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Here’s A Special Promise For Single Moms

11/11/2019
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Robert Fulghum says, “Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Yes, like it or not, what we moms do is a pattern that our kids tend to follow. From us they are learning skills for their own lives. So, Paul’s words speak loudly to us when he says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good” (Titus 2:7).

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When Jealousy Isn’t Sin

11/4/2019
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We usually think of jealousy as being a bad thing—a sin. On the contrary, you may be surprised to know that the Bible says God Himself is jealous. But He’s jealous for all the right reasons. You see, God loves you deeply, and when you love someone deeply, you are jealous of anything or anyone who would steal away that love.

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2 Very Important Words

10/28/2019
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Kay Warren, wife of pastor and author Rick Warren, says, “In parenting, if you don’t insist on anything else, insist that your kids learn to obey two words, “Come” and “No.” She explains that if your children learn to come to you when you call and to accept your “No” when you have to deny them something they want, they will learn to obey God when He uses those same two words.

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What Would You Give For God?

10/21/2019
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Before a temple was built in Jerusalem, the people of Israel met in a portable structure called “the Tent of Meeting.” Inside the Tent was an altar for sacrifice as well as a number of other articles, including a bronze wash basin for the priests. God instructed Moses that whenever the priests entered the Tent of Meeting to offer sacrifices, they were to first wash their hands and feet with water from the bronze basin.

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Here Is What God Offers You

10/14/2019
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She sat across the table from us, and with tears in her eyes, she said, “I’d like to have Jesus in my heart, but I don’t think I can be good enough.”

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How To Pray For The Impossible

10/7/2019
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Those difficult circumstances you’re dealing with right now--how do you see them? As insurmountable? Or as an opportunity for God to do the impossible?

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Why You Can Have Hope In Grief

9/30/2019
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Was last night a sleepless one for you because you recently lost someone dear to you? Maybe weeks have gone by, but somehow you’ve not been able to process the grief. You spent most of the night crying, and even now, the tears are flowing.

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A Woman Of Surprising Faith

9/23/2019
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One chapter in the Bible consists of a listing of people famous for believing and trusting God It’s in the book of Hebrews, chapter eleven. You’d expect to find Abraham and Moses there. But you may be surprised to see a woman listed who was not exactly chairman of the Spiritual Life Committee of her church. In fact, she was a prostitute. Her name is Rahab.

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How to Give The Very Best Gift

9/16/2019
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Sometimes the very best gifts we give are those that we give spontaneously—on the spur of the moment—just because our hearts tell us we should. We don’t stop to ask how much the gift will cost. We just impulsively give.

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Don’t Stop Climbing!

9/9/2019
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Have you ever noticed in the Bible this pitifully sad description of old age that King Solomon gave us 3000 years ago? He wrote, Don't let the excitement of being young cause you to forget about your Creator. Honor him in your youth before the evil years come--when you'll no longer enjoy living. It will be too late then to try to remember him when the sun and light and moon and stars are dim to your old eyes, and there is no silver lining left among your clouds [no doubt a reference to...

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Why Do I Get So Stressed?

9/2/2019
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Patricia Sprinkle, author of Women Who Do Too Much, writes “Stress does not come from being busy. Stress comes from being busy about things we don’t want to do, or from not being busy about things we do want to do.”[i] [i] As quoted in Mary M. Byers, How to Say No and Live to Tell About It (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2006), 105.

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What Does God Want You To Do With Your Life?

8/26/2019
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Much is being written these days about purpose—that is, about finding your personal reason for being on Planet Earth. What does God want you to do with your life?

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From Trash To Treasure

8/19/2019
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Once in a while there is a commercial on television that truly catches my attention--instead of merely irritating me because it interrupted the program I was watching. An ad like that recently showed a woman taking the broken pieces of a beautiful blue and white vase that no doubt had been a favorite. She glued the pieces onto a glass vase in such a way that she created a lovely new pattern. Then she filled in the spaces with paint as if it were grout. A bouquet of fresh flowers completed...

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Ministry Of The Hairbrush

8/12/2019
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Bible study teacher Beth Moore tells of the day she was waiting to board a plane when she caught sight of a thin, disheveled elderly man bent over in a wheelchair. What struck her most, Beth said, was his long, stringy, tangled gray hair. God began to speak to her.

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Bernadette’s Story

8/5/2019
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If you read my book More Precious Than Diamonds, you may remember the story of Bernadette, a young woman who longed for a child at the same time her husband, Alex, was battling what turned out to be terminal cancer. The good part to her story is that before her husband passed away, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

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How Long Is Eternity?

7/29/2019
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Lying in bed the other night waiting to fall asleep, I got to thinking about eternity. Pretty heavy subject when you’re supposed to be winding down for the night! I thought how hard it is for us human beings to get a handle on anything that will last forever because we everything we see on this earth has an ending point, including our own lives.

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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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