Weekly Devotional Sharing with Pastoral Intern Calvin
Today I want to share with you a verse from Isaiah 43:2 as our mid-week encouragement.
In Isaiah 43:2, God said,
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
In Max Lucado’s book “You’ll get through this.” he said Through is a favourite word of God’s. …
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“Are we only allow to play as priests?”
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Is having things to do the same as having a purpose?
“Where do I start?”
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