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How to Be Genuinely Grateful

11/20/2018
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There is a difference between expressing thanks for something and being genuinely grateful for it. For example let’s suppose you are a craftsman and you contract to do a certain amount of work for so much money, and you fulfill your obligation. The work is done within the prescribed period of time and you do it well. When you fulfill your contract you are paid. Common courtesy demands that you respond, saying, “Thank you!” as you pick up the check in the brown manila envelope and take your...

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What Ingratitude Says About Us

11/19/2018
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Frank Mihalic tells of a man with a deeply infected tropical ulcer who, hobbling on crutches, came to the local clinic asking for help. A nursing sister looked at the open wound, infected and enlarged with redness that reflected poison that could take his leg, or possibly his life. What should she do? Medicines were sparse but she also knew that his condition was serious.

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Give Your Money a Job to Do

11/16/2018
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The woman died all alone at the age of 71. Because she had not seen a physician recently, the coroner was called to determine the cause of her death. “Malnutrition,” was the verdict. The little lady’s weight was only 50 pounds. Neighbors said that she had begged food from them, sometimes going door to door. The local outlet of the Salvation Army knew her. That’s where she had bought her clothes—all second-hand, of course.

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Why Should I Give?

11/15/2018
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“Why should we be concerned about poverty in Africa or the plight of the homeless? We didn’t cause the problems that confront people there, so why should we give?” challenged one person who seemed to feel that what happens somewhere else in the world should be left to someone else to solve.

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This is What You Need From Church

11/14/2018
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Have you ever had the experience of feeling that you are the “odd person out?” You have to attend a professional meeting or something you feel you should attend but would prefer to skip it. But you can’t. You have to attend. Others stand around talking, laughing, and conversing, but you stand in the back of the room alone and intimidated, looking for the exit, thinking only about getting out. What you really want to do is escape, and as fast as possible.

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How to Conquer the Biggest Problems in Your Life

11/13/2018
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When you are only five feet three, and someone who is six feet five towers over you, you quickly learn what intimidation is, especially when the giant leans over you and threatens to make mincemeat out of you. We’d much prefer enemies about our own size, giving us an equal chance; but of course, life isn’t always fair.

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Why Your Giant Problems Are a Good Thing

11/12/2018
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A Sunday school teacher, trying to impress the boys in her class, told the story of David and Goliath. In the class was one boy with an attitude. He thought he was pretty tough himself, so the teacher stressed how big Goliath was, picturing him as so big and tall that he would have dwarfed Yao Ming, the seven-foot five giant of a basketball player—China’s import to the Houston Rockets at the time.

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The First Five Gifts Seniors Have to Give

11/9/2018
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A senior citizen, eyeing a parking spot that had just been vacated at a mall, was slowly backing up his aging luxury car, to get room to maneuver into the spot when a teenager in a small, red sportscar came from the other direction and zipped into the spot. Jumping over the side of his little car, the youth called out, “That’s ‘cause I’m young and fast.” The old man revved up his engine and plowed ahead—straight into the little sportscar folding it up like an accordion. Then, turning to the...

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How to Know Who You Really Are

11/8/2018
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John Hagee worked at a children’s home and noticed that on the days that visitors were allowed, one boy invariably would come and stand by the gate. But John also noticed that no one ever came to visit the boy. One day John asked him why he always waited when no one ever came. “I’m waiting for my father,” replied the lad. “Yes, but your dad never comes so why wait?”

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How to Be a Genius

11/7/2018
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Do you ever wonder why you don’t get more done than you do? Perhaps there is a reason for it. Dr. Catherine Morris Cox, the American psychologist known for her work on intelligence and genius, suggested that geniuses are not produced by great intelligence alone, but by some factors that can be developed by the average person. Concentration is one of those factors. Dr. Cox’s study revealed that some of the world's greatest geniuses were not necessarily intellectual giants, but those who had...

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How Do You Turn Things Over to God?

11/6/2018
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John Redman tells the story of a farmer who came to town and asked the chef of a new French restaurant if he could use about a million frog legs. “Oui!” he responded enthusiastically, but he quickly asked, “Where in the world would you find so many frogs?” “I have a pond at home that is filled with them,” replied the farmer, adding, “they drive me crazy night and day.”

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How to Think About Trouble

11/5/2018
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"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen," begins an old song, but today the words might be more accurate: "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. Nobody knows but my best friend, my neighbor, my mother, my dentist, and some woman I sat next to on the bus yesterday."

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How to Cope with Pain

11/2/2018
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The great French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir was afflicted with arthritis that gradually crippled his hands. Little by little his hands became gnarled and twisted, and it became increasingly painful to just hold a brush. Anyone who has been strong and then has had pain begin to cripple him can relate to what Renoir went through, but Renoir's pain didn't go away with a few aspirin. Eventually holding a brush became a painful challenge. At last the arthritis put him in a wheelchair and the...

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The Words You May Regret: Or Else

11/1/2018
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Have you as a parent ever felt like giving up on a teenager when he turned his back to you and God and went the route of the Prodigal? Then today's devotional is just for you. Is it possible for a parent to separate behavior from acceptance? Not only is it possible, it is absolutely necessary. Sooner or later almost every parent has to say, "Look, kid, I love you, but what you are doing isn’t ok. You reject the behavior, not the person.

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How to Love in Real Life

10/31/2018
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"There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake, a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all...If only you could love enough you...

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Loving a Flawed Person

10/30/2018
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Florence Allshorn was a missionary sent to Uganda by the Church Missionary Society long before the advent of jets that span oceans and continents before the sun rises and sets. A number of missionaries had been there before Florence, but all of them had given up and come back home. The problem wasn't the climate or the cockroaches. Neither was it the headhunters or unfriendly natives to whom missionaries, especially female ones, were quite a novelty. The real problem was the senior...

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Rejection-Proof Love

10/29/2018
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An amazing thing about the human body is that it tends to reject anything that is foreign to it. Take a splinter, for instance, which has worked its way under your skin as a thorn did my thumb when I was pruning my roses. Unable to dig it out with a needle, I said to myself, "I'll just let nature take care of it," and sure enough, it was sore for a few days and then the surface around the thorn toughened as the flesh began to isolate the foreign object. In a few days, the thorn worked to the...

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How God Values You

10/26/2018
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The life of a single person, no matter what his or her background or past, is of equal, and great value to God.

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The Closure You Need

10/25/2018
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Closure is part of the healing process we need to get on with our lives. Thank God that there can be closure with difficulty which enables us to go on and to find His grace and strength.

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What is a Blessing?

10/24/2018
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What is a blessing—the kind which God gives? You can be blessed when you aren’t very happy because God’s blessings go far beyond feelings of happiness.

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