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I Want That!

8/13/2018
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In the area where we live, we have to be hooked up to cable TV to get any TV reception at all. For me one of the best parts about that is that we get the Home and Garden channel—HGTV. It may be called something else in your area, but you probably have a similar channel. I love enjoying the creativity of people who design beautiful landscaping and choose lovely colors and decor for their homes.

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A Scary Prayer?

8/6/2018
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Sometimes when you’re reading a book, a single phrase jumps off the page and catches your attention. It happened to me this week. I was reading Jill Briscoe’s book The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes, and the phrase that stood out to me was in the middle of a conversation that Jill was having with God. The phrase? Simply the words “Spend me.”[i]

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In the Beginning God Created

7/30/2018
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Science writer Samuel Alibrando proposes a challenge to anyone who has difficulty believing that God created the earth. He says, Let’s make a huge puzzle…. And let’s limit it to say, one million parts. It includes chemicals, scientific properties, elements, atoms, cells, changing weather, bugs, fish, reptiles, plants, dirt, mammals and instincts. Okay, can you put it together so that not one thing lacks what it needs…?

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Enjoy Them Now

7/23/2018
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Ken was still madly in love with Mary after 40 years of marriage. Everyone could see that! But Mary unexpectedly passed away with cancer, and Ken found himself alone and heart-broken.

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Something Beautiful

7/16/2018
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An artist decided to begin work on what he meant to be the masterpiece of his life. In his mind he knew exactly what he wanted to paint. He was working on the canvas, putting on the drab colors and grays that were to make up the background, when a friend came by to see him.

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Don’t Forget…

7/9/2018
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I’ve discovered something I’d like to share with you. It’s based on the rather embarrassing fact that when I read a book I tend to forget what I’ve read. Can you relate to that? Perhaps you’re blessed with a photographic memory, but since most of us aren’t, let me share something I’ve found to be helpful.

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That’s God

7/2/2018
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A friend sent me the following email: Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? THAT’S GOD talking to you through the Holy Spirit.

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Freedom!

6/25/2018
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When you see a Bible, perhaps you think of it as a book full of rules and regulations–a book that tells you to stop doing what you want and insists you start doing what you have no desire to do. Be honest—is that what the Bible seems like to you?

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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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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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