What You Need in the Wilderness (5)

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“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace.”        Job 22:21 When you find yourself in the wilderness, what’s the one thing you need more than anything else? God! That’s why the Lord told Moses to build the tabernacle and He used it as a teaching tool to show His people that: (1) He wants to meet with us … Read More

What You Need in the Wilderness (4)

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“And there was none feeble among His tribes.” Ps 105:37 NKJV Notice something else Israel enjoyed in the wilderness: divine health. Think of the health issues you’d expect among two million people walking through endless desert with no doctor or hospital in sight. Yet from the youngest to the oldest, “He…brought them out…and there was none feeble among His tribes.” … Read More

What You Need in the Wilderness (3)

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“He brought you water out of hard rock.”                      Dt 8:15 NIV What else do you need in the wilderness? Water! You can live without food for about forty days, but without water you’ll die much faster. It’s the same in the spiritual realm; you can get by in life without a lot of things, but you won’t make it … Read More

What You Need in the Wilderness (2)

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“He led them on safely, so that they did not fear.”                                    Ps 78:53 NKJV You can be in the wilderness and still be in the center of God’s will. “He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock…He led them on safely, so…they did not fear” (vv. 52-53 NKJV). In … Read More

What You Need in the Wilderness (1)

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“He…guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” Ps 78:52 NKJV Charles E. Fuller, one of the first radio Bible teachers, started his daily broadcast with the song, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow.” To get them from Egypt to Canaan, God took His people through the wilderness—and spiritually speaking, you’ll … Read More

Pray, and Keep Praying!

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“Pour out your heart before Him.”                              Ps 62:8 NAS More than anything else in life, Hannah wanted a son. And as the years passed she wrestled with disappointment and despair. “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord” (1Sa 1:10 NIV). However, she did two things that worked—and they’ll work for you too! (1) Instead of … Read More

Your Eyes: A Divine Masterpiece

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“I am…wonderfully made.”                                               Ps 139:14 Evolution says where there’s a want, nature will provide what’s needed. Really? In Natural Theology, Dr. William Paley writes: “To keep the eye moist and clean—which qualities are necessary to its brightness and its use—a wash is constantly supplied by a secretion for the purpose; and the superfluous brine is conveyed to the nose through … Read More

Love Works When Nothing Else Will

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“Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives.”  Eph 5:25 TM   After many years of marriage, John decided to divorce his wife. The reasons he gave his counselor were: “She’s not attractive, she’s not interesting, she’s overweight, and she’s a poor housekeeper.” So the counselor gave him this suggestion: “Starting today, I want you to go home … Read More

Set Yourself Free from People-Pleasing

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“We ought to obey God rather than men.”                         Ac 5:29 Too often our actions are dictated by a misguided need to please others. We care so much about what they think, that with every step we take we look over our shoulder to see whether they’re smiling or frowning. Understand this: If you’re always looking for people’s approval, you’re not … Read More

Dad, Equip Your Kids for the Real World! (2)

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“There aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up.”      1Co 4:15 TM Dad, do these three things for your kids: (1) Alert them to the dangers of having a sense of entitlement. Yes, they need parents who express unconditional love for them. But some of us think our kids can do no wrong—even … Read More

Dad, Equip Your Kids for the Real World! (1)

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“To turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children.” Lk 1:17 NAS Research shows the results of the “dad deficit.” Too many kids today are growing up without a father’s influence. And as a result they end up making poor life, relationship, and marriage choices. So how does a dad equip his kids for life in the real … Read More

Dad, Start a Tradition

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“Fathers…bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”     Eph 6:4 ESV Dad, your children deserve a father who will model the Christian life before them, teach them the truth of God’s Word, and show them how to receive the gift of eternal life. And it could be that in your family this beautiful tradition will begin when … Read More

Install Your “Cables” Now

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“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.” Pr 27:12 NLT Half Dome is a granite peak that towers above the valley floor in Yosemite National Park. The final climb is between steel cables bolted to the rock; they were designed as handholds to safeguard and help climbers reach the top. Columnist Mary Hunt writes: “The final ascent up the … Read More

Get Rid of Your Scarcity Mentality

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“God will generously provide all you need.”             2Co 9:8 NLT God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory” (Php 4:19). Whose riches? God’s! And His ability to bless you is not limited by the job market, the stock market, or the housing market. For forty years He fed His people in the wilderness with manna from … Read More

Jesus Loves You Unconditionally

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“God so loved the world.”                                                     Jn 3:16 David said, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps 32:1). No matter how hard we work, we can never pay off our sin debt. And thank God we don’t have to, because “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in … Read More

“Now” Faith

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”                                      Heb 11:1 NKJV When you’re in the middle of a crisis, what you really believe manifests itself in your words, attitudes, and actions. When Lazarus died and his sister Martha said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (Jn 11:21 NCV), she was voicing past-tense … Read More

