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December 15th was officially Stacey’s last day as a teacher. Most of her 35-year career was spent in special education helping struggling students to succeed. For Stacey, this job was a calling as much as it was a career. I’ve seen evidence of this in the care she gave her[...]

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The New Testament describes what life should look like for followers of Jesus Christ. But I hear more and more believers talking about that life as if it’s a lofty goal rather than how they actually strive to live. I think that’s dangerous. So how do you know if you’re[...]

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“…in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” James 1:21   Pride is one of those sins we seldom stop to deal with; maybe because it doesn’t sound as serious as things like lust or greed. But left unchecked pride has the power to produce[...]

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“Because of the littleness of your faith” Matthew 17:20   Have you ever wondered why you don’t have more strength or power in your spiritual life? Jesus’ disciples certainly did. After they failed to deliver a boy from demon possession they asked Jesus, “Why could we not drive it out?”[...]

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“So Sarai said to Abram, ‘Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.’ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” Genesis 16:2   Do the voices you listen to represent godly interests or good intentions? The first is a[...]

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” James 1:2   Having joy in adversity is clearly taught in the Bible. Yet few Christians experience joy during the difficulties of life. We tend to look more for relief from our suffering than for how God is working in it.[...]

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“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8   Few Christians are willing to write God a blank check, as Isaiah did. When God speaks, we often weigh the[...]

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“With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;  from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.” James 3:9-10   The Bible has a lot to say about what[...]

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“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21   Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus every Christmas. But we can get so caught up in Christmastime activities that we forget exactly what we’re celebrating. Jesus left[...]

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