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Facing An Unexpected Illness

If you are battling illness in your life, you know what it means to feel strength fade and hope dim.…

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Finding True Healing

Few things in life can change our lives as quickly as illness. Whether you are facing your own…

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Rediscovering Hope

There are times that we feel all hope is lost. It might be that you are the victim…

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Not Without Honor

Margo hummed as she dusted in the living room. It had taken her most of the day to…

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Healing After Abortion

The topic of abortion stirs emotion and opinion in the Christian community. How can something so horrible be…

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Graffiti Touched My Soul

Tears ran down my face as I set the phone back on its cradle. I was seeking a…

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Coping With Divorce

Divorce shakes your world. It rips your very foundation and attacks the core of who you are as…

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Marriage is the Key Weapon Against Poverty

Both on screen and off these days, it seems Hollywood is making it popular to have and raise…

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Marriage and Feelings

How do you feel today? Excited, happy, sparkling, animated, lonely, indifferent, sexy, mindless, disturbed, agitated, upset, sad, concerned,…

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Like All Good Things, Communication Takes Practice

Teachers are famous for giving homework. Most kids can’t stand it, and parents often get kind of irritated…

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Life Lessons

Author Crawford Lorritts shares parenting tips to fathers from his book Lessons from a Life Coach. The book’s…

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Love and a Legend

He started his life beating the odds. He had eight brothers and sisters but was only one of…

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Love’s Number One Enemy: Unresolved Anger

What’s the number one enemy of love? Marriage expert Gary Smalley says unresolved anger is enemy number one…

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Learning From Our Children

Here’s a list of some of the things that we are guaranteed to learn when there are teenagers…

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Leading Your Family

Parents — as the commanders-in-chief of your family — you must stay focused on home-life as the centerpiece…

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We Would Do It Again

Would I choose to grow up as the child of missionary parents, if the choice were mine? Yes!…

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The New Face of Missions

Philip Jenkins, author of The New Christendom and professor at Penn State, has observed that the center and…

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How God Shaped My Life for Service

Background I was born in a family of five sisters. Yes, we are all females. I am one…

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I’m Forgiven!

I know a man, who in his youth did some stupid things, for which he was later sorry…

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A Diverted Passion

Each of us has our desires in life yet all of them vary from one person to the…

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I Will Trust Him

Where are You, God? I was alone. Really alone. The dreaded divorce was final, and he was getting…

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How to Keep Your Kids On Your Team

In an achievement-oriented society such as ours, there is a tendency to equate our significance or importance with…

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How to Handle Your Thought Life

“It won’t affect my mind,” the teenager barked back at his mother as he slammed the door to…

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Hope for Your Marriage

In the mid 90’s the two of us were a presenting team for Catholic Engaged Encounter for the…

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Honor-based Discipline

Most of us recognize that every child is unique. With three children of our own, my wife and…

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Helping Your Kids Set Goals

Suggested Goals The following are ten suggested goals with some explanation for each that can be used in…

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Helping Kids to Grow Spiritually

In helping kids grow spiritually in their walk with the Lord, we must understand that God does the…

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Help Define a Vision for a Child’s Life

On the surface, our most troubling problems today involving kids appear to be with emotional distress, early sexual…

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Hands-On Parenting

Parental involvement in the lives of children has been shown to lower the risk for substance abuse and…

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Habits

During my life, I have talked with many people who are older than me, seeking their advice about…

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The Grace in Which We Stand

When we think of grace, we think of the favor of God. We are told that grace is…

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Steps to Forgiving Others

1. Understand that forgiveness is not Justifying, understanding, or explaining why the person acted toward you as he…

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Grace for Today

She felt as if she had been trapped. At least this is how it seemed. In the rush…

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A New Beginning

I must confess there are some things I wish I had done differently. In a little Palestinian town,…

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Great Ways to Start Your Kids’ Day

Mornings can present the most difficulties for a parent cranky children not wanting to get out of bed,…

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Grandparent’s Day A Legacy of Love

We can always find at least six reasons to smile; Jack, Sara, Betsy, Michael, Lilly and Mary. They…

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God’s Plan for Marriage

Today’s Scripture – Proverbs 18:22 With this ring, I thee wed. Weddings are truly a special event. The…

