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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

by bonnernaz

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]

Jude 1 – Keep your hand in God’s hand

by bonnernaz

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 […]

Psalm 19 – God had it right all along

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought Psalm 19:8 – “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.”   What is the purpose of our existence? Some might say, “Well, it’s to be happy, of course.” In fact, even the Declaration of Independence lists […]

Exodus 2 – Is God molding you?

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought Exodus 2:24-25 “God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.”   Talk about a guy who messed up his life. Moses blew it big time. Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him as an […]

Are You Leaning Into Jesus?

by bonnernaz

This week, I’ve been thinking about what God might be doing in and through us. I mean, how has God been working in your heart and mind while we’ve been having all this “extra” time on our hands, etc? In other words. . .What’s your story of faith? What has God been trying to teach […]

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]

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 […]

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

by bonnernaz

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]