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Add to Your Faith…

  From 2 Peter 1:1-5 And keep adding, all day, every day. Some people think it’s enough that they added information to themselves when they went to school. So they stopped adding. I meet these people every day. They bring impressive resumes, seeking high-paying jobs. I ask them what they’re doing now to grow themselves. “I haven’t read a book …

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More Than a Diploma

  We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God… totally committed to doing good deeds. From Titus 2:12-14 Following Jesus is a conscious, daily choice. You must fully immerse yourself in study, practice, and hard work. You can’t afford to deceive yourself into thinking you’re a Christian because you were baptized, had an encounter …

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Watch Out for the Trap!

  If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life. Proverbs 1:17-19 I feel uneasy looking at those pictures of people who are trying to …

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It Never Was Mine

When life is over, whatever I have accumulated is God’s. I won’t get to keep any of it. What I’ll have is the person I’ve become and the blessings I receive from God for the people I’ve helped. Some people are so afraid of making mistakes they won’t venture out. Some exploit other people, stealing what’s not theirs because they …

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How to Build Wealth

The way to generate wealth is through hard work and wise decisions. Very few people accumulate wealth without these two ingredients. Often people look for short cuts to get things done, like a magic pill to lose weight or winning the lottery. Wealth is not always counted in dollars and cents. It may be the accomplishment of a big goal or …

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Looking Ahead

Andy Stanley once said, “Today will be a yesterday that follows you into your tomorrows”. The consequences we’re facing today are a result of our choices yesterday. If we don’t like certain things in our lives today, we probably should have made different choices in some yesterdays. If we’re experiencing health problems, it may be because of how we took …

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What’s It Worth?

They didn’t think Jesus was worth much, did they? All that was left were some clothes that were free for the taking. I saw a couple of guys shopping together in the grocery store the other day. One of them acted like Mister Cool. He was dressed classy, wearing shades, and walked with a swagger as he sipped from a …

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Give God Your Ordinary, Everyday Life

So often we think our lives won’t matter unless we do big things. Then we think we really would have something to show for ourselves. But God is asking us to give him what we already are doing. He works with simple, normal, and common stuff. He wants us like we are. We can present our everyday lives as our …

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Defining the Call

Jesus told some people to follow him. He told others to go home. Each of us has a specific calling. I tried so many things when I was searching for direction from God. I pursued being a pastor, a missionary, a counselor and even a worship leader. I went full force into each of these. I pastored a home church. …

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Who Is the Greatest?

Strife is one of Satan’s most effective tools used to take us down and destroy what is good. Strife comes in the middle of our closest relationships. Organizations crumble, marriages fail, violence erupts, and nations war against each other. It all starts with strife. Jesus’ disciples weren’t immune to this deadly disease. Who is the greatest? They wanted to know. …

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Jesus Blesses the Children

Like the disciples, sometimes we grownups feel bothered by little children. They’re cranky, messy, hungry, noisy, and poopy. Maybe life would just be easier if everyone acted like adults. But Jesus blessed the little children and said if we want to enter the Kingdom of God, we need to become one of them. When did we decide that being a …

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Which Are You?

Lazy people want to know how much they can get for the least amount of work. They live for sitting around, watching TV, drinking beer, and partying. The only thing they work hard at is playing the system—figuring out how to get the government to pay their bills, using their friends’ benefits to get freebies, finding loopholes and workarounds in …

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Live at the Speed of Light

Live at the Speed of Light “Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” John 12:35, 36 Jesus told the people He would be with them …

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Have You Wept at Jesus’ Feet?

Have You Wept at Jesus’ Feet? Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here… from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet…. “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven.” From Luke 7:41-48 Many people I’ve met say they’re Christians, but few have been …

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Try Again

“[Jesus] said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A …

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Let Jesus Untangle the Maze

Let Jesus Untangle the Maze Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him! The valleys will be filled, and the mountains and hills made level. The curves will be straightened, and the rough places made smooth. And then all people will see the salvation sent from God. From Luke 3 When we open a path to …

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They Forgot to Love

  They Forgot to Love What sorrow awaits you…! For you love to sit in the seats of honor… and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. You are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on. But you ignore justice and the love of God. From Luke …

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His Favor

His Favor “He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18,19 When I dialog with God through praying sincerely and reading the Word, I stop thinking like me and start thinking like him. I …

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A Fresh Start

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted…. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his …

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Do Something

John simply said to do what’s right in the same areas of your life where you’ve been doing wrong.

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Go All the Way

Solomon had everything! He was loaded with gold, animals, and valuables—wealthier than anyone who ever lived. He was given every opportunity to succeed.

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It Happens on a Day

Wait to receive power from him. Don’t run ahead, or you will run on your own power, wear yourself out, and come up short for the people you’re helping. This is one sure path to burnout.

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A Common Purpose

Jesus isn’t a bunch of pieces with conflicting purposes. Since Jesus is our common purpose, then we focus on what he wants us to accomplish, and things are so much simpler. This principal applies in every area of life.

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When God Sends You

Whenever God sends someone on a great mission, he finances the journey. However if we send ourselves, we need to pay our own postage.

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Touched Now Go Home

Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy… Jesus reached out and touched him… Instantly the leprosy disappeared…

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God, Please Go Away

When I finally admit to God who I really am, instead of going away, he showers me with more love than I’ve ever known and meets my needs in ways much larger than I could have provided for myself. Before, when I was filthy, I wanted everything for me; I wanted everyone to look at me. Then when I saw what a mess I really am, I didn’t want anyone to look at me.

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You Become Like Your Teacher

I also get a lot of my advice from well-known teachers, like Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins, and there the men and women I personally know—people whose track records have proven successful. Even then, I’m careful to embrace the areas where they have been successful. As Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”

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Now, Not Later

If we can’t ask God to bless what we’re doing, then we’d better start doing something else. God doesn’t want us to waste our lives. We just need to ask. And ask specifically.