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Our Hometown Worship section is where you'll find our area churches directory, special features about local churches and church leaders and obituaries. Devotional pieces from Pastors Bill Mantel, Joel Seibel (Amazing Grace) and Rick Warren (A Purpose Driven Life) grace the pages of this section, along with columns by Sherida Nett.

 

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Jesus has tattoos

Peace with God, yourself and others

An attitude of gratitude

Godly guidelines for a happy marriage

Silence of Jesus

Purging procastination

What actually is the cost?

The power of testimony

Dealing with loneliness

What an amazing thing

With Christmas coming, most people focus on the birth of Jesus. Yet so many other amazing things happened, leading up to, and around His birth. One of the most amazing things is that we were actually a part of God’s plan for Jesus, from the very beginning.

In Ephesians 1:3-5, Paul writes this; “Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For, He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”

He chose us to be adopted as His sons, even before the garden was created. We were in God’s plan long before the devil fowled things up.

The fact is, God patiently waited throughout all of creation, and human history, for His plan to be birthed. And it happened exactly the way ...

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Peace with God, yourself and others

An attitude of gratitude

Godly guidelines for a happy marriage

Silence of Jesus

Purging procastination

What actually is the cost?

The power of testimony

Dealing with loneliness

GOD is in charge

JESUS HAS TATTOOS

In the book of Isaiah we read that Israel was in a time of great trouble. God was judging them for their rebelliousness and sins. The Babylonians were destroying their country and carried many away captive.

The people were crying out, “Where is God in all of this? Has He forgotten us?”

But God answered was: “I have not forgotten you. How could I? I even have a tattoo of you on the palm of my hands!” This is a personal interpretation of this scripture: “Behold, I have graven (inscribed) thee upon the palms of my hands” Isaiah 49:16.

The word “graven” does NOT mean carved like a graven image. The Hebrew word is “kawkak” which means to write, or to print. It is the same word used for, “It is graven upon the table of their heart,” in Jeremiah 17:1 and Exodus 32:16.

The other word for graven used in the Bible is “pacal” which means to CARVE, like graven image or carved image. This is not the ...

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Recent Headlines

An attitude of gratitude

Godly guidelines for a happy marriage

Silence of Jesus

Purging procastination

What actually is the cost?

The power of testimony

Dealing with loneliness

GOD is in charge

Autumn splendor and wisdom

Peace with God, yourself and others

We can have a lot of things in life, but if we don’t have peace, we’re never going to truly enjoy our lives the way God intended.

First Peter 3:11 (AMP) is one of my favorite scriptures. It says, “Let him search for peace…and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”

“Pursue” is a strong word. It requires action and doing whatever it takes to maintain peace in our lives. It means not always getting “our way” or having the last word in an argument. It requires us to trust God even more with the people in our lives. But it’s all worth it.

Are you ready to enjoy new levels of peace? If so, here are some ways you can cultivate peace with God, yourself and others…

1. Receive God’s forgiveness. Peace with God is the foundation for peace in every other area of our lives. Jesus is the “Prince ...

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