These Commands Actually Lead To More Joy

These Commands Actually Lead To More Joy

Road closed. Detour. I watched as bold drivers completely ignored the signs and drove around the barrier, only to be pulled over100 yards later by a police officer just around the curve and out of sight. I don’t know if he was issuing tickets, but I did observe the...

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Know The Wonderful Truth Of Who You Are

Know The Wonderful Truth Of Who You Are

Who you are can be a nagging question that has many and varied answers. Parents, teachers, friends, spouses, children, bosses, co-workers, and pastors, among others, can have very different answers. Sometimes other people’s answers can even be in direct opposition to...

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Ultimate Sacrifice Is The Absolute Best Display Of Love

Ultimate Sacrifice Is The Absolute Best Display Of Love

What is love? John tells us in his first epistle, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4.10).   God’s love for us is so great that we do not fully comprehend it. He sent His Son as...

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Here Is The Danger Of Hidden Assumptions

Here Is The Danger Of Hidden Assumptions

We humans regularly make assumptions. I would venture to guess none of us go through a day without making at least one assumption. The Oxford Dictionary defines an assumptions as, “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.”     Danger of...

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How To Change A Negative Outlook to Positive

How To Change A Negative Outlook to Positive

With reports of the latest terrorist attack, volcano eruptions, tornados and other violent storms, global warming, a political system that seems caught in an endless impasse and drug addiction on the increase, life can seem filled with negativity.   Our society can be...

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A Job Well Done And Its Unexpected Reward

A Job Well Done And Its Unexpected Reward

Many of us are familiar with the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25.14-29. In this parable, a master gave three servants varying amounts of money to take care of while he was away. The first two servants used their funds to advance their master’s holdings,...

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But Still … Two Ways To Surrender Disappointment

But Still … Two Ways To Surrender Disappointment

After living in my house for 30 years, my 60-year-old kitchen finally got the update it desperately needed. The knotty pine cabinets and custom linoleum floor were in style at least seven styles ago!   As one of the final steps in the kitchen renovation, we replaced...

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Realizing Being Popular Isn’t All It Promises To Be

Realizing Being Popular Isn’t All It Promises To Be

In grade school, I was never one of the popular girls. I wanted to be, but… Then one day in eighth grade all my school shirts were dirty and Mom let me wear a white blouse. She wouldn’t let me wear white regularly because it got dirty too easily. On that particular...

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Love Of Money And The Image Of God

Love Of Money And The Image Of God

What would you do if you were offered an annual bonus of $3.6 million? Would your first reaction be that it was not enough?   Sam Polk’s memoir For the Love of Money is a fascinating read. Polk writes about his rise to senior trader at one of the largest hedge funds...

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A Remarkable Truth About God’s Spoken Word In The World

A Remarkable Truth About God’s Spoken Word In The World

And God spoke all these words … Exodus 20.1     God spoke the world into existence. The universe and all of creation are the result of words God spoke. Yet when it came to our obedience, He did not speak that into existence. Instead, He gave us commandments and leaves...

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