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Friday Devotional - When the Waves Toss You

Growing up in California, the sand, water, and sky of the beach were commonplace for me. I even met my bride at the beach. If you have any experience with being in the ocean, you know it can be so nice. You also know that the waves can be unpredictable. The forces of wind, gravity and tide can make things treacherous. I’ve had it before where I was lifted up in about 10 feet of water, and dumped onto the seemingly dry sand. It can be like being stuck in a washing machine if the waves are big. Other times however, it can be more soothing. One of my favorite things to do is to go out just past the breaking waves, and jump off the bottom as the waves come in, letting the waves take me up and then slowly let me back down again. But even standing in the ocean pushes folks around.

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Friday Devotional- Hands and Feet of Jesus

At our staff meeting yesterday we discussed a few examples of things we are doing to glorify God by positively impacting the world. Great, Kingdom building stuff. Not all of them are “ministries” but all involve “ministry.” Today we’re going to talk about two things each of us, if we claim Jesus as our savior, must do to make this happen. These things must be done no matter our skill level, gifts, personality, strength, weaknesses or desires.

Friday Devotional - Praying for Others

There’s seldom a day that goes by where at least one of us is not struggling with some sort of need or problem. We all struggle with life from time to time and are all in need of prayer. The great news is that we gain strength as believers by bringing it and handing it over to God. A true blessing that most people jump on. But there’s another way we gain strength, and that’s by having others pray for us.