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Being There for Others

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) Someone once said, “A real friend is one who comes in when the whole world goes out.” Wise words were never spoken so well. Often, we need someone with skin on to walk with us when our emotions are running the gambits. It…

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When You Don’t Get the Answer…

“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) Sometimes, we don’t know the right questions to ask! Why is that? Maybe it’s because we are asking the wrong question at the wrong time. Possibly, because we have an agenda, the Lord is not currently wanting us to give…

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Believing God’s Word

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and the attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) Something I hear all the time is that people want to know the will of God.…

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When God Says No

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) Have you ever wanted something so badly that you prayed and prayed that…

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Abide

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) This is a familiar verse to many Christians.  As I read it over, God stirred my heart to look deeper into this verse.  “Abide” in the dictionary means, “to endure without yielding.”  When I look back on…

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Praying Friends

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…” (Colossians1:9) Thank the Lord for friends who pray! There is no doubt about it: we don’t know who has been praying for us, unless they just happen to let it leak out. That’s what the apostle Paul was…

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Don’t Change Your Password

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” (Colossians 2:6) If you have entered the computer age, you understand how important passwords are. Though some passwords need to be changed or updated for online security every once in a while, there is one formula which must…

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Boundary Lines Drawn

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink…”  (Colossians 2:16) Don’t be afraid to draw boundaries! Just as each country has specific boundaries, so must followers of Christ. However, the boundary lines for believers are often to separate us from other believers, unfortunately. Just because you are following hard after…

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People Distractions

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you…” (Colossians 2:18) We are so easily distracted from the main thing. Have you noticed how quickly you can lose focus? If you are not careful, it is almost a given that on any day, you can find yourself navigating…

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Pardon Refused

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” (Micah 7:18) Do you know the story of George Wilson? He was convicted of robbing the US Mail and given a death sentence for the…

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