• Posted on October 6, 2017 6:00 am
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    Looking for love in all the wrong places. There is a song by that title, and it not only happens in the world, people in church do the same thing. Perhaps it is you, or you know someone who keeps making wrong choices when it comes to relationships. Perhaps you’ve lowered your standards, or have decided to get ahead of God’s timing and stepped into a land mine when it comes to relationships. If that is you, there is a way out! God gives grace to those who humble themselves and ask for forgiveness. When we do things God’s way, life rises to a whole different plane. The satisfaction and fulfillment we were looking for arrives! It may come in a different package than you expected, but doing things God’s way pays off in the long run. If you thought your husband or wife would bring you the joy you’ve always searched for, they won’t. If you think the job promotion will make you happy, it won’t. Our joy comes from Jesus, living big on the inside of us, making us new, filling us with life and recharging our spirit daily. Looking for love? Love on Jesus first, and see what happens!

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  • Posted on October 5, 2017 6:00 am
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    How well do you sleep? I read something today that really intelligent people have a harder time sleeping! That makes my husband a genius, and I must not be so smart! I really can sleep anywhere, in fact, if I sit down my body thinks its time to sleep. I am a goer! My husband on the other hand, can toss and turn for hours, all the while listening to me sleep, and getting irritated that I can sleep anywhere, anytime! When you hit the doldrums, even if you get a good nights sleep, you can still wake up feeling tired. Burdens feel heavier with lack of sleep. Circumstances seem worse, and emotionally we can snap at the ones we love the most because of not enough sleep. God wants to give you perfect rest. He says that His yoke is easy, His burden is light. He wants you to experience THE Rest of God as t says in Matt 11:30. This isn’t a fake rest, it is real; recharging, refreshing, and rejuvenating. Don’t live worn out and weary. God gives his beloved (that’s you) rest that revitalizes you spirit, soul and body. Even if you don’t sleep for 8 hours, believe that the time you do sleep will be restful. Get some good rest and experience lighter burdens, and yoke up with Jesus. He will recharge your life.

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  • Posted on October 4, 2017 6:00 am
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    Do you workout on a treadmill? I love working out, but have never liked the treadmill even though we have one. I would rather be outside in the fresh air, walking, biking or swimming. I know a treadmill is convenient and you can have them at home, but to me, it is a visual of having lots to do and it never finishing. That sensation can make you feel overwhelmed and discouraged, and can lead eventually to feeling burned out. If you are in that place today, feeling like you are on a treadmill and can’t get off, be encouraged that life doesn’t have to continue like that. Today is not a life sentence! God has a plan to recharge your life. Very often the first step to getting out the doldrums is to tell someone that is where you are. That is where small groups can be a lifesaver. You can, in a small group setting, share your heart and have people come along side to pray for you, encourage you, and help you get back on course. James 5 tells us to pray for one another, confess our missteps and sins to each other, so that we can be healed. If you need healing (which could be getting better, physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc) prayer is the perfect place to start. Be the one who is praying, and the one who receives prayer. Both can be healed.

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  • Posted on October 3, 2017 6:00 am
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    It’s easy to feel exhausted after a hard days work. Your muscles are tired, you might even be dirty, and you are just worn out. I’ve been there this week! It can happen doing the daily mundane tasks of life, and we put the added pressure in our life working to finish building our home. We know that true physical labor can make you tired, but life circumstances can be exhausting and can lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted. Whatever kind of doldrums you might be facing, you can recover! God wants to put wind back in your sail. He wants to recharge your spirit. If the land you are in feels dry and thirsty, you can be well hydrated once again. I love how Ps 63:1-5 reminds us that we don’t have to stay in a dry place. You, God, are my God Earnestly I seek you I thirst for you, My whole being longs for you In a dry and parched land Where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary And beheld your power and your glory Because Your love is better than life My lips will glorify you I will praise you as long as I live In your name I will lift up my hands. Praise has a beautiful way of reenergizing our spirit. Get some fresh praise started in your life and feel your spirit being recharged.

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  • Posted on October 2, 2017 6:00 am
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    Intro: Hi, this is Dorette Schaal with your daily eword. I think we all have been in a dry place before, and need to be recharged and refreshed. In the coming weeks we will be talking about getting recharged as we plug into God, and this week is all about the doldrums. That word sounds like what it is! How we got to the doldrums, and how to get out. I hope these daily encouragements will help you take a deep breath and breathe in all that God has for you. Let me know if these dailyewords are helpful to you, I love getting feedback. Here is your dailyeword. What does the word doldrums mean to you? It can mean stagnation, lethargy, boredom, despondency, the blues, gloom, misery, and even despair. You might think that someone in the “doldrums” got there because they were pessimistic and negative but not necessarily. Even great characters in the Bible show us that you can be on top of the world one day, and in the depths of despair the next. David and Elijah are perfect examples. The devil often works that way. We can have a wonderful victory, and then post victory blues set in. It even happens with moms who have a beautiful baby, and then instead of enjoying this wonderful season of new motherhood, post partum depression sets in. A wonderful blessing arrives, and the new mom is miserable, full of guilt and shame, and feels like a failure. We may not all have experienced all of those synonyms for the doldrums, but every person has had the opportunity to be ensnared by the enemy of our souls with discouragement, and the devil likes to keeps us snared as long as possible. I love Psalms 61 which says this in The Message Bible: God, listen to me shout, Bend an ear to my prayer When I’m far from anywhere Down to my last gasp, I call out, guide me up High Rock Mountain You’ve always given me breathing room, A place to get away from it all A lifelong pass to your safe house, An open invitation as your guest You’ve always taken me seriously, God, Make me welcome among those who know and love you. God is ready to recharge your spirit!

