***IMPORTANT INFORMATION for 2019

Here’s some important information I want to confirm to you, just in case you have any doubts as you start 2019:


God Loves You!


That’s right! God absolutely loves you, and He proclaims that love in many ways:

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Receive 2019 As Your “Jonah” Year!

How was your 2018? Was it fun—did you vacation and enjoy family and friends? Did you accomplish all those goals you set for yourself last New Years Eve—such as running to get in shape, or advancing in your work place, or reconnecting with someone?

   Perhaps, like me, you had a few set backs. Perhaps you allowed anger and pride to steal previously enjoyable family time—again! And maybe, your main goal for the year, somehow got swallowed up by something beyond your control? I hate when that happens!

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Jesus Is Born In Bethlehem

While Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth and Mary was still with child, the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, declared a census of the entire Roman empire. 

   Pregnancy or not, you don’t keep an Emperor waiting!  Augustus decided he needed a population count for military and tax reasons. Though Jews were not required to serve in the military, they most definitely were required to pay taxes.

   So Joseph took his pregnant fiancee, Mary, and made the seventy mile journey to Bethlehem. He traveled to  because men were required to return to their hometown; Joseph was a descendent of King David and Joseph’s family came from Bethlehem.

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Angels Deliver Messages Of Hope!

Joseph from Nazareth, a descendent of David pledged to marry the virgin, Mary, received a personal message of hope from God.  Delivered by an angel, Joseph understood God’s direction to fulfill his part in God’s divine plan. 

  The message to this local carpenter was the answer to a unique personal dilemma Joseph was struggling with at the time of the angel’s encounter. 

  And Joseph’s obedience would forever change the direction of our world!

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It Doesn’t Matter How You Come To JESUS—Just Come!

Are you waiting to cleanse your sinful ways before coming to Jesus? Trust me—it won’t happen!

   No one can become free of sin—not until we see Jesus face to face. Not until our presence in this sinful world transcends to His heavenly realm. Not until that nano-second after God calls us home.

1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

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Be Thankful

Be Thankful

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but to save the world through him.

 

I pray God blesses you, gives you strength, and your faith in Him expands so that you trust Him with all areas of your life.—Debra



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Jesus Offered Thanks To God

Jesus offered thanks to God

Offering Thanks

Two thousand years ago not far from the town of Bethsaida in Israel, along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, a Nazarene Man filled the stomachs of 5,000 men (total does not reflect women and children in attendance) who gathered together in a grassy area.

How did He do it?

The wondrous deed was not done through the typical process of planning and preparation of food, but was accomplished on-the-spot by the Nazarene looking into the heavens and giving thanks!

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Do you say “Oh my G**!” or “Oh my gosh!”?

Oh my G**! or Oh my gosh!

Listen to random conversations around you. You will definitely notice more people verbally spewing “Oh my G**!” to express their excitement rather than using the phrases  “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!” 

This choice has also carried over into our electronic communications. When texting became the norm, abbreviations were formed to hurry the typing process, which brought on the OMG overload.

Some say the letters OMG! stand for Oh my gosh!, but I believe they are skirting the truth.

Often referred to as acronyms, (though by definition they are initialisms)  only the first letter of each word is used to form an abbreviation so we can type messages faster. Many trendy typed conversations to your BFF (Best Friend Forever) might also include: Continue reading

30 Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving approaching, November is the traditional month to give thanks for our blessings.

Though Christians continually offer thanks to God in prayer everyday, it is good to delight in the the much anticipated gathering of this special holiday. The idea of planning a seasonal menu, decorating with nature’s bountiful gifts, and welcoming family and friends around the dinner table inspire us during this notable month to give thanks to God for all His goodness .    

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Fun Facts Of The Bible!

Fun facts of the Bible

The Bible is 1 book, made from 66 smaller books divided between the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament contains 39 books while the New Testament has a lesser amount of 27 books.

Written by approximately 40 different people, the authors of these books include prophets, a scribe, a cupbearer, a shepherd, a tax collector, a physician, fishermen, farmers,  priests, philosophers and kings, just to name a few!

Though the Old Testament was written before the New Testament with approximately 400 years between the Old Testament’s last book, Malachi, and the New Testament’s first book, Matthew-the Bible is not written as a continuous story from Genesis to Revelation. Continue reading