Build Up or Tear Down

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None of us look forward to the experience of criticism.  Criticism can tear us down and overtime can cause to think we are unlikeable failures.  Feedback is received well when someone says they think we are doing good in one area but see where we could improve. The text of Ephesians 4:25-32 gives us some clear rules for governing our … Read More

I Don’t Like Change

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Some days the world seems to want to squeeze us all into the same mold.  Do we find ourselves eager to be like everyone else and use the right toothpaste, wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, have the same perspectives on success, and the same desires?  Do we fear to be different?  Are we so afraid of rejection … Read More

Move Toward Serenity

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Our culture is all about competing, performing, and winning.  We can think our value and significance depends on our performance.  We can believe that we are only loved by what we do.  God says our value was bestowed on us prior to our ability to perform.  We can lose sight of the fact that we are not the sole creators … Read More

How to be Content

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We wrestle in our souls to be content.  Our minds race out of control.  The anxiety of the task list alone, can control and steal our sense of peace.  It can seem as if we are running in fear and, in reality, no one is chasing.  We long for a deeper communion with God, to hear His voice more clearly, … Read More

Longing for More

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We long for a more personal and intimate relationship with God.  Our hearts crave a connection with God from His Word.  We have knowledge of the Word but something is missing. We live in a high-performance culture, where holding to deep spiritual values is not regarded as the greatest treasure.  In the pressure to perform we are tempted to look … Read More

Why Am I Here?

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The questions we can hear often and maybe ask ourselves are, “Why am I here?” What is my purpose?  What is life all about anyway?”  Our answers define how we do life.  We will feel the pressure to conform to the world that presents to us all kinds of models that can attract the attention of our hearts. Jesus maps … Read More

Prosperous and Successful

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The world says to succeed we have to follow our natural instincts and appetites.  We need to work at convincing ourselves that what we want is okay.  Greed, ambition, looking out for number one, having a good time, being rich, and winners are the mantras for the world’s way to success. The dictionary defines success as the “degree or measure … Read More

Foundation of Intimacy

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We long for intimacy with God.  We attempt to follow all of the spiritual disciplines and serve God.  We read and study our Bibles thinking this will deepen our relationship with God.  We worship and witness knowing these things are important.  We do all these things and wonder why these things are not deepening our intimacy with God. Isaiah 66:2 … Read More

Reasoned Comfort

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Some of the most comforting and clarifying words come from Isaiah 43:1-4. “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, Oh Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the … Read More

You Are Mine

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Simple truths have a significant impact on how we do life;  especially, when it gets difficult.  “God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his…” (2 Timothy 3:19a) NLT.  We are His.  He knows Us. When it gets down to life-and-death issues, to whom do you entrust your life?  God in … Read More