Transform: Blessed Are Christian Business Owners Who Mourn

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(The following was originally published at In Matthew 5:4, Jesus says –“Blessed are those who mourn,         for they will be comforted.” How on earth does this apply to business? After all, it seems counterintuitive that a Christian business person would have a mournful spirit. Of all people in the world, we should be the most…Optimistic Joyful Positive Energetic Hopeful…people in the world. When I talk about us BEING mournful in spirit, I mea … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace: How To Maintain A Spiritually Steadfast Mind, part 2


[display_podcast] We have been looking at the following scripture up close and personal.Isaiah 26: 3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you!! Last week we got up to “him whose mind is steadfast.  This week we are starting with: “Because he trusts in you”….. the Hebrew word trust is batach, to attach oneself.  To confide in, feel safe, be confident, secure.   Picture a baby with her mom or dad, don’t we want to trust God like that child who is … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace: How To Maintain A Spiritually Steadfast Mind


[display_podcast]“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you!!” (Isaiah 26: 3 ) Let’s take a look at this word up close and personal: “You will keep” …Satan is very cunning.  Our knowledge alone will not keep us protected.  What we need is a watchman.  And we do have Jesus who is willing and able if we will set our minds on him.The Hebrew word for keep is nasar, meaning to guard, keep, and protect.   The Holy Spirit is the perfect watch … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Trusting God When It Hurts

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From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is continuing to trust God when hard things are coming into our lives. In times of disappointment and pain – when situations worse than your wildest nightmares are happening to you.And you are God’s child. How do you explain that?God, what are You doing? Why is this happening to me? I thought I was Your child and that You were my Protector?But, you see, God is ab … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

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If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 109: Swimming in a Sea of Tranquility

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: In this PODCAST, we will discover together an amazing privilege that is ours, especially given tormented world in which we live. We have been given a unique gift of God’s blessing that Jesus Himself empowers us to bestow on His behalf to others. Just so you know, this is the kind of person I long to be. This blessing and privilege defines a pretty amazing purpose statement for our lives. This is HUG … [Read more...]