Monday, May 30th, 2016

If you want to keep the bad things out, it’s vital that you put the right things in. As the old adage goes, “Garbage in—garbage out.” Paul writes,“Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable”(Philippians 4:8). The things you meditate on will eventually find their way out in your life.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2016

It’s not about doing the things that lie around us, but walking in step with the One who lies within us. We need to become intentional students of God’s voice—learning to listen intently to His promptings and leadings. “Quiet. Listen obediently, Israel. This very day you have become the people of God, your God. Listen to the Voice of GOD…” (Deuteronomy 27:9-10).

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Saturday, May 28th, 2016

“A happy heart is like good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). One of the great gifts of God is laughter. One of the most neglected is the same. I’m not talking about laughing at someone—that’s cruelty. But what a joy it is to laugh with someone and with yourself. Life is filled with God’s great joys—learn to laugh along with them.

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Friday, May 27th, 2016

“The importance of serving others, of giving in a meaningful way and thoughtful way, is a lesson one can learn early” (Nicholas Thacher). The writer of Acts tell us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive” (Luke 6:38). Do I need to say more?

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Every time we give up to stay in the good graces of those we love, we actually give up the greater places purposed by the One who loves us most. We can either become a people–pleaser or a God–pleaser. I’ve discovered that even good–hearted people don’t always have my best interest in mind. We have but an audience of One to whom we answer.

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016

One of the most dangerous words in the English language is the word someday. The Bible tells us, “Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day…” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today might be all you have; tomorrow may never come. Live with a sense of urgency—aware that each moment could be your last.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Playwright, Neil Simon, once said, “Don’t listen to those who say, ‘It’s not done that way.’ Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will.” Just because it has never been done doesn’t mean it never will. “I can do ALL things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

When it comes to death, the playing field is equal. We all will die—there’s no getting around it. And being that the death rate is still hovering around 100%, it’s probably best to make sure your eternal future is secure before your temporal stuff is. You are not ready to live until you are ready to die.

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