Scripture Readings

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Daily Bible Readings for the Week of August 12, 2019

Monday - Jeremiah 15:19-21             

Tuesday - 2 Corinthians 6:14--7:1 

Wednesday - 1 Timothy 6:11-21     

Thursday - Jeremiah 2:4-17

Friday - Romans 8:12-17

Saturday - Philippians 4:10-20

Prayer of the Week

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O God, give us bread.  Give us bread to nourish our bodies, and in Christ 

give us the bread of eternal life, that in Him we may grow and thrive 

and serve: through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 


Memory Verses for August 2019

August 4: Matthew 11:28

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 



August 11: 1 Peter 5:7

7 Cast all your anxiety on him  because he cares for you. 

August 18: Isaiah 43:2

2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.   


August 25: Mark 10:27

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.".   


Book of the Month

1 John

Journey to Hope

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A Declaration of Blessing

“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) It seems a strange thing to say that those who suffer are blessed. Every instinct within our human selves rises in disbelief and confusion. It seems illogical and contradictory. How can anyone who has lost something or someone much loved be blessed? Is that not a misfortune or a curse?

Yet, God declares that people who believe God are privileged in the midst of every sad and painful circumstance. How can that be? 


Conrinue Reading

Navigating Change

Change Is not something most of us eagerly anticipate, especially if it is not our plan.  Grief brings about abrupt change.  What was comfortable and familiar yesterday becomes horrifying and different today.   Life can be re-categorized—there is BC (before change) and AD (after death or loss). 

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What the Parable of the Sower Tells Us About Grief

 When we grieve the loss of something dear to us our faith is often tested.  We are told in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) of four areas where seeds fell and subsequently grew.  Three areas could not sustain the plants that sprung up—only one could.  Going through grief can reveal our spiritual soil type.  God made soil to be a natural medium for the growth of plants and we are the God-designed medium through which faith is cultivated.  

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Letting Go

We might not think that grieving would be an appropriate word to use for the Israelites after they left Egypt. They had been in the land for many years and it had been welcoming and a prosperous time.  But under a new Pharaoh life changed drastically. The bible tells us that the Egyptian masters worked the Israelites “ruthlessly” (Exod. 1:13, 14) and made their lives “bitter” (Exod. 1:14) with “hard/cruel” (Exod. 1:14; 6:9) service. As a result, Israel languished in “misery” and “suffering” (Exod. 3:7).   

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