular nurturing and tending to. In doing so, here are some daily practices you

Source: Practices That Can Bring Healing to the Heart — Charisma Magazine