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    Daily Devotional – 10/12/18 “Obedience and Sacrifice” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    I was looking over Facebook memories and the devotional, from last year, reminded me of obedience. Not that I needed reminding because I often reflect on where I used to be, when I was out of God’s will and it’s hard not to remember when all I had was struggle. Reality is, it didn’t just start in 2013 because I was out of God’s will long before that. Yes, I was raised in church with memories dating back to childhood but church wasn’t in me. I had the religion down but no relationship with God. (I’ve shared this before.) I was good at dressing, talking and acting the part but…

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    Daily Devotionals for Women – Be Encouraged!

    CRAFTING A LETTER Christine Wyrtzen How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalms 119:103 Oh, the exquisite beauty of the scriptures. They enlarge my spirit, they redeem my soul, and they bring healing to my body. They minister to every part of me as a woman. Without them, I just mark time and fall into a routine that has little eternal meaning. But with them, I’m walking into the expanse of Eden’s restoration. Are such words not sweeter than honey to my mouth? Have you ever labored over a letter? I have. I keep a neat stash of beautiful note cards in the…

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    Daily Devotional – 10/15/18 “Integrity” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    God’s assignment for your life will never come with a compromise to your integrity. I don’t care how well the position pays, I don’t care how many times you’ll get to preach, play your musical instrument or share the stage. I don’t care how good you look on the front of somebody’s flyer neither do I care about the business cards with your name spelled correctly, how fly the office is or the amount of time you’ll travel … being in God will never come with you selling out who you are. Your integrity is the inner workings of you and if it can be bought, sold, transferred and negotiated;…

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    Daily Devotionals for Women – Be Encouraged!

    Cut And Shove By Joan Walker Hahn And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:30 NIV I work for the Department of Transportation. In the days before Hurricane Florence approached, the decision was made to contract people to clear away the expected downed trees blocking the roadways as a result of the storm. The contracts were known simply as “Cut and Shove.” The one line item or task on the contract was for trees that were blocking the roads…

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    “Do What You Can While You Can” – Devotion for 10/11/2018

    If you ever feel that your evangelistic efforts aren’t going well, remember Noah. Noah was a witness for God, yet he went 120 years without a single convert. The Bible calls him “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5 NKJV), although he never reached anyone except his own family. He didn’t reach thousands. He didn’t reach hundreds. He didn’t reach tens. But he reached his own family, and they believed. Hebrews 11:7 says, “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before” (NLT). Noah’s family knew that he loved…

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    Evaluating the Worth of Anger

    My husband and I had good relationships with our son and three daughters before they were teens. So as our children entered their teen years, my husband and I had one simple goal: We wanted to have good relationships with them after the teen years, too. I’d heard other parents of teens say, “I can’t wait until my kid turns 18 and is out of my house!” Were the years between 13-18 merely some sort of emotional countdown to survive until we could wave goodbye to our kids as they left home? Protecting our relationships during the volatile adolescent years wasn’t easy. Conflict is inevitable. This…

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    Part II — Northstar Community

    While it’s true that our culture cares neither for wrongdoers or confessors, as we said yesterday, we also live in a narcissistic culture where it is completely normal for wrongdoers to find clever ways to avoid blame, or to appear contrite, or to victim blame, etc. These are complicated times. I am not suggesting that every appearance of repentance be met with mercy, but I am suggesting that the ability to earnestly repent is a good thing, though it may not solve the problem (depending on the scope of the offense and the relationship between the victim and the offender). It is difficult to conceive of a particularly Christian version…

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    What Did You Expect? (October 19)

    “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” (1 Peter 4:12). PETER ENCOURAGED HIS CHRISTIAN FRIENDS TO EXPECT HARDSHIP, AND EVEN PERSECUTION, IN THIS WORLD. “Do not think it strange,” he wrote, “concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” In counting the cost of discipleship, we shouldn’t underestimate the amount of havoc the devil is capable of wreaking in our earthly lives. In Eden, there was nothing that we would call a “hardship.” (Yes, there was work to do, but prior to sin, that work…

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    Part III — Northstar Community

    From yesterday: Acts of repentance drive us further apart because, when we repent in our culture, we have confirmation that the wrongdoing took place, which means our anger is justified, which means we can ramp up our wrath and our shame and whatever else. This is a grave mistake. It is a good thing when someone confirms a wrongdoing has taken place. Why? Because this is the very thing that confirms the victim’s story, a rare win when most accusations fall on deaf ears. When a victim’s story is confirmed, there is an opportunity for justice to happen. For this reason, repentance can represent the good on several fronts. It…

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    Daily Devotional – 10/16/18 “Who are you?” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    I watched the movie “Nappily Ever After,” on Netflix last night. Good movie. I absolutely loved the fact, the ending (without giving the movie away) wasn’t like all movies that ends unrealistically. I say this because not every reality ends happily ever after. For those of you who have never heard of this movie, it’s about Violet who has been raised to believe she needs to always be perfect, especially when it comes to her hair. She’s get up extra early to make sure her boyfriend woke up to her being “perfect.” She thought she was giving him what he wanted until he told her, being with her felt like…