Posts with the category “encouragement”

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The Lens of Judgement
May 10th, 2024
Ultimately, righteous judgment finds its source and summit in the One who embodies perfect truth and boundless grace—Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. ...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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"We Are Perfect As We Are"
May 3rd, 2024
Though we all stumble, His grace abounds. He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith. His strength is made perfec...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Manifest Presence of God: Embracing His Presence
April 12th, 2024
Developing an awareness of God’s abiding presence transforms mundane days into extraordinary communion....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Manifest Presence of God: Unveiled Glory & Majesty
April 5th, 2024
Encountering the manifest presence of God is the greatest privilege and most transformative experience available to believers. Though at times unsettling when the glory of His holiness is unveiled, it...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Unyielding Pursuit of God
March 29th, 2024
Allow nothing to supersede this sacred quest for communion with Christ. As you continually seek God’s power and presence, the transformational joy of finding Him awaits you. Lift your eyes in hope—the...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Seeking the Lord
March 22nd, 2024
God calls us to prepare our hearts through repentance, sow righteousness continually, and seek Him wholeheartedly. He promises to respond with a lavish outpouring of His righteousness that transforms ...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Surety of God's Promises
March 15th, 2024
Throughout Scripture, God makes many promises to His people. These pledges demonstrate His faithfulness and point to the certain hope believers have in Christ. While human promises may fail, God’s gua...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Father: Our Faithful Buttress & Strong Foundation
March 8th, 2024
Psalm 28:7 (ESV) says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to Him.” The Master Builder secures the scaffol...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Perils of Premature Prominence
March 1st, 2024
Though God has a purpose for each life, His flawless timing clashes with our impatient longing for instant visibility and elevation. Psalm 27:14 (ESV) exhorts, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let y...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Embracing God's Call
February 23rd, 2024
Our choices and our legacies ripple forward long after we are gone. Together, may we set aside lesser ambitions and distractions to fully embrace God’s glorious plans and purposes. Though they require...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Overcoming 5 Excuses for "Why I Can Not"
February 16th, 2024
God has a greater calling for you. Though daunting, do not let fear cause you to shrink back. He will equip you, turning doubts into opportunities to shine His light. Take the next obedient step, trus...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Dangers of Settling
February 9th, 2024
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to a life of purpose, one focused on building God’s Kingdom by making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). However, the temptation often arises to b...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Embracing Kingdom Culture
February 2nd, 2024
As believers, our purpose and positions remain defined by eternal Kingdom principles rather than shifting cultural trends. Such a heavenly perspective provides the courage to uphold truth lovingly ami...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Activated Christian
January 26th, 2024
Beloved child of God, the time has come to shed all that holds you back and take your place as an activated ambassador of Christ’s Kingdom. Though you feel weak, His strength is made perfect in you. Y...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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To Know Jesus & Make Him Known
January 19th, 2024
Getting to know Christ and making Him known is an odyssey into abundant life. When we follow it wholeheartedly, we experience the unmatched joy of knowing Jesus fully and showing His reality to others...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Vertical Embrace
January 12th, 2024
As we worship, may our hearts and minds ascend beyond ourselves to the infinite, glorious Being who is the ultimate focus and audience of genuine adoration. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Path of Focus
January 5th, 2024
Focus forms the thread that weaves divine purpose into each moment of life. Yet amid distractions, upholding attentiveness to God’s priorities demands ongoing realignment....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Beyond Scraps
December 29th, 2023
When honoring God becomes our singular desire, our talents, our treasures, and our toil poured out in tribute, as His banner of love draws all people to partake of His divine goodness....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Embracing Hope Amidst Death and Disease
December 15th, 2023
Today, we must acknowledge that it is universally true that in life, we will inevitably confront the harsh realities of death and disease, painful reminders of the brokenness in our fallen world. Yet ...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Understanding Suffering
December 1st, 2023
