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You Are Saved

1  “For it is by graceyou have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works,so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

God is

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Last year, I wrote a curriculum for our 2nd-4th grade classes at our mid-week program at church called Hide N Seek.  The curriculum focused on who God is. As part of that curriculum, my friend Brittni Rhodes, made images to convey the truth about who God is.  I would like to start sharing these images weekly as a reminder of the good, great, and awesome God we have.


New Book Friday

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Each year, my Christmas list includes lots of books.  So, at the start of each year, I like to share the new books that I received.  Here is one of my new books for 2019:


Happy Birthday, Mackenzie!

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Today is Mackenzie's birthday.  I plan to post a little about what we learned from 2 weeks of having a child in the NICU next week (check back on April 2).

But for today, Happy Birthday to my beautiful, caring, sensitive, servant hearted daughter.  I love you and I am proud of who you are becoming.  I can't believe you are 17.

Here are a few pictures of Mackenzie over the years:









Gospel Playlist

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This is a regular feature now that replaced "Playing on the Radio." This week, I am sharing hymns that point me to Jesus.
The gospel is good news.  It reminds us what Christ has DONE for us.  As I share, I hope it will be an encouragement to you today.

Tweets and more tweets

Here are some of my favorite tweets from the last few weeks.  This is one of the blessings of social media where we can hear the gospel from people all over the world. If you like the tweet, go and follow the person on Twitter.
I don’t care what you’ve done, where you’ve gone, where you are or who you’ve become; the truth is this-the sanctifying, redeeming, justifying, snatching-back-out-of-the-hand-of-the-devil-blood-of-Jesus reaches to the far ends of the earth. @storiedcareerLove is the soil where the Spirit takes root. Without the sacrificial love of Jesus as the soil, there is no fruit of the Spirit. We need His Spirit like we need air...We need to give His Spirit permission to rule & reign in us. To be released in/through us.  @storiedcareerToday, come to Christ, and know it is not your feelings of faithfulness that keep you safe in him, but his loving and almighty embrace. @mike_reeves"Flesh is not capable of such lofty wisdom as to conceive God and what is God’s, unles…

Names of God: Yahweh Rohi

We often forget.  We see throughout history the Israelites and the church forgetting. We need to be reminded often of who God is in Scripture, church history and in our lives and churches.
The names of God are important because these names are not just what God does, it is who He is.  I hope this will encourage you as you are reminded of how good, great, and awesome our God is. Yahweh Rohi
Yahweh is the Hebrew Name for God. It is "I AM". It is used over 6000 times in the Old Testament.  It was such a holy name that the Jews would not even say it. 
Rohi means shepherd.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
What it reminds me?  God guides, protects, and watches over us.

Word for 2019: Holy Spirit

For the past several years, I have chosen a word for the year.  Some of those words have been: God's power, gospel, in Christ, and abide.  As I thought about 2019, the word that I am going to focus on will be Holy Spirit.  So, this is more than just a word, it is a person.  I look forward to growing in my understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and what He does from Genesis to Revelation.  Each week I will share a few verses that are connected to the person of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:11-12)

Verse of the Week

My Aunt Kay Jean suggested I start sharing a verse of the day.  I liked her suggestion but decided instead of a verse of the day, I would share a verse of the week.  Be reminded of who God is from His Word.
15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate.2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”3 And the chief priests accused him of many things.4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.”5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked.7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them.9 And he answ…

New Book Friday

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Each year, my Christmas list includes lots of books.  So, at the start of each year, I like to share the new books that I received.  Here is one of my new books for 2019:


You Are Righteous

1  “God made him who had no sinto be sinfor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

God is...

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Last year, I wrote a curriculum for our 2nd-4th grade classes at our mid-week program at church called Hide N Seek.  The curriculum focused on who God is. As part of that curriculum, my friend Brittni Rhodes, made images to convey the truth about who God is.  I would like to start sharing these images weekly as a reminder of the good, great, and awesome God we have.  



Gospel Playlist

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This is a regular feature now that replaced "Playing on the Radio." This week, I am sharing hymns that point me to Jesus.
The gospel is good news.  It reminds us what Christ has DONE for us.  As I share, I hope it will be an encouragement to you today.

Tweets and more tweets

Here are some of my favorite tweets from the last few weeks.  This is one of the blessings of social media where we can hear the gospel from people all over the world. If you like the tweet, go and follow the person on Twitter.
"Singing general truths about God is right and good. But for the gospel to dwell in us, it’s vital to sing the specifically about Christ’s person and work." @emschumacherPaul and Silas preached the same message to all people: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” #thegospelprojectkidsProblems with the exhortation to “live out the Gospel”:
1) It confuses Law and Gospel.
- Loving God and neighbor is Law, not Gospel.
2) It makes the Gospel experiential when it is actually objective.
- Christ lived, died, resurrected, and ascended in history. @AustinDHobbsThe requirement of the law on us hasn’t changed. What has changed is the means by which we can obey the law. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law, but fulfill it.  @storiedcareerWhat if people d…

Names of God: Yahweh Rapha

We often forget.  We see throughout history the Israelites and the church forgetting. We need to be reminded often of who God is in Scripture, church history and in our lives and churches.
The names of God are important because these names are not just what God does, it is who He is.  I hope this will encourage you as you are reminded of how good, great, and awesome our God is. Yahweh Rapha
Yahweh is the Hebrew Name for God. It is "I AM". It is used over 6000 times in the Old Testament.  It was such a holy name that the Jews would not even say it. 
Rapha means healer. Our God heals physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
for I am the Lord, your healer (Exodus 15:26)
What it reminds me?  God heals.  I do not believe healing (or other gifts such as miracles, speaking in tongues, etc.) ended with the coming of Christ or completion of the Bible.  God still heals today.

Word for 2019: Holy Spirit

For the past several years, I have chosen a word for the year.  Some of those words have been: God's power, gospel, in Christ, and abide.  As I thought about 2019, the word that I am going to focus on will be Holy Spirit.  So, this is more than just a word, it is a person.  I look forward to growing in my understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and what He does from Genesis to Revelation.  Each week I will share a few verses that are connected to the person of the Holy Spirit.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him.                                (1 Samuel 16:13-14) 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. (Nehemiah 9:20)

New Book Friday

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Each year, my Christmas list includes lots of books.  So, at the start of each year, I like to share the new books that I received.  Here is one of my new books for 2019:



Spring Break Vacation

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I am so excited to be taking a short vacation to Branson this week.  Both my oldest (19) and youngest (11) asked to go to Branson for Spring Break.  Bethany and I decided we needed to make it happen.  We will spend 2 days at Silver Dollar City and we are looking forward to this time together as a family.  Thank you Lord for the opportunity to get away and spend time together!

I am excited to ride some roller coasters.  Praying for good weather.




Verse of the Week

My Aunt Kay Jean suggested I start sharing a verse of the day.  I liked her suggestion but decided instead of a verse of the day, I would share a verse of the week.  Be reminded of who God is from His Word.

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.”45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him.46 And they laid hands on him and seized him.47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servantof the high priest and cut off his ear.48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”50 And they all left him and f…