… and be kind, compassionate, forgiving one another as God is Christ forgave you.Ephesians 4:32

I grew up with early memories that kindness is not always the first response when people hurt me. With kindness, come a lot of different emotions. The good emotions arrive when I offer or receive the kindness. Less than best emotions result when kindness is denied or disregarded.

Recently I was flying home with my husband from a ministry trip. Unfortunately we didn’t have seats together, so we both agreed we would ask our

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When Your Song Goes Flat

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

I’ve had the privilege of being a musician most of my life. Fortunately for me, my Mom realized it early in my life and thus I

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Let Me Encourage You

… and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and to good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

Several years ago I read Darlene Zschech’s book “Extravagant Worship.” For me, the word “extravagant” really leaped off the page. That is such a big, positive and exciting word. I doubt any of us want to live dull, ordinary lives as we serve an extravagant God?

The concept and idea of living an extraordinary (extravagant) life seems overwhelming! The work of getting there is daunting. So, we do nothing. I was so

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I Am What I Am

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Corinthians 5:17

I have often heard people say that “I am what I am; you’ll just have to deal with it.” As a believer I could never quite resonate that statement with my theology.

You may say, but that person didn’t know Jesus Christ as Savior. Sadly, they do. However, when I read my Bible it says we are “new creations in Christ, the old has passed and the new

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