About Us Draft

MISSION STATEMENT

We Receive and Share God’s Love for ALL.

That’s it!  This is our reason for existing as a congregation.

 

St. Andrew's Welcomes EveryoneIn response to God’s unconditional love for all people, as made known in Jesus Christ, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is committed to live out that same love in our life and ministry. We welcome all who God sends to us and who desire to participate in our congregation. The gifts and experiences each one brings strengthen and enrich the life of the church. We believe God calls us to making inclusivity a reality for this congregation and our local community by continuing to learn and grow in shared respect, friendship and ministry.

MISSION STATEMENT

We Receive and Share God’s Love for ALL.

That’s it!  This is our reason for existing as a congregation.

 

St. Andrew's Welcomes EveryoneIn response to God’s unconditional love for all people,as made known in Jesus Christ, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is committed to live out that same love in our life and ministry. We welcome all who God sends to us and who desire to participate in our congregation. The gifts and experiences each one brings strengthen and enrich the life of the church. We believe God calls us to making inclusivity a reality for this congregation and our local community by continuing to learn and grow in shared respect, friendship and ministry.

Bill and Kathy McGuinness
PASTORAL – Bill & Kathy McGuinness

Pastor Bill and Kathy McGuinness are long-time Pleasant Hill residents but have also ventured far afield several times over the years to serve churches elsewhere in California and once each in New York Utah and Michigan. Bill is a graduate of Manhattan College (Bachelors), Harvard University (Masters) and MDiv (Fuller Theological Seminary). Kathy’s primary role in the church has been research, development and leadership in adult Christian studies and classes. Her most important role has always been prayer for her husband-pastor and the church being served.

Michael Beveridge
MICHAEL BEVERIDGE – Bell Choir Director and Event Liaison

Michael Beveridge grew up in Martinez and has been a member of St. Andrews since first coming through the door with his parents. He grew up playing music in the church, playing in the youth handbell choir, singing in the youth choir, ringing in the young adult handbell choir, and eventually the adult handbell choir. He also has played the trumpet throughout his tenure in the church. After a few years absence, he came back to direct the youth handbell choir he once played in, and is now the handbell director at St. Andrews. Michael went to Cal State East Bay to study music education and trumpet performance. He continues to sideline as a professional trumpet player throughout the Bay Area, and works a clerical position for Contra Costa County as his day job.

David Chavez
DAVID CHAVEZ – Operations and Rental Administrator and Music Director

David Chavez, born and raised in El Salvador, came to the United States in 2000 and has lived in Concord, California ever since. He studied Vocal Performance at San Francisco State University. David has been a featured soloist with the Oakland Symphony, Mendocino Chamber Opera, Festival Opera in Walnut Creek and many other local ensembles. David’s tenure as St. Andrew’s Music Ministries Director started in 2014, and in 2021 David took on the additional role as Operations and Rental Administrator. When he is not working at St. Andrews’, David enjoys a part-time career as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

 

“Our sense of family is warm and open. Even individuals who don’t know each other very well have a sense of connectedness here.”

 

“Most people have several of their closest friends as fellow members.”

  • TIME FLIES

    Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.   Psalm 90 is uniquely attributed to Moses and is all about time and its’ passing, all so fleetingly. Remember the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland – “I’m......

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  • Steering the Mind

    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Paul wrote this from......

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  • In Christness

    Ephesians 3: 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with......

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  • Family of God

    Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless......

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  • GROWING IN WISDOM

    Job 12:10-13 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.  Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? “To God belong wisdom and......

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  • Eyes Fixed on the Unseen

    2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix......

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  • Life with Thorns

    2 Corinthians 12: 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly......

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  • Shalom Shalom !

    Isaiah 26: 3-4  Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace —  in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.   In the Hebrew for this passage it is not just peace......

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  • LOOKIN’ GOOD?

    Matthew 6:22-23  “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is......

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  • Justice be Done

    Proverbs 24:24-25  Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.   Amazing the things we find in scripture! The......

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  • The Jesus Prayer

    Matthew 20:29-32 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of......

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  • Very Good

    Genesis 1:31   And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. And it’s all still pretty good -ish today these many millennia later.  And the core issue is......

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  • REROUTING

    Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Wicked ways, sinful ways, failures to be as perfect as God – mis-direction,......

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  • BEAR BELIEVE HOPE ENDURE

    1 Corinthians 13: 7  It (love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This, of course, comes from the famous “love chapter” that is so often read at wedding services. In fact, of all the times I’ve spoken on this......

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  • No Peter Pans

    1 Peter 1:13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the former desires that you had in ignorance.......

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  • Freedom of Truth

    John 8:31-32  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In many disciplines, there are thought leaders whose theories, discoveries and......

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  • Standing With Us

    Matthew 26:38-41 Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from......

