Wednesday Devotions from Pastor Steve

New Year’s Resolution versus New Year’s Reconciliation

Which one is better? Resolution or reconciliation? What are the differences? New Year’s resolutions are a tradition in the Western World. A New Year’s resolution is where a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their behavior at the beginning of a calendar

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It’s Friday, BUT CHRISTMAS Sunday Is Coming!

It is December 23 and it is cold, icy, and scary. Good news, we have two extra minutes of daylight! Not so good news, most all the flights out of Seattle were canceled until noon today (or later) due to ice. Because of the ever-changing inclement weather, stores are opening at different times, and deliveries

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God’s Amazing Promises About His Light

Hanukkah 2022 starts on December 18th and ends on the evening of the 26th. We will celebrate Hanukkah in our Sunday Services by lighting the Menorah Candles. It is a reminder of God’s miracles and promises. Hanukkah remembers the battle of light and dark recorded in the Book of Daniel, a historical event when good

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It’s Friday, but Sunday is Coming with Joy

I have JOY, but I am not happy. Does that sound like a contradiction? It all depends on our understanding of JOY and HAPPINESS. The two words are often used as synonyms when the Bible teaches us that they are different. According to our secular definition (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary), joy and happiness is the emotion evoked

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The Advent of Peace

John 14:25-27, “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give

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The Amazing Promise of Christmas Hope

Some of us are tired of all the Christmas commercialism; the frantic pace; the commercialism; the rush; the crowds; lack of parking spaces; a man decided not to go along with the crowd. He chose not to send Christmas cards. He felt that the cards he was thinking about purchasing were too expensive. He felt

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God’s Grace

As a young boy, around the age of seven, all I wanted was to be Superman. I can still remember my birthday when I received a red Superman cape. The minute I put on the cape, I knew I was stronger than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap over tall

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Waiting Is Hoping

When Timex (the watch company) asked people how long they would wait before taking action in a wide variety of situations, researchers discovered that we’ll consent to wait only: Thirteen seconds before, we honk at a car in front of us that’s stopped at a green light. Twenty-six seconds before we silence people who are

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Do You love God?

Have you ever asked someone if they loved you? Even if you never asked, no doubt you have wondered, do they love me? When most people hear the question, Do you love God? They may feel guilty, thinking they need to do more for God. But what is first doing or loving? 1 John 4:19,

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Today is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

Let me tell you a true story forever etched in my memory. I was driving in our car with the windows down on a warm summer day when suddenly a bee flew in the car window. My son, in the backseat, was terrified that the Bee would sting him. I quickly reached out, grabbed the

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Soul Care on the Sabbath

How’s Your Soul? Have you noticed that the spiritual practices you need to do to be spiritually healthy haven’t been happening? We are all struggling with these practices. Why? Too many other things have been demanding our time. It seems like these disciples are not sustainable. COVID-19 has blown up our lives and coming out

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The Amazing Promises of Rosh Hashanah

At Abundant Life Foursquare Church, we love teaching about the Jewish Roots of our Christian faith. As Believers in the Messiah, our understanding of the various Feasts and Festivals of the Lord (Leviticus 23) is critical to our spiritual understanding and health. Rejoice as Jewish People come to know Jesus as the Messiah of Israel

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We Will Never Forget!

Twenty-one years ago, on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked America. They hijacked four passenger jets and crashed two into the World Trade Center’s twin towers and a third into the Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon, causing an enormous loss of life and tremendous damage. The fourth plane crashed

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Finishing Each Day Well

The Air Force sent me to a conference in Virginia. A group of us rented a couple of cars on the weekend to go and visit the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is an amazing place. The highlight is watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. It is a

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Waiting is Hard to Do!

Have you noticed that some things are painfully slow? It can be hard to wait in line, get a return call, or receive the product you need for your project. It is hard to wait for our special coffee drink. It is hard to wait for healing. It is hard to wait for the Lord’s

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Love is Patient and Kind

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NLT), “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up,

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The Love of the Lord Protects Us

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,

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