Posts from May 2015

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God NEVER Turns Away From Us

by Ladd
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God loves you unconditionally. Do you really believe that? Do you believe that your salvation is totally outside of yourself and there is not one single thing you can do to make God love you more than He already does? How we answer those two questions speaks volumes about how we perceive our relationship with […]

When the Pain of Life Truly Stings

by Ladd
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21  “Go in peace,” Elisha said.  After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something […]

A Shift in Thinking…

by Ladd
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11 “But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the […]

Seven Times in the Water

by Ladd
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1 “Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. 2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out […]

The Core of the Cross

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Peter’s sermon to Cornelius reminds us, “To Him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name,” Acts 10:43. The “Him,” of course, refers to Jesus Christ our Savior. The forgiveness of sins is no small thing, but we take it so for granted that […]

A Different Twist on Life

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The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin heatus meaning “blessed”. When we read the Sermon on the Mount we refer to the poor in spirit, the peacemakers, etc., as blessed.  But the word also means “happy”. To be blessed is to be happy and to be happy is to be blessed. The Greek makarioi carries […]

Nepal

by Ladd
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Our friends Bob and Marlene are perfect hosts. Once a month, on a Saturday evening, along with twenty to thirty others we descend upon them for the best potluck in town. I have never left the evening disappointed in the sheer variety of foods sampled or the caliber of the evening’s conversations. Bob and Marlene […]

Prayer of a Troubled Heart

by Ladd
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1 “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. 4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and […]

A New Covenant

by Ladd
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19 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with […]

Life Changing Stop Signs

by Ladd
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We all know the unofficial definition of “stupid” – doing the same thing over and over even though it didn’t work the first time. Yet it is easy for us to play those failed tapes again and again in our heads when facing difficulties. We know getting upset, throwing things, screaming at people never solve […]