A service dog stands next to a person seated in a wheelchair 
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Everything Changes When Jesus Shows Up at Church (His Encouragement #31)

I admire the woman in Luke 13:10-17 because I know from firsthand experience how embarrassing it can be to go into a public space when you look different from everybody else. Her faith is an inspiration to all of us.

An apple tree in full bloom
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Devotion: Straighten Up & Fly Right (His Encouragement #31)

All of us need to straighten up sometimes- all of us are tempted to judge others. Furthermore, all of us are bound by something. We are all in need of healing, whether it be spiritual, physical, or emotional. When Christ shows up on the scene, everything changes. “

An image shows a lion and the bible verse, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever."
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Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever  -Psalm 106.1   Sometimes it is tempting to complain... This Saturday, Jeff and I will be taking a road trip to Ohio in order to attend a… Continue reading Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

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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!

A dog in silhouette howls at the mood against the backdrop of a starry sky.
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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.