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  • Patience & Prudence

    Proverbs 16:32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. The “great men” of King Solomon’s day were the military/politico types who helped Israel achieve the heights of its’ historical......

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  • Full Speed Ahead

    Ephesians 2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them… 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that......

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  • Merely Natural? Or…

    Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is......

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  • Happiness and Rejoicing

    Habakkuk 3:17-19 17 Though the fig tree does not blossom    and no fruit is on the vines;though the produce of the olive fails    and the fields yield no food;though the flock is cut off from the fold    and there is no herd in......

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  • ASSURED EFFECTIVENESS

    Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,  giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word......

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  • LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE

    Psalm 19:1-4 The heavenly bodies proclaim the glory of God with the skies a setting displaying his craftsmanship. Day by day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known, silently, without language. Yet their message has beamed throughout the earth, their sayings......

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  • JOY FROM IDENTITY

    James 1: 2-4 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face various trials, consider it all joy,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing. Joy?......

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  • HARD TIMES

    1 Peter 5:10   And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and stabilize you. A young boy sits doing homework on a slate......

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  • ALL SHALL BE WELL

    Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me,and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Somehow this assurance, penned by David, reminds me of a story and quote usually attributed......

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  • SAFE FROM…

    Psalm 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. In the Old Testament there are......

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  • What’s in a Name

    Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you; for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.   “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell just as sweet.” – that’s Shakespeare from Romeo......

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  • Apple of God’s Eye

    Deuteronomy 32:9-10 the Lord’s own portion was his people, Jacob his allotted share. He sustained him in a desert land, in a howling wilderness waste; he shielded him, cared for him, guarded him as the apple of his eye. Jacob was a son of Issac and......

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  • Soul Manna

    Deuteronomy 8:2 Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. 3 He humbled......

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  • Persevering

    Luke 18:Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a......

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  • Creation Knows

    Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all......

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  • God’s Delivery Service

    Ephesians 2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.   We are told in some wonderful passages, most especially as woven throughout 1 John chapter 4,......

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  • Penitent?

    Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the human heart is fully set to do evil. The more that accountability is ignored or deferred, the further the perpetrator is confirmed in their worst behaviors. Sometimes, though, incarceration can get the......

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  • Woof woof!

    Ezekiel 34:12  As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered. Of people raised in the faith, many have wandered......

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  • GREAT LOVE

    Here’s Paul praying –  Ephesians 1:17  “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may perceive what......

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  • Steadfast Trust

    Isaiah 26:3 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you.     Many of us have a hard time finding and holding onto peace these days –  mass shootings, political strife, war and threats thereof, inflation, illness, fading faith across......

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  • A Lesson for Job’s Buds

    Job 42:7-9 After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now......

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  • Solid Rock Foundation

    Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. …8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as......

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  • Bigtime ?

    1 Corinthians 1: 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? …25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is......

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  • Dress to Bless

    Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. This sounds......

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  • Power of Love

    1 Peter 2:22-24 ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our......

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  • Peace in Our Time?

    Isaiah 60:18 No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.Isaiah 60 is the first chapter of a section of Isaiah called by ancient rabbis “The Consolations of Israel”.......

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  • Spirit of Generosity

    Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Debts and debtors? The currency kind of debts/debtors of God’s reign is not primarily what’s in view here but ir’s included.  Dollars, pounds or rupees are not the main focus. But love......

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  • Coming Back Home

    Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy......

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  • New Paths of Love

    Leviticus 20:7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am the Lord your God. 8 Keep my statutes, and observe them; I am the Lord; I sanctify you. As we move past Lent and Easter each Spring, there’s often a sense of “now what?”......

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  • Vote Your Values

    Deuteronomy 10:17-19 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them......

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  • The Core Problem?

    Titus 2:14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. There’s a basic theological truth here that I think is often missed......

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  • PEACE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

    John 16:33  “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” Jesus had just told his friends that he had to leave them and return to......

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  • CHOICE TO REJOICE

    Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. This day is everyday. The message is not just for weekend or vacation days. Nor is it only for beautiful sunny spring days of blue skies and......

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  • LESS ‘NEWS”

    Psalm 37:1 Do not fret because of the wicked;    do not be envious of wrongdoers,2 for they will soon fade like the grass    and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good;    live in the land and......

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  • EYES FORWARD

    Isaiah 43:18 Do not remember the former things    or consider the things of old.19 I am about to do a new thing;    now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the......

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  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

    Psalm 104:13-24 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;   the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate, to bring forth food from the earth and wine......

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  • LIFE’s COMPASS

    Isaiah 26:3  You will keep those in perfect peace, those whose minds are stayed on You, because they trust in You. Not every thought can ever be of God in this life. But, when thoughts of God and God’s ways are our home base to......

