Victory over Discouragement

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10) Everyone gets discouraged along the way.  Life is hard, people disappoint and hurt us, we lose our way, our hopes and […]

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Make This Your Top Goal

As you set goals for the new year, make sure this one tops the list: OBEY GOD! This runs contrary to how we like to live because we don’t like being told what to do or when to do it or even how to do it.  Our typical attitude is, “I’ve got this” UNTIL our mistakes […]

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Are We to Plan?

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you […]

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Prince of Peace

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”   Isaiah 9:6  What a perfect time to reflect on Jesus as the Prince of Peace.  He is the […]

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Encourage Others

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11) Why do most people leave a job? Why do kids often run away from home or not give their best? Why do many marriages end in divorce? Why the high level of dissatisfaction and discontentment among […]

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Hope in Christ

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for […]

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Make It Count

Imagine yourself standing beside a stream with a fast flowing current. You toss a small twig into the stream and watch it float away. That’s a fairly accurate picture of how easily we are caught in the current of our culture. Much effort and intentionality are required to go against the natural flow of the […]

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All In

In sports, “all-in” means giving it your best, and then some.  In marriage, “all-in” means, “I’m yours and you’re mine until death do us part.”  In poker, “all-in” means you are willing to risk everything to win the hand.  Full tilt!  Likewise, God calls us to be “all-in” in how we live and work.  Give […]

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What Do You Do?

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  (Colossians 4:5-6) How do you answer that question?  Most of us have learned how to give the 30 second or […]

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This is God’s Will

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Nestled in Paul’s teaching to believers in Thessalonica on how to relate to one another, are three simple yet profound truths, that if applied, will radically change your life.-Rejoice always-Pray without ceasing-Give thanks […]

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