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Overcomers

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21   Ten words.  That’s it.  In these powerful and purposeful 10 words, we find an omission and commission that frames our purpose.   We have spent years hearing what “not to do”.  Often these are religious preferences instead of Biblical precepts.  We fight […]
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The Goodness of God

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” —Psalm 27:13–14   There are many days when I need to see God more clearly.  I need Him to cut away my cataracts of complacency […]
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True Freedom

“Through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things” – Acts 13:38-39   The Apostle Paul spoke these words as “words of encouragement” to a gathering who thought their religious standards would grant them righteous salvation.  Paul was clear and concise.  There […]
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Never Give Up

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see […]
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Your Dream Team

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT Dream Team . . . O. J. Simpson’s defense lawyers, a movie about sanitarium patients in their way to a baseball game in New York or the USA 1992 Olympic Gold […]
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Being a Transformer

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT   We all want to “fit in”.  We find out what’s […]
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Compassion Over Condemnation

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John‬ ‭8‬:‭10-11‬ NLT‬ Although it was in the 1970’s, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting […]
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Our Powerful Prayer Partner

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26 NLT   I wish I was good at prayer.  I try.  I’m committed to it . . […]
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Creating Harmony

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  James 5:16 NLT   Every day we face new opportunities and new opposition.  Each is a blessing from God.  Each requires us to thank Him […]
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Watchout For That Toothpick

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first […]
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Our Light

O LORD, you are my lamp. The LORD lights up my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29 NLT The smallest light can illuminate the blackest darkness. It’s amazing and the opposite is not true. Walk into a dark room, light a candle and there is an instant awareness that is realized. The prophet Samuel writes that “The […]
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Overwhelming Victory

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT Lopsided Victories. Some use the term, “blowout”. It’s when one opponent so overwhelms the other that victory is not only anticipated, but amazing. One of sports truly overwhelming teams was the 1901 Michigan Wolverines Football team. Impressive enough […]
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Real Religion

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ NLT‬‬ Have you ever struggled with “living a list” as opposed to “living a life”? Many find safety, security and even significance in following a […]
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The One We Can Trust

But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT   Simple can be significant.  We trust God to take care of us because He is trustworthy . . . take a moment to let that sink in . . . God is worthy of […]
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Seeing With His Eyes

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:36-37 NLT Perspective. Writers create it by communicating word pictures. Artist capture it in visual imagery. Storytellers create a […]
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Amazing Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV God’s grace has not nor ever will be wasted. The Message gives […]
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Value in the Valley

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NLT As a young adult, I had the opportunity to hike the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. The highlight of the trip was […]
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Find Peace in Praise

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28 Beaten up. Worn out. Fed up. Sound familiar? In the challenges of each day, we choose to chase those things that promise fulfillment, but usually fail to deliver. The expectations to be “perfect” lead us down a […]
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The Right Words

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 NLT Living wisely, effectively and with a Kingdom influence is one of our great opportunities. This is a defining moment. Wise […]
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The Undeniable Legacy of Unselfish Love

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:18 NLT It’s been said, “Love is not a noun that needs to be defined, but a verb that needs to be demonstrated.” The validity of our love is verified by our walk, not […]
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