Give It Your All

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“I will go…And if I perish, I perish.”                             Est 4:16 NIV Esther, a Jewish girl married to a pagan king, broke with long-standing tradition, marched into her husband’s throne room, spoke her mind, and rescued her people from annihilation. One girl saved a nation because she was willing to put everything on the line. Are you feeling inadequate today? Are … Read More

Wait (2)

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“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me.”               Ps 40:1 NLT The Psalmist said: “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a … Read More

Wait (1)

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“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.”                         Ps 27:14 NLT It’s in looking back that we realize: (1) God had something better in mind for us. (2) We weren’t mature enough at that point to handle what we were asking Him for. We think we’re ready, but God knows when we are. Over forty times in the … Read More

Go on a Complaining Fast

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“Do not complain.”                                                        Jas 5:9 NCV Whatever you keep doing becomes a habit. That’s why James says, “Do not complain.” Author Jon Gordon says, “A complaining fast won’t just make everyone around you happier…you’ll experience more joy, peace, success and positive relationships.” So instead of complaining when things go wrong: (1) Practice gratitude. Giving thanks for three blessings every day … Read More

Take It to the Lord

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“So the power of God could be seen in him.”              Jn 9:3 NLT When Jesus encountered a blind man, His disciples immediately began to discuss the reason for the man’s condition. They asked Jesus, “Was this man’s blindness the result of his own sins, or the sins of his parents?” Jesus answered, “[He was born blind] so the power of … Read More

The Power of Vision (3)

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“I will instruct you…in the way you should go.”        Ps 32:8 NKJV Mother Teresa didn’t set out searching for fame, it found her. She simply went to India, found a need no one else was meeting, heard the call of God, allowed her heart to be consumed by it, and ministered to multitudes of the world’s most neglected and forgotten … Read More

The Power of Vision (2)

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“Acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”                                Pr 3:6 NKJV Having a vision for your life gives you four things: (1) Passion. It makes you wake up in the morning and bound out of bed because there’s something out there you love to do; something you believe in and are good at; something bigger than you; something you … Read More

The Power of Vision (1)

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“Men shall dream dreams [and]…see visions.”    Joel 2:28 NKJV A boy once asked Michelangelo why he was working so hard chipping away on the block of marble that would become his greatest masterpiece: David. The artist replied, “There’s an angel inside this rock and I’m setting him free.” The power of vision enables you to see a potential masterpiece in … Read More

How to Overcome Perfectionism

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“Think about the things that are good.”                      Php 4:8 NCV Be honest: Have you ever met a perfectionist who was truly happy? No, because when things must always “be a certain way,” life becomes miserable because it’s constantly changing. As soon as you solve one problem, another comes along. Instead of dwelling on their blessings and being grateful, perfectionists focus … Read More

Ask God

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“In him we live, and move, and have our being.”             Ac 17:28 George Washington Carver, an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, shared these observations about God: “As a very small boy exploring the almost virgin woods of the old Carver place, I had the impression someone had just been there ahead of me. Things were so … Read More

It All Belongs to God (4)

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“To the Lord your God belong the heavens…the earth and everything in it.”   Dt 10:14 NIV When it comes to our money, we like to think, “I earned it, so it’s mine.” But that’s where you’re dead wrong! The Bible says: “To the Lord your God belong the heavens…the earth and everything in it.” “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness…the … Read More

It All Belongs to God (3)

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“‘The silver is mine and the gold’…declares the Lord.”                             Hag 2:8 NIV How would you describe someone who built a house without giving any forethought to the foundation? Foolish! Likewise, God says don’t put your trust in “uncertain riches” (1Ti 6:17). Between 1948 and 2001 the U.S. economy endured ten recessions, each averaging one year, and resulting in the … Read More

It All Belongs to God (2)

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“When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.”        Hos 13:6 NIV Paul writes: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, … Read More

It All Belongs to God (1)

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“These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.”      Ps 104:27 NKJV We fear losing our job, our health insurance, and our retirement benefits, so we amass possessions, thinking the more we have the safer we are. The same insecurity motivated the builders of the Tower of Babel: “Let us build…a tower whose top … Read More

Don’t Go by Your Feelings

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“Use your head and test your feelings.”                    Php 1:10 TM God gave you feelings, and you should never be ashamed of them. They can alert you to danger and give you insight into various situations. God actually uses our feelings to draw us closer to Him and highlight areas in our lives that need to be submitted to His Holy … Read More

When Jesus Comes on Board

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“He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon.”  Lk 5:3 NIV One day Jesus “saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from … Read More

Stop Trying to Control Everything (2)

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“My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  2Co 12:9 NKJV If you find that you are overly controlling, try doing these three things: (1) Rather than dreading your helplessness, embrace it as a place of strength. It positions you to experience God’s power. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Let go, and … Read More

Stop Trying to Control Everything (1)

