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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 13, 2018

Fill your life with the spirit of God

Jesus, who knows us better than we even know ourselves, warned His hearers about obstructions or sin in one’s heart. He said: “What comes from your heart is what makes you unclean. Out of your...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 6, 2018

Supreme refuge can be found in God, Christ

Anyone who has lived in eastern New Mexico and west Texas for any time knows that storms can appear in minutes from nowhere. Such was the case one January night many years ago when a snow storm of...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 30, 2018

Easter's message is one of hope

Easter eggs … Easter bunnies … Easter baskets … Easter bonnets … We are inundated with Easter phrases this time every year. With spring comes a sense of renewed hope and joyfulness and a consc...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 23, 2018

Real Christianity more than quoting scripture

What is authentic Christianity? Pastor Steven Furtick wrote: “Audacious faith is the raw material that authentic Christianity is made of. It's the stuff that triggers ordinarily level-headed people...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 16, 2018

God molds us as a glassblower molds glass

One of the highlights of my childhood was our family's trip to Niagara Falls. On a winding road in Missouri on our route to New York State, Daddy noticed an advertisement for a glassblower's shop. He...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 9, 2018

Facing road of life with God

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 3:6. The wise man wrote: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Paths indicate roads to travel which...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 2, 2018

God ready to bestow favor on anyone

Sometimes Joseph is called the most Christ like character of the Old Testament. But at one time, Joseph’s young life appeared to be in shambles. How did this happen? Joseph worked as a shepherd...

 

We can be joyful in any circumstance

Susie, my sister, was recently visiting a patient at a major medical center. As she turned the corner in the hospital hall, she came directly in contact with a young girl, her mother, and another who...

 

We don't have to be ideal

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident was imprisoned for his faith and later hanged in the Flossenbürg concentration camp in Germany. But while in prison, he...

 

God protects us in many ways

The belief in God’s protection is something that is often heard in everyday conversations. We speak of about God’s protection when we think about tragedies such as car accidents or terroristic...

 

Lasting happiness follows contentment

Are we a happy people? Some studies indicate that less than half of all Americans consider themselves happy. A Harris Poll was taken in 2017 and only 33 percent of the Americans surveyed said they wer...

 

Put your efforts toward what's worthwhile

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian and short story writer said: “We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” Nowhere are these words truer than when thinking about the...

 

Keeping my mind on the message

Isn’t it funny how childhood memories seem to linger through the years? One such memory is mine. It was no significant day, just another Sunday at church. The only thing that made it memorable was... Full story

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    January 5, 2018

God has clear vision of what's ahead

Do you face the New Year with apprehension? By that I mean, do thoughts come into your mind like: What will change for me this year? What difficulties and even losses will my family face? Will I be... Full story

 

Let us be vessels for God's love in 2018

What are your declarations for the new year? Many people call them resolutions, but I say that in each of our minds, many of us will declare that we are going to do things differently for the new...

 

We have gifts we can give Christ this Christmas

This week I have been contemplating on the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’...

 

Everything we really need comes from God

Not long ago, I was looking through some old papers of my daddy’s and I found a sermon named, “What do you need this Christmas?” It seems to me that Daddy’s question still stands for all of...

 

Peace and purpose in being still

In 2002, Tim Kasser and Kennon Sheldon (2002) conducted a study called, “What Makes for a Merry Christmas?” These two researchers wanted to examine the types of activities and experiences that...

 

Litany of prophecies fulfilled by Jesus' birth

Some folks are skeptical that Jesus is the Son of God. Some folks refuse to believe the Messiah was Jesus Christ. I was reminded of this again last week as I listened to a debate on a newscast about...

 

Listen for God this holiday season

Sometimes we look at the things that happen in life as merely coincidences. But are they? The preacher Rick Warren wrote: "Is there such a thing as coincidence? The way you answer that question will...

 

Counting my blessings this Thanksgiving

I am so grateful this Thanksgiving season. Many times we have blessings in our lives and we just consider them “givens.” “Given” to me has meant ordinary things, everyday things that most of...

 

God's grace comes in second chances

When I think about blessings this thanksgiving season, I realize God’s goodness and grace toward me is more than I deserve. I am most grateful for God’s grace, it given freely by God to me,...

 

Consider Bible's not-so-well-known

I often think about well-known Bible characters that are meaningful to me. My list would include people like Moses, Joseph, Hannah, Esther and Paul. These characters are well documented in the Bible...

 

Climb out of rut and follow God

At times I seem to get in a rut with everyday responsibilities. During those times, it feels like I am going nowhere and doing nothing. I think it happens at times to everyone. The truth is that God...

 

Looking back over year's journey

Wednesday marked one year since our son John Scott went home to be with the Lord. The anticipation of this milestone has weighed heavily on our hearts and minds the whole month of October. Yet, there...

 

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