Fear or Faith

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Do you know what fear and faith have in common? A future that hasn’t happened yet. Fear believes in a negative future. Faith believes in a positive future.

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The Missing Ingredient

Chef putting sauce on a dish of spaghetti in commercial kitchen

A few weeks ago, while visiting a restaurant that so many people had rave reviews about, I tried one of the signature dishes that had been the talk of the town. On this specific day, as I tested out the dish (trusting the word of mouth satisfaction offered by others), I was quite disappointed. Initially, I thought maybe it was because everyone’s reviews were

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Half-Baked Prayers

Woman squatting down in kitchen to look into the oven

One of the hardest disciplines to master in the kitchen is to leave that oven door alone. I’ve had more less-than-perfect outcomes than you could shake a stick at, all from knowing good and well that I shouldn’t open that door but I just can’t stand to wait! So the cake falls, the biscuits are flat and doughy, the cornbread didn’t get that killer

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Letters From Our Listeners–May 2017

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Some encouraging emails we received in May from our listeners around the world: Location: Virginia Message: Halleleujah! I just discovered your website last week. Please know that you’re making a difference as you exalt our Lord through your music. I work part time at a radio station and know first hand that such music ministers to the Body of Christ! Be encouraged as you

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Exalting God

Free woman raising arms to golden sunset summer sky like praising. Freedom success and hope concept. Girl relaxing and enjoying peace and serenity on beautiful nature.

God put us on this earth to know Him and to glorify Him, but that comes as a revelation to some people. They think they are on this earth to make their mark on society, or to find a career and make a living, or to have a family. Or, they believe they are here to find personal happiness. But the Bible teaches that

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Trust God’s Directives

Man on the ATV Quad Bike on the mountains road.

Recently, I went on a 24 mile ATV (all-terrain vehicle) ride in a desert in Nevada. This was my very first time being on a 4-wheeler and I must admit I was a little anxious going into this adventure. I had no idea what to expect. As I sat waiting for my group to get started, my nerves started to get the best of me.

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Heart of a Mother

happy middle aged blond mother and adult daughter outdoors

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:28-30. In the early 1900s, Charles Cooley developed a theory about how we develop self-esteem. His theory, in a nutshell, was

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Like Arrows

archer at shooting range with bow and arrow

I love babies. These itty bitty versions of the adults who bore them can capture my heart with a single smile. Their little fingers and toes are delightful, and it’s amazing to me that those little digits will one day grow to be the size of my own or even larger. But far beyond the toothless smiles, the heart-warming gurgles, and the adorable gestures

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My Part Is Prayer

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I’ve heard it before, and I’ve even struggled with the thought myself. “If God knows everything, then why should I pray?” This reminds me of one part of my journey through Purpose Driven Life when Rick Warren wrote three simple words: Love spells T-I-M-E. If I claim to love someone, I make it a priority to spend time with that person. Prayer is time

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Letters From Our Listeners–April 2017

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Some encouraging emails we received in April from our listeners around the world: Location: Uganda Comments: Thanks for your mails. You have greatly impacted me in Uganda Location: United States Comments: My husband and I very much enjoy the choice of music you provide. We recently moved and have found our radio choices are extremely limited. Our previous home church worshipped with many of

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