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Good, Better, or New?

I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about people wanting to change their lives. When I was young, the term to use was "good life." Today it is a "better life." The way I understand it, this new term is defined by the following: To have a steady job, friends, car, house, money, party, drink alcohol, do drugs (socially of course) or maybe make money and give many gifts...

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Prayer

There was once a man who by a long journey came to visit the temple of the God of the Jews. He stood in the chattering and the hustle and bustle of the court of the Gentiles. For that is what he was; an outsider, not of the people of God, born of a corrupt bloodline. He wore a t-shirt and blue jeans, and endured some strange looks because of it. He did not care. Having onl...

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Expecting the Unexpected

The expected is always unexpected. When you first read this odd statement, what did you think? That it was strange? Maybe that it was out of the blue? Something you never thought about before? Yes, it is strange, yes it was indeed out of the blue, and yeah, maybe it was something you had never thought about before. Let’s look at it this way. You’re sitting o...

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True Friendships

  What is a true friend? A true friend is someone who sticks by you no matter what, supports you and genuinely cares about you and your well being. Recently I have seen that some people in life are only out for their own benefits, when it comes to a friendship and it stinks. The will say “hi” and “how ya doing?” and “what’s up&rdqu...

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Needed Support from God and Others

I have had a very busy and hard few months this new year, and also found out a lot during those months. When things get rough, you have a lot of bumps in the road. Nothing seems to go your way sometimes. Nothing makes anything better. You feel like you're failing. Then, you realize you're not. God is always there and you really need to take that in.As Jeremiah 29:11 says ...

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Owls

“I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in the far off wilderness.” – Psalms 102:6 When I read this verse, it made me feel small, like I was this little owl that seemed to be lost. This verse humbled me and made me feel a little happy as well because in God’s eyes, each one of us are like that little owl in the far off wilderness. Lost. ...

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God and His Appointments

As I was going about my work a couple of weeks back I was calling on Architects in the Worcester area. There was one in the North Works building on Grove Street. Just for some back ground, I have lived in the area (Auburn) most of my life. I know where Grove Street is, I have been there, and drove by hundreds of times. On this day I was for some reason unable to remembe...

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Moses, Manna and Myself

I have been studying the life of Moses at my Bible study this year, for the second time. Eight years ago I was fascinated by Moses and his calling and so many details of his story that I never knew before. This year God is showing me how important it is to take in God’s word daily. Let me share with you just two ways I got this: 1) The book of Exodus is all about Mo...

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Holiday Change of Plans

I am late writing my blog because it is “The Holiday Season” which translates to: “I’m gonna lose my ever-loving-mind, while simultaneously being of good cheer and teaching my kids its all about Jesus’ birthday and giving (not getting) while somehow decoding the algorithm for buying them gifts they like but won’t make them spoiled.&rdquo...

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The Beginning

When we first open up the Bible, we are brought into a picture of the world that we’ve never experienced: The beginning of time. Perhaps thinking about the beginning of Genesis will allow us to experience anticipation with what God will do with this world He has created. This is how we should enter into the season of Advent - the four Sundays before Christmas: With a...

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Why Do You Believe in a God of Jealousy and Revenge?

Have you ever heard someone ask you “Why are you a Christian?” or “Why do you believe in a God of Jealousy and revenge?” The thing about these questions is that they have holes in them. Whenever the Bible talks about God being “Jealous” or “The God of Revenge,” it’s not talking about the evil kind. I have had a hard t...

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Lessons From Answered Prayers

During this past week, an amazing answer to prayer was witnessed as Dr. Rick Sacra was declared free of the deadly Ebola disease he contracted in Liberia and returned home. Many have seen and followed his story on the news but it is so near and dear to our church family. We hung on every email, picture, update and prayer request we were given. A group of friends and I were...

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An Addendum to Less of Me

The evening after I wrote the previous blog post, a small wonder occurred that showed me just how much my heavenly Father loves us. I saw a car in my neighbor's drive and walked over with my two older sons to offer help to the relative that was there closing up the house. I was giving my condolences when my oldest son Liam interrupted and blurted out "It's really sad he d...

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Less of Me

Forty-Five minutes ago my whole plan for the day got screwed up. I had every hour accounted for, right up till bedtime. After putting the boys on the bus I was going to zip to Kickboxing, hit Walmart for a new iron, get home in time to get Tom lunch, work on the drapes I’m sewing while the kids were napping, prep for Awana, do homework with Liam, serve an early dinne...

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Reality and Feelings

This past Sunday I had one of the worst mornings I could have ever had. It just kept getting worse and worse all the way to church. Finally once I got to church I really prayed about it, and felt God there for me and then I realized... The thing that happened was so tiny and the amount of pain I was feeling was for me to give to God. I then realized that I have a really g...

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Distraction

I don’t know if any of you have ever been drawn to a book to the point where you feel trapped in its words, its story, or its characters, but I know I have. If you know me, I always have a book with me, and it’s been that way for a long time. But whenever I come across one of those books that pull me in right away, I always become lost to the world around me. ...

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My Life Then & Now

My name is Nick Ford, I am 15 years old and I live in Rutland MA. For those who don’t really know me I will give you a brief description of my life. I was born in Bryansk Russia and I was brought to an orphanage at a very young age. I was there until I was adopted by my parents who I live with today at 11 months. Throughout my life in the US and a member of the Ford ...