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Girls and Body Image

So, you think your daughter is overweight or heading in that direction. How should you handle it? Below…

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Fruitful and Ripened

Seasoned Saint, Prime-timer, Honored Citizen–these are a few of the euphemisms used to make aging sound more palatable.…

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Forgiveness in Marriage

Forgiveness is a gift not a given. W When we choose to forgive our spouse, we are giving…

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Five Factors in Shaping Violent Children

Public concern about youth violence has never been greater. And what is most troubling is how senseless and…

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Finding Real Peace

Okay, fine then. Everyone wants peace. What did John Lennon say? Give peace a chance…. What did Neville…

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Financial Contentment – Is it Possible?

Financial contentment is not based entirely on the amount of our income. If our relationship with the Lord…

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Family Discussions – Part 2 Family Council Meeting

In Active Parenting of Teens Parent’s Guide, Dr. Michael H. Popkin provides some guidelines for holding a Family…

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Family Discussions – Part 1 Family Talk

While problems within your family are not usually welcomed, they can be turned into an opportunity for learning…

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Faithfulness and Consistent Love

One day, when I was teaching in North Florida, eleven year old Steven asked me this disturbing question:…

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We Are What We See – Entertainment

Inconsequential sex. Gratuitous violence. Disrespect. All these adjectives come to life in a typical television program, not to…

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Disciplining with Honor

Have you tried just about everything to get your kids to behave? Then maybe you need the honor…

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Christmas – Planned Before Creation

A few months ago, becoming aware that Christmas would soon be upon us, I began to think of…

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Children Dealing With Grief

Grief is pain that is felt due to a loss in our lives. Death is primarily what comes…

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Handle the Truth – Set You Free

In a famous line from one of his movies, actor Jack Nicholson said “You can’t handle the truth!”…

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Burned Biscuits

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.…

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Boredom Can Be a Blessing

My brother and I stood at the window and watched my son, Clark, swing on the wooden gate…

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Being Deliberate About Our Parenting

This week at my Parents of Teens group, we talked about our own parents, and what words we…

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Food for Thought

It is common knowledge that healthy foods contribute to a healthy body. I continually strive to provide a…

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Are We Good Stewards of Our Families?

Stewardship is a good word from the Bible that refers to how we take care of something that…

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Anger in Marriage

There’s a major destroyer of love on the loose; I’ve found it to be the leading cause of…

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And You Were There

One of the best ideas in the composition of the screenplay for The Wizard of Oz was who…

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Adding Creativity to Your Child’s Day

Add a bit of fun to your family’s day with laughter and creativity. In the book, Encouragement for…

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Hope for Parents of Teens – You Are Not Alone!

My son is graduating from High School this semester! Why the big exclamation point, you ask Well, it…

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A Season for Encouragement

I have to hand it to my wife, Rebekah; she does everything with a sense of style that…

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A Recipe for a Christ Centered Family

In chapter three of Colossians, we see that Paul gives us the essential ingredients for a Christ centered…

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A Loving Touch

“It’s wonderful to see you again,” said my sister-in-law as she jumped up from the sofa and greeted…

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Never Forget

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 137:1-9 Central Thought: We should always remember what God has done for us. Torture, anguish,…

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Message Received

Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 17:9-11 Central Thought: God wants His people to practice wise discernment. Thick – this is…

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Faithful Friends

Central Thought: Christians should be the most faithful friends. Jerron enjoyed his weekly visits with Brother Matthews at…

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Answer to Our Fears

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 18:7-15 Central Thought: We can trust God to help us overcome our fears. “Daddy,…

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Ahem! Your Prayers Were Answered

Today’s Scripture: Acts 12:11-17 Central Thought: We should believe that our prayers will be answered. People learn some…

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Write With God

Are you a writer? That question plagues many. Are you any good, or are you kidding yourself? Sure,…

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Disorderly Minds

“I’m so tired of not being able to think straight,” Jean complained to her critique group. “There is…

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Anointed Imagination

“An imaginative and creative mind is a great and precious gift; but, like God’s other gifts, it may…

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What is a Blessing?

