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The Best Sermon Illustration I’ve Heard in Ages: Kick the (Metaphorical) Rooster!

Friends - The power behind us is indeed greater than any challenge that is set before us! My prayer for us this week is that we may all go forth and kick the metaphorical rooster!

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Devotion: Heaven Is Full of Puppies (His Encouragement #23)

Our Great Creator is the God who created all things good. God will continue to care for all of creation by making provision for the plants and the animals when Christ comes again.  I take a great comfort in the words that describe the beauty of God’s Holy City where we will at last be in full communion with our loving Creator.

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Devotion: The Stories that Shape Our Lives

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Scripture: Psalm 40:3 (NIV) 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  A Happy Memory  When it was time for me to go… Continue reading Devotion: The Stories that Shape Our Lives

Image banner reads, "Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the world." Image shows Notre Dame Cathedral with white words on black text.
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Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World

It is always a tragedy when a sacred space is destroyed. This Holy Week, we remember Notre Dame, the people of Paris, St. Landry Parish, and all who mourn. Our hearts long for the resurrection of an Easter morning.

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Devotion: Broken Dishes & Forgiveness

The forgiveness that my mother showed to me mirrors the forgiveness that God, our heavenly parent, is willing to show toward each of us. The Pslamist tell us that we are blessed when our sin is forgiven. There is no need to carry our guilt and sin with us for years, the way I carried the guilt that I felt over my mother’s casserole dish.

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Will There Be Disability in Heaven? – God Loves You Exactly As You Are

After my mission trip, I was inspired by the words of Christ. I still did not know why I was born with the congenital cataracts that caused my disability, but I decided that it wasn't the why that mattered. It was what I did with my life.