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Blessed Assurance

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"And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.  So we will not be afraid of the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.  Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love."                             1 John 4:17-18 (NLT) I can vividly remember as a child...

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Outside the Camp

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"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;  Keep watch over the door of my lips."  Psalm 141:3.  This verse is short and to the point, but it can be one of the toughest obstacles for us to overcome.  The power of life and death are in the tongue and what we choose to speak is more critical than we realize.  Too many times, we do the devil's work by simply opening our mouths.  And though it can be tough to admit, I myself have fallen victim and had to retract my words on more than...

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Love is in the Details

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I can hardly believe that December is here and we are in the full swing of the Christmas season.  It feels as though just yesterday we were enjoying summer break and the warm weather.  But I am not complaining in the slightest, for this is my favorite time of the year.  I love everything about it.  From boots and jackets to decorating and baking; there is a warm feeling in the air, that doesn't quit compare to the other days of the year.  Some say its the "magic" of Christmas.  But I would argue a deeper...

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Waiting at the Gate

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      Acts 3:1-8 says, "Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o'clock prayer service.  As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in.  Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful gate, so he could beg from the people going in to the Temple.  When he saw Peter and John about the enter, he asked them for money.                                ...

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