Random and Profound Thoughts

By: Cindy Stepanek Matthew 5:43-48 Do you ever wonder what the people thought when Jesus told them to love their enemy and pray for those who persecuted them? (vs. 44) I wonder, but I also have to ask myself what this means in my life. I was born in the...

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Revisiting Relationship Expectations

By: Christine Fishel I have a new friend whose mom passed away last year. “I miss her a lot,” my friend told me. “We were close.” She didn’t offer much more, and I imagined the two of them sitting on a pretty patio with glasses of wine, deep in intimate...

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Necklace or Noose

By: Cindy Stepanek We all have baggage from our past. We carry it around with us as if it were the family fortune. We hold it close and protect it from the light. One of my precious pieces of baggage is the need to make people laugh during serious situations....

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Random and Profound Thoughts

By: Cindy Stepanek Matthew 4:1-11 If You Will…I Will…. I know this isn’t true, but sometimes I feel like God wrote the Bible just for me. He knows that I don’t learn through flow charts, statistics, lists or anything like that. He knows I learn through stories and pictures that...

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God Prepares

By: Cindy Stepanek I have been a nurse for 30 years, the last 15 years in Home Care. This may surprise most people, but Home Care has been the most interesting, exciting and rewarding. I have a good imagination but I cannot make up a story that is better than...

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Feelings Are Not Facts

By: Mary Ellen Collins I am feeling pretty down today. Questioning everything about me. As in control as I may seem on the outside, I am a softie on the inside. I recently got some negative feedback from someone and it just devastated me. I am blown away. I was...

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What Loss Taught Me About Life

By: Julie Thompson “Happy Birthday!” As a kid, I remember being so excited to celebrate my birthday each year. I mean, who doesn’t love getting gifts, eating too much cake and ice cream, and spending time with people you love? As a kid, if someone asked me, “How old are...

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Connecting with my Daughters Through Bible Study

By: Christine Fishel I have always fretted about the right way to mother my two girls. We came into each other’s lives with just one day’s notice when their birthmothers chose me to be their mom. I feel committed–not just to them, but to their birthmothers as well–to be a...

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Random and Profound Thoughts

By: Cindy Stepanek Zechariah 11:12 I don’t know if verse 12 is prophesying the betrayal of Jesus but for me it does. In Matthew 26:15, Judas agrees to betray Jesus for the same 30 pieces of silver that Zechariah is paid. Exodus 21:32, determines that the price of a slave...

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A Life Full of Love and Faith

By: Julie Thompson “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.” (Hebrews 11:13) Hebrews Chapter 11 is know as the “Great Hall of Faith” chapter because it recounts those who...

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