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Search for Treasure

God is the giver of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. They come from Him (Proverbs 2:6). I need to tune my ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding, cry out in prayer for insight and ask for understanding. I’ll seek and search for them as the treasures that they are (Proverbs 2:2-4). That’s how I’ll prepare my heart to receive God’s Word, His communication to me. I’ll understand what it means to fear the Lord and will gain knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5).

Then the wicked one won’t have a chance to snatch away what is sown in my heart. Nor will my heart become stony, preventing my roots from growing deep in love and truth. Likewise weeds of worldly cares and riches won’t have opportunity to crowd out knowledge of God and His ways, which would make me unfruitful in His kingdom. (Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23)

Dear Father, giver of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, grant me these things that I may learn to fear You and be fruitful in Your kingdom. Amen.

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870. A hug makes you feel good all day. ~Kathleen Keating

Natalie has done a lovely post on hugs. Hugs are a gift, so give someone one today.

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A hug delights and warms and charms;
that must be why God gave us arms.
~Author Unknown

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A hug is the perfect gift:
one size fits all, and
nobody minds if you exchange it.
~Irvin Ball

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Love is a circular emotion
that surrounds you, like a hug,
~Jarod Kintz

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One word can end a fight;
One hug can start a friendship;
One smile can being unity;
One person can change your entire life!
~Israelmore Ayivor

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Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. ~Proverbs 4:8  ✝

**images via Pinterest; collages by Natalie

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Mass Shootings…What can be done?

Tanya shares a great response for Christ-followers to mass shootings.

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Another campus killing! An eye witness to the shootings told this story: The shooter asked his victims this question. “Are you a Christian and if you are a Christian…stand up?” And they would stand up and he shot them.

Mathew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.shooting 1

Standing up for Jesus! Are we ready to do that at the cost of our own lives? The world hates us because they hate Jesus. Our religious freedom had been being chipped away little by little. Now big chunks are being ripped away.

When we had the opportunities to lead someone to Christ…did we?   Have we been salty enough? Have we been a light in a dark world? Have we been silent when we should have spoken up? Did…

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What to do about all the chaos in the world

Yes, now more than ever, we need to focus on Jesus and obey Him completely. Hope you are helped by this good post from Tanya for these troubled times.

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Look directly to the Lord for all direction, guidance and help in your life.  Keep focused! Look directly to the Lord for all direction, guidance and help in your life.  Keep focused!  Put on blinders to help block out anything that will distract you from focusing on Jesus and His plan for your life.

The Spirit of the Lord led me to share this with you today.

This world is becoming more challenging and more dangerous by the minute. We can’t solve all the world’s problems. The bible tells us these things will happen. The danger is hitting very close to home.  Do NOT fear!! Don’t be stressed and anxious all day and night.

Keep up your personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

Study God’s word like crazy!! Do what the word says do!

Stand up for what is scripturally and morally right!!

Live HOLY!!

This is what I heard the Holy Spirit impress upon me….He told me to put on blinders and don’t look back…

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A Prayer For Revival…It Starts In You

Tanya re-posted this recently, and I think it really speaks to our need in these times.

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Psalms 85:6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

What is the meaning of the word revival? It is the renewing, restoring and strengthening of something that was once vibrant, back to a place of importance, power, confidence and vitality. It’s a place of once being high in a certain area of life and then falling to a low point of complacency, going through the motions. Being unproductive and lifeless, to a place of restoration to the point you were at and even higher and beyond.

You have to want to be revived and feel that this is necessary to move you to the next level. A spiritual revival is for the children of God. It’s the hearts cry to be rejoicing in the joy and strength of the Lord once again. It’s the desire of one’s yearning heart to meet the Lord in…

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Good and Evil grow together in the Real world

Pastor Tom makes some excellent points from the parable of the wheat and weeds and the parable of the fishing net in Matthew 13.

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We should be comforted by these words, knowing that it is okay to be honestly ignorant, and to ask Jesus for help understanding. We should be blessed in knowing that our real life experience of seeing good and evil jumbled together is normal. We should rejoice in the word promises that through Jesus we are made righteous and shall shine like the sun in our Father’s kingdom.

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Matthew #43 . Matthew 13;24-58

24 He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. 26 When the plants…

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A DAY OF RULES, OR A DAY OF REST?

Excellent sermon on keeping the Sabbath.

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What the Pharisees did was to change the Sabbath from a picture of God’s holiness into a series of steps you could follow. It was no longer a challenge that made you turn to God in desperation. It wasn’t even any more an invitation to rest in God’s grace and trust Him to take care of you. Instead, it was a series of boxes that you checked off in order to feel good about yourself

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Matthew #38 . Matthew 12:1-13

I think that one of the most frequently misunderstood things in the gospels is Jesus’ conflict with the Pharisees. Many people think that Jesus had a particular problem with them because they were religious and traditional…

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