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Tell Them You Love Them

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I want to tell you a story about a man who had grown into middle age without ever hearing another man tell him he loved him. This man, like many, had worked hard all his life, but it never seemed to be enough. When he was young he was the first in his class to read, but his father...

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15 Imperatives

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1. Respect those who are over you in the Lord. 2. Live in peace with one another. 3. Admonish the idle. 4. Encourage the timid. 5. Help the weak. 6. Be patient with everyone. 7. Do not repay evil with evil. 8. Always be kind to one another. 9. Be joyful always. 10. Pray...

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Finding the Good Life

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We live in a very diverse culture with people from all backgrounds and faiths and families and fortunes. But there is one thing that is true for almost everyone: we desire “The Good Life.” The definition of that may be different for each person, but the vast majority of people today...

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Living Ready Because of Our Hope

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Death is not the end. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul taught his readers that Jesus died and rose again, and that Jesus would return to take them home. He also instructed them how to live until Jesus came back again. However, they had a concern with those who had "fallen asleep" - a common...

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What Is Your Fruit Like?

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Many years ago when I was in Israel, we came across an orange tree growing in the wild along a trail.  It was quite impressive, with the orange fruit on the tree contrasted against the green leaves.  The land surrounding the orange tree was filled with low lying scrubs and grass...

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God Is In Control

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Isaiah 46:9-11 "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My...

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Standing on our Christian Foundation

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Foundations are important.  Last year I built a shed in our back yard.  There was not much room, but in one corner there was an old shed that I tore down and so I felt that would be the best place to build the new one.  The old shed was too small, so I decided the new one should...

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Mistake or First Choice

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“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22 (NIV) Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling a little overwhelmed. I just...

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A Quiet Heart

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Mark chapter 4:35-41 tells us a story about Jesus calming the storm. Jesus slept on a pillow in the midst of a raging storm. How could He? The terrified disciples, sure that the next wave would send them straight to the bottom, shook Him awake with rebuke, “Don’t you care if we...

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Trust God in Our Choices

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There is a line in America called the Continental Divide, high in the Rocky Mountains that separates east from west.  The water that falls on the mountains is not different on one side or the other, but a drop that falls on the west side of the Continental Divide will eventually flow to the...

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