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When Is It Okay To Do Nothing?

7/22/2019
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It’s not my nature to sit and do nothing. I like to be busy--to feel that I’m accomplishing something that counts. So, when a few months ago I found myself spending more and more time just sitting on the sofa watching “whatever” on TV, I knew that was not normal for me. OK, I’ll admit this happened during a period when I was very, very tired, so I probably should not have felt guilty. There were reasons why I didn’t feel like attacking any projects or being particularly productive....

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You Can Fight Discouragement

7/15/2019
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See if this scenario fits you. Everything seems to have gone wrong lately. Your job is shaky, your health isn’t great, your family has problems, and your finances—well, let’s just say your bank account has acute anemia.

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When You Need God’s Help

7/8/2019
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Comfort—it’s a word I like to hear. It has such a—well, reassuring sound to it, right? It’s also a Bible word. Bible teacher G. Campbell Morgan says that the word “comfort” occurs in some form ten times in just five verses. That’s in 2 Corinthians chapter 2.

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How To Use What You Have

7/1/2019
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George Washington Carver was an American botanist back in the 1900s who became famous for discovering 300 uses for the lowly peanut. Most people wouldn’t have been willing to devote their lives to a mere peanut. But the story goes that Carver once asked the Lord, “Lord, what is the universe?” The Lord said, “George, that’s too big for your little head. Suppose you let me take care of the universe.” Greatly humbled, the scientist asked, “Then, Lord, if the universe is too big for me to...

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What To Do In A Storm

6/24/2019
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Jesus was tired. He had taught large crowds of people who were gathered at the Sea of Galilee—crowds so large, in fact, that he taught from a boat to keep from being crushed.

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Advice For A Procrastinator

6/17/2019
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The slogan on the t-shirt said, “Procrastinators, Unite—Tomorrow.” Can you relate to that? Most of us are very good at putting off until tomorrow what we don’t want to do today. Some of us even go so far as to make lists of what we know we should do. We carefully arrange the tasks in order of importance—and then totally ignore the list and do what we wanted to do in the first place. I know, because I’m a procrastinator.

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How To Keep Your Kids From Killing Each Other!

6/10/2019
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One of the issues of parenting that I hated the most was dealing with sibling rivalry. We have three children, and when they were kids at home, I certainly had my share of listening to them squabble and pick at each other. I hated it—maybe because I’m an only child and did not grow up fighting with brothers and sisters. Sometimes I wanted to walk out the door and not come back—at least for a while.

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God Is Big Enough!

6/3/2019
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Do you want to give someone a unique gift? Starting at $25 you can name a star in your friend’s honor. If you enter “name a star” in your Internet browser, you’ll find a number of sites that offer to do just that. For $54 you can have a beautiful full color parchment certificate personalized with the star name, date and coordinates along with a chart that contains the location circled in red where the star is in the sky.

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What God Thinks of You

5/27/2019
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When I was growing up, a friend of ours had a dog she named “Precious.” My dad would almost get ill when he heard her call the dog by that name. She was a rather homely little animal—and besides, he reasoned, “Precious” is much too sentimental, gushy and syrupy a name for any dog.

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How to Be in Perfect Shape

5/20/2019
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Most of us are not completely happy with how our bodies look. We’d like to shed a few pounds—without any effort, of course. We wish we had more muscles or curves. Or maybe it’s more hair you would like. But what you have is what you’ve got, right?

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Four Things I Learned as a Mother

5/13/2019
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I’m a grandmother now. All three of our kids have homes of their own and children of their own. I’m at the stage when it’s interesting to reminisce about the period of life when the children were younger and still at home. One of the great things about this is that you tend to forget how tired you were at the time and only remember the good times you had together.

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Should You Be a Missionary?

5/6/2019
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How do you know whether you’re called to be a missionary? Do you wait until you hear an audible voice telling you to go, or do you sense an urge in your heart that just won’t go away? Listen to the experience of Jonathan Goforth.

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How to Handle Interruptions

4/29/2019
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Have you noticed that Jesus never hurried? In fact, on the contrary, when His friend Lazarus was dying, He delayed coming to see him until Lazarus was dead. Of course Jesus knew that He was going to bring him back to life in a few days. Jesus could accept delays in life because He had the decided advantage of seeing time from an eternal perspective. He knew the past, the present and future—all at the same time.

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What You Must Do to Follow Christ

4/22/2019
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You probably remember that some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen by background. In fact, several were fishing at the moment when Jesus called them. "’Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men.’" Do you remember what their response was? Here it is: The Bible says, “At once they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:17-18).

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Is There Power in Jesus' Name?

4/15/2019
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Greg Fisher, who for years was a missionary in Africa, tells that when he was growing up in the U.S., his dad was a street evangelist. Yes, he preached openly on the streets to anyone who would listen. Greg tells about going with his dad when he was only seven years old to a spot in Hollywood right in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to hand out Christian leaflets while his dad preached to the crowds who lined up for the Sunday matinee at the theater. One bystander began to yell at his...

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How is Your Self-Image?

4/8/2019
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Image is so important to a woman. Her appearance and the impression she makes matter very much to her. Women want to know what the “look” is for this season so they can have the “correct image.” Are skirts going to be short, medium, or long? What is the most important part of make-up this year—the lips or the eyes? Should I have the suntanned look or more natural? What’s in—casual and comfortable or tight-fitting styles?

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The Influence of Kindness

4/1/2019
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Martin and Grecia Bernham were celebrating their wedding anniversary in 2001 when they were abruptly taken captive by the militant Abu Sayyaf. For 17 years Martin had been a missionary jungle pilot in the area, but for the next more than a year, the two were held as hostages under the most miserable of circumstances.

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Do You Act Like There's No God?

3/25/2019
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In her book To Fly Again, Gracia Burnham[1]quotes a devotional written by E. Stanley Jones, Methodist missionary to India. The devotional is entitled “Worry is Atheism.” Jones writes, A person who worries says, “I cannot trust God; I’ll take things into my own hands.” Result? Worry, frustration, incapacity to meet the dreaded thing when it does come. With God, you can meet it, overcome it, assimilate it into the purpose of your life. Alone, you fuss and fume and are frustrated.

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How God Sees You

3/18/2019
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Bernard Kipsangut, a friend of mine in Kenya, is not only a pastor but also the chaplain of the Kitale Men’s Prison. He posted thoughts on his Facebook page that I found inspiring. I never was able to find the original author, so I will give credit to that famous writer, “Author Unknown.” Anyway, here it is--based on that Old Testament favorite, Joseph, son of the patriarch Jacob.

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When God Says "Wait"

3/11/2019
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My daughter had to appear in court on an important financial matter. She had a whole army of friends and family praying for her that the issue would be settled that particular day once and for all.

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