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    Why does this keep happening to me? — Northstar Community

    Ever asked yourself that question? I have. Years ago our family was in a car accident as we returned from a Thanksgiving holiday weekend in D.C. It was a rainy Sunday morning, the roads were slick, and we were almost home. Pete later reported that as he drove down interstate 95 that morning he thought about how much he loved our minivan, which he had found used for an excellent price. I was breathing a sigh of relief. We had managed to drive down 95 in pouring rain without too much traffic or witnessing a horrible accident. Two miles from home a young man delivering pizza lost control of his…

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    God’s Grace Runs Deeper Than Our Faith

    I had planned to nap during my trip. But the fellow next to me had other ideas! Knowing I couldn’t sleep, I opened my Bible. “What ya’ studying there, buddy?” I told him, but he never heard. “The church is lost,” he declared. “Hellbound and heartsick. Christians are asleep. They don’t pray. They don’t love. They don’t care.” And with that he began listing all the woes and weaknesses of the church. I shouldn’t have let it bug me, but it did. God’s faithfulness has never depended on the faithfulness of his children. He is faithful even when we are not. When we lack courage, he doesn’t. I’ll probably never…

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    God is Father to the Fatherless

    Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” A glimpse of God’s goodness changes us. If He is only slightly stronger than us, why pray? If He has limitations, questions, and hesitations, then you might as well pray to the Wizard of Oz. Psalm 68:5-6 says, God is “a father to the fatherless. He sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity.” Pray with me! Dear God. Today remind me today that you protect me. Be my father and defender. Defend those who’re weak and afraid and feel forgotten. Show up in their lives today. Thank you for giving me a…

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    Daily Devotional – 10/18/18 “Don’t lose hope!” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    Growing up, when we’d get sick, Grandma would always have a remedy for what ailed you. Grandma was from an era where they created what they couldn’t buy. She’d have a remedy for a baby with colic, a cold/flu, fever and even constipation. When anything happened to you, you go to Grandma and let her look at it because she’ll know what it is. Anybody remember Father John cough medicine? It is probably the nastiest but it works. It takes you a minute to take it because it makes you question whether it even worth it, but it works. It’s hard to swallow but it works. It brings tears to…

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    God is More Patient With Us Than We Are With Ourselves

    God is more patient with us than we are with ourselves. We assume if we fall, we aren’t born again. If we have the old desires, we must not be a new creation. If you’re anxious please remember what Paul said in Philippians 1:6, “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” In many ways your new birth is like your first. In your new birth God provides what you need; someone else feels the pain, and someone else does the work. And just as parents are patient with their newborn, so God…

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    Transformation Garden – November 2, 2018

    Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement: “I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” Isaiah 48: 17 K.J.V. “Just as God leads me I would go; I would not ask to choose my way; Content with what He will bestow, Assured He will not let me stray. So as He leads, my path I make, And step by step I gladly take, A child in Him confiding.” Lampoertus Gedicke Today’s Study Text: “And when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard…

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    God Never Stops Looking Until He Finds Us

    Our house sits in the middle of some fairly dense woods. We call it “The Homestead” and with five children, it’s offered up a haven for every kind of fort building activities you can imagine over the years. One afternoon, our son called to me, “Mom, we can’t find Emma. She was just here.” She’s my baby, our fifth child, so I didn’t bat an eye. Children hide and I assured him of that reality, but then one minute led to two and two to ten, and in the span of those brief six hundred seconds, my heart expanded with love, desperation, and heartache in ways…

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    A Time to Throw Away

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12: 1-4 While looking for something I had carefully put away so that it wouldn’t get lost,…

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    Let Prayer Be Our First Option Rather Than Our Last

    It was a tense deacon’s meeting. Apparently there was more agitation than agreement, and after a lengthy discussion someone suggested, “Why don’t we pray about it?” To which another questioned, “Has it come to that?” What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first? I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance. We think, God doesn’t want to hear my problems. He’s got famine and the Mafia to deal with. I don’t want to trouble him with my mess. The last thing you should worry about is being a nuisance to God. If that’s your thought, may I share…

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    What is your biggest problem? — Northstar Community

    I asked my community the question “What is your biggest problem?” and here are some of the answers I received: the State of the Union, the media, joblessness, brain cancer, a spouse’s cheating ways, a child’s substance use disorder, a bankruptcy, infertility and a toxic work environment. My favorite response was this one: selfishness on my part. Problems do come in all shapes and sizes, and as my grandmother used to say, “Honey, it takes two to tango.” Meaning, of course, that a problem usually can be divided up among all parties even if the split is a little uneven. Let me ask this again: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM?…