Inspiration from God’s Word - The power of our words

July 19, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever wondered if your words had any power? There is a story about a group of frogs that demonstrates how our words impact the lives of others. A group of frogs were traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Sharpening your knife

July 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is a story about a young logger who approached a foreman of a logging crew asking for a job. “That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see if you can cut this tree down in a timely manner.” The young logger stepped forward and skillfully started cutting the giant tree. Impressed, the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Assurances of our God

June 21, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In my reading of the Word, I recently came across Psalm 93. I had never before noticed the beauty and boldness of this psalm. This hymn, perhaps written by a Levite, presents three truths or assurances about our Lord that are never changing. Based on all the current events going on in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The harvest is great - what is our role?

June 14, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever seen the letters “WWJD” on a frame of some sort or bracelet? Young people used to wear the bracelets with these letters on them which stand for “What Would Jesus Do?” The best place to find this answer is in the gospels, where we see numerous examples of Jesus
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Summer, a new season

June 7, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What do you think of when you think of summer? What brings you joy about this season? Better yet, what do you want your summer to look like? I love the creativity of God when He created the four seasons. We use seasons as a way of dividing up the year, but
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Keep on keeping on

June 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever stopped to thank God for being a God of second chances? Personally, I know that I don’t thank Him enough for all the second, third and fourth chances He had given me in my lifetime and will continue to give me. When you think about it, we all have
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Remembrance

May 24, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford As we celebrate Memorial Day this week, I hope everyone took time to remember those who lost their lives by serving in the U.S. military. These men and women paid a great price to protect our civil and religious freedoms and gave their lives for our country. Honestly, our gratitude, appreciation, respect,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The heart of a leader

May 17, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Chapter 8 of the Book of Mark we find the story of the feeding of the four thousand. people This story shows us a beautiful picture of not only our Father’s heart for ALL people but also skills needed to be an effective leader. Let’s take a look at this story
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Dropped, crumpled and dirty...we still have value

May 10, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard a speaker begin his or her seminar by holding up a $20 bill? Talking in front of 300 students, a speaker recently asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Of course, hands started going up all across the room. He said, “I am going to give this $20
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Character of God revealed in Micah

May 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the Book of Micah? Better yet, have you ever read the Book of Micah? Micah was an Old Testament prophet who received visions from God concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. He sought to call the Jews back to faithful worship of Jehovah and sincere obedience to His covenant
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Prayer and Jesus: Two great resources

April 26, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford If you know much about Paul in the Bible, you know that he never doubted his calling, which was to share the Gospel of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles. Paul did this with an incredible boldness and never wavered in his calling, regardless of the persecution and trials he faced. In
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What are the motives of our heart?

April 19, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Chapter 4 of the Book of Jonah reveals Jonah’s sins as well as the intentions and thoughts of his heart. We are reminded in 1 Samuel 16:7 that God looks at our hearts and weighs the motives of our heart. The root of every problem is the problem in the heart, and
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Power of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In just a few days, Easter Sunday will be here and millions of people will gather around the world to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the resurrection is more than just a historical event. For the believer, this is a time of great celebration
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The grit of Paul

April 5, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford The conversion of Saul, the leading persecutor of Christians, was one of the greatest events in church history. Saul, whose name was changed to Paul shortly after his conversion, met Jesus on his way to Damascus. The Lord had a special work for Paul. This Hebrew of Hebrews would become the apostle
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Inspiration from God’s Word - There’s no doubt, we can always trust God

March 29, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When we read the minor prophet books in the Old Testament, we quickly observe a recurring pattern in their prophecies to Israel and the Jews. First comes the warning to repent of their sins and next is the judgement that will come upon the Jews and their land if they do not
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The extraordinary mixed with the ordinary

March 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story in Acts 12 of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. The story begins a few verses ahead, with King Herod Agrippa persecuting the believers of the church to such extremes as having the apostle James killed with a sword. This actually is the first of the twelve apostles martyred
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Like the children of Israel, God calls us to finish well

March 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the closing chapters of the Book of Joshua, we see that the children of Israel, as a nation, are resting from war and enjoying the riches God had given them in the Promised Land. But when we move to the next book, in Judges, we see the nation of Israel suffering
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Maintaining lifelong freedom

March 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What comes to mind when you think of the word “freedom?” Personally, I think of, “woo-hoo!,” minimal stress, relaxed not confined. Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free, the absence of necessity or constraint in choice or action, released from something.” Freedom is available to everyone, but
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Three reflections to ponder

February 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Acts Chapter 4, we once again see a crowd of people gathering around Peter and John, as they talk about this man named Jesus who walked among them for 33 years, was crucified by the people but resurrected from the dead by God, His Father. Since His resurrection, the disciples, along
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Are you part of a New Testament church?

February 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the second chapter of Acts, we discover the first definition of the early church. Not only do we read about how it was formed but we see the qualities and characteristics that defined the New Testament church. Acts gives us the foundations of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 says, “All the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - spiritual principles for today

February 8, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the Book of Leviticus in the Bible? Some people might have heard of it, but like me, have not really spent much time reading it. In times past when I read Leviticus for my daily reading plan, I remember thinking that it was just a book written
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God: Our Creator, Instructor and Redeemer

February 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When writing Psalm 19, David wanted to emphasize God’s revelations of Himself in creation, scripture and the human heart. C.S. Lewis referred to this Psalm by saying, “I take this (Psalm 19) to be the greatest poem in The Psalms and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” I have to
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God remembers you as He did Noah

January 25, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Genesis 8 is a chapter of hope, encouragement and rest after tribulation. In this chapter, we read about Noah, his family and the animals who have been on an ark for over a year due to a flood that destroyed the entire earth and everything living on it. These were dark times
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s image maker

January 18, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford This week’s devotion is actually one I saw written by Sylvia Gunter with “The Father’s Business.” Sylvia is an incredible woman of God and has written several books and Bible study curriculum. You can read more about Sylvia and her ministry at www.thefathersbusiness.com. I love Genesis 1:27 and personally believe it is
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Restoration - who needs it?

January 11, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story of the lost sheep in Luke 15: 1-7, maybe because I can relate so easily to this story. Like sheep, we have a tendency to go astray and get lost because of our own foolishness. This is why sheep need a shepherd so that the shepherd can find
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The beginnings of a new year

January 4, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is something special about new beginnings. I love the thought of starting afresh and anew, making new goals and having fresh vision for the year ahead. I saw a quote posted on social media this past week by a man named Brad Paisley, which read, “Tomorrow is the first blank page
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God is our Redeemer

December 28, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Throughout the 43rd and 44th chapters of the Book of Isaiah, there is an emphasis on “God the Redeemer.” The word translated “redeem” or “Redeemer” is the Hebrew word for “a kinsman redeemer,” a near relative who could free family members and their property from bondage by paying their debts for them.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - For unto us a savior is born

December 21, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Jesus: He is the only name

December 17, 2018 chris
This week, my thoughts and readings in the Word kept taking me back to the importance of a name. Maybe, because this is the Christmas season and each year, in the midst of the business, of buying gifts, going to parties and preparing Christmas cards, I try to keep an awareness of the true meaning
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s ‘No’ means a greater ‘Yes’

November 16, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever received a “no,” or maybe a “no, not now,” response from the Lord concerning a prayer you had been praying for weeks, months or even years? This past week, our family experienced an answer like that. And although that answer at that moment made us sad and full of
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