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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 […]

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 […]

Do You Have a Spider?

by bonnernaz

This last couple of weeks, I was reading from Carlos Whittaker, from his little book Kill the Spider and he made some comments that have a way of really sticking with me. In Kill the Spider, Whittaker empowers us to destroy the roots of our deep-seated habits so we can embrace true freedom in Christ. […]

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 […]

Living With Abandon

by bonnernaz

I’ve been reading from Lysa Terkeurst, in her book, Embraced,  and I have felt God tugging at my heart for a deeper walk with Him. I want to share just a piece of what she says . . .   I long to be a woman who follows hard after Jesus. And I’m not talking about a […]

1 Corinthians – Be careful not to fall

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought 1 Corinthians 10:12 – “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.”   Simon Peter is known for his legendary faux pas. He said things he shouldn’t have said. And he openly denied the Lord not once, not twice, but three times. But Peter took steps that led […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

2 Corinthians 4 – Treasure for our bodies

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought 2 Corinthians 4:7, 16 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us…Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” The Apostle Paul knew something about human frailty. […]

Our Lenten Journey

by bonnernaz

We started our Lenten journey yesterday, capped off with our Ash Wednesday service last night. What a beautiful time we had together in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit guiding and ministering to us as we learned more of what it is to seek after God’s fullness for our lives. As you know, Ash Wednesday […]

What is Behind that Life-Changing Breath of Wind?

by bonnernaz

I have a story I’d like to share that comes from Carla Grace, that’s rather heartwarming. It reminds us that miracles happen all around us, all the time. We should be thankful! Two years ago in downtown Denver my friend, Scott, and I saw something tiny and insignificant change the world, but no one else […]

Psalm 27 – Wait for the Lord

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Scripture & Thought Psalm 27:4 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Habakkuk 2:3 “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”   Sometimes the longer we wait for a promise from God to be fulfilled; the more glorious is His answer. […]

He is the God of All Comfort

by bonnernaz

Let’s keep “keeping on” as we journey the road of this Lenten season. God is at work! His Spirit is moving all over the place, and we have been experiencing the outpouring of His Spirit in our services! May God help us to stay sensitive to His leading and promptings in our lives, that He […]

2 Peter 1 – From renewal to excellence

by bonnernaz

Scripture & Thought 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Philip Dormer Stanhope was the 4th Earl of Chesterfield. History remembers him as Lord Chesterfield. In his book, Letters to His Son, Chesterfield wrote these […]