Author: Marilyn Phillipps

The Rewards of Steadfastness

This week we were thinking about some friends of ours. They are going through a tough time right now and are very angry about their circumstances. We are praying that they pass the test. What is the test? Each of us throughout life gets to experience times that try our...
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Walking Through the Tough Stuff

Have you noticed how many people are not willing to walk through the tough stuff today? Life is full of tough stuff – situations, relationships, work conditions, conflicts of all sorts. Nobody likes the tough stuff. It’s messy, it’s painful, and something we all would prefer to avoid. But tough...
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Four-way Stops and Lawlessness

Near our home there is a four-way stop on a road that leads to a very busy store. The road is always filled with cars and over time I have been watching the behavior of drivers at the stop signs. Either they have stopped teaching how four-way stops work or...
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Power in the Kingdom

The other day while reading the account of Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter I learned something new about walking in the Kingdom of God. I have been on a quest for some time now to fully understand what it means to be in the Kingdom of God here on earth. Within me...
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Five Easy Steps to a Lasting Marriage

Sounds good, doesn’t it? People are always asking us for a list of things to do to ensure a happy and healthy marriage. I’ve seen such lists written by others and they all contain good ideas. It has always seemed to me, though, that asking for five easy steps...
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Why God Hates Divorce

“For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce…” Malachi 2:16 First of all, let’s be clear that God hates divorce, not those who have been divorced. Too often these two become intertwined as one and they are not. There are reasons God hates divorce and we...
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A Covenant View in a Contract World

The first evidence we have of how God views covenant came right after Adam and his wife sinned in the Garden of Eden. God had instructed Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,...
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Where Do You Live?

Are you rooted in the way the world thinks or do you live as a citizen of the Kingdom? Do you get your understanding of what is happening in the world from the media or from the Holy Spirit? Do you react to situations as they happen or do you affect situations beforehand...
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Why Christians Should Vote

During the last election in the US we heard that a lot of Christians who were solid in their faith would not be casting a vote on election day. They were principled and they refused to vote for someone they felt did not follow scriptural truths. Because they refused to...
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