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ICON: March 31

“ God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. ” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)   “ Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His... Read More
at Thursday, March 31, 2022

ICON: March 30

“ So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. ” Ephesians 1:6-8 (NLT) Are you trying to out give God? Our immediate response is an absurd, “no.” Why would we ever try to out give God? When an idol of performance begins to develop... Read More
at Wednesday, March 30, 2022

ICON: March 29

“ And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in... Read More
at Tuesday, March 29, 2022

ICON: March 28

“ He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ” Colossians 1:17 (NIV)  Sometimes, if we are not careful, we fall into the trap of making faith a performance game. It becomes about checking off all the right boxes: pray, serve, be nice, go to church, love others, don’t look there, don’t say that, don’t do this and the list goes on and on. The better we do at the game, the more it’s about our achievements. The more it is about our... Read More
at Monday, March 28, 2022

ICON: March 25

Relying on Jesus for our plans for our life requires trust. Trust can be hard because trust has to be built over time. It can take years to build trust but only minutes to destroy it. It’s a delicate dance but we must choose to try and step up and trust God. He made us and He LOVES us. Think about something you created or think about how much you love your kids. God loves us even more.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways... Read More
at Friday, March 25, 2022

ICON: March 24

What if things don’t go according to plan? That can be really hard for us to process at times. Especially if it was something big like we didn’t get into the school we really wanted, we didn’t get that promotion we thought we earned, the list can go on and on. God wants us to lean on him when these things happen and to look at the hope of Jesus! Our hope in our eternal future with Him.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from... Read More
at Thursday, March 24, 2022

ICON: March 23

Is worrying part of God’s plan for me??? No, it is not. Mental health has been talked about now more than ever. The stigmas of seeing a counselor or taking care of your mind are slowly going away. God never intended for us to worry like we do today. He doesn’t want that for us but sometimes we need to face facts and admit we need REAL help. From God AND from a professional. Not one or the other, but both.  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you... Read More
at Wednesday, March 23, 2022

ICON: March 22

CONTROL. For some of us this word alone gives us anxiety because it is something we so deeply desire in our lives. Others may want no part of having control of anything. It’s a word that can make people feel a certain way. God asks us to hand over any control we THINK we have over to HIM. God knows us completely and is never surprised by our actions, thoughts or feelings. He knows that we desire control but because God is the creator of control, He and ONLY He has the true authority over... Read More
at Tuesday, March 22, 2022

ICON: March 21

For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  Colossians 1:16 When we say God created everything we really do mean everything. From the air we breathe that you can’t see all the way to the largest tree. He created it all. With this in mind, we can also know that God has a plan and His plan should be priority over all other... Read More
at Monday, March 21, 2022

ICON: March 18

Crowns are an interesting thing. They are often symbols of royalty. We crown beauty queens and we figuratively crown champions. They often represent power and often we see that power abused. In the Bible, we see King David abuse his power in his inappropriate relationship with Bathsheba and then arranging the death of her husband to cover up his scandal. We see his son King Solomon be given everything, wisdom and wealth, only to abuse that power, and we read in Ecclesiastes what happens when... Read More
at Friday, March 18, 2022

ICON: March 17

When Jesus came into our lives, he tore the veil so that we may have direct access to God the Father. Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians that: We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV) This tells us that, with the blessing we now have due to Christ’s work on the cross, if we continually look to him and upon him, the Spirit will slowly transform us into the... Read More
at Thursday, March 17, 2022

ICON: March 16

  “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.” Colossians 1:15 (NLT) Similar to our text in Colossians 1:15, we see in the gospel of John the supremacy of Jesus: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made… And the Word... Read More
at Wednesday, March 16, 2022

ICON: March 15

Christ is called the “image” of the invisible God. The Greek word for “image” here is “eikon” where we get our words “icon” or “iconic” from. An icon is defined as “a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or worthy of veneration (great respect; reverence).” Although we may know some amazing people or have seen them in action on TV, none is truly worthy of being “a representative symbol, worthy of... Read More
at Tuesday, March 15, 2022

ICON: March 14

  “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.” Colossians 1:15 (NLT) This portion of scripture shows that Jesus gives us a picture of God that we might not see otherwise. He is the “image of the invisible God.” Sinful man is not worthy to look upon God: You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live. (Exodus 33:20 ESV) However, Jesus died for our sins... Read More
at Monday, March 14, 2022