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It’s not a Matter of If – It’s a Matter of When!

The Big “If” It’s not a Matter of If – It’s a Matter of When! Anytime we step out to believe God for something, the enemy tries to throw us off course with thoughts of doubt and discouragement. I believe one of the main ways he comes at us is with the word “if.” Think […]

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Your Big Brother

Your Big Brother There’s something wonderful about having a good, big brother. A good, big brother is one who shields you when the bullies come out. He’s the one who’s got your back and takes up for you. He shows you the ropes in life, so to speak, and helps you get ahead of where […]

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Push Your Thoughts Around

Push Your Thoughts Around I heard a story about a little girl who whined and complained about everything one day. The next day, she was cheerful and sweet to everyone. Her mother said, “What happened to you? Yesterday, you had such a bad attitude. Today, you’re so happy about everything?” The little girl replied, “Yesterday […]

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Don’t Wait for Others When You Can Do it Yourself!

Don’t Wait for Others When You Can Do it Yourself! When you lose sight of your value, you may be tempted to turn to other people for approval and validation—a parent, boss or loved one. While we all need encouragement and should receive it from the people around us, we can’t let that be our […]

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True Confidence

True Confidence What gives you confidence? What gives you strength? Hope? Encouragement? Some people find confidence in a relationship. When the relationship is going well, they are going well. But if there is a problem in that relationship, they are shaken. Some people find confidence in their job. But if things are not going well […]

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New Mercy

New Mercy As we approach the New Year, most people are filling their days reflecting, dreaming, and planning as countless resolutions are penned all over the world. It’s a time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new; a time for cleaning out the clutter of the past and making room for […]

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Choose the Winning Side

Choose the Winning Side Jesus showed mercy everywhere He went. In fact, right before He was going to be arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of His disciples. He said, “Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight before it’s all said and done.” Peter refused to […]

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year. There are warm gatherings with family and friends, and for many, it is a time of reflection and searching for connection with God. It is the season of thanks as we celebrate the birth of Christ—the greatest gift the world […]

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Serving Up Love for the Holidays!

Serving Up Love for the Holidays! During the holiday season, people often spend more time with family than any other time of the year. And let’s face it, sometimes family members can challenge our love walk more than any other people in our lives. This year, let’s make sure that we guard the atmosphere of […]

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Grace for Every Season

              Grace for Every Season This time of year always warms my heart and reminds me of many wonderful holidays spent with family and friends. But, I’ve found that if I’m not careful, I can find myself getting wrapped up in the busyness of the season, things to do, […]

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Power beyond Your Ability

                      Power beyond Your Ability Sometimes we can set out to do something with confidence in ourselves, and then we hit a point where we realize—you know what? This is hard! We think, “God, You told me to do something, and I just really want […]

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Rising Above Adversity

Rising Above Adversity Every day, life brings new opportunities and presents you with thousands of new choices. One of the first choices you get to make each day is about your attitude. Yes, whether you realize it or not, attitude is a choice. You can’t just wait and allow your circumstances to dictate your attitude; […]

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Life and Chocolate Milk

            Life and Chocolate Milk The other day, I had a craving for chocolate milk. I hadn’t had it in a long time, but used to drink it a lot when I was a kid. I went to the kitchen and poured a glass of milk, added the chocolate syrup […]

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Pay Attention to the Inner Voice

              Pay Attention to the Inner Voice Years ago when our son, Jonathan, was just a year old, we had just moved into a new house. All week long as we were unpacking and getting settled in, we had servicemen coming in and out. One afternoon, I put Jonathan […]

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Your Internal Umpire

Your Internal Umpire Did you know that as believers, each one of us has an internal umpire? You might be wondering why we need an internal umpire, but think about what an umpire does. An umpire lets you know what the rules or boundaries are. An umpire arbitrates matters that may seem unclear. They “call […]

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