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Live Our Lives for God’s Glory

by bonnernaz

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?

by bonnernaz

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. […]

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 […]

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? […]

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]

Proverbs 4 – The heart of the problem

by bonnernaz

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life Without Lack

by bonnernaz

With all that has been going on in our world these past few weeks, my mind has been on overload. Has yours? I have found myself doing a lot of thinking and praying for God’s direction for myself, and for our church. I was drawn to a book by Dallas Willard, Life Without Lack, that really gave […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

by bonnernaz

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 […]