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Christianity as Truth

Going back to my first blog post about how it is interesting that Christianity is one of the most persecuted religions in the world (just as the Bible predicted); here is a rather interesting argument/talking point somewhat related. One of the biggest complaints about Christianity, and to be fair, all religions in general, is their failure to "modernize." People complain ...

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Family First! - Not a Biblical Viewpoint - by Dr. Ben Witherington

I like families as much as the next person, indeed, I love my own birth and marriage families a lot. I’ve been married for over 35 years, and I see that as a good thing. And in a world where there are a lot of dysfunctional families, broken families single parent families, extended families, it is understandable that there might be a colossal over-reaction to this ...

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Preparation

Last week a 19 yr. old relative of my sister-in-law took his own life. Last week a friend unexpectedly lost her Mom. A friends Mom had a heart attack last night. As these tragic events happen they prompt us to take a step back and reflect, to "take inventory of our own lives" because the reality is, a tragedy could happen to any of us at any time. While talking with family...

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Storms Led me to HIM...

I could sit and write and tell you what kind of significant other to look for. I could tell you the type of person to avoid. I won't do that. Deep down you already know these things. Besides, you probably would not listen. I didn't, as a teenager or as an adult. I did not go into my marriage, either one of them, expecting to get a divorce. Nor did I expect to be raising...

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My Dreams They Are a Changin...

I have recently found that God makes more of an impact on my life than I recently thought. I will soon be 16 and its a big time right now. I am learning to drive and looking for jobs and becoming more mature in myself and in God. During this maturity time, I have been singing since I was a little girl with my daddy up on the stage in church. Since then I have been singing...

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Eye On It

I spent my first 33 years as a confirmed couch potato. My sister-in-law once told me my best talent is going out to dinner, but I disagreed saying I was even better at lying around reading a book. I used to hear people say things like “Running clears my head” or “I love the runner’s high!” and just silently remark- “The only running I wi...

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Opinions - We All Have Them

How many times a day do you hear about one of your friends being bullied? Or, do you hear people’s whispered conversations from behind you? Those things hurt. Sometimes, we try to please others and get into the ‘good crowd’ or with the popular kids at school. Whatever it is, someone, somewhere, has an opinion of you. But we can know, that those opinions...

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Be Still?

A little bit about me: I'm a twenty-something who enjoys food, people and the outdoors - including my new found hobby of disc golf. I would like to pose a question; when do you find time to be still and listen to God? In Psalm 46:10 it says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” This passage im...

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Temple

Hi, I'm Kaylyn. After 4 years of "training" on how to serve in ministry, I'm living it out day-to-day within my family and community. But, I'm still learning what it means to serve and not be served. I love my baby ladies and my husband more than I thought I could, and am thankful for the uncompromising love Christ has for me. Most Sundays, I like church for all the diffe...

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There you are God...I see you!

 Hi, I'm Kristin. I am a wife, busy Mom, Friend, Volunteer, Daughter, and Sibling that is striving daily to keep Christ at the center of it all. I fall short each day, but by the grace of God I always have new opportunities to grow and strengthen my relationship with Him. Here is my latest opportunity:   I have been a Christian as far back as I can rememb...

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Let Him Who Has Ears

 Hey, I’m Stef. I am a girl who began really loving Christ as a bright-eyed teen, and somehow this whole “serious adult life” has sprung up around me. I find myself striving to stay connected to the passionate dreamer I once was, the one who truly believes God has great, GREAT plans in store. It’s sometimes tough when your career has requirem...

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Freedom

Hi, I'm Kaylyn. After 4 years of "training" on how to serve in ministry, I'm living it out day-to-day within my family and community. But, I'm still learning what it means to serve and not be served. I love my baby ladies and my husband more than I thought I could, and am thankful for the uncompromising love Christ has for me. "Freedom"- a word I've been dwelling on lat...

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Dealing With Stress

My name is Emily-Rose Pappas. I am 14 years old and am homeschooled. I love drawing and reading and spending time with friends and family.   Stress. One of the things we dread most of all. Going through our lives, we come across many “problems”. The problems could be anywhere from school, that guy or girl you’ve had a crush on, or even problems w...

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Christian Doctor

A little bit about me: I am Kaitlyn. I love singing. I love writing (Which is why I am here). I hope what I write shows just how much God can make a difference in your life.       I had a doctors appointment with a new doctor that my momma had said was a nice doctor. I was a little iffy because I don't like doctors at all. Only reason is because i hate...

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Not For Sale!

A little bit about me: I'm a twenty-something who enjoys food, people and the outdoors - including my new found hobby of disc golf.  When I was tasked with writing for the blog I asked myself the question, “What do I want all of the readers to know about?” It didn’t take me long to realize I needed to talk about the issue of Human Trafficking: The i...

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God's Not Dead...He's Alive in Us!

  A little bit about me: I am Kaitlyn. I love singing I love writing which is why I am here. I hope what I write shows just how much God can make a difference in your life.    I recently just saw the new movie God's Not Dead featuring the Newsboys. I am not going to give spoilers. I promise, but this movie made me realize what a difference God has reall...

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Something Special About Christianity...

A little bit about me: My name is Mike DiPietro, I attend Saint Peter Marian High School and am in the 11th grade. In my spare time I do a variety of things. I fence, play video games, or practice guitar. Some of you may know me from the Band in Church or at the Youth Group. I tend to enjoy conversation and talking to new people so if any of you know of me feel free to com...

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