When we pray, “Bless me Lord,” (as we often do), what are we really seeking? Are we asking…

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Dirty Money

“But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and…

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Not a Chance

Sometimes young people cannot figure out why their parents or other adults do what they do or why…

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Fellowship with the Creator

What an honor to be the friend of a king, to have access to his presence at any…

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Chi Alpha Student Receives Sight

A Chi Alpha student was recently healed of a blind eye during a women’s small group meeting at…

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When Mom and Dad Fight

Have you ever thought, “Help! Mom and Dad are fighting again and I’m scared!” It can be scary…

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Sleepyheads

At three in the morning, the hospital corridors were shrouded in quiet. Patients slept. Barring an emergency, not…

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Loving Each Other – It’s All About Christ

Have you ever wondered how someone first becomes interested in Jesus? It might be that God suddenly appears…

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Joanna’s Red Leaf

Grandpa’s cane stumped slowly on the sidewalk as he strolled with Joanna on a sunny October day. Joanna…

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It’s Never Too Late

My eighty-year-old neighbor smelled. To make it worse, she had fleas. Once I invited her over for tea,…

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A Simple Funeral Can Make You Think

I attended a brave kind of a memorial service this past week. It was courageous in that the…

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The Value of Weakness

“When I am weak, then I am strong.” These words, taken from Paul’s writings in 2 Corinthians, bring…

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The Unpardonable Sin

I have talked with Christians and non-Christians who were afraid they had committed the unpardonable sin. Just about…

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Postmodernism – Not So Modern After All

We are hearing a great deal about postmodernism in the Church today. Because of the word within the…

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Lone Wandering

I had been calling the new group I had joined a “Bible study.” I was into the third…

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How Can I Develop a Better Self-Image?

On April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia,…

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Dancing with the Devil

“Every time we sin, we dance with the devil,” said Adrian Rogers, TV and radio pastor. The image…

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Being Tough-Minded

With the barrage of negative and seductive media, the shouts of the courts to erase God from our…

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The Battle of Armageddon and the End of the World

While exiled to the isle of Patmos, the apostle John was the recipient of a wondrous revelation from…

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What Does the Bible Say About the Antichrist?

One visit to your local Christian bookstore should be enough to convince you of the immense interest in…

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The Time is Short

Recently I asked the Lord to tell me what subject He wanted me to write about in my…

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The Good King’s Treasure Part 1

Meet Elmarie and Her Friends from Glorien Elmarie and her friends from Glorien are on a wonderful journey!…

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The Good King’s Treasure Part 2

Last week, we learned that Elmarie and her father, the Good King of Glorien were going on a…

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Yes and Amen

Nestled in the opening strains of Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians is a statement which plumbs the…

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Why God?

Terrorists kill thousands in senseless attacks. Wars force tattered families–crippled seniors and helpless infants–from their homes. Teenagers murder…

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Whose Demise?

Sarah Jane flicked open the morning newspaper, trying to forget her conversation with Rachel the day before. Who…

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Whistle for Flies

A gleaming black BMW cut in front of Sharla in a two-car-length space. “You dork!” she said loudly.…

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What’s in Your Mind?

A translation of “Fred’s Epistle to the Ukrainians” A person’s brain is like a sponge. It absorbs all…

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What Pleases God?

“Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great,” wrote St. Francis De…

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What Is Forgiveness?

“Forgive him? Are you kidding? After what he has done to me? I can never forgive him!” “Forgive…

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What is Eternal Life?

Have you ever heard or ever been asked this question, “If you died tonight, where would you spend…

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Wasting Time

Sometimes you know in advance that you’re wasting your time. For instance, you’re weeding your flower garden. You…

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Under God’s Hand – Part 2

Joseph was a good example of a man who kept himself under God’s control. Other Bible characters were…

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Under God’s Hand – Part 1

Most of us dream of a day when everything will be perfect. The appliances will work. Our friends…

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Tuning In

Before I began full-time ministry I spent over 12 years working part-time at a church while keeping some…

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This Interminable Waiting

“Cristy, I got laid off again,” my husband, Frank, mumbled. Although those words formed a short sentence, they…

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The Strength to be Meek

Few of us want to be meek. We often think of meekness as being spiritless, excessively humble, or…

