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Little Bruises and Broken Bones of Life

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling like you were in a wrestling match during the night? You laid in bed all night tossing and turning, worrying about the stuff of life. You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. We all face challenges in life, and whether it is financial, physical, relational, vocational, […]

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“It’s A Great Day To Be Alive!”

During the hot and tiring days of pre-season football camp back in the 1970’s, our head coach, Gene Carpenter, used to walk through the dorms at five o’clock in the morning blowing his whistle and yelling to us, “Men, it’s a great day to be alive.” With sore and tired muscles, and the thought of another full day of practice […]

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When “Out of the Blue” Happens

You are sailing along tending to your business when “out of the blue” comes a storm that upsets your boat, messes up your well laid out plans, tosses your cherished comforts into the raging seas, and leaves you feeling helpless in the grip of the storm. Every storm is a call to trust God. Every storm is a call to […]

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For That Reason…

Today we want to share a few verses from a longer passage of scripture that is often called “rules for holy living.” We always desire to give you verses in context because all meaning is context dependent. The third chapter of Colossians begins by stating that once we become followers of Jesus, the bar for what is acceptable is raised. […]

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Orange Road Construction Cones

If you have ever driven on any road, whether it is an eight-lane interstate highway or a back country road, you know that you do not have to travel too far without encountering potholes and rough patches of asphalt or concrete. And not only that, it seems that some roads are always under construction. Those orange cones are as permanent […]

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One-Stop Shopping

Not too many years ago you had to shop at many different stores in order to buy all the items you needed for daily living. You went to the grocery store for food and drink, the drug store for medications, the department store for clothes and a new purse, the hardware store to buy a lawn mower, the appliance store […]

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Be Opened!

Do you ever feel like you have been kicked to the curb? Or maybe you have some impediment (physical, mental, emotional, etc.) that holds you down and you feel like you are on the outside looking in? You feel like nobody sees or hears you. While the world so often lacks the personal touch we deeply long for, today we […]

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Avoiding the Deep Hole in the Sidewalk

Albert Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us fall into that same trap. We think that this time things will be different. But sadly, most times the result is the same, and it often causes harm to us and others. And soon we find ourselves doing and […]

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Where Did That Gorilla Come From?

Do you feel anxious today? Does it feel as if there is a gorilla sitting on your chest making it hard to breathe? Do you feel like you are being choked? Are there situations or circumstances in your life that are causing you to lie awake at night? Does whatever is burdening you lurk in the back of your mind […]

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How Solid Is Your Foundation?

In Matthew 7:21-29 we read this warning from Jesus. Before you begin reading, take note that verses 21-23 contrast saying and doing and 24-27 contrast hearing and doing. (21-23) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will […]

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