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Isaiah 52 – Sow those little seeds

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings                        good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of  Israel reigns! Missionary George Smith died on his knees praying […]

What Kind of Friend Am I?

by bonnernaz

I have been pondering over something recently. A question: “What kind of a ‘Friend’ am I?” What kind of a friend are you? Have you ever stopped to think about that question? Especially with social media these days, it seems like the term/concept of “friend” doesn’t really mean what it used to mean. Consider Facebook, […]

Hebrews 9 – Your walk with God

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Scripture & Thought Hebrews 9:27-28 – “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation […]

An Answer to Someone’s Prayer

by bonnernaz

In a conversation I had this week, we were talking about how do we know if what we do and say really has any impact on how other people live their lives. After that conversation, I read an article by Professor Mike Gough (Mid America Nazarene University) that spoke to exactly that issue. It really […]

Live Our Lives for God’s Glory

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Are we really living our lives for God’s glory? Or, is that just “church talk” and it really doesn’t affect us? I have been pondering that question over the last couple of weeks. Then I read an article by Scott Heitzig on this topic and it made sense to me. Even though the practices of […]

2 Timothy – How are you going to finish?

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Scripture & Thought 2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.   There was a man who had the unique opportunity of reading his own obituary. One day over his morning toast, he opened the paper and saw his name in the obituary column. […]

Judges 6 – God can do a lot with a little

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Scripture & Thought Judges 6:6 – “So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites                      cried out to the LORD for help.”   John Wesley said, “Give me a hundred men who love God with all their hearts and fear nothing but […]

Chasing the Sunrise

by bonnernaz

I read something last week that really resonated with me, and I wonder if you can relate as well. Thinking about how overwhelmed we all can get with everything that’s been going on in our world over these last few months, with the COVID-19, the social unrest, the political climate and people trying to force […]

Do You Have a Nurturing Heart?

by bonnernaz

I was reminded this week, about a story that John Wesley told in one of his sermons… John Wesley tells a scientifically implausible story about a frog who lived its life trapped inside a tree. Evidently, there was just enough moisture and sustenance in the tree to sustain this unfortunate frog’s life. Upon being released […]

Matthew 16 – Take up your cross and experience life

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Scripture & Thought Matthew 16:24-25 – “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”   What comes to mind when you see a cross? […]

1 Corinthians 15 – New bodies

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Scripture & Thought 1 Corinthians 15:53 – “For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.”   Someone once asked Billy Graham what the greatest surprise of his life had been. He responded, “The brevity of it.” As you get older, it seems […]

Is the Master Detailing Your Life?

by bonnernaz

I read an interesting devotional in “Coffee Break” by Sally Noe, which really grabbed my attention. I always appreciate articles that do that. Here’s what she said: “I was thinking today (I am sure the Lord put the thoughts there) of a car that my mother and I had given to someone. When they first […]

1 Corinthians 16 – Character in a storm

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1 Corinthians 16:13 — “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”   A few years ago, Hawaiians were preparing for a huge storm that supposedly would devastate their state. It was coming directly toward them. But then it took a hard turn. In the end, there still was some bad weather, but […]

Get Your Praise On!

by bonnernaz

While I’m giving praise to God…it reminds me of some of my reading lately, especially from Anne Graham Lotz, from her book, The Joy of My Heart, in which she writes about getting your praise on. She states that “Praise defeats the enemy! Psalm 22:22 (NKJV) – “I will declare Your name to my brethren; in […]

We Need Each Other

by bonnernaz

I remembered something I read from author Max Lucado about how much we really do need each other, and especially during this time of pandemic and taking precautions for other’s benefits. From Max Lucado’s writing, “Your Place in God’s Band,” he writes this: Two of my teenage years were spent carrying a tuba in my […]

Matthew 5 – Make a difference with God’s power behind us

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Scripture & Thought Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”   I don’t know when things have been any darker in our culture spiritually. Our culture is awash with depictions of violence. People flaunt immoral lifestyles. They wink at things the […]

Proverbs 4 – The heart of the problem

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Scripture & Thought Proverbs 4:23 – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”   The film 127 Hours tells the true story of Aron Ralston, who was  rock climbing alone in Utah when a boulder shifted and pinned his arm. He tried everything he could to get out from under […]

Together, We Chase the Good Life

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I was reading from Jessica Smartt, in her book, Let Them Be Kids, which is about leading a Christian family and training our kids to be Christians. Something she said really made me think about all of us as a Christian family, or The Church family. I remembered being really ministered to by a certain […]

Jude 1 – Keep your hand in God’s hand

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Scripture & Thought Jude 1:21 – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”   I don’t keep myself saved, but I keep myself safe. God saves me. That’s established. But I keep myself safe, which means that I keep myself in the love […]

God Can Turn Your Mess Into Your Message

by bonnernaz

It started when Micca’s sister refused to allow their brother to pay for her dinner. While her sister loves to give to others, she’s not so good at receiving. Micca, on the other hand, understood that it gave their brother great pleasure to pick up the check. And, she says, “Lord knows I didn’t want […]