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Set Apart

All my life I’ve longed to belong. Early on, I followed the wrong crowd. I chased after broken dreams. I would try anything to be accepted. This led to many years of searching, only to end up in dead end places. I was looking for others to make me happy. I thought happiness was out there waiting on me to claim it. Until I was in the pit, looking up, did I realize that happiness wasn’t in people, it was in Jesus. Each one of us has a purpose. Everyone has a unique personality, set apart from anyone else. Jesus …

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Patience=Faith

  Time seems to drag when adversity strikes. We think about, worry and agonize over the problem as if we can solve it on our own. It’s ok to be concerned and to look for help. But wouldn’t you like a little help instead of trying to solve the problem on your own? Give it to God. Sound too simple? You have to trust that God’s got this. He sees your pain. He understands your anger and disappointment. But that’s not all. After giving it to God, you have to follow up with faith. Without faith, you’re spinning your wheels, …

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Sacrifice

We all make sacrifices every day. You give your time to your kids, your spouse, your best friend, without expecting anything in return. But would you sacrifice your life for another person? Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice when He died in our place. Are you willing to give up the world’s pleasures and the tempting lures that satan puts in our face and follow Jesus? Jesus promises a life in eternity. Sacrifice means giving to God whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work. Are you willing to make this sacrifice? Romans …

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A Mother’s Love

Isaiah 66:13 – “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Giving birth to my two kids was the greatest blessings. The bond between mother and child is like no other. There have been seasons of joy, laughter, love and inevitably worry. God has been at my side every step of the way. From scraped knees to wedding bells to grandchildren, God has been a constant through it all. When I think of the love I have for my children and my grandchildren it doesn’t come close to the love …

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His-story

We all have a history. If we’re smart, we will have learned from our mistakes. God’s history is all laid out in the Bible. From the beginning of time to the future He has for those who believe in Him. I’ve been a Christian for a long time, but it’s only been in the last 20 years that I’ve developed a deep relationship with God. God’s been in my history and He remains a constant now. How about you? Do you have a history with God? Do you know His Story? History defines and touches our lives. How does your …

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Self Defense

   It’s a good thing to know how to defend yourself, in case you’re ever confronted. Evil is all around us in several different forms. Some people are just waiting for us to mess up so they can take advantage of our vulnerability. This goes for the heart also. Guard your heart. Don’t give it away to the first person that tells you what you want to hear. Let God be your defender today. Give your life to Him and let Him fight your battles. Psalm 144:1 – “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for …

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Stories

      Life is a series of short stories. Years ago, I was hiking the jungles of Peru. Two weeks before that, I was sitting on a front porch with an elderly gentleman, watching the clouds go by and thankful for my blessings. It’s been a few years, but he’s passed on, and even though I am sad that he’s gone, I feel blessed to have known and cared for such a great man. Today, I sit with a lovely lady. Once a model, today she faces her days with lost memories of the past. But still, we sit …

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Mistakes

    There have been times when I think that I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life, but it turned out to be the greatest blessing. Never neglect the power of God. Just when you think you’ve got life figured out, God steps in and miracles happen, plans get changed and nothing else matters. Are these all a result of our own mistakes or a miscalculation of God’s timing? You decide. Matthew 6:26-27: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are …

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Trendsetter

        I’ve never been one to start a movement or follow the crowd. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been led astray. Right when you think you have it all together, there’s a detour in the road. What then? Do you crumble, crawl into a cave and give up? So much in this world is unreliable. People are unreliable, not trustworthy. Why not lean on God in these times? God’s truth never changes and has stood the test of time. Be the change. Become a light in someone’s dark world and tell them about God. Be a …

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Idols

    The hardest enemy to defeat is the idols we hold close to our heart. We’re surrounded by evil every day and it seems to be getting worse. We make bad decisions, not thinking of the affects it may have on others. We compromise and tell ourselves that this one time won’t matter. You can’t fight this battle alone. Give it to God, every little detail. Make God the hero in your life. Stop trying to abandon God and pretend that this thing you’re doing is not a sin. 1 Corinthians 10:14 – “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from …

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Discomfort

        God created each of us for so much more than just to be happy and satisfied. There are times when our joy in life comes with taking risks, pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could do. A few years ago when I stood on top of a 14,000 foot mountain I felt so alive, like I just conquered the world. If you’re comfortable with how things are going, you’re not going to be hungry for righteousness sake. God allows a little adversity in our life at times to remind us who He is. He came …

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Time

        There have been seasons in my life when it seemed that time stood still, unmoving. The death of my dad, my two brothers, my mom. We all get one chance every day. The same 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hug your spouse. Play with your kids and grandkids. Spend time with the elderly. Call a friend. Tell someone your story. Time is precious. Don’t waste a minute of it. The God of the Bible is a God of purpose. He created time and we should learn how to manage it and use it …