“But as for me, I will sing about your power.  Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” ~Psalms 59:16 (NLT)

It’s time to sing.

SWEET EMBRACE – by julie piscane

imageAs a little blue-eyed girl
Running free across the grass
Looking down at dandelions
Then looking up at the sky
Warmed by the golden sun-
Is when I was first made aware…
Etched in my mind are these precious moments
When I first knew.

Newly awakened-
By Holy

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Have you ever felt like you were drowning?

But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry to Him reached his ears.

“He reached down from heaven and rescued me; He drew me out of deep waters.” ~Psalms‬ ‭18‬:‭6, 16‬ (NLT)

When you feel like you’re drowning, do what David did: cry out to Jesus, and He will reach down deep and grab your hand.

OATMEAL – by pastor bill

image Years ago I played on a football team that met on game days for breakfast. The guys were great, the coaches inspiring, the anticipation of the football game was awesome — but we had to eat Quaker Oatmeal! I tried it with milk, without milk, with sugar, without sugar and many other varieties. As a young boy I never did get around to liking oat meal – it wasn’t until years after I was married that I acquired a taste for it with sugar — hold the milk!

But my taste for Quaker Oatmeal took on a whole new level of appreciation when I heard the following story about the prosperity of the company.

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I’ve been thinking about a question that was posed for me. “Where is your faith?”

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” ~Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

So, again, where is my faith? If I have confidence only in what I can physically see or touch, do I really have faith?
It’s something I continually work on.

THE STRATEGY – by pastor bill

imageThe story is told of an apprentice demon that was soon to be sent on his first assignment. He decided to focus his efforts on neutralizing the effectiveness of Christians.

In discussing his strategy with Satan, the apprentice said, “I’ll try to convince Christians that there is no such thing as sin!” Satan replied, “That cannot be your main objective, because most of our enemies know the reality of sin. You will confuse some Christians but most will not fall for it.”

“Well then,” the apprentice responded, “I’ll convince the Christians that there is no hell.” “Good thinking,” said Satan. “But the idea of judgment is so ingrained in Christians that most will see through the deception. What we need is a strategy to effectively neutralize Christians from witnessing to friends, family and co-workers.”

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When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” ~Mark 2:17

This verse made me think about our churches, and wondered if we are providing safe havens for the “sick,” i.e. sinners. Are we so focused on trying to put on the good face that we forget that Jesus came to heal the sick?

As I read further, I found this verse. Different conversation, but same concept.

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” ~Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭27‬ (NLT)

Let’s not forget why God gave us one another and why we have a day of rest to gather together.


image1. Get the child’s attention. Call the child’s name.
2. Establish eye contact. Wait until he looks at you before speaking.
3. Put some authority in your voice. Speak softly but firmly.
4. Expect obedience.
5. Stick with it until obedience takes place.
6. Be consistent!

*Never issue a command you do not intend to enforce. To do so teaches disobedience. Remember! There is security and freedom in limits.

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“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” ~Hebrews‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬ (NLT)

It feels good to say, “He is my God, and I am His people.” ~Kathy

THE TRUE SPIRITUAL TEST – by ruth willms

image Catherine Marshall cuddled her newborn granddaughter, praying that God would heal her. This was her first granddaughter and she so longed to hold her forever and see her grow up. But the doctor’s diagnosis said otherwise. The sweet baby girl had very poor muscle tone and would not survive.

Determined to see God heal, Catherine called some prayer warriors among her family and friends to come pray for this little one’s life. During those days God did answer the group’s prayers. He healed several family members of the people gathered together, but He did not heal Catherine’s precious little granddaughter. He took her home to Him.

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