• New Hope

    | Dec 10, 2018
    Floundering with my father is among my most cherished childhood memories. Armed with a beat-up Coleman lantern, two gigs, a stringer . . . we'd head to the water. When the sky got nice 'n' dark, we'd wade in about knee-deep.
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  • Witnessing

    | Dec 09, 2018
    Various methods are employed to communicate the good news of Christ to the lost. Take the Eager-Beaver Approach, for example. . . . This numerical approach is decision-centered, and little (if any) effort is directed toward follow-up.
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  • A Survival Secret

    | Dec 08, 2018
    One winter day while a Chilean peasant was tending his cattle along a long, deep gorge in a remote area of the Andes, he saw two gaunt, bearded figures across the chasm. Thinking they were terrorists, he ran and hid.
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  • Doing the Unexpected

    | Dec 07, 2018
    There are various ways to describe it: turning the other cheek . . . going the extra mile . . . doing good to those who hate us . . . loving our enemies. We may say it in different ways, but the action amounts to the same thing.
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  • Healing Takes Time

    | Dec 06, 2018
    Hippocrates was a Greek physician considered by many to be "the Father of Medicine." It is he, you may recall, who wrote the immortal Hippocratic Oath still taken by those entering the practice of medicine.
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  • The Final Toll

    | Dec 05, 2018
    Sleep came hard for me last night. Earlier that evening, Cynthia and I had read together a letter from our long-time friend Wally Norling, who had just returned from the bedside of Betty, his "loving partner in life for forty-two years."
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  • Stresses That Fracture

    | Dec 04, 2018
    Stress: that confusion created when one's mind overrides the body's desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately needs it. No, you won't find that definition in the dictionary, but right now, I think it should be.
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  • Admitting Need

    | Dec 03, 2018
    Asking for help is smart. So why don't we? You want to know why? Pride. Which is nothing more than stubborn unwillingness to admit need. The result? Impatience. Irritation. Anger. Longer hours. Less and less laughter.
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  • Think It Over

    | Dec 02, 2018
    Here's another promise many try to claim . . . . without the condition. "God has offered me His peace, and I'm claiming it now."
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  • Promises, Promises

    | Dec 01, 2018
    God's Book is a veritable storehouse of promises—over seven thousand of them. Not just eloquently worded thoughts that make you feel warm all over, but verbal guarantees in writing, signed by the Creator Himself.
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  • Them Bones, Them Bones

    | Nov 30, 2018
    Duffy Daugherty, a colorful Michigan State football coach in years past, used to say that you needed only three bones to journey successfully through life: a wishbone, to dream on . . .
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  • Think It Over

    | Nov 29, 2018
    A bazaar was held in a village in northern India. Everyone brought his wares to trade and sell. One old farmer brought in a whole covey of quail. He had tied a string around one leg of each bird.
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  • Giving Yourself Permission

    | Nov 28, 2018
    Back when I was in grade school, it was always a special treat when the teacher gave the class permission to do something unusual. I remember one hot . . . afternoon when she gave everyone permission to go barefoot after lunch.
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  • The Potter and the Clay

    | Nov 27, 2018
    By now in our Christian walk we hardly need the reminder that life is not a cloud-nine utopia. It is a terribly unrealistic view to think that Christ helps you live happily ever after; it's downright unbiblical!
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  • Handwriting

    | Nov 26, 2018
    There is nothing quite like the charm and personal touch conveyed by a handwritten note. Since our penmanship, like our fingerprint, is altogether unique, each curve of the letter or stroke of the pen bears its own originality.
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  • Forgotten Side of Success

    | Nov 25, 2018
    We are a success-saturated society. The telltale signs are everywhere. Each year dozens of books and magazines, scores of audiotapes and videotapes, and hundreds of seminars offer ideas, motivation, techniques . . .
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  • Getting Involved

    | Nov 24, 2018
    Difficult though it may be to believe, there are Christian people who are out of touch and uninvolved in the town or city where you live. And also in the church where you worship. They need you.
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  • Good Things, Bad World

    | Nov 23, 2018
    Paul certainly proved himself a prophet when he wrote: "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Tim. 4:1).
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  • A Season for Humble Gratitude

    | Nov 22, 2018
    It's baaaack! The age-old yuletide season is about to slip in the door once again. Better not shout, better not pout, for the malls will be playing "Jingle Bells" several thousand times between now and December 25.
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  • Knowing the Future

    | Nov 21, 2018
    Quick now, what woman in recent years not only won the prestigious "Woman of the World" award but was named the "Most Admired Woman" in the world for three consecutive years?
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