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People of the Second Chance II

“Dispelling the Beautiful Lie” Today I want to begin with a harsh truth. You see, most if not all of us believe what I call the beautiful lie. The lie says this is what really counts: to be wealthy, powerful, influential, attractive, admired, talented, popular, and, above all, valuable. We must make a life that is worth something to others. Worth more than others. The world screams at us to hurry up and matter. Our lives become a reaction to this…

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People of the Second Chance

HIS BELOVED One of the fundamental questions we ask in life is: Who am I? My simplistic answer to this question is this: My truest, purest, nonnegotiable identity is the beloved. And in spite of my checkered past, my fabulous flops, my painful history, my deepest flaws, my boneheaded screw-ups, and, yes, even beyond my own beliefs about myself, I am God’s beloved. This is my foundational identity and the foundational identity of every human being. This is important because…

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Let Ecclesiastes lead you…

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens:a time to be born and a time to die,a time to plant and a time to uproot,a time to kill and a time to heal,a time to tear down and a time to build,a time to weep and a time to laugh,a time to mourn and a time to dance,a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,a time to embrace…

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Why do you go to church?

I was having this steaming shower when this question popped into my head. My housemate told me churches are reopening. I was so excited that I had to go on the church’s IG page to see if I can book a seat. Inasmuch that this virtual church suits my laziness, I miss being among the gathering of my fellow siblings in the Lord.  One thought crossed my mind. It was like why bother going to this church that didn’t check…

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Jesus Baby

God has always been the center of my existence. I’ve seen Him do a million things in my lifetime that I certainly have no doubt that He exists and I’m too sure He cares about me. I’ve come a long way to realize that it can only be God. I don’t have to think about it twice. As Christians when we open our heart to the possibility of things not going as we originally planned and we can only depend…

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We all experience fear in one way or another. Perhaps you wake in the early hours of the morning remembering that you have a pile of bills waiting to be paid and an empty bank account. Or maybe you don’t sleep much at all because every noise you hear reminds you of the time your home was broken into. Sometimes we fear what is to come – an illness, the death of a loved one, being alone. There is also…

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Truth Be Told

Lie number one you’re supposed to have it all together And when they ask how you’re doing Just smile and tell them, “Never better” Lie number 2 everybody’s life is perfect except yours So keep your messes and your wounds And your secrets safe with you behind closed doors Truth be told The truth is rarely told, now I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not I’m broken And when it’s out…

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Living Free

Prayer: God, I ask that you would give me peace through the suffering I endure. I thank you that even though life may come crashing down on all sides, I have your uplifting hand sustaining me. I recognize that I will never fully understand how you work, so increase my trust in you. I ask that even if life doesn’t turn out the way I plan, I would recognize and trust in your power and plan. Thank you for the…

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Encourage Yourself in the Lord

You Have A Choice Everyone needs encouragement in their lives. Encouragement infuses hope and strength when life gets tough. But, as you grow and mature in your walk with the Lord, you will realize that sometimes there is no one available to encourage you because everyone around you seems to be dealing with their own crisis. It looks like the world is so self-consumed that encouragement to others is scarce now.  The pressures and busyness of life leave little room…

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Dear Father

Dear Father, From the depth of my heart I’m grateful for everything. You’ve never let me down even when I lose my faith. It’s getting crazy and scary out here. A lot of people are jobless, traumatized, stressed, sick and hungry. Provide our daily bread for today, tomorrow and everyday of our lives. I want to ask that you meet us at the point of our needs. Let us come through all these unscathed. We can’t do this alone without…

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