Esther Translations

Esther Translations

When I started the Love God Greatly Ruth study I felt empty, as if my soul and emotions were in a desert. I had been spiritually abused and had lost my trust in Christian leadership. I was filled with discouragement and frustration. I couldn’t worship. The Lord...

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How To Live Wisely

How To Live Wisely

The verse for today is found in Ephesians 5. I have been thinking about this for a while now and just want to share a couple of things with you. Ephesians 5:15 says “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” Why are we to live as wise? Paul tells...

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God Is Always At Work

God Is Always At Work

One of my favorite attributes of God is His providence. I could read and talk about it all day, because I don’t have to look far to see how little control I hold over my life. The fact that my lack of wisdom sometimes causes me to make poor decisions makes the truth...

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Know Thyself

Know Thyself

Chapter 1 of the book of Esther is a cautionary tale of the consequences of foolish decision-making.  There are many lessons that we can glean from the foolish choices made by King Ahasuerus in Esther 1:13-18. King Ahasuerus, insulted and humiliated by Queen Vashti,...

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When Plans Don’t Go Our Way

When Plans Don’t Go Our Way

I have a younger sister. She’s beautiful, generous, hilarious, and has the best hair ever. That hair… really. She searches high and low for the perfect gifts for her friends, she rarely says “no” when it’s in her power to help, and she loves Jesus with everything that...

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Week 1- The Choice is Yours

Week 1- The Choice is Yours

Sweet friends, I am so glad to have you join us for our fall study in the amazing book of Esther. It is not a coincidence that we will be going through this powerful book the next six weeks for “such a time as this.” Before we begin, I want you to personally know that...

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Esther Introduction

Esther Introduction

The book of Esther is a strange book in that it is one of two books in the Bible where God is not mentioned by name. Many people have been bothered by that fact, and some have even questioned whether or not it should have been included in the canon of Scripture....

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Esther- Materials

Esther- Materials

Ohhhh, friends, we are just ONE WEEK AWAY!!! We begin our ESTHER study next MONDAY and we couldn’t be more excited to dig into God’s Word with you! This week is a great time to reach out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to do our study with...

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Our Next Study: Esther

Our Next Study: Esther

We live in a day when it is important to be strong and brave and stand up for what is right. While God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, His fingerprints are all over this true story. Esther is a timeless story; it is a relevant to our lives today as it was to...

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The Way to Contentment

The Way to Contentment

As God would have it, this is the last written blog post by our dear friend, Edurne Mencia. Edurne unexpectedly passed away earlier this month on August 1st. While we rejoice that she is now at home with Jesus, we as a community have been grieving the loss of our dear...

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Don’t Just Think It, Speak It

Don’t Just Think It, Speak It

In the midst of trying to think of a way to open our discussion about why encouraging words matter, and about the necessity - and urgency - of speaking them, the unthinkable happened. We unexpectedly lost our beloved friend, LGG translator, leader, and role model...

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Your Prayers Matter!

Your Prayers Matter!

"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." - Max Lucado I think one of the biggest lies many of us are listening to in this critical...

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Online Voices

Online Voices

Every few months I find myself tempted to delete all of my social media accounts. The negative energy overwhelms me. Facebook starts to suck my joy away, and  I grow tired of scrolling through superficial Instagram selfies and beat myself up for not having a Pinterest...

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Accepting Hard Truth

Accepting Hard Truth

When we think about speaking truth to each other we often think about words that make us feel good, that put a smile on our face and brighten someones day. We think about reminding each other about the truth found in God’s Word in order to encourage someone in their...

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Let Your Words Be Few

Let Your Words Be Few

We live in a time when our thoughts and opinions can be shared throughout the world at a moment’s notice, with little to no accountability. It is easy to forget that we will all have to give an account for every empty word we have ever spoken. "But I tell you that...

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What God Says To Us

What God Says To Us

The average person considers between 12,000 and 70,000 thoughts in one day, and psychologists estimate that over 70% of what clutters our mind is negative. Dark thoughts can derail us. Some days, I feel like I am riding a crazy train loaded with the wrong words...

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For the children of Edurne Mencia

For the children of Edurne Mencia

Our dear friend, Edurne Mencia, unexpectedly passed away on August 1st from a sudden heart attack. She leaves behind three young children and a loving husband. Edurne was more than just an amazing friend, she was a modern-day hero not only to me, but to many women...

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Your Words All Matter

Your Words All Matter

Your words matter. The words you speak to others and the words you speak to yourself, they all matter. If you're anything like me, you save your harshest words for yourself. You know those poison-laced words no one else can hear except you. They repeat themselves over...

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Do You Watch Your Mouth?

Do You Watch Your Mouth?

We all struggle with the tongue. Maybe you don’t use the really bad words, maybe you don’t even say any words that are unsavory, but you do struggle with your tongue. Words that are used to complain, gossip, slander, express anger, self-pity or annoyance are all ways...

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From the Overflow of our Heart

From the Overflow of our Heart

Over the span of four and a half decades, seasons, places, and people have come in and out of my life, beautifully expanding and diversifying my community over the years. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mom, a volunteer, an employee, and a few other...

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Words Matter Translations

Words Matter Translations

My husband and I have been pastors for 17 years. My husband has always been involved with activities throughout the church, and I am directly involved with the Ministry of Women and Music. In our church we always prioritize the Word of God, so every month I provide a...

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The Power of God’s Word

The Power of God’s Word

God's words are powerful! We know this truth, right? But do we really understand how powerful they are? I think if we did, we'd value being in His Word more and savor them more in our hearts. I mean, when we stop and contemplate the true power of God's words, how can...

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Words Matter Introduction

Words Matter Introduction

We’ve all felt the power of the tongue. It’s no secret that words are important both to the one who speaks them and to the one who receives them. Words can build confidence, offer encouragement, and repair relationships. Words can also destroy friendships, belittle...

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