Ladies Night Out

Ladies, it’s time for another night of food, fun, and fellowship at our monthly Ladies Night Out. Please bring your favorite soup recipe to exchange and enjoy dinner and devotions with us Friday, January 19th at 6:30 PM. Please download and fill out the not-so-secret-sisters exchange page for January and bring it to the get-together along with your favorite soup recipe. The other page provides directions and information for the exchange. We’ll see you tomorrow night!

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Getting Past Our Pain

We can often be our own worst critic. Internally we criticize and chastise ourselves for all the stupid things we’ve done. Today’s devotional by Alli Worthington, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a breath of fresh air to help blow away the condemnation. Let this truth resonate in your heart today: “…we don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle of fear and failure. Failure doesn’t have to be your story.” Alli Worthington

We hold onto the pain of past failures until they become woven into our hearts and minds. But that is not what Jesus has for us. In order to heal from the pain of our past failures and overcome the fear of future failures, we must practice our ABCs: acknowledge our feelings, ban the B’s, and choose to believe Jesus. read more

 

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Crazy Prayers, Crazy Faith

The word crazy isn’t usually a terribly positive one. Being thought of as not quite right in the head or crazy is not the nicest thing in the world. Today’s devotional by Mark Batterson, reposted from faithgateway.com, puts a different spin on that word, however. If you want to see crazy miracles you need crazy faith.


This woman is driving me crazy. – Luke 18:5

I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!

We aren’t told what injustice took place, but she was on a mission. Maybe her son was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Maybe the man who molested her daughter was still on the streets. We don’t know for sure. But whatever it was, she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And the judge knew it. The judge knew she would circle his house until the day she got justice or the day she died. The judge knew there was no quit in the read more

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Friendship with God

An old song by 3 dog night said that one is the loneliest number. We all need other people. Who are your friends? We all have friends in our family, at work, church, etc. Eventually most of those friends may disappoint us. No matter what others may do, or who might come and go in our live, God is a friend of ours all the time. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan on friendship with God.

 

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You’ll Get Through This

With all the bumps and bruises in life it’s good to know that God will help us through and turn unpleasant things around for our ultimate good. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, brings that point home through the story of Joseph.

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How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones. They came to him in dread. They feared he would settle the score and throw them into a pit of his own making. But Joseph didn’t. And in his explanation we find his inspiration.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Genesis 50:20 NASB)

In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual read more

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What Are You Waiting For?

What’s holding you back? What are you waiting for? There is not going to be a perfect time to do what God is calling you to do. Click on the arrow to listen to Pastor Marlan’s Sunday message which helps you think about these questions.

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Your Anchor in the Face of an Uncertain Future

In the face of the uncertainty and anxiety the pervades our world today hope is indispensable. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from biblegateway.com, offers a dose of hope for what ails us.

 

During his five years as a prisoner in North Vietnam, Major F. J. Harold Kushner encountered a twenty-four-year-old Marine who had made a deal with his captors.

The soldier agreed to cooperate with the Viet Cong, and in return the commander of the prison camp promised that he would let him go, as he had done for a few others in the past.

And so the tough young Marine became a model prisoner, even leading the camp’s thought-reform group. His health remained relatively good for two years. But over time it gradually became clear that the commander had lied. He actually had no intention of read more

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