You Are an Evangelist
on November 26th, 2022
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!  (Psalm 96:3) God's plan is that people will come to faith in Christ. I know you are very concerned about your family members and friends who don't know Christ. Because you are burdened for them, you are asking yourself questions like: “How will they hear the Gospel? Will they watch religious broadcasting on television...  Read More
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Control Your Heart
on November 25th, 2022
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  (Proverbs 4:23)When there is trouble in our lives, we tend to focus on that. We think we can work through it by mental-emotional gyrations. We dream about it, talk to our friends about it, and dwell on it. We devote a lot of verbiage to that trouble. Because we are worrying about it, Jesus is saying, “Don't let your hearts be ...  Read More
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Avoiding Trouble
on November 24th, 2022
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.  (John 14:1)Do you realize that trouble is simply part of life? You can't avoid it. It is crucial to understand that through Christ we can overcome the trouble, regardless of what it is.  Jesus told us,  “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)People will not always line up with what you believe ...  Read More
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Wait in Silence
on November 23rd, 2022
Be still and know that I am God.(Psalm 46:10) We don't like silence and we don't do very well with silence. Have you noticed that we try to fill silence with activity? It is important for us to realize that there are times when we need to be quiet. This happens to many of us. When there is silence and God doesn't move, we do something. When in doubt, do something. Like Simon Peter, when there is s...  Read More
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God Can Defend Himself
on November 22nd, 2022
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9) When we don't understand what God is doing, we try to explain why God would allow something to happen. Many of us think we have to answer all of the “nay-sayers.” We hear people say, “If God is a God of love, why ...  Read More
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The Zeal To Serve
on November 21st, 2022
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  (Romans 12:11)Service is very important when it comes to following Jesus. God does not want you to sit on your blessed assurance and just live out your Christian life. He wants you to practice serving Him. However, if you don't keep your zeal alive, your spiritual fervor to serve will not be prominent. You won't want to s...  Read More
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Speak Genuinely
on November 20th, 2022
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.  (Proverbs 16:24)I had a professor in seminary who spoke in a cadence all of the time. When I would see him, he would say, “How are you doing, Mr. Dodd?” I wanted to say it back the way he spoke, but I didn't. I just said, “I'm okay, thank you.” That’s how he talked.I was thinking to myself, “Something's messed up h...  Read More
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Stand Firmly in Freedom
on November 19th, 2022
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(Galatians 5:1)Our personal development into emotional and spiritual health takes time; it does not come overnight. Children develop emotionally over time and eventually learn to think in abstract concepts. Before that day arrives, they are literal thinkers; rules and r...  Read More
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Stand Firmly
on November 18th, 2022
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.  (Psalm 33:11)If we are going to be the individuals who the Lord desires us to be, we must learn how to stand firmly in every area of our lives. A solid conviction within our hearts must reveal itself in clear action in our lives. We might stand for an internal commitment or belief, but it needs more t...  Read More
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Disagreements
on November 17th, 2022
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,  but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.  They had such a sharp disagreement that they...  Read More
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Learning from Failure
on November 16th, 2022
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  (Psalm 73:26)We looked at how we set ourselves up for failure without realizing it. Today, we will continue our conversation on failure, and learn how we can handle failure in a positive way.1. Own it.When you fail, own it and embrace it. Don't make excuses for it; just own it. Personal failure and spiritu...  Read More
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Setups for Failure
on November 15th, 2022
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!”  (John 13:36-38)As followers of Jesus, we are not excluded from experiencing failure. ...  Read More
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