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The Simple Life

“Whoever dies with the most toys wins,” the bumper sticker on the car in front of me read.…

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The Practical Side of Prayer

A few years ago I was praying one afternoon when I began to sense God trying to get…

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The Heart

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” (Mt .22:37) The “heart” is mentioned many…

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Standing in the Midst of Our Struggles

If we had no struggles, difficulties, or persecution in life, there would be no need for faith. There…

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Solution for Worry

God never asks us to do something that He will not equip us to do. That is exciting…

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Slip of the Tongue

“Birds are entangled by their feet and men by their tongues” (an Asian saying). While waiting at the…

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Slaying the Green-Eyed Monster

It took all of three seconds to decide that Carol’s accomplishments exceeded mine. Since we both appeared as…

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Slaps

I have a friend who was a professional boxer. He often trained with other boxers when he was…

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Self-Talk

Most of us dread business meetings, but we enjoy conversations with friends. However, our most important conversations are…

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Promise Perspective

When our father returned from a journey, he would often bring home gifts for my brother and me.…

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Poor in Spirit

“Look at me, Mom!” Shane cries. “See what I can do?” Mom turns her reluctant gaze from her…

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Living By Faith – Peggy Ray’s Story

Peggy Ray was born in 1917 in England. During 1935 she studied at Rees Howells Bible School in…

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Listen

These days an education, all the way from first grade through college, is undoubtedly very important. Not everyone…

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Like a Load Lifted From Your Back

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if…

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Jaundiced

Marlene leaned back in her hospital bed and looked at the pink-wrapped bundle in her arms. She smiled…

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It’s Not My Fault!

I got a traffic ticket the other day. I don’t think it was my fault, or maybe it…

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Invisible Wells

We were studying the story of Hagar in Sunday school when a question arose. Hagar, you may recall,…

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Integrity

Some would say that when they get to the “core” of integrity, they will take their stand. Integrity…

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In a Tight Place

“How on earth did I get into a spot like this?” Jenna muttered to herself as she chewed…

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I’m Waiting on God to Know His Will

Is there anything I should do while waiting? Take the next logical step. Don’t get caught in the…

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I’ll Do It Later

Our days are often filled to capacity with the obligations of life. We put off doing non-urgent chores,…

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I Forgive

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up…

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Humility

Let me share with you what has been on my heart and what the Lord is working deeply…

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How to Grow Spiritually

“Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18 NIV) How would…

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Circumstances – Understanding God’s Will

Counsel and Circumstances. Proverbs is the book of wisdom which means the practical application of knowledge. A collection…

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Headed for a Resurrection

Sunday afternoon, Jerusalem, the first Easter. Surely the most joyous of all days since Creation! But you’d never…

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Growing Friendships

I lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for eleven years. Several times I tried to grow bright blue lobelia…

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Do Not Disturb

Last weekend, my church had its first annual ‘Day of Beauty.’ Women were invited to come and experience…

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Criticism

A few years ago in the State of New York on the Thruway between Buffalo and Albany there…

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Crabby People

In one of my favorite “Peanuts” comic strips, cartoonist Charles Schulz has Lucy sitting on the ground with…

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Connected to Jesus

Angie shuffled through a pile of fall leaves that had blown against the rock wall as she walked…

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Christmas Tree – Right or Wrong?

Christmas traditions are a concern to many people. Is Christmas a truly Christian holiday? How do we honor…

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Blackberries and Bitter Roots

For a number of years, I’ve been engaged in a war with the blackberry vines in my backyard.…

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Behind the Scenes

A handful of people at every church event are seldom seen and rarely thought about after a concert,…

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Bacon Choices

In Africa we shopped for groceries in three small stores, purchasing from the small selection of chocolates, apples,…

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Are You Prepared to Die?

What a question! Most people would rather talk about life than death. The subject for some is morbid,…

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Am I Safe?

