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What You Were Made to Do

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Many people stop short of their destiny. They settle for someone else’s story. Grandpa was a butcher, Dad was a butcher, so I guess I’ll be a butcher. Everyone I know is in farming, so I guess I’m supposed to … Continue reading

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Change the Way You Look at You

Unnoticed? Neglected? Ignored? Not even close—to how God sees you! If you’re feeling unnoticed and under-appreciated, take a look at how God sees you as recorded in 1 Peter 2:9: “You are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, … Continue reading

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Look to Jesus to Comfort You

Joshua 5:14 says “Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped.” He was a five-star general. Forty-thousand soldiers saluted as he passed. Two-million people looked up to him. Yet in the presence of God, he fell on his … Continue reading

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Obedience Leads to Blessing

Obedience leads to blessing. Disobedience leads to trouble. Remember Jesus’ parable of two builders who each built a house? One built on cheap, easy-to-access sand. The other built on costly, difficult-to-reach rock. The second construction project demanded more time and … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget a Single Blessing

Some years back as I was driving my daughter Andrea to middle school, she noticed I was anxious. “Why are you so quiet, Dad?”  I told her I was worried about a book deadline. She asked me, “Haven’t you written … Continue reading

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Ponder the Holiness of God

Moses announced in Exodus 15:11, “Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness?” The psalmist asked, “Who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty is like … Continue reading

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Assurance of Victory

“This is the victory that conquers the world, Our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (NCV) What is unique about the kingdom of God is that you are assured of victory. You have won!  You are assured that you will someday stand … Continue reading

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A Christmas Prayer

Dear Jesus, It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord.  These children, Lord.  Innocence violated.  Raw evil demonstrated. … Continue reading

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Just Call Him Jesus

God’s plan for humanity…it was crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagined it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it. When God chose … Continue reading

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God Surrounds Us

God surrounds us like the Pacific surrounds an ocean floor pebble. He is everywhere:  above, below, on all sides. We choose our response—rock or sponge? Resist or receive? Everything within you says, harden your heart. Run from God, resist God, … Continue reading

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An Undeserved Gift

“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:15 (NCV) We take our free gift of salvation and try to earn it or diagnose it or pay for it instead of … Continue reading

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Jesus Knows Just How You Feel

The next time your world goes from calm to chaos—ponder this: Jesus knows how you feel. His eyes have grown weary. His heart has grown heavy. He knows how you feel. You’re no doubt convinced Jesus is acquainted with sorrow … Continue reading

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Spill Your Heart Before God

As a member of God’s family, come to Him— not as a stranger, but as an heir. Earnestly make your requests known to him; not because of what you have achieved, but because of what Christ has done! Jesus spilled … Continue reading

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What Matters is Who God is

When God announced Moses was to deliver the Israelites, Moses wasn’t convinced! God demonstrated that who Moses was didn’t matter. What mattered was who God was. “Moses,” spoke the voice from the bush, “throw down your staff” (Exodus 4:3). God … Continue reading

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God’s Love Never Fails

One stumble does not define or break a person. Though you failed, God’s love does not. Face your failures with faith in God’s goodness. Like Joshua, when he stood on the eastern side of the Jordan, God could see the … Continue reading

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