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A New Command to Love

Love one another A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) Jesus spoke these words after he had finished washing the disciples’ [...]

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From Me is thy fruit found

Fruits of the Spirit “From Me is thy fruit found.” Hosea 14:8  Our fruit is found from our God as to union. The fruit of the branch is directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit. Every bunch of grapes [...]

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Surrender to God

Surrender Give yourselves to God … surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.”  Romans 6:13 The heart of worship is surrender.  Surrender is an unpopular word, disliked almost as much as the word submission. It implies losing, and no one wants to be a loser. Surrender evokes the unpleasant images of [...]

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WHEN A BELIEVER DIES (3)

Jesus1 “We tell you this directly from the Lord.” 1Th 4:15 NLT What Paul wrote about death, he got directly from the Lord: “We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.” The Lord reserves this high privilege [...]

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WHEN A BELIEVER DIES (2)

“God will bring back with [Jesus] the believers who have died.” 1Th 4:14 NLT Dealing with death separates us into two categories: The hopeless and the hopeful. The hopeless believe they have nothing to look forward to. Their losses feel permanent—the end of life and all that’s good. But the hopeful have everything to look [...]

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WHEN A BELIEVER DIES (1)

“You will not grieve like people who have no hope.” 1Th 4:13 NLT Our culture makes death a subject to avoid or to speak of with gloom. When the subject comes up even Christians try to dodge the bullet by escaping into vague, irrelevant-sounding metaphors. But God’s Word makes death clear and unthreatening for those [...]

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Be Still

christian-16  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 46:10 The words “be still” mean literally to let go, to let drop, to relax, and to be quiet. For most of us stillness, silence, and serenity are difficult to find. Even [...]

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GRATITUDE—IT’S CONTAGIOUS!

“In every thing give thanks.” 1Th 5:18 Author Barbara Johnson was frazzled; she was running late, and had to stand while riding the bus to work. Her attitude was going downhill fast when a cheery voice from the front of the bus announced, “Beautiful day, isn’t it?” She couldn’t see the man, but she listened [...]

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WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO PLEASE?

“Let my words and…thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord.” Ps 19:14 CEV Are you afraid to speak up in case you encounter disapproval? The Bible says, “Fearing people is a dangerous trap” (Pr 29:25 NLT). And fear is common among people-pleasers. One author writes: “A pleaser daughter is one who, at any age, still tries [...]

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THINKING FOR A CHANGE

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit.” Pr 21:5 NIV In his book, Thinking For a Change, Dr. John Maxwell says, “The right thought, plus the right people, in the right environment, at the right time, for the right reason, always produces the right result.” Let’s take a minute and break those words down: [...]

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