Have you wondered what’s been going on lately? Do your parents seem worried, like something is wrong? Have…

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Alienated by Fear

Annie reached over and grabbed her purse. The pastor had just dismissed the congregation, and she was always…

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Winning the War Within

Matt LaBranche, a 40-year old former Army sergeant who served in Iraq, suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. “Before…

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What the Church Needs to Know About Suicide

The call came late one evening. The ringing phone jolted me out of a dead sleep as the…

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Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms

I don’t do pain. When faced with it I run hard and fast in the opposite direction. It…

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The Church Response to Mental Illness

Sarah was recently laid off her job of twelve years. Her marriage has suffered because her husband has…

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Mournings Joy

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” -Matthew 5:4 I swatted at a persistent fly…

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Let It Go

Power! It feels wonderful because I was helpless for so long. I relish it and clutch it tightly…

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Accepting Life Changes

Holiday season rushes at us. Old memories surface and vague uneasiness comes. For those who have lost a…

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A Touch of Kindness

“I think I’ll watch the talent show that so many people are raving about,” said Cindy as she…

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A Letter to God

Receiving a letter from a family member or friend brings me great pleasure. Communicating through emails is a…

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A Barrier to Trusting God

Mandy struggled with trusting the Lord when her children were experiencing difficult problems. She pleaded with Him to…

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Where the Heart Is

We just returned from a three-day visit to my parents’ house. My ten-year-old son, Heath, has a sack…

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The Greatest Pitch – Interview with John Smoltz

It is fitting that as a Major League Baseball pitcher John Smoltz must climb a hill to reach…

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The Cross on the Wall

Here is the story behind the cross hanging in the front of our chapel: When we purchased our…

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Revival

I have revival on my mind during this Easter season, the resurrected life of Christ manifested in our…

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Mission Possible

When I ponder on all that the Scriptures say about the great gift of eternal life that Jesus…

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Life – A Priceless Gift

Mother’s eyes closed and her thin arms went limp in death and I wept. After 101 years, her…

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Let’s Laugh!

Recently, someone emailed a series of ink drawings to me of Jesus laughing –tossing a toddler into the…

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Left Behind – The Message

Rayford Steele switched his fully loaded 747 to autopilot en route to a 6 A.M. Landing at London’s…

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Hannah – The Lord Remembered Her

Do you ever feel that there is no one to hear your prayers? Is God Listening ? Tears…

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Father Abraham

Abraham scooped up a handful of straw and held it in front of one of his camels, which…

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Elizabeth Bearing Joy

Elizabeth smiled faintly at the thought. The aged lady was on her death bed now, but even this…

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Divine Direction in God’s Time

In 1979, Shirley and I had the opportunity to start a church in Marathon, Florida. The senior pastor…

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Descriptive Words

I am a bookworm, a voracious reader. Water and sunset I love to take up a good book…

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A Thankful Heart

Thanksgiving for the believer is more than just a season or holiday to be celebrated once a year.…

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A Prayer of Faith

After my wife and I returned from New Caledonia, I was asked to speak at a missionary service…

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A Cheerful Word

People love Christmas because it’s a cheerful time during the drab days of winter. We send “a word…

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Who Is My Neighbor?

I live outside of Washington, D.C., a city teeming with people from all walks of life, from doctors,…

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The True Meaning of Christmas

It seems that the whole world celebrates Christmas, even non-Christians. Some believers ask, “Why do we celebrate Christmas…

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What Helps When I or Someone I Know is Suffering?

What Helps Most What can we do to help those who hurt? And who can help us when…

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The Making of An Encourager

Sometimes it takes only one little word, or a smile, or a grasp of the hand. Sometimes it…

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How to Start and Maintain Accountability Relationships

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). Most Christians would acknowledge the need…

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Apples of Gold

Every woman enjoys a compliment. Whether it is regarding her complexion, her cooking, or her character, a word…

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A Ministry of Comfort

Ninety million Americans, or one in three, live with chronic illness or conditions. Yet most show no outward…

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Why Read the Bible?

Literature has always had an important place in society. At times it had a tremendous influence on its…

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Victim

Maria drummed her fingers on the steering wheel. “I’m going to be late for Grace’s piano recital. It’s…

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The Root of Bitterness – Part 2

Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so…

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The Root of Bitterness – Part 1

Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so…

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The Offering – A Part of Our Worship?

