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God is My Help

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Stories | 0 comments

God is My Help

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalms 54:4 NIV) Growing up and getting older, I’ve watched many friends and relatives go through the stress and anguish of having their parents get older and need to make the transition to additional care. It often started with children taking the car away from them. Then they had to leave their home for assisted care or even a nursing home. I would hear about the resentment, anger and resistance to any change. I would see the heartache, pain and stress in the family having to...

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Always There

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Stories | 0 comments

Always There

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV) My world right now consists of school, clinicals, and it seems like very little else, so forgive me if all my stories stem from what seems like the same group of experiences. It’s because they do! Entering a field where we work serving others in such a way, I can’t help but see snippets of God everywhere: compassion, justice, healing, mercy, and hope, to name a few....

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The Benefits of Planned Bible Reading

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Stories | 0 comments

The Benefits of Planned Bible Reading

As I was preparing to write this week’s article, thinking about the New Year and common resolutions people make, I realized that my mom had already written what I wanted to say. She publishes a weekly blog about the Bible, including periodic reviews of books on Christian topics. Many Creeksiders have read through the Bible at the beginning of a new year before, and she articulates well why a formal plan is useful. With her permission, I’ve copied the first post of the series here, with more information at the end. By Sharon Short The first...

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Christmas Baby

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Christmas Baby

Christmas Baby

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NASB) My thoughts are full of babies these days. My grandkids, ages 1 and 3. Isaac baptized and Joshua and Sol-Nicole dedicated before us all. And my baby bumpkin boy, now 36, is coming home for Christmas. I can kind-of picture Jesus as a baby in this august company. Human, baby, got it. But, whoa. “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord… a baby wrapped in cloths and lying...

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Using Your Gifts

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Using Your Gifts

Using Your Gifts

A few years ago, I took a class on Call. I realized more of what “Call” meant and what gifts God gave me. I always knew I was called to work with children, but I also learned that listening to God is a gift! Years ago, a month and a half into my marriage, I got sick with a stomach flu that never ended. I was pregnant. That had not been in our five-year plan, as we were 21 at the time, and we were scared, but we knew God had a plan. I was sick my entire pregnancy and was then diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks. In week 28, my blood...

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Finding True Peace and Rest

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Finding True Peace and Rest

Finding True Peace and Rest

Daniel co-wrote this article with his wife, Nicole. The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) With my routine over the last few months, rest has extremely hard to come by. Between caring for a new baby and my job at the busiest time of the year, it seems I can barely catch my breath, let alone recover from one hectic day before the next one begins. Even when I have not had to wake up to give Isaac a bottle in the middle of the night, or I actually get two stretches of decent sleep, I still tend...

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Are You OK With Being a Slave?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Are You OK With Being a Slave?

Are You OK With Being a Slave?

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16 NIV) I feel like my time is not my own because of school. I feel obligated to family functions and Skype dates with people I love. I’m “slaving away” at all these things, choosing to do them because I gave my word, it’s the right thing to do, or it’s what I’ve prayed for all these years. My Bible study’s been going...

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Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good

Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good

For some, the holidays are a warm and joyful reminder of many happy memories. For others, these special days remind us more of what we don’t have. Whether you are sitting down to a table full of turkey and fixin’s today, or eating a less traditional Thanksgiving feast with a less traditional crowd, today is a day set aside to remind us to give thanks. Let us not forget whom we are thanking and why. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures...

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Getting to Know You

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV) Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalm 63:3-4 NIV) Remember that song… “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me”? Well that is my fun task: helping you get to know Adam and Jo Kimble. I met them about four years ago when I got...

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Unexpected Evangelism

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Unexpected Evangelism

Unexpected Evangelism

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV) For the past few Sundays, we’ve been learning about the Covenant Church’s evangelism initiative, BLESS. I recently received a great reminder of why relational evangelism is so vital...

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