• God of Wonder by Julie Delamarter

    I’ve never looked forward to a broken heart. Have you? Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” If we saw our broken hearts, our trials, our tears as ...

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    God of Wonder by Julie Delamarter
  • You Are God’s Masterpiece

    “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. ...

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    You Are God’s Masterpiece
  • Passion Week: A Resurrection Sunday Reflection

    Scripture for Today “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the ...

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    Passion Week: A Resurrection Sunday Reflection
  • Passion Week: A Silent Saturday Reflection

    Scripture for Today  Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!  My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have ...

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    Passion Week: A Silent Saturday Reflection
  • Passion Week: A Good Friday Reflection

    Scripture for Today 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema ...

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    Passion Week: A Good Friday Reflection

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Little by Little

She spoke quickly and in a language I couldn’t understand – Intensity growing with every word. My new friend repeated one line over and over again, louder and with a sense of urgency until I found a translator to help. “She wants to share the gospel with you,” the interpreter said.  “To show you that she understands.” I had just…

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Write It On Your Heart – Memorizing Scripture

Have you ever wondered how many scriptures you have memorized?  I have lots of pieces running through my head. I can be heard saying things like “There’s a verse that says something like…….. And I think it’s in the book of…….”  But If I’m honest I don’t have many complete verses and references memorized. I actually want to sit down…

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Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of of him who called you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light.” I remember the first time I ever felt utterly rejected. Ugh. It was the worst. There were small…

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Podcast 013 – “The Old Testament and Why We Need to Know It” – Part 2

Do we really need to read and understand the Old Testament?  Isn’t knowing Jesus in the New Testament enough?  How do I even begin to study books like Leviticus, and why is it necessary? In this episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast, Lisa continues her discussion with Ellen Newman in an effort to understand how historical context changes the…

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Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

I was born on a Thursday morning, bundled up into my mother’s arms and taken to church that very Sunday.  I was passed down the row to my grandmother, passed back to my aunt, and in every way I grew up in the hallowed halls and pews of our local church.  I sat next to my grandmother on the bench…

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Healing the Church

Some students came forward. All youth group age. The church body is broken. The church is a mix of all types of people. Young, old and in between. Single, married, divorced, widowed, it’s complicated and so on. It’s also full of people striving to follow Christ and live out the ways in which He has commanded us to live. And…

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Life

On July 24th, 2005 my Grandma wrote me a letter that I have tucked safely in my Bible. There is no letter that I have read more thoroughly; I have portions of it memorized and often pull it out when I need to be reminded of truth.   “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21…

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Podcast 012 – “The Old Testament and Why We Need to Know It” – Part 1

  Do we really need to read and understand the Old Testament?  Isn’t knowing Jesus in the New Testament enough?  How do I even begin to study books like Leviticus, and is it even necessary? In this episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast, Lisa asks guest Ellen Newman for help and clarity answering some of these questions. We hope…

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Then Sings My Soul

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17   Made for More I was studying Paul’s letter to the Corinthians for an upcoming teaching opportunity and came across a relatable (and absolutely adorable) video online. A large group of ducks contained by a hoarder…

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In the Fire

God uses many different types of stories to drive home points He wants us to learn. I think one of my favorite Bible Stories of all time is the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the lessons He has taught me through that. I want to dive deeper into the theme that has thoroughly changed how I look at…

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