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Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)

Have you ever wondered about the unusual encounter Jacob experienced in wrestling with God? What was that all about?! Why did God let him almost win? Why did Jacob bear a permanent hip injury? Jacob’s encounter with God was probably the most significant in his life, and it has great significance for us as well.…

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August Issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine

This month’s Refresh Magazine is on parenting. I have two articles in this one: on page 12, “Taming the Monster” about raising teenagers, and then on page 30 “When Your Child Suffers.” This is a lovely, free magazine that will get sent to your email after subscribing. Worth the couple of minutes to check it…

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Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28)

Have you ever wondered if God has turned away from you because of something you have done? The story of Jacob’s Ladder is wonderful reassurance for us all…that God’s presence and love are a constant in our lives, no matter what we have done or have failed to do. Even in the Old Testament, God…

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The Word is Truth

When a relative found out I was on the pulpit team at New Hope Chapel, she asked in astonishment: “So you just ignore those verses in Scripture that limit women?” Ummm…no. I wouldn’t be much of a Bible teacher if I cherry-picked what I wanted to believe and what I did not from God’s Word.…

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The Biblical Pastor

(This short message was a part of the pastor installation service held yesterday at New Hope Chapel.) What is a pastor? The word “pastor” means a lot of things to a lot of people. When I searched the Greek word this week, I was surprised to find that out of the 18 times it is…

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Taming the Tongue

Tired of having to apologize for the hurt your words have caused? Our words have the ability to hurt or to heal. Listen as Julie Coleman reveals God’s remedy for a tongue out of control. (James 3:1-12)

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Four Hours and a Vinyl Siding Salesman

I’m no stranger to salesmen knocking at my door. And once in a while, in a weak moment, I actually let them in. I feel sorry for them– walking miles in the Maryland heat or cold, getting doors slammed in their faces all day long. Horrible job. My instinct is to offer kindness. Give them…

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Refresh Bible Study Magazine

One of the perks of attending Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference was in meeting Katy Kauffman. She writes Bible studies and publishes an online magazine called Refresh Bible Study Magazine (with her mom, Beebe Kauffman.) Lovely people, both of them. In June, they included an article I wrote on the Sower and the Seed.…

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An author interview on my writing and ministry

I’m featured this weekend on The Sidewalk Theologian, in an interview about my writing and ministry. Thanks, Cheri, for giving me an opportunity to share with your readers! Be sure to leave a comment and check out the rest of her blog! http://www.cherilynncowell.com/blog/

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A Match Made in Heaven

“If one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 Just last week Steve and I celebrated 37 years of marriage. The milestone made me reflect on the many ways I appreciate my husband. When we entered marriage, I had ideas what…

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