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  • Posted on October 1, 2017 6:00 am
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    Happy Sunday! This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice, let’s be glad, and let’s go to church! My prayer every Sunday is that every seat in the sanctuary of our church would be filled with people who are hungry and thirsty for the things of God, right out of Matt 5. Guess how those people get to church? Sometimes they drive by and God draws them in, sometimes they look in the phone book, well maybe not anymore. Sometimes they go on line and find a church. Sometimes they see our church on TV or they listen to the radio station KAGF, 105.5 and hear about our services. You know how most people come to church? Somebody personally invites them. They may even drop by and pick them up. Sometimes, they keep inviting them until they come to a big event planned for outreach. Sometimes they come on their own, but you are placed in the lives of people that God wants you to reach. So invite them to church. Tell them about our terrific kidlink kids programs and the wonderful teachers that minister to lovingly to our kids. Tell them about and our amazing Commissioned Youth services, or our college outreach called Pursuit. Or just invite them to the main service, or invite them to a TeamLife group. Why not try to make it your goal to bring one person a month with you to church, and let’s see every seat full and running over, and let’s keep adding services, making more room for more people who are hungry and thirsty for God. Fill those seats in church around you with your friends!

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  • Posted on September 30, 2017 6:00 am
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    Who can you invite to church with you? If you have been a believer for very long, you have probably noticed it is easy to surround yourself with people to think like you, act like you and believe like you. Part of that is really good, because we want to hang around people who challenge us to grow in God. At the same time, we can become immersed in church life, that we forget that there is a world out there dying to know Jesus. We have received something wonderful through salvation, new life in Christ. Now, instead of just going on our merry way, loving Jesus, we need to think about those that haven’t met Christ yet. They don’t know the joy, the peace, the rest, and the hope that we have in abundance. One of the reasons we have an abundance is because we have some to give away. God always works that way. He fills us up, so that we can give something to someone who needs some of what we have. So keep your eyes and ears open. Where can you find someone to help? Ministry is all about helping people. You can start by leading somebody to the feet of Jesus.

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  • Posted on September 29, 2017 6:00 am
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    Sunday is my favorite day of the week – Sunday Funday! I know I say this a lot, but I love getting together with my church family. Here it is Friday, and I’m already looking forward to Sunday. The Bible reminds us to meet together regularly, and for lots of people, regular attendance, is less than once a month. I want to stir you up to make your commitment greater than that. I encourage you to participate in your church life, every single week. The Jews had the Sabbath set aside for worship, and when Jesus rose on the first day of the week, the early believers made worshipping on Sunday the new pattern. What a great way to start the week. I look at it almost like the tithe. If you give God the first part, instead of the leftovers, you are showing where your priorities are. I actually missed a church service a few weeks ago, and even then, I watched church online at agf.org, I watched our TV service on KMVT and then I turned on some praise and worship music. But, I was still bummed, because church life to me isn’t just the great teaching or awesome worship, it is loving and serving the church family face to face. Plan to go to church this Sunday, and get your spirit recharged and refreshed, and be prepared to do the work of the ministry all during the week.

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  • Posted on September 28, 2017 6:00 am
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    I love going to weddings, and I have been to a lot of them recently. Weddings are a beautiful time to see a couple commit their lives to each other, in front of their friends and loved ones. They promise that they will love each other and lay down their life for the life of their mate. You have probably noticed this too, that newlyweds can be so devoted to one another that they love serving each other. Sometimes it’s even a contest of who can serve more. Lynn and I were like that! But if you look around at older married couples, that sweet, innocent, loving devotion to serve one another can sometimes get tarnished. We often don’t serve each other out of devotion anymore, we do it out of duty, or we tell our mate that they can fend for themselves! The sweetest thing ever is when I see an older couple that keeps freshness in their relationship. They serve one another out of love. In fact it becomes a life long competition of who can out serve the other. It takes a conscious effort to continue doing that year after year, but boy is it worth it. Let’s keep love alive in our marriages, and remember that since we are called to love one another, love is action. Love is a verb. I encourage you to refresh and recharge your relationships. Put some action to your devotion!

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  • Posted on September 27, 2017 6:00 am
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    Maybe sometime in your life you have had a hard time breathing. It could have been from an infection, or just the smoke from the fires in the northwest really made it hard for many people to breathe, including me. Breath is essential to life. You can’t breathe, you don’t live. It works like that in our spiritual life too. If you need some fresh air in your sail, continue listening! If you walk into a house that hasn’t had the doors and windows opened for a while, the air feels stale. We don’t want our Christian walk to be stale, and we certainly want to be able to breathe. So let’s air out our “house”, Jesus did say we are the temple of the Holy Spirit! Let’s let the fresh breeze of the Holy Spirit blow out the stale, and become an inhabitable home again for our comforter and teacher to feel at home in. It would be easy to try to cover up the stale smell with an air freshener, but let’s not just do a cover up. Let’s let the wind of the Holy Spirit sweep through our doors and windows and become a “house” that is fresh and clean. Thank God for the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. How refreshing!

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