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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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In God’s Sight

  Josiah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. 2 Kings 22:2 Josiah was one of the few kings in the Bible who did everything right in God’s sight—both in his secret heart and his outer life. Everything starts in your imagination. …

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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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Energy Management

  From Ephesians 4 So, stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. We’re moving through life inside our bodies and spirits. I can’t be you and you can’t be me. Our spirits connect through words, what we tell each other. When we tell each other truth, we have …

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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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The Real Enemy

  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11,12   I’ve been thinking about the Armor of God. The armor protects …

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The Wise Invite Rebuke

  Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Proverbs 29:1 It takes humility to let a rebuke sink in and alter your perspective. The temptation is to lock down and start counting the other person’s faults after a reprimand or a piece of harsh feedback. When we do that, the negativity digs a pit in our …

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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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When I’m Down

  Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8 I know Satan wants to take me out. Perhaps that’s why I struggle so much with fear, feeling weak, and inner darkness. Micah 7:8 is my sometimes go-to verse when I’m …

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Don’t Complain

  Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:14-15 Complaining about circumstances actually makes things worse, Benefits of not complaining: Better attitude, happier and attract positive people Sleep better Better health More …

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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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Kings Need Friends Too

  Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend. Proverbs 22:11 Kings are so busy, they don’t want to be distracted or aggravated by people who refuse to cultivate good communicating skills. Get rid of your baggage and develop good, sincere communicating skills so good people will want to be your friends. You …

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Judo God

  Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died. Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers. Acts 12:23, 24 I took a Judo class in college. The instructor taught …

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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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One Day

  One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So, after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. Acts 13:2-3 See the amazing faith of these mature men who …

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Crucial Conversation

  “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.”  Matthew 12:35   We hear all the time if a crucial conversation needs to happen, make sure you pick up the phone, or try to talk face to face and not by email. Whichever method …

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Raw Courage and a Pure Heart

  Paul looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck …

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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 …

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When Hatred Strikes

  King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.) Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. …