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Thanksgiving

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On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. — Matthew 2:11 While this verse is most often associated with Christmas, I can think of no...

Raging Storm

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That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it...

Wisdom

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You know that person. The wise one. It may be a friend, a parent, a pastor, or someone that you’ve thought about asking for help in a critical time. The one who seldom gives advice or opinions, but when asked, provides steady, astute and sage counsel. What does it take to be a person of...

Still Standing

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Are you familiar with the toy Stretch Armstrong? The primary purpose of Stretch is to allow a child to pull him in multiple directions — by the arms, legs and head. I have no idea what the goo in the middle of the toy is that allows for such flexibility, but it works incredibly well...

The Holy Helper

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Like a continuous breeze off the ocean waves, so is the Holy Spirit to our souls. He constantly comforts, convicts and counsels us. The Work of Comforting “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” — John 14:18 (ESV) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom...

The Lord Almighty

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“If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.” — Malachi 1:6 “For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.” — Malachi...

The Way

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It is culturally unpopular, extremely personal, and often misrepresented. It is profound and simple simultaneously. What is it? It is the true message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was asked by Thomas how to follow him, Jesus responded simply with: “I am the way, and the...

The Answer Was Right In Front Of Them

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Sometimes I look too hard, think too long and analyze too deeply. While not bad practice in certain situations, the answer to my question is often apparent. It is right before me, lost in a maze of questions, doubts and elaborate examination. I fail to see the obvious. It can be the same with...

But God Does

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The man was transported by helicopter from the local hospital to one that could provide better care. The close-knit family raced to support his wife of 60 years and to wait on the diagnosis. Able to speak, yet unable to move his legs or raise either arm, the doctors told him that his condition...

Nehemiah: The Obedient Rebuilder

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Nehemiah modeled an example of obedience to God. Nehemiah prayed. When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. — Nehemiah 1:4 Nehemiah was so emotionally distraught about the condition of the people of Judah and...

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