Sticky Ribbon and the Fruit of the Spirit


I attended a shower for a couple soon-to-be-married.  Guests enjoyed the beauty of the wrapped gifts coming in.  We talked about current day events and reminisced about that time in our lives around the various tables.  Then, it was time to watch the couple open gifts.  Lovely, practical items for setting up a new home…

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Overwhelmed with the Goodness of Multiplication

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11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they…

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The Murderous Spirit of Procrastination

Clothes line and pins

When I was a teenager, I procrastinated doing the loads of laundry that my mom asked me to wash and dry.  We were preparing to leave for a youth trip, and it never occurred to me that if I didn’t do the laundry before leaving, she’d stay home to do it.  I just figured it…

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Decorating a Cake with Burst Bags and Blobs

Heart cake swirl icing

It has been a day! It started at about 2:00 a.m. with our aging dog requiring extra assistance for the remainder of the wee hours.  Of course, it was also our oldest daughter’s birthday, and I needed to be up hanging birthday decorations to “surprise” her when she woke.  This has become a family tradition,…

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Concealed Treasures in Clay

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Have you ever hidden money in a secret place?  Maybe you have a stash to help save for an extravagant gift or vacation. Perhaps it’s more practical like an emergency fund. Clay Pots Last year,  I had the privilege of traveling to Israel. At one of our stops we viewed the Qumran cave where the…

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Love Makes the World Go ‘Round

sisters with heart

During our trip to Bangladesh, we were privileged to attend a few of the youth meetings.  During one of these evenings, the participants were engaged in their Bible memory challenge.  Mark and I were both very impressed as several of the students stood and recited a portion of 1 Corinthians 13. If I speak in…

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Live Your Life Intentionally Inconveniently Available

travel station clock

When we were church planters, we got used to covering a lot of bases.  There just weren’t a lot of people to delegate various responsibilities to in those early days.  We started with boots on the ground, no starter congregation, and no permanent building. In fact, when we planned our home basement finish out, we…

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Why Use Flags in Worship?

HisRadiance_CovenantPromises_Why Use Flags in Worship

“Why flags?”   Well, because there is Scriptural basis, complimented by abundant symbolism in color and movement, and because worship is part of our spiritual warfare arsenal.   Synonyms for flags include banner, sign, signal, standard, standard-bearer, and symbol.  While flags as we know them today are not mentioned specifically in Scripture, the present day…

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Are Worship Flags Biblical?

PentecostalFire_FreshAnointing - The Biblical Support for Using Flags in Worship

Where does the use of praise banners and worship flags come from? Yes, flag worship is biblical, although there is no specific Scripture that commands us to use them in worship today.  Think of the flag bearer or standard bearer in biblical times.   We can even look to Scripture to see God in a…

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What It Takes to Make a Worship Flag

Ruach - Breath of God - Worship Flag Being Waved Against the Sky

Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric “So, how much fabric do you need?”  It was a question loaded with the additional sentiment, “Don’t you think you have enough?”   The thing was, all I knew was certain fabrics were standing out, but I didn’t have conceptualization of flags to be made from the fabrics.  There was…

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