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“...pray for the grace to realize that no matter where you are, you are in the presence of the Lord.”
Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
“But it is heartening to realize that God accomplishes his purposes despite our frailties, our little faith, our entrenched self-reliance.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“None of us is so mature that we cannot be influenced. The question is: Who or what do we want to shape our lives?”
Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
“God’s goal isn’t simply to fill the world with people who believe the right things. It is to fill the world with people who shine with the brilliance of Christ.”
Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
“Discontment is an insidious thing, trapping us into thinking that which is enough is longer enough, and that which is satisfying is no longer satisfying.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture
“Even though many of us are working very hard at it, we rarely, if ever, experience the joy and peace that are promised in the Bible. So what’s the problem? Perhaps we are still holding the reins of our lives too tightly, afraid to surrender ourselves to God’s Spirit.”
Ann Spangler, The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace
“God with us.” When our sins made it impossible for us to come to him, God took the outrageous step of coming to us, of making himself susceptible to sorrow, familiar with temptation, and vulnerable to sin’s disruptive power, in order to cancel its claim. In Jesus we see how extreme God’s love is.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“The Bible is so much more than a dry compilation of genealogies, prophecies, and laws. It is the story of the most important relationship in the world, the one between God and his people. The setting of this story moves quickly from Paradise to a fallen world and then culminates, after much foolishness and suffering, in heaven itself. It reveals what was, what is, and what will be. As the story unfolds, it exposes the nature of our deepest problems and the roots of our worst sufferings. Through its various characters, we recognize the tug-of-war that takes place in our own souls as we struggle to respond to God.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
“When we are at our weakest, God is at his best, ready to step in and say to us as he said to Hagar, “Do not be afraid” (Genesis 21:17).”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“It reminds us that we are not called to be parrots, unquestioningly repeating whatever we learn from a favorite teacher. Instead, we are to exercise wisdom and discernment, continually asking questions, weighing answers, seeking understanding, and grounding our beliefs within the context of God’s Word and the wisdom of Christian tradition.”
Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
“Whether you are living in a wilderness of poverty or loneliness or sorrow, God's promises, love, and protection are just as available to you now as they were to Hagar.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“Lord, sometimes I feel abandoned, as though no one understands or cares about me. Please show me that you really are near and that you see and hear everything that happens. Refresh me with your presence even when I am walking through a desert experience. And help me, in turn, to comfort others when they feel hopeless and alone. In Jesus' name. Amen.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“While we need to look deeply into the Scriptures Jesus knew, we needn’t look beyond them for things that aren’t there.”
Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
“God’s purpose for my life resided not so much in what I did as in how I did it. It didn’t matter whether God gave me a large role or a tiny one; I could still have impact if I could learn to do one thing—to love people in whatever circumstance I found myself. Why? Because love lasts. Because love never fails. Because love does not envy, and it never boasts. It is neither proud nor rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes. Love never gives up. God is love. Love, in fact, is the hardest, most powerful thing in the world. Whether driving a child to school, leading a church, cleaning a bathroom, heading up a multinational corporation, or washing feet, love is the secret to making a lasting impact.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“God's use of the ordinary to bring about the extraordinary is as much in evidence here in the early events of Exodus as anywhere in Scripture. His tendency to bring about his will through ordinary items, ordinary people, and ordinary events is no less at work today than it was in Jochebed's.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture
“Lord, you call me to live in the world without embracing the ways of the world. Help me to live in a way that preserves my freedom to follow you wherever and however you lead. If I should leave behind a monument, may it be a reminder to others of faith and not foolishness.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
“When you are at your lowest, on your knees before God's judgment, never forget that his grace is still at work. And that is truly amazing.”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“Recuerda que Dios tiene su propia agenda, y descansa en la seguridad de que él te ama y cumplirá las promesas que te hizo.”
Ann Spangler, Mujeres de la Biblia: Un devocional de estudio para un ano sobre las mujeres de la Escritura
“The good news for single people and for couples is that Jesus is the One who ultimately fulfills our need for intimacy. He is the One who draws us out of our isolation and loneliness by uniting us to himself and to those who belong to him. We bear fruit to the degree that we are united to him.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“Party”
Ann Spangler, Wicked Women of the Bible
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because servants do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. JOHN 15:9–16”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“Accepting Christ" is only the beginning, not the ultimate goal. Likewise, evangelism is vital, but so is discipleship. To go no deeper is to risk being like the seed that fell not on good soil but on rocky ground, sprouting up but bearing little or no fruit. Focusing solely on God's gift of free salvation is focusing on the minimum.”
Ann Spangler
“I believe that Jesus wants our spiritual vision to be so clear that we can become spiritual contrarians: people who continue to believe when life is at its worst, people who keep faith though everyone around us loses faith, people who continue to obey no matter how high the cost.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. —JOHN 1:16”
Ann Spangler, Women of the Bible
“Believing in the Lord Loving in the Lord Working hard in the Lord Boasting in the Lord Being faithful in the Lord Being strong in the Lord Hoping in the Lord Standing firm in the Lord Rejoicing in the Lord Paul even talks about being a prisoner in the Lord, and the book of Revelation makes it clear that it is possible to die in the Lord. Clearly, the early Christians considered Jesus to be not just their Savior but also their Lord. He was the atmosphere in which they lived, worked, prayed, suffered, and loved. They understood that their happiness depended not on having things their way, but on being completely aligned with Christ, uniting themselves to his character and purposes regardless of the personal cost.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“Jesus, in the story of creation, already planning the new creation; Jesus supreme above the ruins of the fall; Jesus in the ark, the rainbow and the dove; Jesus in the sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the ladder of Jacob, and the story of Joseph; Jesus in the Paschal lamb, the desert manna…. The face of Jesus can be traced like water lines in fine paper back of every page, for He is the Alpha and the Omega: the first and the last of this Holy Book.”
Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus: A Daily Guide
“Introduction”
Ann Spangler, Wicked Women of the Bible
“When you are at your lowest, on your knees before God’s judgment, never forget that his grace is still at work. And that is truly amazing.”
Ann Spangler, Wicked Women of the Bible
“The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. JOHN 14:27”
Ann Spangler, The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace


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