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Grace for the Thorn – S4 Ep9 

Grace for the thorn — what does that even mean? Well, let’s first look at one of six definitions for the word ‘thorn’ on Dictionary.com. For this purpose, the following best explains the context of the word ‘thorn’ in this episode. Thus, a thorn is something that wounds, annoys, or causes discomfort. 

Photo of two thorny branches. Pic represents how in hard times God gives His grace for the thorn.
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Rest for the Weary– S4 DEp9 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) says: 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 

Devotional 

Are you loaded down with heavy burdens that tip the scale to –MUCH too MUCH? 

Do you feel as if you are carrying the weight of the world? One final question—Do you know Jesus as LORD and Savior? 

In the book of Matthew chapter 11, Jesus makes a call to all those overburdened. He calls to those working hard to meet a goal that’s unattainable by the works of one’s hands. 

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The Person and Work of CHRIST – S4 Ep8 

The person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth 

The Person and Work of CHRIST — well that has been the topic of many debates. Such as, who He is and His purpose for coming into the world. First, let’s look at an example from the Holy Bible of who people said Jesus was when He was here in His physical body.  

In Matthew 16:13-17 English Standard Version it says, 

“13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” 

As we can see, people had different answers. And the same is true even today. 

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Grace for a Lifetime – S4 DEp8 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) says: 

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) 

Close up photo of a person looking up to the sky. Pic represents one receiving God's grace for a lifetime.

Devotional 

As believers in Jesus, we face daily challenges and testing that come like clockwork. We want life to be a cakewalk, but instead, it’s filled with temptations that reveal our weak areas.  

But our weaknesses don’t define who we are in Christ, because Jesus has given us a new identity in Him. Jesus made us righteous when we chose to have faith in Him for our righteousness. 

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This is GRACE – S4 Ep7 

Grace, grace, grace — when you hear that word, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Well, the grace I am speaking of is the grace of God. But, why is His ‘grace’ of the utmost importance? Better yet, why should it matter to me? That my friend is an excellent question. Hence, this podcast episode, titled This is GRACE. 

This is GRACE-Photo of one person reaching down for another person reaching up. Pic represents how God's grace is readily available for those who would reach out and receive it.

So, before we go any further, take a moment to look back over your life. Mainly, think about the mistakes you made, whether intentional or unintentional. No doubt, some mistakes were small, whereas others were doozies. But God had grace for it all. Moreover, His grace is available even now. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 English Standard Version says, 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 

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The Good News: Salvation by GRACE Through FAITH – S4 DEp7 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) says: 

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) 

Devotional 

For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only Son, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV) 

That is such a powerful statement of God’s nature.  

Photo of a Holy Bible representing the gospel. This is The Good News: Salvation by GRACE through FAITH.

And to think—HE who is LOVE demonstrated HIS love through the greatest sacrifice of all time. HIS love is revealed through HIS Son on the Cross displaying—goodness, mercy, grace, and truth.  

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The Invitation – S4 Ep6 

To begin with, I have a question for you to ponder. When was the last time you turned down an invitation? No matter what it was — you chose not to attend or accept it. I’m pretty sure, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. And how do I know that to be true? Because I have done so myself. Now, the invitation I’m talking about — if accepted, guarantees eternal life. 

You are invited 

It is possible, that you have never thought about where you will spend eternity. Or you don’t believe in life after death. Well, I must ask you this question if you are of the latter group. Are you willing to gamble with your eternity? Either way, if you are still reading this blog post, don’t let this moment pass you by. If you are willing to accept it — Jesus of Nazareth has extended the invitation for eternal life to you. 

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First Things First – S4 DEp6 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) says: 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and HE will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” 

Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) 

Devotional 

Have you ever gotten so caught up in what you wanted that you forgot what you needed? Our minds can get so crowded with wants and worries that we tend to focus on what is meaningless compared to God. 

As a result, we stress out. We focus on career goals, marriage goals, life goals, and yet forget to consult the Creator of all things.  

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STRONG in the LORD: A Fight to the Finish – S4 Ep5 

In general, no one is exempt from problems. No doubt, those challenges vary in degrees of difficulty. Moreover, for some people, their problems overwhelm them to the point of hopelessness. Why? Because, when one feels as if they are always fighting battles from day to day, it can take a toll on their mind and spirit. And it is in those times of weakness that the thoughts of suicide have overtaken many. But there is another way. Hence, this episode — STRONG in the LORD: A Fight to the Finish. 

Woman punching vertical concrete slabs. Photo represents being strong in the Lord: a fight to the finish.
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God is Close – S4 DEp5

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT) says: 

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. 

Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT)  

Devotional  

I’m a mother. And ever since my daughter was a baby, I had my ears tuned to hear her cry. And, although she is an adult now, I’m still concerned about her well-being.  

So much so, I’ll come running when she needs me! I want to know when something troubles her! I want to rescue her from any hurts or disappointments. I love her that much! 

No doubt, love makes you want to rescue the ones you love! 

Man looking up with his hands together in prayer. Photo represents how God is close to all who depend upon Him.

So, when we read Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT), we are reminded of the Heavenly Father’s love for us. The Heavenly Father tunes in to HIS children too. He’s not a distant God. He is close enough to hear our cries!  

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