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Accurately Handle the Word of Truth

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Today, in my devotional time I was in Proverbs 21 where it says; Every man's way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. This passage freshly reminded me of something. When I feel like I'm hearing from the Lord through his Word, I write a note down with a date to remind me of how God has used the Bible to speak to me. I have numerous places in my Bible w...

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Returning to Our First Love

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As a father of three grown boys, I many times stand in awe of what God has done in and through their lives. The one that stands out so vividly to me is the journey of my oldest son, Sean. As with many of us in life, Sean chose the broad path which the Word clearly states leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13) and was a day away from being homeless, consumed by the things of t...

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Destruction or Life

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Recently the Lord has focused my attention on a very familiar passage. Before I mention it let me share some introductory thoughts. First of all, I am constantly amazed at how Jesus' teaching is so simple and concise and yet extremely profound. Each day I determine how I will approach living out my faith. Put simply, it is as though I daily stand at an intersection with t...

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Struggling for Joy

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I'm in the swimming pool industry and have been since the early 90s. 1990s not 1890s. I currently work for a manufacturing company where we've been one of the fortunate ones, in that during COVID, we've absolutely exploded. I was also self-employed in the pool business in 2008 when the housing market crashed where we lost 90% of our income in a single year. During the cra...

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An Unexpected Call

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During my first years of employment, I worked with a guy who had a personality like mine. We probably did not get a lot of work accomplished, but we sure enjoyed working together. He and his wife had marriage issues, so Diana and I were praying we could be used to help them resolve their differences. They had little to no interest in coming to know Jesus. They eventually d...

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Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

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The pivotal event in all of history occurred when Jesus conquered death by departing from the tomb in which He was buried. He appears to some women and then to His disciples. Luke 24:1-12 tells us about those events. What is amazing is the next thing He did. I would think that the most strategic thing Jesus could do next would be to appear to as many people as possible to ...

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Are We the Frog?

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You've heard the old story of the frog who gets put in room temperature water and doesn't notice the incremental changes once the water is heated and therefore dies. I don't even know if that's what would happen, but I do know that as humans, we have difficulty realizing the slow societal changes around us and how they might actually affect us. In my time with the Lord th...

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Parable from the Sea World

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Recently I was reading about lobsters. I learned that lobsters never stop growing. The largest one caught was in Nova Scotia, Canada. It weighed 45 pounds. They are known to live 45 to 50 years. In contrast to the lobster, I thought about starfish (although they technically are not a fish). Some species of starfish canregeneratelost arms and can regrow an entire new limb ...

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Preserve Unity

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Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another with love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.Ephesians 4:1,2 In my time with the Lord this morning, this verse hit me hard. I t...

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Pride Check

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"But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Indeed! I thought 'He would at least come out to [see] me and stand and call on the name of the Lordhis God, and wave his hand over the place [of leprosy] and heal the leper.' " II Kings 5:11 Naaman really stuck out to me in my reading this week. He was highly regarded by his King. He was a successful supreme commander of t...

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