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Pearls of Grace – October 28

October 28 Evidence Not Seen "Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth." I Kings 17:24 People are not impressed with how much we know about God, how many Bible verses we can quote or... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 27

October 27 The Spilling Out of Life "A soothing tongue is a tree of life," Proverbs 15:4 Words can bring healing to the wounded places or they can open up the wound bringing a fresh wave of grief all over again. Its the slander of others that keep wounds from healing. I know the pain... Read more

The Beauty of Grace – Girlfriends in God – October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020The Beauty of GraceGwen SmithTodays TruthLet us then approach Gods throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16, NIV).Friend to FriendOkay. As much as I HATE to use the bathroom on airplanes, on this particular flight it... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 26

October 26 From Giants to Grasshoppers "we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" Numbers 13:33 Is a grasshopper any match for a giant? If a grasshopper and a giant were going to fight against one another, my bet would be on the giant, wouldnt yours? How can... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 25

October 25 The Way of the Humble "He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way." Psalm 25:9 Theres nothing more important to a bride than her wedding gown. One of my most treasured moments was the day I saw my daughters in their wedding gowns. Like so many mothers its... Read more

Crazy Grace: Good News for Bad People (Romans 3:2131) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

2 most important first things to learn 1. Who is God? 2. Who am I? Americas Four Gods [Atheist [5%]] The Benevolent Godengaged but not judgmental [24%] Unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-32) The Distant God not engaged or judgmental [24%] Secular Self-Righteousness (Romans 2:1-11) The Critical Godnot engaged but judgmental [16%] Religious Self-Righteousness (Romans 2:12-29) The Authoritative... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 24

October 24 For This I Have Jesus "Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame." Isaiah 50:7(NLT) Is there any force that could assail my soul taking... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 23

October 23 The Gift of Praise "They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the LORD, and likewise at evening." I Chronicles 23:30 The greatest gift we could ever offer to God is the gift of praise. Every morning as we rise, the hope of Heaven is that we will stand to... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 22

October 22 A Lodging for Grace "But God Who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5 Those who have taken refuge in the Lodging of Gods grace,... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 21

October 21 There is One Who Never Abandons "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18 A woman, who had taken care of her daughter for many years, was overcome by grief when her daughter passed away. The loneliness and depression was more than she could bear day in... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 20

October 20 Wide Receivers "So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him." I Kings 19:19 Although Im no sports enthusiast, especially football, I... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 19

October 19 A Love For Gods Word "If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me." Psalm 119:92-93 Every woman or man that God has used mightily upon the earth has been life-long students of... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 18

October 18 Hopeful, Redeemed Pure & Zealous "Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purifyfor Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 17

October 17 He is for You "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32 It was a... Read more

Crazy Grace: Bad News for Good People (Romans 3:120) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

2 Doctors – 1). mask consequences 2). make changes I got defensive, made excuses, raised objections, & he educated me =God Great Physician Rom. 1-2 spiritual checkup sinner; Rom. 3. answers us Objection #1: There is no benefit to church involvement. Romans 3:1-2 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 16

October 16 The Pathway to Godlessness "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Judges 21:25 The nation of Israel had finally entered into the Land God had promised to Abraham. They encountered giants in the land and won their land battle by battle against... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 15

October 15 Fearless "In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge." Proverbs 14:26 As a little girl, I was terribly afraid of the dark. I would look under my bed several times before getting into bed and anywhere else that I thought someone could hide. I was... Read more

GRACE CERAMICS

Ive been hand throwing pottery for nine years, beginning in high school. It has always come naturally to me and is a meditative, sweet time for me to quietly sit and talk to God. Being behind the pottery wheel, throwing clay, is one of my favorite steps in the entire process of making a mug... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 14

October 14 Memorial Songs "Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations..." Deuteronomy 32:7 Moses, Gods servant, was about to die when he penned a song for Gods people. It was a song that God said they were to take to heart for by it they would prolong their days in the... Read more

‘God Hears Our Prayers’: President Trump Asks God for Wisdom, Grace in Leading America

'God Hears Our Prayers': President Trump Asks God for Wisdom, Grace in Leading America On Sunday, President Trump participated in a "Call to Prayer" phone conference for people affected by COVID-19. Also in the meeting were several prominent Christian leaders, Premier Christian News reports."Every family who lost a loved one ... I just want to... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 13

October 13 Seasons of Life "Be ready in season and out" II Timothy 4:2 There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 12

October 12 The Gavel is Not Yours "Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door." James 5:9 How patient God has been with us every day of our life. He did not give to us what we deserved but... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 11

October 11 The Fleeting of Time "For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow" Ecclesiastes 6:12 When I received the invitation in the mail to attend my High School Reunion I was immediately taken back twenty... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 10

October 10 Who Do You Belong To? "Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, 4 youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 9

October 9 The Place Of Keeping "The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways" Deuteronomy 28:9 "The only fear I have it to fear to get out of the will of... Read more

A Prayer of Beauty and Grace for Your Ugliest Moments

Sometimes our worst moments are brought on by a mix of emotions we dont know how to express. We might feel justified in feeling these things, which then brings guilt and shame, further paving the way for the perfect storm when our hearts finally show themselves.I had my own perfect storm just last month. It... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 8

October 8 Deadly Detours "But you have departed out of the way; You have caused many to stumble at the law..." Malachi 2:8 Walk with God long enough and sooner or later your life will converge with another path bringing you face to face with a choice; a decision you must make. Daily we are... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 7

October 7 When We Run from God "The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1:1-3... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 6

October 6 Here Comes the Bride "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." Revelation 19:7 The church was beautiful and the music was captivating as the bridal party made their march down the aisle one... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 5

October 5 The Influence of Others "Do not be deceived brethren, bad company corrupts good morals" I Corinthians 15:33 When my children were approaching their teen years, one of my most repeated speeches would contain this verse! My girls had many friends from school, church, the neighborhood, and other social groups they belonged to and... Read more