by on June 6, 2024
Do you ever feel like your life is boring compared to your friends and family? I know people whose jobs take them to interesting places around the world. I have friends who take vacations to exotic locations. ...
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by on May 29, 2024
“I’m sorry, but you have cancer…and not just one kind, we found two different types.” My friend Gary was stunned. On top of this new diagnosis, he was already battling a debilitating autoimmune disease. When too many bad things start happening in our lives, we can feel crushed by the weight of despair. ...
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by on May 22, 2024
Ever feel discouraged because you are always trying to do your best when it seems everyone around you couldn’t care less? At work, there’s always the one who comes in ten minutes late, leaves ten minutes early, and spends most of the day on their cell phone. At church or Little League, there’s always the one who signs up to volunteer and then never comes. ...
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by on May 15, 2024
After receiving a terminal diagnosis and given a few months to live, my friend Pat said, “I want to finish my race well.” I want that too. When I cross the finish line, I want God to say “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23) We are given one life, no do-overs. ...
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by on May 8, 2024
A 2021 American Perspectives Survey shows Americans report fewer close friendships than ever. Many feel if they could find a close friend who truly cares about them, life would not feel sad or lonely. The good news is believers in Christ already have a friend who is eager to develop a deeper relationship with them. ...
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by on May 1, 2024
Today, I’m discouraged, disappointed, ...
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by on April 24, 2024
If you are one of the many who deal with anxiety, you are not alone. God created us with this emotion. Sometimes, it can keep us from danger, but there are times it can take us off track. We can become anxious about a situation when we fixate on: ...
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by on April 10, 2024
We’ve all had that awkward moment of not knowing whether or not to offer a prayer before a meal. We’re not sure if we should just eat, say a silent prayer, or ask our friend to pray. Maybe you’ve already started eating, and someone says, “Let’s pray.” Oops. ...
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by on April 3, 2024
Pounding my finger on the icon five times in a row still didn’t open the app. I have no patience for anything less than the phone screen responding instantly. We expect everything to happen quickly; when it doesn’t, we get impatient. ...
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by on March 27, 2024
As a 7-year-old, the quick flashes of lightning followed by loud crashes of thunder were frightening. Despite the fact that our two-story house offered protection from the storm, I was scared. Our farm was in wide open country, where wheat fields stretched out as far as the eye could see. Tornadoes were a common occurrence, so storms were taken seriously. ...
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by on March 21, 2024
“The Bible is too hard to understand.” It’s probably one of the most common reasons why Christians don’t study the Scriptures on a regular basis. The Bible says every believer can understand biblical concepts because the Holy Spirit is our teacher. ...
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by on March 14, 2024
In church lingo, an “unspoken request” is something too heavy, too complicated, or too private to bring up in front of everyone during an invitation to share one’s need for prayer. The following is a story about one such request. A woman slipped into the back pew of a small Sunday evening church service. ...
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