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A Good Life Made Simple

  from Psalm 34 Does anyone want to live a life     that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil     and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good.     Search for peace, and work to maintain it. I’ve used this passage as a clean, simple formula for living a good life: Phillip

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What if Today is Special?

  On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with …

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Be Real

In today’s world people are more focused on other people’s opinions of them and their image than how they look in God’s eyes. God doesn’t care how much money you make, what titles you have, or how popular you are. A good name is the legacy you build from the inside out and leave behind. It can be seen by …

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Jesus Felt My Dispair

There were times in my life when I stood on the edge of despair, felt worthless, and wanted to die. Sometimes I wanted to take my own life. My father had taken his life. I’ve personally known two businessmen who took their lives. What held me back was the awareness that my life is God’s, not mine. In my darkest …

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Not Every Road

I might say, “God led me,” just because I took the path in front of me. But that doesn’t mean God actually led me. Not every path in front of me that looks right is right. That’s like driving along a road because it’s there but I don’t actually know if I’m on the road I’m supposed to be on. …

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You Don’t Always Have to Know

Trust—a word that can lose its luster in our culture. But at its core, trust is the foundation of faith. It’s the ability to set aside our own understanding, and believe that God has a better plan for our lives. Sometimes we ask God, “Why did this happen?” Perhaps God is whispering, “You don’t need to know. Trust me. Walk by …

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Consider It…Pure Joy?

We can’t escape trials. We can pout our way through life, resisting change, but life still happens. According to this verse, we’re to accept challenges with…pure joy? That seems a bit of a stretch, but that’s exactly what it says. The word pure implies not tainted with any falseness or pretense. Not with grumbling, fear, or resistance either. We’re to …

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Kind Words

Throughout my day, I sometimes come across anxious, distraught, and angry people. Often, my first reaction is to either ignore them or treat them how they treat me. Pride swells up in me and I withhold love from them. But how earthly minded is that? Why am I forgetting that their words and actions are a symptom of a deeper …

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Write the Message

Write the Message “Write these things down for the future so that people who are not yet born will praise the Lord.” Psalm 102:18 I’ve been journaling on and off since 1969. March 30, 2016 marks six years of consistent, daily, organized journaling. It’s one of the best things I’ve done with my life. Here are benefits I experience: It …

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Say it, Lord

Are you close enough to someone who finishes your sentences? Has anyone ever answered your thoughts?

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Emotional Intelligence

When we become angry with someone, we give up our ability to influence them. As soon as we lose the strength of our influence, we become ineffective as leaders. Leaders need thick skin, soft hearts, and the ability to quickly move past or overlook wrongs and mistakes.

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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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Awareness

Are we aware of how much we need Him? But more importantly, how aware do we want to be? Are we content to stay in our own cozy little self-deceived world, or are we willing to face the pain it takes to break through our weaknesses in order to experience the Kingdom Jesus offers us?

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As God Sees It

So it is when we have vision from God. Everyone else sees failure or broken dreams. The visionary sees opportunity and a brand new beginning. The more we engage with God through the Word and prayer, the more we understand how he thinks.

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The Lord’s Path

Look for the sign the Lord gives you in what direction to go and only focus on serving him and not impressing others. Just do what’s right.

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Come And See

I don’t want to be so busy that I can’t find Jesus. Where are You staying, Jesus? Where can I find You? When I’m busy tying up loose ends at work, can I find You? When I’m preparing dinner tonight for the family, will You be there? If not, where can I find You?

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Wake Up

Wake up from your sleep, climb out of your coffins; christ will show you the light! (Ephesians 5: 15)

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Keep Going

God has equipped me with what I need to face the challenges; I only need to trust him.

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Honesty Lightens Your Load

The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin. (Proverbs 11:5) Honesty is like helium balloons tied to my backpack, lightening the load. Dishonesty is like adding bricks to my backpack. Maybe that’s why some people are so exhausted at the end of the day. Be honest, travel light. Phillip Cohen         

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Maybe It Was Ordinary

How would life be if we’d just say “what is” without embellishing and super-spiritualizing? We need each other to just tell it as it is. All the dazzle added to simple truth just makes us tired and feel like we must not be spiritual because our lives are so common.

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Just Sit With It

Mary watched, listened, and let the thoughts and feelings settle deep. She didn’t stop at shallow assumptions. She waited, sometimes painfully, as things unfolded.

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Self-Awareness

We can’t experience success without facing our failures. Pretense won’t hold up under pressure. God blesses those who realize their need of Him—not another person.

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Shhh….

To find wisdom, you need to get real quiet. You need to concentrate so you can distinguish wisdom’s voice from all the others. You need to study wisdom for a long, long time to master this. You need to surround yourself with wise people with wisdom-tuned ears.

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Not A Random Symphony

I concluded that although the ocean is filled with the water that appears unstable to our finite minds,—and it’s so vast—yet there is no such thing as a random wave. Each wave is precisely choreographed and timed by the God who created creation.

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Don’t Make it Complicated

Yet somehow I knew Jesus was God’s Son. When I came to God, I wanted him for a Father. But I didn’t want Jesus. I somehow knew that God was alive and real and so was Jesus. It all came down to whether I would accept him.

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The Eagle Must Fly

Who can prevent the mighty eagle from flying? She’s here for a few moments—admire her strength and beauty. But an eagle isn’t an eagle until she flies.

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Sustainable Strength

If we’re in with God, and connected to his plan and purpose, we can bank on having what’s needed to carry out today’s challenges.