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Worship Fills You With God’s Peace

by bonnernaz

I’ve been talking and reading a lot lately about worry and praying, and how that affects our worship (everyday living). I was drawn to this passage of scripture in Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace […]

Reconciliation and Restoration is a Discipleship Issue

by bonnernaz

I can’t get away from events that have happened this week, culminating in the awful riots that are taking place in Minneapolis, and other places across the country. I really believe that racism in any form is never okay and should never be tolerated! My heart aches for our brothers and sisters who have not been […]

Romans 13 – Is Jesus our Lord of all

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Scripture & Thought Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”   I have a friend who always looks like he’s wearing an outfit no matter what day of the week it is. For some people, everything is an outfit. Their jeans are […]

Ephesians 5 – Live everyday as if it could be your last

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Scripture & Thought Ephesians 5:15-16  “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Have you ever gotten a phone call in the middle of the night? When the phone rings your heart jumps because no one wants a call at that hour. And […]

Slow Down to Get Ahead

by bonnernaz

I read this week from Rebecca Smith in her book, A Better Life, where she talks about the possibility of “slowing down to get ahead.” And it got my mind to turning with some thoughts. What comes to mind when I ask you what your biggest dream and desire in life is. What is it […]

Romans 12 – Are you an encourager?

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Scripture & Thought Romans 12:8 (NLT): “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”   Some people don’t know how to pay compliments to others. They’re always critical, always critiquing this or that. And when they do pay a compliment, it’s more of the backhanded variety. For instance, they’ll say, “Hey! You’re on time!” […]

Trust God for Your Future

by bonnernaz

Have you ever thought it curious how few people Jesus raised from the dead. He healed hundreds and fed thousands, but as far as we know he only raised three: the daughter of Jairus, the boy near Nain, and Lazarus. Why so few? Could it be because he knew he’d be doing them no favors? Could it […]

Esther 4 – You were made for such a time as this

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Scripture & Thought Esther 4:14 – “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”   I made you for such a time as this. When you thought you couldn’t, or even when you wouldn’t, I was there. I was there in every haggard breath, in every […]

An Unexpected Connection Could Change Everything

by bonnernaz

I’ve been thinking and studying about learning to trust God in all kinds of situations. In my reading, I happened to read from one of my favorite authors (I have more than one), Max Lucado. In his book, Next Door Savior, Max recalls an interesting story I thought fitting for us here. A man and his […]

Luke 22 – Hope for flawed people

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Scripture & Thought Luke 22:61 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’” Simon Peter, definitely one of the most colorful individuals in the entire Bible, is perhaps my favorite. It’s […]

What Do You Do With Your Pain?

by bonnernaz

I found a verse of Scripture that is an old “standby” for sure, but it definitely bears repeating these days. It is James 4:8 = “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you? I understand. I really, really do. […]

Hebrews 12 – God disciplines those He loves

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Scripture & Thought Hebrews 12:6 – “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.” Have you ever wondered what the phrase “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” means? Let’s remember what David said a few verses earlier: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 NKJV). David, a shepherd himself, would […]

The Characteristics of Faith

by bonnernaz

I was reading some from Stormie Omartian’s book, Praying God’s Will for Your Life, this week. She said this: “Faith is obedience. Faith is a gift from God because He enables us to believe.” Then she went on to say, What if this Jesus thing is all a hoax? I thought to myself in horror one day […]

Jonah 2 – God answers your prayers

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Scripture & Thought Jonah 2:1 – “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.” After the crew tossed Jonah overboard in the middle of a storm, God sent a custom-designed watercraft Jonah’s way.  In other words, He brought in a very large fish to swallow the prodigal prophet. Now, did God do […]

Where Do You Find Safety?

by bonnernaz

I was reading this week, from Michele Cushatt, in her writings of “I Am Safe” and I wanted to share some of that with you all. I thought it was very fitting for our world today. She takes it from the scriptures of Ezekiel 34:28 – “They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid.” […]

Luke 19 – Jesus wants a relationship with you

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Scripture & Thought Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Easter is not about eggs and wearing pastel colors. That’s all fine, but that isn’t what Easter is about. It’s about Jesus wanting a relationship with you! Jesus was born to die—and to […]

The Significance of the Lamb

by bonnernaz

Are you still hanging in there? Hold on just a little while longer…we’re gonna’ make it through this, with God’s grace and help, I just know it! In fact, it reminded me of the old song by Andre Crouch – “Through It All” “Through it all, through it all. I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve […]

Hebrews 13 – I will never leave you

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Scripture & Thought Hebrews 13:5 – “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I remember a time that I didn’t feel God’s presence. I woke up one morning and just didn’t have the great feeling I had before. And I thought, “I think God left me last night. What […]

Look for the Hope in Each New Morning

by bonnernaz

It’s important that we try to reach out to each other during these days of worry, concern and uncertainty. Staying connected has never been more valuable, or important, than these days! So, let me encourage you that when someone comes to your mind, first of all to pray for them, then give them a call […]

Make Decisions to Avoid Mismatched Shoes

by bonnernaz

It is important that we always be disciplined when times of choosing comes into play.  So many times we are tempted to take a shortcut, to compromise our integrity, to cheat just a little to get ahead, but what we don’t always realize in these moments of decision is that our choices will dictate our […]