All posts by Rev. Suzie Chamness

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Pursue Holiness

“If we live by the Holy Spirit, let us be guided by the Holy Spirit” (Gal 5:25) Some may think that being a Gay Christian is almost in-compatible. It is in some people’s mind an oxymoron. There are many other adjectives I have heard used

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Breathe Deeply

“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” -Job 33:4 “Don’t forget to breathe.” My girlfriend used to say this to me quite frequently, most often when she would instinctively know that I was under stress. It

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Why Let Go?

We can work on the positive things in our life and in our community and look to moving away from some who would make us feel negative about who we were created to be. We can allow people, places and things the freedom to be

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New Beginnings

We talk about new pursuits and new beginnings. It seems that new and improved is all that is important. Scriptures each week push my thoughts in the direction of new. The word new and variations occur in the Bible over one hundred and fifty times.

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Be Aware

“Be alert. Lerts have more fun!!” Not relevant to the story, perhaps, but a dear friend shared that with me and I thought about it. Staying alert, aware isn’t easy but we are taught that as children and would do well to remember as an

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Whose Will?

It is challenging perhaps now more than ever to be a GLBT person. Accepting who we are is for some, a lifetime work. It is difficult for each of us to accept at times and keep the faith while living true to who you are

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Where’s the Trust?

For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies,

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Confidence in God

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God. – 1 John 3:21 “Hearts” in this verse refers to the Christian’s confidence in asking God for things. This point is made clearer in the following verse. Because this same word occurs

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No Small Task

Do you think that small incidents are of no concern to God? Think about the time Jesus needed tax money and he told Peter to go to the sea and cast out a hook and the first fish he caught, open its mouth, and there

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Surrounded by Light

The heart and mind find peace and harmony by prayer and meditation of your true self as supreme light. All people and spiritual groups have talked about the phenomena of light as it related to our spiritual being, Holy One or perhaps a mystical experience.