In the days of Moses, the offering was a very integral part in the lives of the people.…

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The Love of God’s Discipline – Part 2

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And…

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The Love of God’s Discipline – Part 1

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And…

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The Lifetime Guarantee – Part 1

It was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with…

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The Life of Faith – Part 1

By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a…

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The Journey of Faith – Part 2

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed…

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The Journey of Faith – Part 1

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed…

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The Fire of God – Part 2

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and…

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The Fire of God – Part 1

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and…

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The Faith to Refuse – Part 2

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw…

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The Faith to Refuse – Part 1

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw was he…

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The Faith to Conquer – Part 2

By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they…

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The Faith to Conquer – Part 1

By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they…

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The Faith of Strangers – Part 2

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even though she was past the age, since she considered…

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The Faith of Strangers – Part 1

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even though she was past the age, since she considered…

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The Facts of Faith – Part 2

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it…

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The Facts of Faith – Part 1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This is what…

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The Best Off the Top – Part 2

Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now…

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The Best Off the Top – Part 1

Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now…

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The Battleground of the Mind

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time. . .” I Corinthians 4:5 “. . . we take captive…

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The Art of Loving Your Brother (and Sister) – Part 2

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels…

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The Art of Loving Your Brother (and Sister) – Part 1

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels…

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Take Me to Your Leader – Part 2

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way…

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Take Me to Your Leader – Part 1

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way…

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Race of the Christian Life

I have been pondering more and more on the race and its end. I do not know whether…

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Power in Prayer

“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your…

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Our Perfect Priest – Part 2

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from…

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Our Perfect Priest – Part 1

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from…

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Mercy Seat

The mercy seat was a solid slab of gold that acted as a lid for the ark, and…

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Mary – Surrendered for the Savior

First-century Nazareth was renowned for only one thing–its sin. The city catered heavily to soldiers who occupied a…

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Logical Worship

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy…

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King of Righteousness, King of Peace – Part 2

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter…

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King of Righteousness, King of Peace – Part 1

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter…

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Jonah’s Jury

Jonah wanted to play God; he wanted to be the one to judge wicked Nineveh. Poor Jonah wrestled…

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Jesus, the Original – Part 2

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who…

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Jesus, the Original – Part 1

Now the point in what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who…

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Jesus, the New Law in Town – Part 2

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),…

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Jesus, the New Law in Town – Part 1

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood for under it the people received the law),…

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How Can I Get to Heaven?

INTRO: 1. When someone is asked, “Do you expect to go to heaven when you die? the answer,…

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God’s Presence

Have you ever thought that God had forgotten you, or that He didn’t hear your prayer? After 24…

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God’s Mighty Works and Faithful Disciples – Lesson 4

In this second cycle of three miracle stories (in 8:1-9:34), Matthew is highlighting Jesus’ authority over the power…

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God’s Mighty Works and Faithful Disciples – Lesson 3

As you recall, in the first lesson I took the position that this long passage in Matthew has…

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God’s Mighty Works and Faithful Disciples – Lesson 2

In the first lesson, I took the position that there are three cycles of miracle stories with two…

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God’s Mighty Works and Faithful Disciples – Lesson 1

It is easy to attract a crowd for a religious service. Just advertise “signs and wonders,” and see…

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Fully Prepared

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a…

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Feast of Weeks

Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:15–22; Numbers 28:26–31; Deuteronomy 16:6–12 Also known as the Pentecost, a Greek word that means…

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Faith

“The just shall live by faith.” What a statement made by a disconcerted prophet with a limited understanding…

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Exhausted

“I’m worn out! My spirit feels mutilated and frazzled. I desperately need God’s help!” Many of us have…

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Eternal Supply

One of the most scenic spots in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains is the headwaters of the Metolius River. Limpid…

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Discover God in the Book

I’m sure you know “The Book” is the Bible. In it are interesting contents of history, prophecy, poetry,…

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Consider Him – Part 2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that…

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Consider Him – Part 1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that…

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Altar of Incense – Exodus 30:1-10; Numbers 4:11

The final piece of furniture in the Holy Place is the altar of incense. It was placed on…

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Advanced Preparation

“For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting…

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A Few Christianity Basics

Becoming a Christian was the greatest decision that I have ever made. My life would look a lot…

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A Final Exhortation, Part 2

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who…

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A Final Exhortation Part 1

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who…

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Who Is Jesus

God created the world and the people in it. God made rules for living to give  people the…

