An Unlikely Prospect (You never know who might be interested in Jesus...)

…Jesus himself said he came to “seek and save the lost,” and that it’s not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick. Take a moment and think about your church - is it a place someone like the biker dude above would feel welcome and wanted? How about your own home? Are we more interested in our own comfort and maintaining the status quo, or do we really love the lost like Jesus?

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Skewed View or True Love? A Valentine's Day reflection on love

I think so many of us (men included) go into marriage thinking we have this “love” thing down; I mean everything feels so exciting and awesome - how could that ever change? Then comes work, kids, toilet seats left up at night, sleep interrupted by snoring and wet beds, poopy diapers, piles of laundry, missed calls, mixed messages… I think this is where my friend Emily’s comment about the mirror comes in; I think marriage can often reveal just how selfish our motives can be; love can easily become about fulfilling my needs and making me feel accepted, wanted, and desired.

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Seen by God

God saw Hagar; he sees you and I as well. Sometimes that’s all we need - a gentle reminder that God sees, cares, loves, and has a plan and purpose for our lives. May he open the eyes of our hearts today to know that yes, we are seen.

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Are You Thirsty?

Many people walk around hungry and thirsty, and yet have no idea where to find satisfaction. In our attempts, we feast off the things of this world only to end up hungrier than when we started. When we try and feed our flesh, it only becomes an irresistible baby crying for more. The only problem is the baby doesn’t stop crying because the food of this world is leading to malnutrition.  

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When Love is Real - How do we respond when someone else succeeds (and we don't?)

As most of us have figured out by now, life isn’t fair. Often others succeed or seem to get ahead when we don’t. Others are rewarded for their efforts when ours are overlooked. Someone else gets recognition while we feel left out. Try as we might to pretend otherwise, this reality can really sting, and to make matters worse, sometimes the one getting the benefits while we feel left out can be a close friend or family member, which makes the sting even more intense.

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Price Tag

We often determine the worth of an object by the price tag it carries. We will find ourselves even determining what we will purchase by the price on the ticket. The consumer often looks for the best deal on the best product. We want to make a deal to stretch our budget.

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The Bev and Steve Show - Episode #4 - February 8, 2019

Welcome to episode #4 of "The Bev and Steve Show" for Friday, February 8th! Today Bev and Steve take a nostalgic look back at galoshes, and Steve takes your questions about these topics: Can a man only have eyes for his wife? How do you memorize Scripture? Do Christians need to forgive? Visit KCWN on the web at wherehopeshines.org, and check out Pastor Steve at newtonway.org!

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No Place for Pride

Eims then shares that of all sins, more downfalls come from pride than any other sin. Kind of like certain drugs it is often a “gateway” to bigger sins. So it’s good to have a reminder like this to stop and check from time to time and make sure pride isn’t crowding out humility and a servant’s heart.

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The Only Love That Never Fails (Earthly dads and our Heavenly Father)

I know when Christ entered my life again in 2004 one of the first things impressed upon my heart was grace, and the deep, abiding love he had for me despite the warts and bruises of life. Knowing Christ accepted me for who I was helped me in turn to forgive my father and accept him (and his love) for who he was, and this allowed healing and reconciliation to take place - something I thought for many years would never happen!

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He Understands (and we can trust him!)

Because he knew you’d feel them too. He knew you’d be weary, disturbed, and angry. He knew you’d be sleepy, grief-stricken, and hungry. He knew you’d face pain. If not the pain of the body, the pain of the soul—pain too sharp for any drug. He knew you’d face thirst. If not a thirst for water, at least a thirst for truth, and the truth we glean from the image of a thirsty Christ is—he understands. And because he understands, we can come to him!

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