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STATUS UPDATE: OTHERWISE UNKNOWN

Before I begin reading through a book in the Bible, I read the introductory information given in the pages before the first chapter. Knowing the background, date, and purpose of the book helps me better understand what I read and make personal application. Today I want to share how an “otherwise unknown” prophet delivered just…

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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW

I overheard a conversation recently where some people were discussing who they’d follow off a cliff. Of course, they were referring to qualities that make an individual a leader worth following. I know for sure my list of people I’d follow off a cliff is pretty short. How about yours? But are you careful about…

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DEALING WITH SHAME AS A BELIEVER

Shame is defined as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. Have you ever experienced shame? Most of us have but I find it is one of, if not the, most difficult emotion to talk about.  Today I had a complete stranger attempt to shame me. To be clear, there was…

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FOR WHEN YOU LONG FOR PURPOSE AND CONNECTION

In my life I’ve had two ongoing struggles: purpose and connection. I share this because I know I’m not the only one. Every week I talk to individuals who wonder, “Am I doing what I’m supposed to do, what I was created to do?” These same people also express a desire to connect with others…

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BATTLING THE BUDGET BLUES

Do you ever get the budget blues? The budget blues is the occasional feeling of discouragement and overwhelm caused by the gap between what you think you need/want and what your budget says you can afford. The feeling can be made worse by scrolling through Pinterest or watching HGTV. Battling the Budget Blues I have…

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YOUR EMPTY HANDS

Do not be thinking of how little you have to bring God, but of how much He wants to give you. He is the giver of all good gifts. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17…

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A TONGUE ON FIRE

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. James 3:5-6 Look in the Mirror I begin my day by looking in the mirror. At first glance my reflection is blurry, out of focus. Lenses go in and sight is corrected. Thanks…

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YOUR 20/20 VISION

It’s no coincidence that being watchful and prayerful are coupled by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” The word watchful is a throwback to the ancient watchmen whose job it was to sit on the city walls and scan the horizon for attacking armies…

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WHEN IRONING IS HOLY WORK

She lifts the ironing board from the hooks on the back of the laundry room door. There’s just enough floor space between the laundry baskets and the litter box to set up her work station. The ironing board could use some WD-40 but the finger-nails-on-a-chalkboard-screeching-sound it makes as she opens it, is a welcome prelude…

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YOUR WILLINGNESS TO WAIT

Suppose a man made me a hundred promises. And he had ten years to fulfill them. In the next month the ten years would expire. He has fulfilled 99 of the promises and he is able to fulfill the other. Would not I have good reason to trust him that he would fulfill it? The…

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