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Self-Confidence or Supreme Confidence?

6/18/2018
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I recently read a book where the author suggested that you replace old, negative, condemning thoughts about yourself with new, positive, encouraging thoughts and thereby raise your sense of self-esteem. She believes that by visualizing what you want your life to be, you can change it. But I have found that thinking positively about myself is simply not enough. Too often I cannot live up to my own expectations.

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The God Who Gives Endurance and Encouragement

6/11/2018
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I like to read the Best Seller List to see what kind of books people are buying. Many are fiction. Others are biographies—they’re some of my favorites. Most deal with various issues of life in the 21 century. But there’s one book on the Best Seller List that dates back more than four thousand years—yet people still read it today. Of course, it’s the Bible. Amazing, isn’t it, that people still read a book that was written so many years ago!

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Freedom of Forgiveness

6/4/2018
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Ray Pratchard, in his book The Healing Power of Forgiveness, tells about a wise old monk and his young apprentice who were walking together along a forest trail. Their monastery had a rule forbidding all contact with women, but when they came to a river with a fast-flowing current, they saw an old woman weeping near the shoreline. “She asked for help, saying that she couldn’t cross the river on her own. Without a word, the older monk picked up the woman and carried her to the other side....

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Jesus—One Cell

5/28/2018
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Stop for a moment—take a deep breath and mentally come with me. We’d better tiptoe. See that manger? Look inside. What do you see? Nestled in the hay is a tiny newborn baby, wrapped tightly. He’s no ordinary baby. The very Son of God in human form! Who but God would come up with a plan to have a relationship with us that would begin with a baby!

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How to Be Like Jesus

5/21/2018
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For years I’ve been fascinated by John’s words in the Bible, where he wrote that when Jesus comes back to earth, we will be like him, “for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

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God Is Able to Give You Much More

5/14/2018
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Amaziah, the king of Judah, was headed to war with 300,000 soldiers. But he didn’t think this was enough, so he hired another 100,000 from the nation of Israel, for which he paid a hundred talents of silver—a tidy sum that amounted to between three and four tons of the precious metal.

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Waiting for God

5/7/2018
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We read about it in the Bible in the Old Testament. The Philistines and Israel were about to go to war and Israel’s King Saul and his troops were shaking with fear. They were waiting for their spiritual leader Samuel to come and plead for God’s help. But Samuel didn’t come. So, contrary to God’s instructions that only a priest was to offer the sacrifice, Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

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Telling God I Love Him

4/30/2018
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Dr. Gary Chapman has become known for his books on the five Love Languages–five ways that love can be expressed—whether to a husband or wife, family or friends. Here they are: gifts, touch, acts of service, words and quality time. Each of us has a primary way we best respond to love being expressed to us, using one of these languages.

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True Love

4/23/2018
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I read the following on a wall plaque in a restaurant: Love puts the fun in together The sad in apart The hope in tomorrow The joy in a heart.

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God Keeps His Word

4/16/2018
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Heather Reynolds is the founder and director of an outreach in South Africa that has saved the lives of thousands of children among the Zulu people. They call it God’s Golden Acre. In the face of insurmountable odds, Heather has provided a loving home for hundreds and hundreds of children with HIV-AIDS and those orphaned by the dread killer.

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I Must Keep Going . . .

4/9/2018
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Back in the 1980s, Heather Reynolds, along with her husband, Patrick, founded an outreach that has saved thousands of children among the Zulu people of South Africa. They call it God’s Golden Acre.

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Old-Fashioned Word but Up-to-Date Problem

4/2/2018
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Tribulation is a word that you probably don’t use every day of the week. But you experience it nearly every day. Tribulation means trouble, problems, hardship, misery, suffering, and misfortune–I’m sure you’ve got the idea.

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Sneaky Pride

3/26/2018
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Mart DeHaan calls pride “a great imposter—one so clever that he deceived even the devil himself.” He writes, “I’m learning that he is no fool. He flatters us. He defers to us. He encourages us to develop an exaggerated opinion of our own importance, while at the same time letting us think negative and self-destructive thoughts about ourselves…. He has hats for every occasion and masks for every emotion. He has a different voice for every decision. Sometimes he struts—sometimes he...

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If I Just Had Enough Money

3/19/2018
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Finish this statement: “If I just had enough money, I would…” How would you finish that sentence? “Live in a mansion, drive a sports car, hire all my work done and travel”? Or would you say something like “Stop HIV-AIDS and relieve world hunger”? Or maybe your answer would be, “I’d share the Gospel in massive ways so that everyone in the world can know Jesus died for their sins and will forgive them.”

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I Don’t Wanna

3/12/2018
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A young mom who was having a frustrating week sent me an email saying, “I’m in a ‘kicking, screaming, I don’t wanna’ do it’ mood this week.” Can you identify with her? I certainly can. Sometimes I go so far as to get my week totally organized—lists made, priorities identified—and then I look at the #1 item on the list and think, “I don’t want to do this–I’m not in the mood—in fact, I’m not going to do it!”

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No More Condemnation

2/26/2018
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Here’s what a friend of mine wrote about the guilt she was experiencing: Condemnation–I felt it every day. The enemy would scream denunciation into my ear for the daily sins I was committing.

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You Are More Precious Than Diamonds

2/19/2018
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In God’s eyes, are you more precious than diamonds? Could it be true? Think for a moment about diamonds. They are one of the most precious items in creation, rare, beautiful and highly prized. But they are nothing compared to how God values us–yes, we who trip and fall and fail more often than we care to admit.

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Me and Miss California

2/12/2018
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One day my husband called me and said that Lisa needed a place to live for a few months. “What do you think of inviting her to live with us?” Not one to wait long before making a decision, my husband stayed on the phone for my answer.

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Online with God

2/5/2018
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I’ve been giving some thought to the fact that my brain never seems to turn off. I’m always thinking. If I try not to think, I’m only thinking that I’m not thinking! I wonder if God made our brains so that they never turn off so that we could truly “pray without ceasing,” as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us. Or at least center our thoughts on God throughout the day–not just at the beginning and end of each day. If that is true, I realize a lot of my brain energy goes to non-essentials....

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Life At Its Best

1/29/2018
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In his book Senior Moments, Willard Spiegelman expressed a very pessimistic view on life: “We come into the world alone, with a cry,” he reminds us. Then he adds, “We exit alone, to confront the final eternal silence. The fun, all the pleasure and adventure, lies in between.”

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