One of the most important attributes of the family is connection. Connection benefits everyone involved because it gives and recieves mutual support, encouragement, accountability, and a sense of value and self-worth (among other things). The family of believers in Jesus Christ should have connection as its trademark. Connection is an individual choice. It can not be dictated from above.


Peace isn’t a pristine lake with glassy water. Peace is a bird safely in a nest being tossed about with the wind and pummeled by rain as thunder and lightning crash around it. Peace is actively pursuing God in the midst of the storm. It doesn’t come easily, but it is worth the effort.


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1 Peter 2.24“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Pete 2:24

Many of us have experienced some circumstance or situation that is so devastating or horrific for someone we love, perhaps a child or a parent, that we share with them and perhaps others that if we go through it in their stead, we would. But the truth is that no matter how much we may want to, we can’t because the circumstance or situation came to our love one.

As a I meditate of the Scripture above at this moment, I am ever mindful of being born with a sin nature and zillion sins I have committed in my lifetime. How my life was one of rebellion and transgression again the Holy, Pure and Perfect God. Ephesians 2:1,

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The Lord Is With Us

Seal yourself off from distractions, get comfortable, and take today’s words in for a tremendous blessing. As with all study of Scripture, what you get out of them will be in proportion to what you put into them.

We start with a question: Do you realize the importance of seeing from God’s viewpoint? This is profound.

Seeing from God’s viewpoint is the only way, the only truth, the only life  – every other way is futile, a lie, and death. Jesus addressed this on the mount: The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt. 6:22-23).

We are full of light when we see as God does that we already partake…

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Freedom in Christ can not come without repentance. But when we repent, the freedom of forgiveness wells up inside us leading to great joy! Glory to God in the highest!

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