Have you ever questioned whether the difficulties you face are a result of God’s punishment for your sins or disobedience?...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Navigating the Storm of Indignation
November 24th, 2023
The human heart is like a winding labyrinth, intricately weaving together our desires and frustrations. In its depths, the search for meaning often clashes with bitter disappointment. ...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Obedience: Beyond Hearing God's Voice
November 17th, 2023
He is the God of the great and the small, even down to the smallest of details. Scripture confirms that we are of much greater value than birds! Therefore, God will provide what we need each day if we...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Unity in Diversity
November 10th, 2023
Today’s cultural narrative of tolerance often reduces people to members of groups, ignoring their individual identities. In this view, someone’s character, tolerance, bias, or beliefs come solely from...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Illusion of Self Creation
November 3rd, 2023
The idea that humans can create themselves ignores the Biblical view of human nature. The Bible teaches that God deliberately made humans in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). This implies huma...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Created in the Image of God
October 27th, 2023
Scripture reveals our core identity is found in bearing the imago Dei – the image of God. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Ge...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Dangers of Manipulation & Harmful Interactions
September 22nd, 2023
“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Fatherhood of God Pt 2 Fatherlessness
September 15th, 2023
“America has now embarked on a foolhardy experiment to discover what happens to a culture in which nearly half the children do not live with their fathers. One result is that many people do not know h...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Fatherhood of God
September 8th, 2023
The specific term “Father” used in the Lord’s Prayer reflects the profoundly personal, relational aspect of God’s character. It signifies His intimate care, compassion, grace, and faithful provision f...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Surrendering Dreams & Desires
September 1st, 2023
Similar to plants needing parts to die and decompose to provide nourishment for new growth, some dreams, desires, and callings need to be laid down and go through a process of death and resurrection f...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Idols of the heart
August 11th, 2023
Drifting away from God’s will is a subtle process that can happen to anyone, even those with sincere intentions. As followers of Christ, we examine our hearts and identify the idols that may hinder ou...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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The Journey Matters!
July 14th, 2023
In a world often obsessed with outcomes, we should shift our focus from results to the process....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Looking Up
July 7th, 2023
Looking Up: The Art of Focusing on God in a Distracted World“In your walk with me, don’t forget to look up from the task you are fulfilling now and miss something important I want to communicate or im...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Taking a Stand for Christ
June 30th, 2023
Taking a Stand for ChristMore Americans also are turning away from Christianity and are seeing themselves as unaffiliated with any religion or as religious ‘nones,’”...Members of Gen Z — now ages 11 ...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series pt 5
June 23rd, 2023
We have the assurance that Christ is our hope, and we can find comfort and strength in him. By casting our anxieties on Him, finding strength in His power, remembering His promises, and seeking His gu...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series Pt 4
June 16th, 2023
Remember, you are not alone in your struggles, God has given us the gift of prayer and community to help us through even the darkest of times together....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series Pt 3
June 9th, 2023
Remember, taking care of your mental state through Jesus is essential to living a full and meaningful life....  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series Pt 2
June 2nd, 2023
Part 2: God's Promises of HopeAs mentioned in the previous blog, Finding Hope: A Series on Overcoming Struggles, Christians cannot take a “head in the sand” approach to the mental state of others beca...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series Pt 1
May 26th, 2023
As Christians, we can find comfort in the knowledge that God understands our struggles and He is always present to offer us hope and healing. Let us be encouraged by the examples of David, Elijah, Job...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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Finding Hope Series
May 19th, 2023
Finding Hope: IntroductionA Series on Overcoming StrugglesBy Valeta Batya prison of crystal fine and polished outward appearance internal abhorrence self-imprisoned self-abased heart of vengeance crip...  Read More
by Valeta Baty
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All In!
March 21st, 2023
...the greatest privilege mankind will ever know…that of partnering with Jesus Himself to impact and change our world with the Good News of the Gospel....  Read More
by Chris Smith