Have you ever gained something by crashing a party?
“He was inviting people to a greater life, the rumors said, a life of freedom.
He came to heal not just the sick, the rumors said, but to set captives free.”
What would you lay aside to be free?
Join me over at Gracefully Truthful today as we look at Luke 7 and the dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house.
Let me know your thoughts.
Blessed again to be over at Gracefully Truthful website this week. We’ve been digging deeper into the Ten commandments and I’m talking about Honor and Leviticus. Yes, Leviticus. So many “do nots” and “I am the LORD” commands. What does that all look like for us today.
Join me here
Let me know your thoughts.
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“Maybe you’ve had a friend jump start your car, or maybe you’ve received a warning instead of a speeding ticket, or perhaps your “rescue” was not being marked late for work or class. These everyday rescues are common graces the Lord kindly gives, but our greatest need for rescue runs much deeper to the core of our nature as human beings.”
Join me over on Gracefully Truthful today as we unpack Ruth 4 Redeemed Day 14- Paid in Full
Joining in JustReadPublicityTour for Heather Day Gilbert’s latest cozy mystery “No Filter”. First in a series.
“No Filter” is not Heather Gilbert’s first venture into writing cozy mysteries. This first in a new series is just as delightful as her previous cozy mystery series. While she is more known for her Viking historicals and contemporary suspense novels it is fun to read these lighter novels.
If you enjoy coffee, dogs, and small towns you will enjoy “No Filter”. Macy and Bo (short for Boaz) are brother and sister. One is wanting to find something different after going through a divorce, the other is wanting to leave their previous life and begin a new project.
We are introduced to a variety of characters, a murder, and a dog napping.
I love Macy’s spunk, even if she doesn’t always think, or inform others before she acts. Bo is a wonderful brother who comes to her rescue (of course) in the nick of time. Even if the “cozy” mystery always has typical elements, Heather does not make the novel predictable.
Heather does a very good job at giving us just enough development in the characters that make us adore some of them, be suspicious of more than one, and sets us up for further adventures of Bo, Macy and the “Barks and Beans Coffee Shop”.
If it sounds like something you would enjoy you can find it here(affiliate link): “No Filter” by Heather Day Gilbert
“Christians are still clay treasures,
but they hold within them the
Treasure of God’s Spirit.
We are the fine vessels containing the costliest of contents.
God’s love through His Spirit.
The love He poured out on Calvary
and the power He gave us when
His spirit was poured out on Pentecost is available for all today.
It doesn’t matter if our vessels are
tarnished, chipped, or cracked.
We are still His chosen,
and still invited to contain
the greatest gift of all time,
the Spirit of the Living God!”
What does it mean that God is the Lord of Hosts- Jehovah Sabaoth. How do we have that power? Delving into 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 over on the Gracefully Truthful site today.
Digging Deeper -Jehovah Sabaoth 2 Cor. 4:7-9
Looking at what Mercy and Grace are in 1 Timothy 1:12-20 at the Gracefully Truthful blog.
Grace & Mercy 1 Timothy 1:12-20
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Still in awe that I am a contributor for an online Bible study website. I think I will be for a very long time.
What does your armor look like?
Here is my take on what it looks like to have our Shields of Faith joined together.
“Shields Together” Gracefully Truthful Digging Deeper
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Many are truly saddened at the tragedy that occurred Monday to the Notre Dame Cathedral. I confess I’ve never visited there, nor have I read Victor Hugo’s novel. It is indeed a loss when something so magnificent suffers.
I can only imagine what it has withstood in its nearly 900 years. The history it has witnessed outside its walls, the lives it has seen transformed within.
It’s always a tragedy when buildings of faith are destroyed. Those buildings are sacred to those that worship in them. Etched in Notre Dame, in a crypt I believe, are the words “Spira. Spera.” Breathe. Hope.
Perhaps the building will be restored, rebuilt as other churches often are.
However this restoration turns out, it reminds me that there is Restoration and Hope available to us as well. This restoration and hope last longer than any man-made building.
In this week especially, it’s nice to remember that with Christ’s last breath on the cross He gave us Hope.
Anytime we utter His name, breathe His name, He is right there.
“…According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,…” – 1 Peter 3:3-4
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I have been away from here for too long. It’s a new year and new goals. To post at least a bit more frequently than I have in the past. Sharing words of others even more often. Currently we, like the rest of the midwest are in deep sub zero temps and blowing snow. Time to dust off this blog and begin working towards those new goals.
Hope these older posts bless you. 2018 was indeed a year of amazing stretching for me. Excited to see what God has in store for 2019.