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An Unexpected Gift

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On November 8th my husband, Gary, and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We felt this was quite a feat, and worthy of celebrating  so we decided to take a short vacation. This past week we spent three days in hilly southern Ohio at Salt Fork’s rustic lodge. We were surrounded by cozy fireplaces, beautiful fall scenery, surprise visits from white tai...

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The Significant Life

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We all long to live a significant life, to know we have made an impact on the world around us. But what does a life of significance really look like?...

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Consider this...

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Trials and hardships are a part of life. Our goal, though, shouldn't be to simply get through those times, but to look back and consider what God taught us and how He led us....

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Building a marriage with joy

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We often caution people of the hard work involved in marriage. While it's true marriage takes intention and effort, is that really the main thing we want others to see when they look at our relationships? How do we focus on the joy and beauty of marriage instead?...

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Forest Fires

The words that come out of our mouths can be like a spark that causes a forest fire. Remembering to be slow to speak with wisdom, understanding and knowledge is something we would all be wise to remember. ...

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The True Origin of Our Christian “Easter”

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I have to admit, I am glad my kids now know there is no Easter Bunny! But not for convenience’s sake (now we don’t have to hide the Easter baskets), but because they are old enough now to understand that the cultural symbols tied to Easter such as coloring and hunting for Easter eggs have nothing to do with why we, as Christians, celebrate the resurrection of J...

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The Taunt Song or Characteristics of the Unrighteous

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“Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.” The righteous shall live by faith. This line from verse 4 of the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk in the old testament is repeated several times in the new testament…...

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Finding Joy in the Midst of Difficult Circumstances

If you’ve been a follower of Christ for some time, you may already feel like skipping this blog post, based on the title! Many sermons have been spoken on this topic and I’m sure we will continue to hear more throughout our walk.But it’s an important idea when we are working through our current series, “The Message of Habakkuk: When Your Circumstanc...

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It's Complicated

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In the last few weeks of The Message of Habakkuk, Pastor Armstrong has shared the transformative moment in Martin Luther’s life where Habakkuk 2:4, “The righteous shall live by faith” opened his eyes for the first time to the true meaning of the Gospel. Without this revelation, the Protestant church as we know it today would not exist, and we could have s...

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The Waiting is the Hardest (But Necessary) Part

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In 1981, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came out with the song, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” – okay, I am showing my age here! I remember watching the video on that “new” music video channel called MTV!Tom Petty was right! It IS the hardest part at times during our faith walk. But it doesn’t have to feel like it’s hard, if we...

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