Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Time and trials show the true test of character. How you face your adversities speaks volumes about who you truly are. Isn’t it true that if you cannot learn through your difficulties, you truly cannot live in a moment of victory? Character is always best grown in the billowy storms of the world. Remember, you’re not alone; God is with you.

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The strength of prayer is how well you know God’s promises. We will pray like we believe. If we believe He is a big God, then our prayers will be filled hope and prayed with a sense of assurance. If we believe God is not that big, then our prayers will be filled with fear.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Life was to be lived from the inside out, not from the outside in. If you don’t like who you are, it’s sort of hypocritical to expect others to like you. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor AS yourself” (Matthew 22:39). I remind you: a battery CANNOT put out what it does not have.

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Monday, March 28th, 2016

Coach Ara Parashegian offers this fundamental fact: “A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” Who are you helping dream bigger than they ever thought possible? Who are you breathing life into that they never thought existed? The greatest gift we can give someone is for them to believe in themselves.

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Sunday, March 27th, 2016

I read about a local church that caught fire and a painting of Jesus, which had hung unnoticed, was endangered.  Two men rushed into the fire and rescued the painting.  Interestingly, after the fire was out people began to gather around the picture and admire it.  The leaders of the church were amazed that so many people were interested in the picture that had hung for so many years seemingly unnoticed.  And then someone spoke, “Funny, when the church caught fire and moved Jesus to the street, people become interested.”

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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Nobody wants to be rejected.  And if we’re honest, some of our deepest wounds came at the hands of it.  Charles R. Solomon writes, “There are two kinds of people in the world – those who have been rejected, and those who have been rejected more.”  Isn’t it great to know that, regardless, God accepts us just the way we are?  “He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

I read a story of a Sunday school teacher who was trying to impress his class with the importance of living a good, Christian life.  “Why do people call me a Christian?” he asked.  After a long pause one of the boys replied, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.”  The Bible tells us that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled” (Matthew 23:12).  How do you want to be remembered?

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

When Andrew Carnegie died they found a little slip of paper on which he had written a life goal:  “I’m going to spend the first half of my life accumulating money.  I’m going to spend the second half of my life giving it all away.”  And he did just that – to the sum of 450 million dollars.  “He who gives generously…will be powerful and respected” (Psalm 112:9).
I can tell you this, the most respected people I know are the most generous people I know.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Bible tells us to not “be selfish,” but to “think of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).  Why?  Because when we focus on the rewards in any relationship – what we get from them – that relationship will last only until those rewards run out.  Such conditions placed on others are sure to crumble in the long run.

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Monday, March 21st, 2016

Martin Luther once noted, “I am more afraid of my own heart than of the Pope and all his cardinals.  I have within me the great pope, Self.”  Nothing is more powerful than self – good or bad.  It can quickly destroy a marriage, divide a friendship, and most importantly, dishonor God.  It’s been said, “The smallest package we’ve ever seen is a man wrapped up in himself.”

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Saturday, March 19th, 2016

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.”  I’ve often quoted, “Quitters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one in a million.”  Why would you want to quit anyway?  There’s no quit in God, and it was precisely in that image that you and I were created.

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Thursday, March 17th, 2016

There’s an old African-American proverbs that says, “Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.”  Our self-image is our self-reflection.  More often than not, people see us exactly the way we see ourselves.  We’re not fooling anyone but ourselves.  So let the image of Christ grow within you that it would soon radiate out from you.

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Though I was never a Shaquille O’Neal fanatic, he still offers a wonderful slice of truth: “Excellence is not a singular act,” he says, “but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” I agree. One of the greatest acts in maturity is learning to do the same thing over – as long as that same thing over are God’s principles.

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Monday, March 14th, 2016

“Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.  Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away” (Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859).

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Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Going deep in God is never found in what you learn, but in how you live.  The Bible tells us that“knowledge puffs up.  But love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1).  Paul himself wrote, “If I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

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Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Convenience says, “I married the wrong person.”  Obedience says, “Become the right person.”  Convenience says, “Run away and try again.”  Obedience says, “Press in and trust Me.”  Convenience says, “Forget them and move on.”  Obedience says, “Forgive them, as I have forgiven you, and stay the course.”

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

There are three realities in life.  First, we’re all a mess.  We all stumble.  We all fall.  We all make mistakes.  Nobody is immune to this.  Even Job said of himself, “I’m a muddy mess, inside and out”(Job 30:16, MSG).  Second, the mess isn’t going away this side of Heaven.  And third, God commands us to not only live in this mess, but to love in it.

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Forgiveness is limitless – it has no end.  As the great prophet Buzz Lightyear spouts, it’s “to infinity and beyond.”  You see, when Jesus taught that we are to forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven, He wasn’t suggesting math as in keeping score.  He was teaching us grace – His grace that keeps “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).

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Monday, March 7th, 2016

Jesse Owens once said, “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”

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