Grudges

UNUSED 11  [172 words] One day a visitor leaned on the fence around the farm while he watched an old farmer plowing with a mule. After a while the visitor said, “I don’t like to tell people how to run their business, but you could save yourself a lot of work by saying ‘Gee’ and...

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Changing My Life Into The Likeness of Christ

UNUSED 8  [174 words] “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Christ was and I must be: Humble (Phil 2:3-11; James 4:6) Forgiving (Luke 23:24;...

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Winner Or Loser?

UNUSED 6  [110 words] When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.” When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.” A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.” A winner says, “I’m not as good as I ought to be.” A loser says,...

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Humility

UNUSED 5[197 words] Many years ago it was not uncommon for individuals to close letters and correspondence with “very humbly yours,” or “Your humble servant,” or some other such phrasing which emphasized the humility of the writer. In today’s world, however, such wording is scarcely seen. Humility has become an unpopular virtue with most individuals....

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It’s Best Said In What You Do

UNUSED 8 [190 words] There are times when we find those around us suffering. When a friend gets the call no one ever wants to get, the diagnosis comes back worse than expected, when tragedy strikes those around us. It can be a very helpless feeling to try and provide comfort to those is the...

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The Value of Tears

UNUSED 10[182 words] How much value do you place on tears? That question may seem odd, but it is something you should think about! Some tears may fall insincerely, but other tears come when words fail to express an emotion we cannot control. God places a high value on our tears. He knows that some...

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A Pool of Sin

UNUSED 1[152 words] Getting into sin is a little like getting into a swimming pool. When you first get into a pool, it feels cold and uncomfortable. However, after just a few minutes, you get used to the water temperature and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable anymore. In fact, if you stay in the pool for...

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The Legend of the ‘Taste Berry’

UNUSED 1[188 words] In Africa it is said that there is a certain fruit called the “taste berry.” This berry supposedly can affect one’s taste for several hours. Not only is the berry itself sweet, it makes other things seem sweeter when eaten. What a wonderful fruit this must be if it really exists and...

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Man’s Greatest Journey

UNUSED 0[191 words] Man loves to travel. The journeys of man have taken him from pole to pole, and from ocean’s bottom to the top of the skies…and beyond! Wherever man goes (and for whatever the reason) man cannot escape what he is. Our character sticks closer than a shadow. Spiritually, man is a traveler...

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Unseen Dirt

UNUSED 0[116 words] Lord, it’s not the dirt and clutter in plain sight that nags at me. It’s the hidden dirt, you know, behind the refrigerator, in the closets, under the beds–dirt that no one sees or knows about but me. It’s the same way with my life, God, as it’s those hidden sins that...

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What Gossip Says About You

UNUSED 0[160 words] Many people think gossip is a harmless diversion. However, a study on gossip found out that it indeed hurts someone, one you might not expect. Researchers set up a test where subject watched a video were actor talked about a third party. In the videos, the actor would either say something very...

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The True Tragedy

UNUSED 0[184 words] A USA Today article about former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez that he “had played in a Super Bowl and signed a $40 million contract extension before his 24th birthday. His future was one of endless possibilities.” The article went on to say, “the tight end sits in jail, now a convicted...

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‘Because of His Reverence’

UNUSED 1[154 words] Throughout the Gospels it is amazing to read about the prayer life of Jesus. It seems as though He was continually longing to be with the Father in prayer. What a great example for us. The Hebrew writer has something interesting to tell us about Jesus’ prayers. Hebrews 5:7 tells us that...

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The Time is Now

UNUSED 0[105 words] If you are ever going to love me, Love me now, while I can know The sweet and tender feelings Which from true affection flow. Love me now While I am living. Do not wait until I’m gone And then have it chiseled in marble, Sweet words on ice-cold stone. If you...

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The Day Jesus Lost His Disciples

UNUSED 0[175 words] “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66). With one lesson, Jesus lost many of His followers. At what could be considered one of the lowest points in the ministry of Jesus, He fearlessly risked even His own closest followers with one simple...

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Are You Sick Enough to Be Saved?

UNUSED 0[147 words] “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). Jesus did not mean there were people in the world so righteous they would not need Him. Rather, only those who realize how sick they are...

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You’re Crazy

UNUSED 1 [130 words] This is the phrase that is directed toward someone that is acting (or speaking) in a way that does not make much sense. We have all been called (or called someone else) crazy at least once. As Christians, we are called to be just that. No, not “crazy” in the literal...

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All the Ways

UNUSED 0 [195 words] Some have referred to the “God of the Old Testament” as a God of anger and the “God of the New Testament” as a God of love, as if there are (or have been) two Gods. If we have read through the Old Testament without getting any glimpses of God’s great...

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To What Length Would You Go?

UNUSED 1 [130 words] “This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the resign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery. They had got an English Bible, and to conceal and secure it, it was fastened open with...

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If You Wake Up in the Morning

UNUSED 3 [112 words] A life insurance salesman was unable to persuade a couple to purchase a policy. “I certainly don’t want to frighten you into a decision,” he said as he got up !o leave. “Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.” Is...

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Got Faith?

