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Emptying the Cup

“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12, ESV) Not measuring up to our own expectations and potential is disappointing … not measuring up to God’s expectations is the most costly of all! Ben Herbster wrote, “the greatest waste […]

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Being Unteachable…Not A Pretty Picture

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from […]

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Reaching the Place of Teachable … Remaining Approachable!

“Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:8, 9) It wouldn’t take long to read the list of mankind who relishes being corrected, admonished or in some way being advised […]

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A Mother’s Love

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3) A mother holds her children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. It can also be said that a mother’s children hold their mother’s hands for a short while, but her heart forever! Without any hesitation or reservation this writer can […]

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A Most Potent and Powerful Prayer to Offer Up …

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) There are times in our lives when we don’t want someone, even God, to interfere with what we want to do! Kids can be stubborn, hard-headed and head-strong. They want something, want to […]

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This Little Light of Mine …

This Little Light of Mine … “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. “ (Matthew 5:16) There’s something about watching a small child learning the tune, words, and the exaggerated movements to a new and catchy song! I can remember as if […]

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Holding On With Open Hands

“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) Reminders … we all have them and probably all of us need them more than we would care to admit! The popularity of sticky notes … […]

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Seasons Come and Seasons Go …

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Spring has come with all of its beauty, fragrance and pollen. Every season has its own peculiar characteristics. Whether it’s the crisp, clear mornings of winter, the greening and beautiful time of spring when the flowers and trees put there […]

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The Place of Laughter in Our Lives …

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) Some people really have a good laugh! It’s one of those ‘laughs’ that just sounds so hearty, genuine and one that is contagious. Do you know someone like that? You know … that person(s) who brings happiness and smiles […]

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Helping Our Young People to Grow and Mature… Developing a Better Sense of Participation in the Church

“…I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15). He was a great man! He was a good man! He had a quiet but dignified presence about him! […]

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