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When Times Are Difficult

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10) When times are difficult, it is good to remember the promises of God.  But that’s easier said than done, because our […]

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Responding to Pain and Suffering

“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting […]

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Spiritual Olympians

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4:7-8 Olyimpian athletes push themselves to extremes in order to “hopefully” win a medal.  How much […]

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Stand Up and Stand Out

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a God’s purpose is for His people (those who are His true followers) to stand out in the world.  We are to be set apart and distinct as we live in this […]

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Trials are a Good Thing

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  (James 1:2-4) A “trial” is something God causes or allows to occur for the purpose of strengthening […]

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Faith Under Fire

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”  (1 […]

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Uh Oh! What Now?

Life is littered with difficult, often seemingly insurmountable scenarios. What do you do when that happens? Do you persevere and endure? Do you think creatively and try to find a solution? Those are both excellent responses, but we must never forget to exercise our faith in our God who is above and beyond all scenarios. […]

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Learn to Wait

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”  Isaiah 40:31 Life involves a lot of waiting and we typically don’t like to wait.  Waiting requires patience, discipline and focus.  It […]

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Mental Toughness

Daily we deal with external issues, but the real battle is internal.  Worry, fears, doubt and temptation all begin in the mind.  Discipline, focus, determination, perseverance, endurance, stamina are all internal issues. Long distance runners, triathletes, all professional athletes realize the need for mental toughness. Jesus spoke to His disciples about mental and spiritual toughness […]

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Leveraging Tough Circumstances

Difficulties are a part of life. You are either presently in tough times, coming out of tough times, or headed for tough times. It’s just the way life is. Jesus, in promising troubling times, said, “but take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) This too shall pass! We are certainly encouraged to pray […]

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