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By On June 19th, 2018

Suffering

No suffering feels good nor is it, in itself, good. But God has a way of transforming what feels, or is intended to be, bad. God is never far from His people who suffer. Suffering should never be though of as sent from God, but the Lord can touch our hearts and lives in painful…

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By On June 13th, 2018

New Birth

Birth is often used as a metaphor for change. New birth is momentous. I remember well the vast change for me from being a husband to being a father. This change opened up an entirely new world. I experienced this again with my granddaughter’s birth. Soon we are anticipating the birth of our first great-grandchild.…

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By On June 8th, 2018

Fear

When I begin to feel fear, there are three principles I focus on: Most of what we fear never happens.  When it does happen, it’s usually not as bad as we feared   If it is as bad as we feared (or worse), God can grant the peace and strength we need to work through…

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By On June 5th, 2018

Pressure

Pressure is a good thing—to a point. My car tires are rated to hold a pressure of 33psi. Too little pressure and the control of steering is sloppy. Too much pressure and the tires bald more quickly and can even pop.  Life, like tires, actually requires some pressure. I’ve found that when I have little…

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By On June 1st, 2018

Read Something

All the information you need can be found in small packages, called books. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I’m frequently amused by how many of us need information but do not do the work of reading it for ourselves. Books easily supply entertainment, information, even transformation by truth.  If you read them.  There…

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By On May 29th, 2018

Pace Yourself

Have you ever started a project with tremendous energy and commitment, only to have it stall in just a few days? If you’re like me, there are a few semi-completed projects on your computer or in your closet or garage.  I used to run the mile and two-mile races in high school track. The worst…

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By On May 25th, 2018

Corrective Lenses

  I got glasses in the fourth grade when my parents figured that my constant running into things wasn’t just because I was clumsy. What a wonderful new world opened to me! I saw everything in a new way and my grades improved.  Clear vision is critical in so many ways. Just as clarity is…

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By On May 22nd, 2018

Beauty

Our culture seems obsessed with beauty, but it’s short-lived. Few actresses maintain stardom into middle age, fewer still beyond that. In marked contrast, the Bible honors long-lasting beauty, following the Hebrew ideal of transcendence more than appearance; permanence rather than passing.  The Old Testament Hebrew word for beauty is hadar. It also means the power…

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By On May 18th, 2018

Being Holy

What do you think of when you hear the word “holy?” For a lot of people the word brings up images like church buildings or angels. I’ve heard the phrase that “someone is so holy that they’re no earthly good. That’s a sad statement, for holiness is its opposite.  Holy actually means “set apart.” The…

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By On May 15th, 2018

Devotions

A good practice for all Christians is to set aside a short time each day to read their Bible and pray. Lots of us try to do this, but drop out after a few weeks. Let me suggest some simple things that can help.  First, find a time for you to set aside daily that…

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