• Serving Is Essential

    | Apr 23, 2017
    Our world has become a large, impersonal, busy institution. We are alienated from each other. Although crowded, we are lonely. Distant. Pushed together but uninvolved. No longer do most neighbors visit across the backyard fence.
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  • The Riddles of Life

    | Apr 22, 2017
    There are numerous riddles in life that remain wrapped in mystery and shrouded inside an enigma. The sea, for example, is an unexplainable phenomenon. Who can fathom its tide affected strangely by the moon . . . ?
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  • Claim God’s Grace

    | Apr 21, 2017
    While most people in the world are busy building towers with highest hopes of making a name and gaining fame, God's truth sets the record straight. On the basis of God's Book, His Holy Word, it is my plea that we simply admit our need and claim God's grace.
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  • A Proper Perspective

    | Apr 20, 2017
    Jesus' words are neither complicated nor vague. He simply says, "If you are going to call yourself one of My disciples, you must release your grip on materialism." To keep all this in proper perspective, think of it this way.
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  • Enduring Faith

    | Apr 19, 2017
    We're very fickle in our faith, aren't we? We are inconsistent, ambivalent. We sing "My faith looks up to Thee" . . . until the medicine stops working, until the lights go out, until the bill comes due and we don't have what it takes to pay it.
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  • A Sweet, Winsome Melody

    | Apr 18, 2017
    Let me urge you to take charge of your mind and emotions today. Let your mind feast on nutritious food for a change. Refuse to grumble and criticize! Let your life yield a sweet, winsome melody that this old world needs so desperately.
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  • Life in Living Color

    | Apr 17, 2017
    The thing I have always appreciated about the Bible is that when great truth is given, God frequently incarnates that truth in lives with whom we can identify. He doesn't stop at theory as He teaches us about the abstract importance of faith.
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  • Not to Worry . . . He’s Risen!

    | Apr 16, 2017
    On the day Jesus was crucified, a sinister darkness blotted out the sun and smothered Jerusalem under a blanket of evil. It would have appeared to anyone seeing through eyes of flesh that the darkness, the devil, and death had defeated the Son of God once and for all.
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  • Battlefield Memories

    | Apr 15, 2017
    On the once bloody battlefield at Saratoga there stands a towering obelisk. A 155-foot-high monument commemorative of that decisive struggle where the British made their last stand over two centuries ago.
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  • Our Ultimate Hooray!

    | Apr 14, 2017
    Few things solemnize the finality of death like making funeral arrangements and choosing a coffin, or arranging the details of a memorial service. They are among the grueling but necessary duties of the bereaved. Death comes to all.
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  • We Weep and Pray, Grow and Learn

    | Apr 13, 2017
    Tests are never wasted. God never says, "Oops, made a mistake on that one. I shouldn't have given you that. I meant that for Frank. Sorry, Bob." It's as if the Lord has our name on specific trials. They are specifically designed for us.
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  • Glorify God to the Maximum

    | Apr 12, 2017
    By making us in His image, God gave us capacities not given to other forms of life. Ideally, He made us to know Him, to love Him, and to obey Him. He did not put rings in our noses that He might pull us around like oxen.
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  • Big-Picture Perspective

    | Apr 11, 2017
    One of the greatest benefits to be gleaned from the Bible is perspective. When we get discouraged, we temporarily lose our perspective. Little things become mammoth. A slight irritation, such as a pebble in a shoe, seems huge.
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  • Keep to the Quest

    | Apr 10, 2017
    All of us are surrounded by and benefit from the results of someone's quest. Let me name a few: Above my head is a bright electric light. Thanks, Tom. On my nose are eyeglasses that enable me to focus. Thanks, Ben.
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  • God Is in Charge

    | Apr 09, 2017
    When it comes to irritations, I've found that it helps if I remember that I am not in charge of my day . . . God is. And while I'm sure He wants me to use my time wisely, He is more concerned with the development of my character.
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  • A Present Help

    | Apr 08, 2017
    We deny it. We fake it. We mask it. We try to ignore it. But the truth stubbornly persists—we are weak creatures! Being sinful, we fail. Being prone to sickness, we hurt. Being mortal, we ultimately die. Pressure wears on us. Anxiety gives us ulcers.
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  • God Is There, Every Hour

    | Apr 07, 2017
    Back in World War II a scribble of comic graffiti began appearing on walls everywhere, proclaiming, "Kilroy was here!" This declaration was found on walls in Germany. It was found on buildings in Tokyo. It was found on big boulders in America.
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  • The Great Gift of Fidelity

    | Apr 06, 2017
    We are living in an era that attempts to stretch grace to heretical extremes. I see it and hear it virtually every week of my life. So allow me to say this very straight: The greatest gift you can give to your marriage partner is your purity, your fidelity.
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  • Perfect Trust

    | Apr 05, 2017
    When the Philistines seized David in Gath he said, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You" (Psalm 56:3). When he fled from Saul into a cave, he cried out to God. "My soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by" (Psalm 57:1).
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  • Hope Is More than Dreaming

    | Apr 04, 2017
    We toss around words like faith and love all the time. And most of us can describe both with minimal difficulty. But hope? What in the world is it? And is it really that essential? Webster defines hope, "to desire with expectation of fulfillment."
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