Healing 2.0: A word about God’s upgrades

We all know the first version of any new technology — an app, or an operating system — is subject to future upgrades. We aren’t surprised when the developer releases the 1.1 version, or even jumps directly to 2.0. We might look forward to these versions that provide new benefits and uses to us, so we routinely accept upgrades when

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His Sheep Hear His Voice

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. — John 10:27 Isn’t that a powerful statement? In a very short sentence, Jesus communicates so much: He communicates ownership. He redeemed us—gave His life for us, so we are His possession—His sheep. He says that His sheep listen to Him—to His voice. Thus, we can assume

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The Hidden Harm of Inner Vows

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.  Matthew 5:37 (NIV) “I’ll never be like dad!”  (Or “I’ll never be like my mom!”) Haven’t we all said something like that at some point in our lives? I may not have ever consciously said that I never wanted to be like my

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Rise Up, Body of Christ!

I am deeply saddened by man’s inhumanity to man, first in the brutality that is continually being perpetrated against men (primarily) of color, and second, in the senseless violence that has followed. The events of the past weeks have piled on more trauma on a country that has already been left reeling from months of quarantine, fear and death. Despite

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Reflect, Regroup, Recoup

I wrote this article before the national unrest over the murder of George Floyd, which is why the focus is only on COVID-19. See the blog, “Rise up, Body of Christ!” for my thoughts on that. I have to be honest. During the first three weeks of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I found myself seriously battling fear: as an at-risk

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A Sweet, Sweet Aroma

by Katie Lucy Our wedding day was amazing.  It was all I dreamt it would be and more.  The flowers were fragrant and beautifully blended.  The colors of light pink, white, and deep purple lit up the sanctuary.  My dress sparkled in the light coming through the stained glass windows of the church.  I felt like a princess from head

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