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  • BEATING LIFE’S BAALS

    1 Kings 18:21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.   Nobody said anything! For sure not “nice......

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  • GREAT PHYSICIAN

    Luke 3:22 … and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Fully half, and then some, of the bible’s mention of the......

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  • SHOW ME

    Psalm 19:12 –13 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Those first two short sentences......

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  • EXTERNALITIES

    1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”......

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  • FULL EMPLOYMENT

    John 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second......

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  • TWICE BORN

    John 3: 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do......

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  • TODAY?

    Matthew 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.    Jesus has been talking about and giving examples about his eventual return, not as hints about the when, but about the unknown-ness and unknowability of the time.......

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  • FATHER FORGIVE THEM

    Luke 23:33 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. “They do not  know what they are doing” said Jesus.  He said this, I think, not only of those who......

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  • THE TRANSFORMED MIND

    Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by......

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  • IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

    Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do......

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  • HEAVENLY RAIN

    Hosea 10: 12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;    reap steadfast love;    break up your fallow ground;for it is time to seek the Lord,    that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea brought warnings of judgement to Israel for buying into the......

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  • GOD PLANTED US WHERE WE ARE

    Matthew 5: 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends......

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  • NEW WAY HOME

    Isaiah 57:14-15 It shall be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.’ For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also......

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  • WALLS OF SEPARATION

    Ezekiel 47:22  You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who reside among you and have begotten children among you. They shall be to you as citizens of Israel; with you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes......

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  • ACTIVE WAITING

    Isaiah 40:31  But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.   Someone turned this verse to a song some years ago simply......

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  • NIGHTIME DISTRACTIONS

    Psalm 56:8-9  You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?  Then my enemies will retreat in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. Our “enemies” may be different......

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  • WE DELIVER

    Galatians 6:9-10 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of......

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  • KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

    Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.......

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  • SOLID ROCK

    Matthew 7: 24 “Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it......

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  • MERCY BEGETS MERCY

    Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. And they generally do! The willingness to put oneself in the place and mindset of another will find that the favor comes back to bless. Jesus is the pre-eminent example of such mercy.  This shows......

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  • LEARNING FROM CRITTERS

    Matthew 10:16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.   Here Jesus is obviously using similes, making his point by the comparison of unlike things. None of the critters named......

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  • ASK_SEEK_KNOCK

    Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9......

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  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Matthew 7:12 “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”   Pretty old, but a great goody. I probably first heard this somewhere back in my toddler days. Some folks push back on......

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  • EYE ON THE BALL

    Matthew 6:22-24 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in......

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  • REALLY BIG PRAYER

    Ephesians 3:18-21  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 Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the......

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  • NEVER TOO LATE

    Deuteronomy 12:28 Be careful to obey all these words that I command you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord......

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  • STUCK IN THE MUD

    Jeremiah 38:6 So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in......

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  • ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

    Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But......

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  • OF NAMES AND TITLES

    Numbers 6:24-26  YHWH bless you and keep you; YHWH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;  YHWH lift up his countenance upon you, and grant you peace. This is part of the oldest known bible fragment from extra-biblical sources –......

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  • IN THE GRAVE

    John 16:32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you,......

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  • MAKING A WAY

    Luke 23:44-45  It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands......

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  • BEST SHEPHERD EVER

    John 10: 14-15 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.And now that moment hastens near  – tonight Jesus is arrested......

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  • WHAT’S TROUBLIN’ YOU?

    Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the......

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  • COME HOME

    Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy......

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  • GENERATIONS

    1 Samuel 12: 23 Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you… Samuel was a wise leader of Israel who was gray and aging, past his prime. The people wanted a......

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  • WHEELS ON THE BUS

    Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter;  we are all the work of your hand. The potter’s wheel goes round and round – like the wheels on the bus of which children like to......

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  • It’s For You Personally

    Hebrews 4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The main point for us here is......

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  • CAKETAKING PROMISE

    Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Of the many places in scripture where there is promise of God’s love and care for us, this......

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  • EYES OF THE HEART

    Ephesians 1:17-18    I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what......

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  • GIGO

    Philippians 4:8  Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. As fallen creatures living on a fallen......

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  • A DIFFERENT RESPONSE

    Ecclesiastes 7:9  Do not be quick to anger,  for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. The world, and its inhabitants are seemingly engaged in a conspiracy to “thwart my will”. And it happens quite often, in traffic, in politics, in the slow lane at......

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  • BACK TO BASICS

    2 Corinthians 6:8 …We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, but see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing   St Paul here reminds his congregation at Corinth of the difficulties that he......

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  • LOGOS

    John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. So familiar, and so evocative of Genesis 1:1 which seems John’s clear intent in helping us understand the significance of Jesus. Years ago there was a......

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  • NEVER ALONE

    Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made......

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  • WORD WORKS

    Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be......

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  • Prince of Peace

    John 16:33  “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” Jesus had just told his friends that he had to leave them and return to......

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