Save Your Life by Losing It

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25.NASB)   Has God ever asked you to give up something that you enjoyed? Some might say this can never happen. After all, He promises to give us good things.

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Choose Life by Choosing to Die

  My pastor jokes about getting business cards that say, “We just want to help you die.”   A bit macabre, is it? But it’s true. One main function of the church is to help us die to self. And that dying leads us to true life. God always calls us to choose life. “I…

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A Reassuring View of Life’s Struggles (Guest Post)

Good morning! Today’s post is from an online devotional. I love how Os Hillman brings encouragement to his readers.  (All emphases mine)       Living Forward, Understanding Backward TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman Tuesday, December 01 2015 “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”…

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Be the Priest You are Called to Be in 2016

When Jesus was on the threshold of His ministry, He went into the synagogue and read aloud from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty…

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A Christmas Prayer

Guideposts has been around a long time. What follows is a story by Fay Angus from 1992, recently unearthed in a search for Christmas decorations. Enjoy!   “A Celebration of the Star” She was a small girl, standing lonely on the sidelines. As the other children took turns to try whacking down the piñata, her…

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Rest Within Your Work

“Let us therefore labor to enter into that rest . . . .” — Hebrews 4:11 (KJV) In my many years practicing medicine as a physician assistant, I found the clinic work day was rarely long enough to finish everything I was expected to do. Now that I’m a writer and prayer minister/Biblical counselor and…

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Are You Your Own God?

Have you ever run into the old “brick wall” that stopped your progress cold? How about a “marsh” that slowed your steps? Did you ask God what you should do or did you decide to take matters into your own hands?   This frustrating behavior pattern is rampant in those of us who have had…

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Lessons from My Cat

I’ve read lots of articles about how children can show us lessons about having a relationship with God. Some have even written about what they learned from dogs. But cats? Absolutely!

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Holiday Blues

What do you feel when you are facing the winter holidays? Is it a “Hallmark” time for you, or more of a “Nightmare Before Christmas”? Thanksgiving and Christmas are supposed to be filled with happy family gatherings, good food, thoughtful gifts, and romantic gestures. That is, according to the advertisers. We’ve been fed a bill…

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Where Does Your Value Lie?

I recently was reamed by someone who thought I shouldn’t charge for my services as a Biblical counselor/prayer minister. The next thing I knew, I was having serious doubts about my own value. My rates are low, my experience is wide, and my ability to hear from God is deep. But was I valuable enough…

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