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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

Markers

Markers

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” –Romans 12:9-10 As we begin to see the turning of the seasons from summer into fall, I was thinking how every season has its markers to show and tell […]

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  September 18, 2017   No comments
Never Forget Hope

Never Forget Hope

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12 (NLT) On this day that is September 11, 2017 on the calendar, it also marks 16 years since September 11, 2001; a day of tragedy and terror for our country and our world. We are confronted with many emotions as […]

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  September 11, 2017   No comments
Courage to Hope

Courage to Hope

“I wait for God, my soul waits, and in God’s word I hope; my soul waits for God more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.” –Psalm 130:5-6 During my time away in August I was reading some of the writings of St. Augustine, who is considered […]

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  September 5, 2017   No comments
Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

“…the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’” –Exodus 3:2-3 In the […]

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  August 28, 2017   No comments
The Meaning of Faith

The Meaning of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1 Recently, more by circumstance than intention, I read several tidbits about faith and how faith fits into our daily living. Kathleen Norris, author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith suggests that part of how we practice faith […]

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  August 22, 2017   No comments
Going Deeper

Going Deeper

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you […]

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  August 14, 2017   No comments
To Know the Love of God

To Know the Love of God

“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of God that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” –Ephesians 3:18-19 The above verses are part of a […]

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  July 31, 2017   No comments
The Power of ‘G’

The Power of ‘G’

“Now to God who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” –Ephesians 3:20-21 In our staff office area at church, Amanda, our children’s […]

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  July 24, 2017   No comments
R.E.A.C.H.

R.E.A.C.H.

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” –Matthew 7:12 This verse from the Gospel of Matthew is often referred to as “The Golden Rule.” I was reading something recently that said if we in the Church were to apply this rule […]

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  July 17, 2017   No comments
Remember Your Baptism

Remember Your Baptism

“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.” –Luke 3:21-22a All four Gospels give a similar story about the baptism of Jesus. Scripture reminds us that baptism is an […]

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  July 10, 2017   No comments