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Wednesday Writings

Heaven’s Treasure in Earthly Vessels, Part 2

Last week I shared the first half(ish) of a sermon our pastor preached a couple of months ago, titled “Humbly Ministering for His Glory.” The text is II Corinthians 4:7-18 and offers so much encouragement to those of us in chronic illness. Here are the main points so far: God identifies you as precious vessels. […]

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Bible Characters Wednesday Writings

Meant for Good: Chronic Illness and the Life of Joseph, Part I

Have you ever listened to a sermon that fit in all the right places where you needed that exact encouragement, perspective, or conviction (or all three), as if God custom built the message to your current situation? That’s how I felt when I listened to a Youtube sermon on the life of Joseph, preached by […]

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Wednesday Writings

We Need the Rain Too

Do you like the rain? Most people I talk to prefer sunny days over rainy ones, in both weather and life, where we associate sunshine with warmth, life, happiness, and prosperity and connect rain with sorrow, gloom, pain, or hardship.  Of course we value sunshine. Of course we dislike or even hate the rain–the discomfort, […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Oksana’s Story, Part III

Thank you, Oksana, for sharing the rest of your story with us! (Two weeks ago we published Part 1, and last week we published Part 2.) What Scriptures spoke to you in your times of need? At that time of my wilderness, there were a lot of Scripture messages that helped me and God used […]

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Wednesday Writings

Joy in Suffering: The Gift of Perspective

The word kept appearing throughout the week: in my morning devotions, in my notes from Sunday School, in that little sermon reminder I’d sketched for myself at least a year ago, still lying on my desk. PERSPECTIVE In Hebrews 10:34, the writer commends his brothers for suffering the loss of their goods with joy. I […]

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Lessons From Job Wednesday Writings

Lessons From Job: The Faith Perspective

We study the life of Job with the gift of perspective: we know how his story ends. We know what goes on behind the scenes. We know, as readers, what he as the main character never learns in his lifetime, a biblical study of dramatic irony.   We watch and learn from his life like […]