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“He shall direct your paths.”   Pr 3:6 NKJV Without self-control we end up hurting ourselves. But when we become overly controlling of ourselves or others, it’s an indication that we’re not trusting God enough. In the final analysis God alone determines our outcomes. So: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in … Read More

How to Test Your Thoughts

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“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”         2Co 10:5 NIV You will never be any better, wiser, or happier than the thoughts that influence you. You say, “I can’t help it, these thoughts just come into my mind.” Yes, you can! “The weapons we fight with…have divine power to demolish strongholds…we take captive every thought to … Read More

Get Rid of Your Entitlement Attitude

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“Through love serve one another.”                         Gal 5:13 NKJV The Bible says, “Through love serve one another.” In other words, “Get rid of the you-owe-me attitude and develop an IOU mindset.” Some of us think: (1) A lifetime job with good pay and a guaranteed retirement plan at sixty-five come with just being born. (2) Promotion is just a matter of … Read More

What You Need in the Wilderness (2)

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“He led them on safely, so that they did not fear.”                                    Ps 78:53 NKJV You can be in the wilderness and still be in the center of God’s will. “He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock…He led them on safely, so…they did not fear” (vv. 52-53 NKJV). In … Read More

From Guesswork to Guidance

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“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”                        Ps 32:8 NIV You can know God’s will for your life. He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” His Word says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Pr 3:6 NKJV). God wants … Read More

Beyond the Myths of Parenting (2)

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“How blessed are you parents.”        Ps 127:5 TM Here are another two parenting myths. (1) Good parents always produce good children. If only that were so, but it’s not! Even when you do all the right things, your children get to make their own choices in life. Cain and Abel were raised in the same home by the same parents. … Read More

Beyond the Myths of Parenting (1)

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“Children are a gift from the Lord.”       Ps 127:3 CEB Here are two myths of parenting: (1) Good parents always keep tidy homes. We think our house should look picture-perfect, so we get upset when our children turn it upside down. But an obsession with neatness can result in missing precious moments that never come again. Unintentionally, we teach our … Read More

Forgiveness Begins the Healing Process

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“If you hold anything against anyone, forgive them.” Mk 11:25 NIV The hardest offenses to forgive are committed by the people who are closest to us. Why? Because we have to live with them every day! When we’re young, our emotions are so intense that wounds and injuries may stay with us for a lifetime. And the pain is worse … Read More

Are You Afraid of Losing Someone?

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“You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.”       1Sa 20:18 NIV Who’s the one person whose death you dread most? Is it causing you anxiety? If so, begin to put these things into practice: (1) Ask God for the grace to accept death as an inevitable part of life. Both you and your loved one will eventually die, … Read More

The Power of God’s Word (2)

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“The commands of the Lord are radiant.”        Ps 19:8 NIV Observe: (1) “The commands of the Lord are radiant.” When people like Plato and Shakespeare speak, the effect of their words on us depends on what we bring to the process. Some of us may be informed and entertained, while others may be indifferent or bored. Their words could be … Read More

The Power of God’s Word (1)

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“The law of the LORD is perfect.”      Ps 19:7 NKJV Of all the words ever spoken, only “the word of God is alive and powerful” (Heb 4:12 NLT). So when you read your Bible you tap into a life-changing force. Let’s look at some of the wonderful characteristics and effects attributed to God’s Word in Psalm 19. (1) “The law … Read More

Affair-Proof Your Relationship

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“Be careful not to fall.”             1Co 10:12 CEV Most people don’t plan on getting into an affair. They just happened to be with the wrong person, at the wrong time, in the wrong frame of mind. The Bible plainly warns, “Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall.” When you think, “It … Read More

Lead with Your Strengths

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“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit.”                        Isa 48:17 NKJV In case you’re wondering whether or not God wants you to succeed, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” He told the Israelites, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” But you’ll only … Read More

Dealing with Change (3)

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“Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”        Ex 14:15 NKJV With the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s chariots behind them, Moses told the Israelites: “‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no … Read More

Dealing with Change (2)

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“Go to the land that I will show you.” Ge 12:1 NLT How would you feel if God told you to leave your job, sell your house and go to a city you didn’t know? That’s what happened to seventy-five-year-old Abraham and his sixty-five-year-old wife Sarah. “Leave your native country…and go to the land that I will show you.” Why … Read More

Dealing with Change (1)

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“Enlarge my territory.”             1Ch 4:10 NKJV Think how foolish it is to pray for success, and resist the changes needed to bring it about. But we do that, don’t we? Let’s face it; it’s easier to settle for the status quo than to face the “what ifs” that accompany progress. Some of us even think it’s selfish and unspiritual … Read More

Whose Company Do You Prefer?

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“And being let go, they went to their own company.”            Ac 4:23 We all have our “own company.” It’s where we feel most at home, where we naturally gravitate to when we have the choice. The great Bible teacher A. W. Tozer once said, “The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is compelled to … Read More