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“He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.” (2Corinthians 1:4 GWT) We all go through difficulties. Jesus told us that we would have trouble in this world (Jn. 16:33). And, there’s commonality in our […]


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“Stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18b BSB) My son, Paul Jr., was a fairly mild mannered boy growing up. Though sometimes an instigator of mischief toward his older sisters, he tended to “turn the other cheek” when among playmates his own age. Most of the time I […]


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“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.” (Ephesian 4:7 NLT) I have a friend that is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. He has an uncanny ability to explain the most complex theology is concise, simple, and often, humorous terms so that anyone can […]

For the Love of Jesus

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Why do we serve? Why do we give of ourselves, day in, day out, week after week? We all know the answer: because of love. Right. But what is the object of our love? Whom or what do we love in order to allow ourselves to be given? Once again, the answer seems obvious: the […]

Quiet Time? Haaahhhhhhh

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Quiet times, huh? Does that phrase instantly make you feel guilty, like you don’t do enough when it comes to your spiritual life? There are two opposing lies about quiet times, and both can drag us down:   It’s the law. It’s optional.   You might be assuming that one of these has to be […]

The Secret to Staying Energized

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What would you say zaps your strength? The kids? Your job? The soccer schedule? The unending housework?   If you’re talking to other tired moms, chances are you’ll hear them point to external circumstances as the primary reason they’re exhausted. But the truth is, there are a lot of internal conditions that exhaust us. These […]


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As a counselor and a student of the Bible over the years, I recognized that there are three kinds of forgiveness: From God From a person you have offended To another person when you have felt offended In this chapter we will share verses about these three distinctives of forgiveness and give you specific language […]

The Messiah Tree

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If the Old Testament had a tree nursery in it, it would be found in the book of Isaiah. It is the Grand Central Station of trees. Isaiah’s prophecies overflow with trees and metaphors involving the land as they return again and again to describing the coming of the Messiah. That’s because the two are […]


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“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV) Life is hard, fast, and complicated, and we are easily distracted by the demands … constantly juggling schedules with obligations. […]
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