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Love Prospers

  Love prospers when a fault is forgiven but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs: 17:9 Fault finding is our natural tendency. I had a friend who I felt wronged me. I decided it wasn’t worth losing a friend over this, so I overlooked it. Now after all these years I know I made the right decision because we …

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Love Prospers

  Love prospers when a fault is forgiven but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs: 17:9 Fault finding is our natural tendency. I had a friend who I felt wronged me. I decided it wasn’t worth losing a friend over this, so I overlooked it. Now after all these years I know I made the right decision because we …

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The Continuum of Time

  O He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart… Ecclesiastes 3:11 If I could reach far enough back in my mind, I could see when God created the world. I would see Adam and Eve, Moses, the children of Israel in slavery, the wilderness, and the Promised Land. I would see …

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Moses Wasn’t Qualified Either

  When the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord! Tell Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, everything I am telling you.” But Moses argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me? Exodus 6:28-30 Even when God told Moses …

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The Hook

  “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 Worry is like the little person above on the hook We keep him hanging on the hook and keep beating him up. This won’t make your situation any better! Every day I need to give God what I cannot control focus on what I can control. Naomi

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Uplifting Others

  The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16: 21 & 24 Recently in one of our team Bible studies we discussed these two verses and I thought about just how a few words of kindness can change the course …

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Three Regrets Looking Back

  One of my greatest regrets is that, at age 70, I’m only now discovering some of the simple basics of life. I’ll share three of those basics here: Basic One: Gina and I started our structured schedule for starting and ending the day on February 22, 2020. Today marks day 92. It looks like this: We start the day …

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Are You Following Jesus?

  They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:18 If you spend daily, almost constant time getting to know Jesus, and listening to what he says. If you take time to understand what he’s saying, and once you know what he’s telling you to do, you immediately step out and do it, you’re following Jesus. If you’re doing …

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Too Tired

  He restores my soul… I believe everything I do for God will reap a reward someday, certainly for me and possibly for the people I serve. But right now, today, I have nothing left in me. I don’t have any love for people who are difficult to love. I don’t have any push for people who dig their heels …

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God Delights

  For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 I think God smiles real big when someone who is normally negative chooses a cheerful heart. Many of us remember angry adults looking into our helpless little faces. What if God isn’t like that? Phillip

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Rules Versus Spirit

  Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3:2 To begin our relationship with God, first believe. Regardless of who we are or what we have accomplished on earth we all …

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Lessons from the Sea

  Gina and I are currently on our annual sabbatical in the Dominican Republic. Every morning we rise early, walk the beach as the sun rises, and pray, “God, what do you want to show me?” Then we come in for coffee and journaling, go to the gym, and return to breakfast, more journaling, and a time of worship. Since …

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Fit for the King

  As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care. Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven …

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Put on all of God’s Armor

  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece …

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Cheer

  Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. It’s not just about receiving a kind word. It’s the giving of a kind word, too. It can really change a spirit when it’s down to seek out ways to give out a kind word. It’s hard to stay down when you go say something …

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Awareness and Prevention

  A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 27:12 There are a lot of areas of life I see this being applied in. In finance, one of the most critical things we can do is good forecasting. In my regular day-to-day life, fast-forward the behaviors of today, where are …

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The Muckraker

  Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool. But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago. Isaiah 22: 11 Here’s a man going through life, looking down at his ambitions and problems, wearing himself ragged day and night. …

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Since Jesus Grew, So Can I

  Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:52 New thought: Jesus, the creator of wisdom, grew in wisdom. I can follow his example. Once I have wisdom, I can continue growing in it. Like a tree. An evil person grows into an evil tree. A fool grows into a …

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Hey you! Yes, you…

  And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness?  And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his …

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God’s Grip

  That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’ Isaiah 41:13   This is one of my go-to versus when I am in the trenches battling through adversity. It gives me strength and settles me down. My instincts are to panic, …

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Even From Prison

  I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only …

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Be for Jesus, Who’s for the World

  This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6 When we truly encounter Jesus, we change. We don’t need lengthy training. That’s what …

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Loving as Jesus Loved

  Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. John 13:1 Jesus is the best example to follow in anything in life. Jesus taught us that love is the most important thing. Love is the healthy …

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Mother Wisdom

  “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,” Proverbs 8:4, 10 NIV How true, that wisdom surrounds us every day, it’s not hiding and it’s not available to just a select few. To stay sharp our ears and heart must always be …

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Merging Together

  Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. Acts 13:1 Please go back and read that list again. Did you notice the mixture of people? They didn’t all look alike. They came from many backgrounds. …

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End-of-rope-ology

  You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Matthew 5:3 So many times, I’ve tried to think through or figure out a situation, when I really needed to just let go. I sat in meetings with CEO’s of large companies thinking, “What am I doing …

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Face it

  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ “-Eleanor Roosevelt   “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you …

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Celebrate God in Each Other

  “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” Philippians 4:4-5 What does it mean to celebrate God …

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What Can We Learn from King Herod?

  Now Herod was very angry with the people… Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!” Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of …

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I Once Was Lost

  “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” -Isaiah 53:6 One day at lunch I was seeking tranquility from a heavy workload and I found myself looking at God’s beauty at our local golf course. It’s beautiful there and I was soaking …