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“Do not let your heart be troubled…”  John 14:1a   We’re living in troubling times. The health and economic concerns flooding the news and social media can be distressing. Yet, the world has always been full of troubles and always will be. That’s why the context of today’s verse is[...]

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“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23   The COVID-19 crisis can be especially frightening for kids. Not only have their daily lives changed, but they may also be aware of economic changes within your household. There’s never been a[...]

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“Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:13   We’ve been talking about wise parenting by looking at the life and teachings of Solomon. Today, we see that Solomon urged his children not only to hear his instructions, but to take[...]

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“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 4:5   Wisdom is in short supply these days. The foolishness of worldly thinking bombards our kids in new ways every day. So, wise parents look for teachable moments. Proverbs 4 is like a[...]

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Research from recent years shows concern from a majority of Americans about moral decline in our nation. Of course, we cannot address issues of morality without defining right and wrong. Those of us who believe that truth is absolute have a different view of morality than those who think truth[...]

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“Behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart...” 1 Kings 3:12   There’s never been a more challenging time to be a parent. Our kids face new obstacles and enticements every day. Preparing them to live godly lives in an ungodly[...]

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“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6   Throughout this familiar Psalm, we’ve walked alongside David as he reflects on his life. He’s shown us what the challenges and changes of[...]

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“You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5b   The bumps and bruises of life come in a variety of ways. For instance, hateful words or broken promises can inflict painful wounds. Left untreated, these hurts tend to fester, negatively affecting multiple areas of life. That’s[...]

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The last few years have been unsettling for Southern Baptists. These days, we’re more apt to be defined by our differences than by our common cause. As a result, some believe that healing division within the Southern Baptist Convention is impossible. I disagree. It will, however, require using reason over[...]

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