Wednesday Devotions from Pastor Steve

Alone Time with God

Did you know that the Lord wants to spend time ALONE with you? Do you remember when you accepted the Lord and became part of His family? As a “child” of God, we call the Lord “Father.” A good Father wants to spend time with his children; sometimes He wants to spend time with them

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I DID IT!

My son sent me a video clip (see below) of my 3-year-old granddaughter rock climbing. They were at a rock-climbing gym, and for the first time, she was going up the wall under the careful guidance and care of her dad (an accomplished rock climber).  I watched her make her way up the wall, finding

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Transformed by the Love of God and His Word

God’s Word reveals to us what it means to love God. The Lord cares about us. God has over and over proved His love. He knows what we need. God created us. God loves us enough to warn us. He instructs us. God died for us. He conquered hell and death for us. He rose

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Healing Emotional Wounds

Everyone has emotional wounds and scars from our past. THINK JUNIOR HIGH! Emotional wounds are harder to heal than physical wounds. Physical injuries can heal in days, weeks, and months but emotional injuries often take years/decades to recover. BUT Jesus comes to heal our emotional wounds! Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages

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Dealing with Anxiety as a Christian

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound

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Coming Home to Church

 “After you blatantly sin against me, you have the gall to entreat me for favors? You pray, and you expect me to come through like I usually do? You rebel against me. You shake your fist at me, and then you expect me not to be affected by your disobedience and waywardness?” Malachi 1:9. If we

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The Church as a Family

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching” (THE MESSAGE). Believers in Jesus need to learn how to encourage one another toward love and helping each other

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Unchangeable Truth

The COVID-19 crisis has created a worldwide unprecedented response to stop the threat and destruction of this deadly virus. The consequences of self-quarantining and social distancing have profoundly impacted our lives and the church’s design. How shall we live in our new normal? What does God’s Word give to us in the midst of panic

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This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made!

TODAY is THE amazing DAY that the LORD has Made! And we have a choice to view each DAY as God’s gift. Psalm 118:1-24 says, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever…Let those who fear the LORD now say, His mercy endures forever….I called on the LORD

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Do You Love God’s Word?

God has proved His love to us over and over again; God loves us enough to warn us; instructs us; die for us; overcome hell and death for us, and He rose for us! God loves us unconditionally. Why would we not love Him back passionately and unconditionally? Why do we struggle in how to

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Never Stop Praying

On May 18, all counties will be in Phase 3. Washington will fully reopen on June 30 if 70% of Washingtonians who are 16 years or older are vaccinated. This is exciting news for us. And for some of us, it is scary news because we have lived under the COVID 19 restrictions for almost

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The Call of the Lord for Today

We are living in unmatched times. COVID-19 has been one of the most devastating, dramatic, and overwhelming events thanks to the Internet and global communications. The world as we knew it came to a halt! International borders closed, travel was suspended, schools and businesses closed, soccer leagues, the NFL, MLB, concerts, eating out, vacations, and

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Reflecting the Glory of the Lord

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 says, “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are

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Rising Prayer

We need to pray. The altar of incense is a picture of the prayers of God’s people. Our prayers rise up to God as the smoke of the incense rose in the sanctuary. The fact that the incense was always burning means that we should always pray. The altar of incense was holy to the

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Spiritual Healing from Spiritual Burnout

“Two farmers desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? The coach replied The one who prepared his fields for it. Then the question was asked, Which one

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Receiving Power to Be and Do

Acts 1:8 is one of the significant passages we as the church ought to note. This passage is the last recorded statement of Jesus on earth. The Holy Spirit is a major theme in Acts and is the major point of continuity between the life of Jesus and the church’s ministry. Who is the Holy

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The Resurrection is a Fact Not a Myth

Who are you going to put your hope in for eternal life? Jesus Christ said in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Consider that every religious leader of history—Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed—are all in the grave. But Jesus Christ isn’t. His tomb

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How Did Jesus Handle the Worst Moments in His Life?

We are facing challenging, scary, pandemic times. The world we live in feels dangerous. Every week we hear of the reports of people hurting people, job loss, costs increasing, political upheaval, racism, cancel culture, and it seems as if there is no end. How can we survive these difficult days? The worst and best day

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