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Sheran’s Story

Defeating Shame and Finding Purpose… Failing in relationships and in Graduate school. Sheran faced her shame and found…

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Dealing With Shame

So I did it! The one thing I told myself I would not do, I did. Now I…

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You Can Know Perfect Love

Our world is filled with people who are searching for love. It begins at birth. A baby longs for the…

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When Love Turns to Grief

Like many people, Cindy Bultema had big plans for her wedding. Her love for David was strong and the…

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Robert’s Story

Robert battled depression because of a lost love when something incredible happened! Growing up, Robert knew love. He had…

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Overcoming the Pain of Lost Love

An old African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far,…

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How To Love Unconditionally

We all have an inner desire to be loved and to love one another. When we talk about unconditional…

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God’s Word on Love

God did not create us to live in this world and then leave us alone. He gave us…

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Youngsters In Training

It was a lovely fall day, and the air was crisp. My husband, John, was raking leaves in…

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The Lies That Make Us Feel Insignificant

Avery should have had a picture perfect life. She grew up in a home where she had all of…

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Standing Against Our Enemies

When was the last time you ran for your life or stayed hidden in a dark cave with…

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Mood Disorders

Introduction At some point in life, any given individual will experience challenging days that bring about a depressed…

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Insignificance (Easy English)

There are times when we feel that no one sees us. We feel unimportant. We feel alone. We feel no one…

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Benjamin’s Story

From Trash to Treasure… Broken, angry, depressed and feeling worthless… Ben found hope, love and meaning through a…

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Dennell’s Story

She survived, drugs and alcohol in an abusive home… Dennell felt worthless, insignificant, like no one cared… She gave…

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Feeling Insignificant?

Nearly everyone feels insignificant at one time or another You may be great on the football field and terrible in…

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Dealing With Insignficance

The cure for self-worth and self-esteem is not found in a magic pill or in six easy steps,…

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Sick (Easy English)

Get Well… You can move from sickness to health If you are in good health then you can…

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Eddie’s Story

Survived Stage 4 Lymphoma Cancer at age 15… Depending on God when Eddie didn’t know if he would…

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Coping With Chronic Illness

It is not what God had in mind when He created this world. He created it perfect, but…

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How to Know God

The Bible teaches us that all people were meant to have friendship with God. It began that way,…

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Why God Allows Suffering

With respect to the topic of human suffering, many people ask, “If God is a loving and merciful…

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Rescued From The Pit

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 40:2 Central Thought: God is able to rescue us from life’s most desperate situations. Have…

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Dealing with Adultery

“How could this have happened?” Ann flung out her hand in a gesture of despair and anger. “I would never…

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How To Overcome Your Feelings of Hopelessness

It doesn’t matter. Nothing changes anyway. Nothing works. It’s hopeless. Hopelessness is something that we all feel. Whether…

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Hope (Easy English)

You had big dreams for your life. In your dreams you are rich. You are famous. You are loved by…

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Finding Real Hope

In the movies, singers often proclaim, “The sun will come out tomorrow!” But when you are in the…

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Shaiya’s Story

Don’t Lose Hope… Dealing with Family problem, hopelessness drove him to the edge of suicide. Through a relationship…

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Keiryn’s Story

She felt hopeless and alone… Keiryn found a future, a hope and a purpose through her relationship with…

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Ben’s Story

There is Hope! Spiraling into all kinds of trouble after his parents divorced… Ben found himself trapped in…

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Dealing with Despair

“He put his hand upon my shoulder and told me that in the world were two kinds of…

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Center of Our Hope

Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 3:14-15 Central Thought: Even in despair, we can find hope in Jesus Christ. Tears blurred…

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Overcoming Shame That Cripples

Adrian had a serious problem. She felt shame that crippled her emotionally. It often interrupted her life, kept her…

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How to Deal With Guilt

Guilt: That rottenness inside that slowly eats away at your core. That feeling that you know you did…

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Forgiveness for Guilt (Easy English)

We have all done something that is wrong. Some people tell a lie. Some people steal. Some people say…

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Christina’s Story

Forgiveness and Freedom… She battled a drug addiction, and became a complete junkie that hated herself. Christina realized…

