Servant or Master

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  • December 8, 2018

Servant or Master Lu 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” It is utterly impossible to live for things and for God at the same time. If we are mastered by money, we cannot really be serving the Lord. In order to accumulate wealth, we must devote our finest efforts to the task. In the very act of doing this we rob God of what is rightfully his. It is […]

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Proverbs 16:9

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  • November 29, 2018

Proverbs 16:9-A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. We don’t know what even the next second brings, but God is graciously able to use any situation for good. May God give us grace to walk with Him expectantly into His appointments for us today Our lives are better off in God’s hands than in our own..

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Our Changing World

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  • November 20, 2018

Our Changing World Read: Psalm 102:25-27 I am the Lord, I do not change. —Malachi 3:6 My brother in law and I were having lunch today and the subject came up of our changing world. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, Change is one thing we can be sure of in this life. Our relationships change as we move to new places, experience illness, and ultimately face death. Even the cells in our bodies are always in the process of change. When cells wear out, most are replaced by new ones. This is especially noticeable with […]

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A Bad Habit

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  • November 17, 2018

A Bad Habit Read: Exodus 17:1-7 They tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” —Exodus 17:7 Most people have a bad habit or two. Some habits are just irritating, such as talking too much or too fast. Others are much more serious. Consider, for example, the bad habit developed by the people of ancient Israel. They had just been delivered from slavery (Exodus 14:30), and they ought to have been thankful. Instead, they started to complain to Moses and Aaron, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt!” […]

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Contentment

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  • November 10, 2018

Contentment Philippians 4:4-13 “… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 How in the world can Paul say that: “content whatever the circumstances”? It’s not hard at all to be content when everything is going our way, but what about those days when it all seems to fall apart? Must we mouth words about contentment then too? Does it mean that I must be satisfied to be a cancer patient? Does it mean that I must like major surgery? Must I welcome those haunting moments of radiation therapy? Does it mean that I must, as some […]

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TRIALS DEVELOP PATIENCE (unfortunately)

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  • October 27, 2018

TRIALS DEVELOP PATIENCE (unfortunately) Verse: “The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7). The Lord has chosen to develop patience and character in our lives through trials. Endurance cannot be attained by reading a book, listening to a sermon, or even praying a prayer. We must go through the difficulties of life, trust God, and obey Him. The result will be patience and character. Knowing this, we can face trials […]

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Celebrate Winter

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  • October 25, 2018

Celebrate Winter Read: Psalm 42 Why are you cast down, O my soul? . . . Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. —Psalm 42:5 I love living where there are four seasons. But even though I love settling down with a good book by a crackling fire when it’s snowing, I must admit that my love for the seasons grows a little dim when the long gray days of winter drone on into February. Yet regardless of the weather, there is always something special about winter: Christmas! Thankfully, long after the […]

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SPECIAL: TODAY!

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  • October 12, 2018

SPECIAL: TODAY! As Christians, we must live a day at a time. No person, no matter how wealthy or gifted, can live two days at a time. God provides for us “day by day” as we pray to him (Luke 11:3). He gives us the strength we need according to our daily requirements. We must not make the mistake of trying to “store up grace” for future emergencies, because God gives us the grace we need when we need it. When we learn to live a day at a time, confident of God’s care, it takes a great deal of […]

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Following Where He Leads

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  • October 9, 2018

Following Where He Leads Read: 1 Kings 19:19–21 Then [Elisha] set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:21 As a child, I looked forward to our church’s Sunday evening services. They were exciting. Sunday night often meant we got to hear from missionaries and other guest speakers. Their messages inspired me because of their willingness to leave family and friends—and at times, homes, possessions, and careers—to go off to strange, unfamiliar, and sometimes dangerous places to serve God. Like those missionaries, Elisha left many things behind to follow God (1 Kings 19:19–21). Before God called him […]

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Load Line

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  • October 2, 2018

Load Line Read: 1 Peter 5:5-9 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. —1 Peter 5:6-7 In the 19th century, ships were often recklessly overloaded, resulting in those ships going down and the crews being lost at sea. In 1875, to remedy this negligent practice, British politician Samuel Plimsoll led the charge for legislation to create a line on the side of a ship to show if it was carrying too much cargo. That “load line” became known as the […]

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