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Facing A Life-Storm? Don't Give Up Hope!

Are you going through a storm right now? Something so difficult or traumatic that you aren't sure you'll make it to tomorrow?

Don't give up hope. It often takes a storm to get our minds off our own plans and ways and onto God's greater plan—to realize there's a purpose for our life that is far better than our own. Our storms help draw…

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Added by John I Snyder on July 16, 2018 at 6:35am — No Comments

It's God's Fault: Avoiding the Blame Game

Why me?

Life seems to offer us many opportunities for resentment, bitterness, disillusionment, or anger designed to turn us quickly self-centered as we compare ourselves to others:…

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Added by John I Snyder on May 30, 2018 at 4:06pm — No Comments

God: The Antidote to Fear and Dread

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. -Psalm…

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Added by John I Snyder on April 28, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Make Love Your Aim

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I…

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Added by John I Snyder on April 23, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Holy Week Devotional - Day 8: Easter Sunday - The Day Death Died

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been…

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Added by John I Snyder on April 1, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week - Day 7: New Life

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

How are we supposed to view our present life of faith?

This passage tells us to look at our present lives as servants of the Lord…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 31, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week - Day 6: Good Friday - What's Good About It?

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. -Isaiah 53:5–6

Our human minds can’t…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 30, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week Devotional - Day 5: Maundy Thursday: This Is Love

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. -1 John 4:10–12

The word “Maundy”…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 29, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week Devotional - Day 4: Aged to Perfection

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! -2 Corinthians 5:17

What is one of the main themes that keeps recurring in the faiths and literature of the world? What is that longing in the human heart that never goes away regardless of the time or place?

It’s the…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 28, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week - Day 3: Children of God

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. –Ephesians 1:7

The apostle Paul reiterates here the essence of the Gospel message: It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus (“his blood”) on our behalf that we can say we’re forgiven of every sin.

The word…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 27, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week Devotional: Day 2 - The Doorway Into Life

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. –Hebrews 12:2

If Jesus did for us what we couldn’t possibly do for ourselves, what…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 26, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week Devotional: Day 1 - Palm Sunday - What's the Buzz?

An Introduction

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

–John 11:25–26

Most of us are familiar with the verses above, but think about the last part of the…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 25, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Week: What Does It Mean For Us?

Lies, false witness, denial, slander, scheming, injustice, rejection of truth, hypocrisy—human sin and daily life are played out vividly in the events of Holy Week. I recommend reading Matthew, chapters 26 to 28, either by yourself, together as a family, or with your friends.

In Matthew 26:1-5, we read: When Jesus had finished saying all these things,…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 24, 2018 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Will I Ever Sing Again?

I waited patiently for the Lord;
 he turned to me and heard my cry.
 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
 out of the mud and mire; 
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. 
Many will see and fear the Lord
 and put their trust in him. -Psalm 40:1-3

Is your…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 23, 2018 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Not Sure You'll Make It to Tomorrow?

Are you going through a storm right now? Something so difficult or traumatic that you aren't sure you'll make it to tomorrow?

Don't give up hope.

It often takes a storm to get our minds off our own plans and ways and onto God's greater plan—to realize there's a purpose for our life that is far better than our own. Our storms help draw us closer to God than…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 15, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Guilt and Shame: Therefore, There is Now No Condemnation…

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. -Isaiah 43:25

From the Bible’s point of view, guilt, real guilt, is first and foremost not a feeling. It’s a state of being. It's the position of being out of line with our God by virtue of our sin. It can be fixed…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 4, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Lord, I Can't Handle It Anymore…"

Do you feel that whatever is going on in your life is just too great or too much for you to handle?

When the ancient Hebrews faced a big problem, it was customary for them to look up into the night sky and to contemplate the immense size of the universe and the unimaginable power of its Maker. Then they compared all that with their problem and realized that it was…

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Added by John I Snyder on February 27, 2018 at 5:51pm — 4 Comments

Ash Wednesday: Open Wide Your Arms to Receive Grace Upon Grace

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.

-Daniel 9:9

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

-Romans 2:4

There’s no other place except in God’s character where both perfect…

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Added by John I Snyder on February 14, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Never Give Up!

Luke 11:5-13: A Friend at Night

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is…

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Added by John I Snyder on February 8, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Our Job Description: To Live and Die for Others

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. -Mark 10:45

This saying of Jesus comes close to giving us our job description for earthly life. It occurs in a context of some wanting special standing and privilege. Jesus responds by pointing out that if the Son of Man himself came…

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Added by John I Snyder on February 7, 2018 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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