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ten times in eighteen verses

Matthew 6:1-18 At first glance, that mountainside sermon is exactly what so many expect of God. A list of do's and do not's. But I've sat here listening on repeat for days, hearing the same phrase over and over. your Father. Ten times in eighteen verses He uses these words (once He says our Father,… Continue reading ten times in eighteen verses

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Matthew: blessed is hard, not lucky

Matthew 5:1-11 His words on that mountain unsettle me. I say I'm so blessed to have this [fill in the blank]. Family. Job. House. Hair. Brownie. Whatever. But a few minutes of that mountainside sermon, and I realize that what I really mean is I am one lucky girl. So fortunate to have the life I have.… Continue reading Matthew: blessed is hard, not lucky

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heroes: the secret of Abraham

We're walking through the Hall of Faith together, in Hebrews 11. Links to the previous posts will be at the end of this one. By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going.… Continue reading heroes: the secret of Abraham

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heroes: Noah and why i quit smoking

We're walking through the Hall of Faith together, in Hebrews 11. Links to the previous posts will be at the end of this one. By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world… Continue reading heroes: Noah and why i quit smoking

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heroes: Enoch

We're walking through the Hall of Faith together, in Hebrews 11. A link to the previous post will be at the end of this one. "By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his removal he was… Continue reading heroes: Enoch

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heroes: cain & abel. what are you pointing at?

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. I've read commentaries. Looked up the original words in Hebrew. Tried every way I know to peek underneath this verse, but the fact is, God never tells us why He preferred Abel's offering over Cain's. But we can still go deeper and find… Continue reading heroes: cain & abel. what are you pointing at?