Category: Faith

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Thoughts about Jacob

Jacob got off to a bad start in life. When it came to business practices, he had more angles than a pyramid! First he cheated his older brother, Esau, then his father-in-law, Laban. Then, one night, the Angel of the...

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Release from Bitterness (2)

Releasing yourself from bitterness calls for: Choosing to forgive. ‘Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32 TM). Whether or not the person who hurt you apologizes, is dead or alive, or is...

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Release from Bitterness (1)

Anger is often the product of frustrated expectations. We expect something, and when we don’t get it we end up disappointed and angry. And our anger leads to a dysfunctional personal, spiritual, and relational lifestyle. Frustrated expectations are often rooted...

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When it’s not what you want

Paul isn’t referring to the kind of ‘thorn’ you find on rosebushes, but a sharp, pointed stake that inflicts pain. In the New King James Version, the word used in place of harass is “buffet”, which means ‘to render blow...

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Your Answer Is—God!

Job’s troubles lasted almost a year. In that year he lost his children, his money, and his health. That’s when he prayed, ‘Oh, that I knew where I might find Him.’ Take note: Job didn’t pray, ‘Oh, that I knew...

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Get Rid of the Junk

Picture a big ship being worked on in dry dock. Beneath the waterline is all the ‘junk’ it has picked up during its voyages. Nobody can see it, but an experienced captain can feel it because his ship lacks the...

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God’s Will (5)

When the light turns green, go! If you’re in sales, it’s crucial to know when to close the deal. Beginners often lose sales by ‘overselling’. They present their product and demonstrate how it meets their client’s needs. It’s priced right...

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God’s Will (4)

Don’t drive through the red light. Timing is important when you’re seeking to know God’s will. Wait until He opens the door, because ‘what He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open’ (Revelation 3:7...

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God’s Will (3)

Pray that you may know God’s will. Strive to live in an attitude of prayer. ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will’ (vv. 16-18 NIV). Rejoicing, praying continually, and giving thanks puts you...

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God’s Will (2)

Choose a spiritual, not a carnal mindset. Carnality is at the core of our human nature, and it lives on in us even after we have become Christians. Its gravitational pull is always away from God toward self-centered living. The...