Fret Not 7: Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul”

Fret Not Day 7 - Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul” (Story Behind the Song) Yesterday, we shared a hymn well known and loved by many. “It Is Well With My Soul” has such beautiful lyrics, but they were written after tragedy and loss, and such great loss that for many would lead to anxiety, fear, bitterness and fretful thoughts. Let me share a small window into Horatio Spafford’s story…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 25: Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 25 - Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help Dear Heavenly Father, please open our eyes and hearts to any unforgiveness we may be harboring, and give us the help of Your Spirit to make things right. We know Your heart in this and we desire to be people who are obedient and kind. Forgive our past unwillingness to correct relational issues that need addressing, and give us…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 11: Sunday Selah

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 11 - Sunday Selah “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24, ESV) Is there someone with whom you have an outstanding issue that has resulted in difficulties in your relationship,…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 4: Sunday Selah

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 4 - Sunday Selah “To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43, ESV) It’s the day to collectively gather with our brothers and sisters to remember the Lord and worship Him together. Our worship will consist of many wonderful truths about our Savior, but perhaps the most beautiful truth is the forgiveness of…

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Peace on Earth 31: A New Year’s Eve Selah

Peace on Earth Day 31 - A New Year’s Eve Selah “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) As we close out 2023, we look behind us and see good things, and also hard things—situations that challenged us or maybe even broke our hearts. Yet as we…

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Peace on Earth 24: Christmas Eve Selah

Peace on Earth Day 24 - Christmas Eve Selah “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV) As we think of the Baby in the manger, we might be tempted to only think of Him as the Messiah…

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Peace on Earth 17: Christmas Selah

Peace on Earth Day 17 - Christmas Selah “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1, NKJV) In this passage, the Lord Jesus is conveying the longing of His heart—that our hearts would not be troubled, that we would find rest in believing in Him, and that we would be at peace. It is interesting to think about the connection between “belief” and “peace,”…

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Peace on Earth 10: Christmas Selah

Peace on Earth Day 10 - Christmas Selah “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1, ESV) We talked earlier this week about our connection with God being broken because of our sin. But this Scripture verse reminds us that we can have peace with God; it’s possible if we’ve been justified by our faith! For those of us who…

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Peace on Earth 3: Christmas Selah

Peace on Earth Day 3 - Christmas Selah “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, ESV) As we set out to worship the Lord on this first Sunday of Advent, let us remember the peace we have been given through the Spirit. His peace should rule our hearts, even when the world tugs at us…

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The Beauty of Boundaries 14: Sunday Selah

The Beauty of Boundaries Day 14 - Sunday Selah “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be…

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