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  • My calendar told me it was time to give blood. Checking the donation website for locations, I read that I would be giving the “gift of life.” And reading further, “that blood cannot be manufactured” – only donated. My thoughts turned to Jesus. His Blood was definitely donated, given, shed, poured out.

    Lev. 17:11 tells us the life of the flesh is in the blood. Blood carries life. No wonder the Red Cross, hospitals and clinics are begging for donations. If blood carries life, that’s power. If I can save a life by donating my blood, that’s power. But what about

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  • “Take” Communion

    By Kay Schultz

    Recently God downloaded something into my spirit. In the gospel, when Jesus introduced communion, He said: Take and eat! Take and drink! “Take” means to lay hold of something with one’s hands or reach for it and hold.

    Here’s what He downloaded: He really, really meant TAKE IT!

    The word we associate with communion is “partake” which simply means eat or drink. Jesus did not go to the Cross simply for us to eat and drink a remembrance of Him – sort of like giving Him a “thinking of you” greeting card. He took my mind back to the Passover.

    Moses

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  • Disarming Darkness

    By Kay Schultz

    Sometimes the Holy Spirit just drops in! Yesterday I was reading a devotional and when I read this line -- “the Lord your God desires to have you living continually in the light of His countenance” – I knew I had to write this article. So, here is my story:
    About a month ago, I found myself in the middle of a family crisis. I had seen it coming. I had watched darkness begin to take over one of my loved ones. For the last 5 months I had already begun a concentrated prayer and fasting barrage against it. But one day,

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  • Branch: "a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk or from a bough."

    Who in their right mind aspires to be a branch? Certainly not me!

    When I got saved, born again, saw the light, I wanted to take off like a rocket. I thought I should do great exploits for my God (Dan. 11:32). In fact, I thought I was going to be the next Joyce Meyer. After all, everyone told me I taught just like her. So, clearly, aspiring to be a branch was not on my spiritual career path.

    I even told God that

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  • Well, if it’s not a sing-along, what is it?
    For me, Worship can be expressed no better than the Psalmist wrote in Ps 100:2-4: “Come before His presence with singing” and  “enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.”
    But how do we do that? Think of it as:

    • An offering.  Heb. 13:15 . . . “offer the sacrifice of praise”
    • An obedient act.  Mt. 4:10 . . . “you shall worship the Lord”
    • An opportunity.  Jn.4:23 . . . “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him”

    Feel your spirit stir as worship begins.

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  • Rest assured that the gospel is offensive---It screams you’re not good enough. It screams at you there there is a standard of living that God expects and it’s called holiness—and try as you might you have never and you will never meet those requirements. You cannot earn your way into heaven. And you need to be forgiven of your past. You need to be forgiven today and you need to be forgiven tomorrow.

    Cornelius was ready to hear the gospel. He was ready to pay the cost. He was teachable. Are you?

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  • Acts 10 | Peter Goes

    By Eric Shonebarger

    “Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him ‘Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.’” [1]

    Imagine opening the door to find three members of an occupying army. The same army that seven years prior mocked Jesus, placed a crown of thorns on his head, beat Him, and ultimately led him away to be crucified.   Peter had every reason to not want to go—yet the Holy Spirit’s voice still is there “Go” Watch the full sermon

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  • Acts 10: Kill and Eat

    By Eric Shonebarger

    Through a vision, God spoke to Peter regarding unclean animals: “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” [1] Peter was challenged by this; his entire life up to this point was spent as a law abiding Jew. He protested: “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” [2] At the same time, the priesthood had changed from the Levites in the Old Covenant to Christians in the New along with Jesus serving as our high priest. With that change in the priesthood comes a change in the law. [3] While

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  • For the past several weeks my teens and I have been studying Proverbs 9:10. If you read it in the NLT you will see something that should look like this. 

    “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
     
    We've been discussing, me talking and them mostly giving blank stares, all the ways the fear of God leads to wisdom. I would love to go over all those different points with you but I have another agenda on my heart today. One of the things we made clear though is
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