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Monday, December 11, 2017

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"I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." Isaiah 45:3"I have never been in this place before. It is new ground for me and I find I am way out of my comfort zone. I am scared to death to trust Him at this level. I had to confess to the Lord I have not been able to accept or believe His love for me in this area." Those were the words I expressed to a friend when I was in a difficult place in my life. It was that day when I confessed those words that God led me to this passage... Read More

Americans overwhelmingly believe that the government is broken, according to a national poll released in February.But the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.Eighty-six percent of people questioned say that the system of government is broken, with 14 percent saying no.Of the 86 percent, 81 percent say that the government can be fixed, but 5 percent say it's beyond repair.The percentage of Americans who believe the government is broken has increased by eight points since 2006."That increase is highest... Read More

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16Music is second only to television in influencing and shaping the values of our children. How can you help your kids recognize the subtle seduction to evil in some contemporary music and encourage them to make wise choices about what they listen to? Here are some practical suggestions:1. Avoid the "do as I say, not as I do" syndrome. Before you can help your child evaluate his music, you'd better... Read More

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13One day Sister Teresa told her superiors, " I have three pennies and a dream from God to build an orphanage.""Sister Teresa," her superiors said, "You cannot build an orphanage with three pennies. With three pennies you can't do anything.""I know," she replied, "but with God AND three pennies, I can do anything."When God gives us a task, he also will give us the resources to perform that task. It just doesn't always seem that way at the time. In the natural we might look in our purse and see only three pennies and become discouraged... Read More

"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing."Psalm 100:1-2Have you ever planned a major fun event and then asked yourself, "Are we having fun yet?" Fun in uninhibited spontaneity. Chances are the last time you really had fun it was a spontaneous, spur-of- the-moment activity or event. Big events and expensive outings can be fun, but sometimes we plan and spend all the fun right out of them. I've often had a lot more fun in an impromptu pillow fight with my children.The secret to enjoying uninhibited spontaneity... Read More

"So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him." 1 Kings 19:19Sometimes God speaks after a big bang. Elisha, on the other hand, was called without a word.Elijah knew that God was preparing to replace him. He had done some fantastic things himself, yet he seemed to be running out of steam. He no longer had the emotion that God needed in His spokesman. Thus, Elijah was told that Elisha would replace him, and Elijah would be the one... Read More

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" Romans 3:24There is an old rock & roll song that implied that the best thing about breaking up was the making up. I can certainly agree with that. Janette and I have had our differences in the past. They were not pleasant, but they were well balanced by the make-up process. Don't get me wrong. I do not encourage you to break up -- or even have a fight -- just so you can make up. The problem is that the latter may never happen. Don't take the chance. But it does bring up a spiritual point that... Read More

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