UNUSED 0 [192 words] “This righteousness from God comes through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe … “ Romans 3:22. Having already established that there is an obedience that comes faith, that faith is something we do, and that we must not rest in what we’ve done or who we think we are in...

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Every Spiritual Blessing

UNUSED 0 [155 words] It’s very common for people to ask this question: “Why do good people suffer?” Why do good people get sick, have money problems, and simply struggle with difficult times? The basic answer to these questions is that we live in a physical world and along with being physical beings we both...

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When ‘Magor-Missabib’s’ Disguise Themselves as ‘Pashur’s’

UNUSED 0 [172 words] In Jeremiah 19, God’s prophet was instructed to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem that, because of their unrestrained sin and stubbornness, a harsh, but just, judgment was coming. Despite the clarity of the message which spelled doom for the unrepentant people there were leaders who promised peace, and who...

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If You Had Died for the Sins of the World How would You Feel?

UNUSED 1 [152 words] When men took your name in vain? When men damaged their bodies dabbling in sin instead of glorifying you as their savior in their bodies? When men fussed and got angry among themselves in the church which you had established and thus brought reproach upon you? When men chose to go...

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Which Came First?

UNUSED 0 [192 words] A young skeptic said to an elderly lady, “I once believed in God, but since studying science I am convinced that God is but an empty word.” The lady replied, “Well, I have not studied science, but since you have, maybe you can tell me from whence came the egg.” “Why,...

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Why Are You Afraid?

UNUSED 8[130 words] When Jesus and the disciples were caught in a storm on Galilee, they woke Him up, and He calmed the storm. He then said to them; “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). The word for fear here is “deilos” – dread; timid; fearful, or...

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Where Did God Go?

UNUSED 7[122 words] Take a look around where you’re sitting and find five things that have blue in them. (Go ahead and do it). With a “blue” mindset, you’ll find that blue jumps out at you: a blue book on the table, a blue pillow on the couch, blue in the painting on the wall,...

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Ten Thoughts to Start the Day from Psalms 116 and 118

UNUSED 9[158 words] 1. This is the day the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it. 2. I will praise thee; for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 3. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can man do unto me? 4. The Lord...

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A New Year with The Lord

UNUSED 0[133 words] A new year is about to unfold, With new opportunities to explore. Doors will open for new experiences, New adventures with the Lord. Remember not the former things, The things of this past year. The Lord will do new things in us, Much more than we are aware. For He will make...

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Do You Follow God’s Son?

UNUSED 1[175 words] “And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’ Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry…” (Luke 3:22-23). After many convincing proofs from His birth and childhood about who Jesus was, Luke, writing from his investigations...

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True Food

UNUSED 4[157 words] I’ve been told that there’s a health-food restaurant in the northeast with a billboard that says. “Eat here and live a long life!” Not wanting to be outdone, the barbecue place next door put up a sign that reads: “Eat here and die happy! Food is essential to each of us, without...

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Our Creator

UNUSED 1[112 words] With various shapes and colors Of flowers, trees, and birds, To say there is no God Is really quite absurd. Try to count the stars, The number quickly mounts; God, however, does it, The many stars He counts. (Psalm 147:4) The hair that’s on your head, How many strands are there? Your...

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Promises, Promises

UNUSED 0 [147 words] The world is full of promises, some broken, some kept. God keeps His. The greatest promise of the Bible is salvation. It’s the greatest promise because it can remove the greatest curse, sin. Jesus came to take away sin: “he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). Through...

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Can’t Stop Now

UNUSED 0 [165 words] The famous engineer and inventor, Robert Fulton, returned to America from Paris in 1805 to test his invention of the steamship. In 1807, he was ready to take the steamship Claremont on a trial run up the Hudson River between New YorkCity and Albany. In the excited crowd watching the proceedings,...

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A Lesson on How to Treat People

UNUSED 0 [142 words] During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had...

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5 Reasons You Must Preach the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:1 – 4:4

UNUSED 0 [109 words] Because of Perilous Times (Periods) (3:1) ‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…” Because of Godly Christian Examples (3:14) “…continue in the things which you have learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them…” Because of the Power of the Scriptures (3:15) “…the Holy...

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In Christ

UNUSED 0 [102 words] The “in Christ ” expression says it all. The truth is, all spiritual blessing are found “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3); every last one of them. These tremendous spiritual blessings are found no where else: Salvation (2 Tim. 2:10; Acts 4:12); no condemnation (Rom. 8:1); forgiveness (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14); becoming a...

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Somebody Else

UNUSED 0 [112 words] There’s a clever young guy named Somebody Else, There’s nothing this guy can’t do. He is busy from morning till way late at night, Just substituting for you. You’re asked to do this or you’re asked to do that, And what is your ready reply? “Get Somebody Else to do that...

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Country Music Theology

UNUSED 0 [122 words] Many people, it seems, follow a “Country Music” Theology, rather than the Bible. “The Red Dirt Road,” for example, said, “I learned the path to Heaven is full of sinners and believers.” Really? Psalm 1:5 says “sinners” are not “in the congregation of the righteous;” Jesus said He “did not come...

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The Offensiveness of the Gospel

UNUSED 0 [168 words] For millennia the gospel of a crucified savior has offended people, and it continues to do so to this very day. Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the actual Messiah of the Jewish people. Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the...

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