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The Christmas season has a way of exposing things in our hearts that may have been hidden. The extra stresses, expenses, expectations, and longings that arise during this season are unlike any other time of the year. How can our hearts be hopeful, joyful, and peaceful?

I feel compelled to speak of the importance for God’s people, those who have been redeemed by him, to really read their Bibles, to not be content wit

God, the Father, is not a tyrannical parent. In fact, He is much more gracious and loving than any earthly parent is toward their children. The Lord places rules and guidelines to live by not to restrict us or take away our freedom, though we may feel that way. Rather, He gives us commands and virtues to live by for our good and for real freedom.

God is for you as a mother. God is for you as a woman. He will never leave you to fend for yourself because he is the perfect parent, and you are safe with him as his beloved daughter.

Have you ever noticed that Paul often calls himself a “servant of God” (Rom. 1:1; Phil. 1:1)? In Galatians 1:10 and 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, Christians are called bond-servants of Christ. Yet, the Bible calls those who are in Christ “free people”. We, who were once slaves to sin, are now free people living for Christ as His servants. Paul explains that we were slaves to sin and have become slaves to righteousness (Rom. 6:17-18). In this way, we are “freely bound” to Christ. But, what do we do with this?

As followers of Christ, we can take joy in the fact that nothing we do ultimately defines our life. Our life is defined by Christ and that definition cannot shift or change because we are hidden in Christ!

In a world that pastes “#blessed” all over shirts and coffee mugs, how are we to really think about blessedness? Where and who does blessing come from? What does it really mean to be blessed? Should we strive for blessing, and if so, how do we do that? Here are some thoughts from Psalm 1.

A new blog for the women at SGC Dayton that is meant to be an encouragement to strengthen your weary souls.