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The Depth of Love

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The Depth of Love

Ruth 1:16, 17 NASB But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”
As the love story of Ruth unfolds, picture three women––Ruth, Orpah, and Naomi––traveling along the road toward Bethlehem. Their hearts are broken by death; they are in despair and most likely afraid. Naomi stops them on their journey and lovingly reminds them of the reality of their devastated lives. She relays to them that she has no more children for them to marry and if she would have children, they would be too young to marry. They would be better off going home to their families than to continue with her.
Orpah shows her love for Naomi, kisses her mother-in-law good-bye, and walks away back to her gods. Ruth cleaves to her…

A Love Story

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A Love Story
Ruth 1:1-2 NASB Now it came to pass in  the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab. The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.
The story of Ruth is an exciting adventure during a most difficult time in history, “when the judges governed.” It was the worst of times because “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25, KJV). During this time in history, we come to the little book called Ruth, a true historical account of God using the most difficult of times to show He is never idle. Ruth is a picture of the helpless and hopeless sinner, separated from God and doomed to eternal death. The story of Ruth is not only a picture of God’s amazing grace but of God’s redeeming love for unworth…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Psalm 139:13-17 KJV “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth...”  


There are several verses in the Bible that strongly express that an unborn child is a human life well before birth. The unborn child deserves our protection until the time of birth as well as after. The eyes of the Lord see the unshapely embryo in the womb of the mother, and His hands create every part. With eternal wisdom, God has formed the intricate workings of a tiny human body according to His divine model and plan. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” -- this is a mystery of God so secret to the human eye. The womb is where every organ and limb is marvelously crafted in His sight.
Over forty years have passed …

Are You Willing to Pay Sin's Price?

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Are You Willing to Pay Sin’s Price? Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord..”


Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Fear God, and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
King Solomon was enjoying life’s sinful pleasures for a season and came to this conclusion: every work a person does, whether good or evil,  will be brought before God’s discernment or judgment. Ask yourself this question: “Is my sin worth the price I will pay someday?” Sometimes, the consequences of your sins are not seen for long periods of time, even to the next generation. The consequences of sin don’t always follow the act of sinning. If you’re not careful, you can begin to believe you are getting away with something. 
This is Satan’s deception, and it opens the door to other sins, breaking fellowship with God. Every time you say “Yes” to the lus…

Broken into Beautiful

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Broken into Beautiful 
Jeremiah 18:4  But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
I first heard the song, “Something Beautiful” the year I trusted Christ. My life was in shambles, and I was filled with despair and disgust. I had almost given up on life when my mother, bless her, said to me, “Dianna, you need to go to church!” I didn’t want to go to church, but I did. Upon entering the church, I felt empty, alone, even somewhat afraid. But, praise God! When I left the church that day I was “alive in Christ” and blessed with a Friend that would stick closer than a brother.
God, the Creator, and Master Potter of your life will not spoil His own work; it is sin that impairs and mars. When you are unyielding to the Potter’s control, you become unfit for the Master’s use. You, the clay, must be tender and pliable to the Potter’s loving touch, and sensitive to sin’s grip.  Are you saying “…

Am I Captured by His Grace?

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Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The power that transports men and women out of the darkness and makes them alive in Christ is the power of the gospel ("for by grace are ye saved"). Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Before we can experience the grace of God, we have to see ourselves as the sinners we truly are before a holy God. What is this gift of grace Paul writes about? He says it’s not of ourselves that we have salvation but it is the gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ. No works are involved in God’s gift of grace. Good works cannot produce salvation but are the evidence of His so-great salvation––a work done in us.
Have you been captured by His grace? John Newton, the great songwriter and preacher of the gospel, wrote these words in his song, “Amazing Grace”: “How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.” John Newton …

God's Will for You This New Year

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Ephesians 6:6 KJV Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 
This New Year has approached so quickly, and some of us are most likely still reminiscent of all this past year’s pleasures, as well as its disappointments. A few are anticipating what great things God will do in our lives, while others are fearful and apprehensive about the will of God for them. In order for Christians to know and do the Lord’s will, we need to understand that we are all admonished to give praise and honor to God as true worshippers of Christ. We are to submit ourselves to God as a living and holy sacrifice, which is acceptable to God as our spiritual service to Him (Romans 12:1).
In Romans 12:2, God tells us that when we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we are able to prove, test, or discern what the will of God is for us. If we carefully evaluate Scripture, we can see that we are to examine ourselves and trust the working of the Hol…