Monthly Archive: July 2017

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Not out, but through

Before God changes our circumstances, He often uses our circumstances to change us. Yes, He has promised to deliver us from our troubles, but not necessarily on our schedule or in the way we think. God wants to do more...

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Sharing your life with someone

When four-year-old Sarah attended her first wedding in America, she had lots of questions. At the reception her mom explained there were two cakes – a groom’s cake and a bride’s cake. ‘What’s the matter, Mom?’ Sarah asked. ‘Haven’t they...

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Only Jesus

The line from an old hit song goes, ‘Looking for love in all the wrong places.’ That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria. Here’s her story: 1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy...

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You’ve been called by God

God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…sanctified you [set you apart]…I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Observe: 1) God knew you. The word knew means ‘to have intimate knowledge of’. When your...

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You can change

The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if...

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When God calls you

God told Jeremiah, ‘Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work’ (Jeremiah 1:5 NCV). When God decides to use you, five things happen: first, there is a call. God asks common people to do uncommon things,...

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Lessons from the life of David (5)

Someday we will all die, and our last words are often considered some of our most important. The question is, have you lived to your highest potential and fulfilled God’s purpose for your life? The Bible says, ‘These are the...

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Lessons from the life of David (4)

David knew how to develop other leaders. He didn’t ‘use’ people to get what he wanted. He recognized their talent, gave them opportunities to serve, then rewarded and honored them. And as a result they were willing to lay down...

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Lessons from the life of David (3)

Paul writes, ‘Fight the good fight of faith’ (1 Timothy 6:12 KJV). Some of God’s promises have to be fought for. The Jebusites who controlled Jerusalem told David, ‘You’ll never get in here!’ (2 Samuel 5:6 NLT). So expect resistance...

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Lessons from the life of David (2)

Here are three lessons from David’s life: 1) God makes the choice. When Samuel the prophet came to David’s house to pick Israel’s next king, David wasn’t considered. But God chose him anyway – just like He chose Deborah to...