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A Guilt Trip is a Rough and Unnecessary Ride

We are God’s special creation. There is no one like me, and there will never be another you.…

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Remove Fear… (Easy English)

Some people are so full of fear that they cannot be happy. They are afraid someone will hurt them. They are afraid of what they cannot see.…

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Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear Let God Help You! We all need help to overcome our fears. Learn how God’s power…

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How To Conquer Your Fear

Fear is not always bad. I always heard that if something is present and potent there is cause…

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So Lonely

The school bell rang. Clusters of kids, talking in tight groups, groaned and sluggishly headed toward the classrooms.…

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Ashley’s Story

You Are Valuable! Ashely was told she was ugly and struggled with low self esteem. Now she has…

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Loneliness and Emptiness

One of the toughest changes to navigate in life is the death of a spouse. This change is usually not…

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How to Overcome Emptiness

There have been times in my life when I felt empty inside. This emptiness led me to do…

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From Emptiness to Happiness (Easy English)

What will make you feel good about yourself? You can work hard. You can earn much money. You…

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Ryan’s Story

Filling the Emptiness… Ryan tried to fill the void in his life with Basketball… He was devastated after…

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Damion’s Story

Freedom from Depression! Unable to deal with his parents’ divorce, Damion attempted suicide. He found the answer to…

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Major Depressive Disorder

“Depression has been labeled the common cold of psychopathology” (Gilbert, 1992, p. 3). This abnormal state includes “changes…

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How to Overcome Depression

Truth be told, pharmaceutical companies are making millions if not billions on treating depression. What is worse are…

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Forgiving Bullies and Tormentors – Justin’s Story

Overcome Pain and Depression caused by Bullies… Bullied and teased, Justin’s depression lead him to contemplate suicide. Justin…

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Depression (Easy English)

Sometimes bad things happen to you and you feel sad. Some people feel so sad that they lose hope. They…

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Silent Grief

Shrill ringing startled the older, still handsome man. He hesitantly reached for the phone. It seemed a long…

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Hope In Death

Learn to Live Again… Dealing with the death is part of life. God can help you when someone…

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From Death to Life

Today, I will talk with you about making the journey from death to eternal life. We will begin…

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Does It Hurt to Die?

Few parents are given the privilege to witness their child’s first and last breaths. For 21 years we…

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Death and God

Life under the best of circumstances is brief. On average a person can expect to live to the…

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Coping With Death

It has been a year since I lost my best friend, Marcia, who was also my sister. All…

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The Imposter

Devotional Scripture: Matthew 27:21-22 The choice of our own path leads us to deception. He was a killer,…

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Lies Hurt

Lies hurt. Every time. It really doesn’t matter why someone lies to you. You still feel betrayed when…

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Lies and Hypocrisy: Daniel’s Story

Eliminating Hypocrisy… Seeing hypocrisy and falsehood in his life, Daniel walked away from the Church life he grew…

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Find Real Truth (Easy English)

Many people want to tell you how you should act. They tell you how you should think. Other…

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Deception in the Early Church

During the early days of the church, the apostles witnessed with great power to the resurrection of Christ.…

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Confusion to Clarity

Confusion. It can mean many things to different people but it’s basically a lack of clarity and understanding. We are…

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God Can Fix Your Broken Heart (Easy English)

You want to be happy. You want to be a good person. You want people to honor you. You…

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From Brokenness to Wholeness

If I could write the script of my life, I would be successful, wealthy, and admired by all.…

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Dealing with Brokenness

Imagine you are standing in a room. It is the fanciest room that you have ever been in.…

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Gabriel’s Story

God Restored Gabriel’s Broken Heart. Gabriel grew in church but didn’t love himself. He turned from God and…

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Caleb’s Story

Jesus is with us during all our tragedies. Caleb had a great family background, but was broken by…

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Overcoming Brokenness

Life often brings events or situations that leave us feeling empty and broken. But, we can move past…

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Overcoming Shame

Shame is a powerful master! It often makes us afraid. Shame makes it difficult to move forward in…

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Rediscovering Your Worth

Nearly everyone feels insignificant at one time or another. You may be great on the football field and…

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