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Missionary Monday: Update from Latin America

We have received an update from Dennis and Jolaine Thomas, missionaries in Latin America.

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Reading: Leviticus 16-18

Pink. It happens to be the color that our whites become when a red sock rears its ugly head in the bleach load. It just sort of happens, and it can ruin an entire load of white clothes. A red sock has no business in the load of whites, and the mishap could have been avoided if I had separated the clothes more carefully. But you know, sometimes those socks just kind of sneak in there. They are wadded up with undershirts or underwear, and it is overlooked. But regardless of how it got there, an entire load of whites will have to be re-bleached, or pink will have to be the new style for a while! 

So it is with our Christian living. There are some things that just don't belong. It is up to me to carefully separate myself from those things that can 'stain' my Christian walk.  

Just for today, I will reflect on the importance of separation from worldly things. God told the children of Israel that there were things from which they should abstain so they would not defile the land as the heathen did before them. As a Christian there are some things that we have to avoid and of which we should not partake.

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Reading: Leviticus 13-15

As a mother of young boys, I understand that for them, being clean is not a priority if you are having a good time. I, on the other hand, hate getting dirt or grime under my fingernails. It's just one of those things that I am compulsive about. But what the boys fail to realize is that dirt isn't just about being dirty on the outside. Dirtiness and filthiness can lead to sickness, as it brings germs and bacteria with it. I can't let my children stay dirty just because they don't want to take a bath-I wouldn't be a very good mother if I allowed that to happen. 

So it is with our heavenly Father. He doesn't want us to walk around in our filthiness and dirtiness. He wants us to be clean, because he knows that the dirt (sin) can bring spiritual sickness.  

Just for today, I will remember that there is cleansing for our uncleanness. In our passage in Leviticus, we see that the leper remained unclean when he failed to recognize the state of his leprosy. Don't overlook or dismiss your seemingly small sins to let them fester-take it before the throne and ask for cleansing. Even though my boys don't necessarily like the process of being cleaned, they love the clean, refreshing feeling they have when it's over. Confessing our sins brings that same refreshing feeling, because 1 John 1:9 tells us that "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Be cleansed today!

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Spring Cleaning

Whew. Spring Cleaning time is here! From cleaning the windows to cleaning out the closets, it can be a daunting task. More than likely the things are not an eye sore to anyone. No one really notices after all, right?  However, when you see the finished product, you stand back with a half-smile on your face and think, “Wow. I didn’t realize it was so bad, but it looks great now!” 

This really provides a great spiritual application. In our lives, small, minuscule things creep in and we don’t even realize it. A seed of bitterness that has sprouted. Worry. Omitting our Bible reading. A weak prayer life. You can fill in the blank with your own ‘small’ dust ball that has accumulated under your Spiritual bed. Just like the film that covers the basement window, if you don’t think about it, it might not bother you. But it’s still there.  

Just for today, let’s do some Spiritual spring cleaning. Is there something in your life that you have ‘let go?’ If so, take care of it today. As we look around us and see new life in this wonderful season, let’s really live in the fullness of Christ by cleaning out those things that ‘so easily beset us.’

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Never let power go to your head

Reading: 1 Kings 1:41-53

Solomon is the King and Adonijah had tried to keep him from it. (See verse 52) It would have been acceptable (maybe even expected) for Solomon to take Adonijah out, but Solomon showed grace and didn’t. 

There will come a time in your life when you will have a place of power. Please don’t let that power go to your head. 

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 

Lack of accountability is the easiest way for power to corrupt. Your spouse should have access and information about every little detail of your life. This information should be offered without the other party feeling guilt for wanting to know. (i.e. Computer use, phone calls, money spent, etc...) 

With great power comes great responsibility. 

Solomon was King enough to have the powerful take care of Adonijah. Solomon was King enough to realize the end result of his actions in dealing with Adonijah. Have you ever heard the saying, “Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should?” The Bible teaches that as we prove ourselves in small things, God begins to use us in larger things. As you grow in your Christian life, don’t let the power go to your head. Just because you can, don’t!

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Healthy Living

Reading: Leviticus 10-12

Just for today, I will review my eating habits. Even though I don't follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament, there are things that I eat that are more harmful than helpful to my body.  I will love myself enough to take care of the only body God gave me-mine!

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Missionary Monday

Missionary Monday: No specific updates on our missionaries this week. So, in the spotlight is our Good News Clubs!! In this after school club, we are able to share Jesus with students in White Bluff and Kingston Springs. Let's pray today for the Good News Club, may we continue to share Jesus with these students and expand to other schools in the future!

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Missionary Monday: Coal Country Ministry

Missionary Monday: Coal Country Ministry

Today, let's take a moment to pray for Coal Country Ministry in Wheelwright, Kentucky and all others who are a part of this ministry!

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More Honesty!

Reading: Leviticus 7-9

Just for today, I will do all things decently and in order. It would be easy to cut corners or find a more convenient way to do things, but God requires that we do the right things in the right way.

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Missionary Monday: The Woodard Family

The Woodard Family sends their greetings from Arequipa. They are needing our prayers for an upcoming week of VBS, along with a few other specific prayer requests.

Please see your email for The Woodard Family's latest newsletter and prayer requests. If you are not receiving these email updates, please visit to sign up today!

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