August 14: “Living a Blessed Life”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings (If you want to listen to an audio version of today’s blog post, simply go to https://anchor.fm/mattellis1997, or search for “Reflections on Truth” by Matt Ellis wherever you download your favorite podcasts.) Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4Romans 4Jeremiah 42Psalms 18 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Roman 4:7-8 (CSB) “Blessed are those […]

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March 6: “To Complain or To Be Grateful, That is the Question”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 17 Luke 20 Job 35 2 Corinthians 5 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “He named the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites complained, and because they tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” Exodus 17:7 (CSB) Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): We […]

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February 2: “Sharing Jesus With Others”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 34 Mark 5 Job 1 Romans 5 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “Jesus did not let him but told him, ‘Go home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.’” Mark […]

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February 1: “Give Credit Where Credit is Due”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 33 Mark 4 Esther 9,10 Romans 4 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he asked, ‘Who are these with you?’ He answered, ‘The children God has graciously given your servant.’” Genesis 33:5 (CSB) Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): […]

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January 30: “Thanking Jesus for Doing the Hard Thing”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 31 Mark 2 Esther 7 Romans 2 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority […]

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November 6: “Thanking and Praising God”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Ezekiel 14:12–16:41 Hebrews 7:18-28 Psalm 106:1-12 Proverbs 27:4-6 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Psalm 106:1 (CSB): “Hallelujah! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): How long has it been since you have praised and thanked the […]

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God Loves It When We Thank Him

God’s fingerprints are all over us! People have a natural love for beauty because God has created us to enjoy what He has made. People have an innate sense of right and wrong because we are made by a moral Creator. People have a desire for justice when wrongs are committed and are frustrated when […]

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We Are Grateful Parents!

Yesterday was Kim’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, she wanted her family to be together at least for a few minutes. Fortunately, Zach was out of school for the summer and had the day off. Sean and Joseph were at church camp at Jonathan Creek. So, we headed to Crossings Church Camp for worship last night. […]

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An Attitude of Gratitude

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:Leviticus 14:1-57  Mark 6:30-56 Psalm 40:1-10 Proverbs 10:11-12BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY: Psalm 40:5 “O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end […]

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Why we MUST pray "with thanksgiving" if we are anxious

Have you ever been anxious? Of course you have. We’ve all been there. Maybe it occurs when you pay bills at the kitchen table with the knowledge that there simply isn’t enough money. Maybe it happened when you were sitting in a waiting room as a loved one was undergoing surgery down the hall. Maybe […]

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