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“As Is”

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“Bearing with one another.”                                                    Col 3:13 NAS “As Is” Have you ever been in a discount store where merchandise is labeled “slightly irregular,” or “purchase as is”? They don’t tell you where the flaw is. And once you buy it you can’t return it. Well, in case you haven’t noticed, we all live in the “as is” department. Stop and … Read More

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Shake It Off

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“But Paul shook the snake off into the fire.”                               Ac 28:5 NIV Shake It Off The story’s told of a farmer whose mule fell into a well. Since he had no way to get him out, he decided to bury him there. He got a truckload of dirt and dumped it on top of the mule. But instead of lying … Read More

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Overcoming Our Carnal Nature

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“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.”                                     Ro 8:2 Overcoming Our Carnal Nature Paul addresses the daily battle that’s waged between our old nature and our new one: “The power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions…I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do … Read More

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Growing into Leadership (5)

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“Listen…and I will give you some advice.”                               Ex 18:19 NIV Growing into Leadership (5) As a leader, it’s your job to see that things get done. But as the workload grows you will have to find people with talents equal to the task; otherwise you will stop growing. So what keeps us from seeking out the right people and delegating … Read More

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Growing into Leadership (4)

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“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” Pr 18:15 NIV Growing into Leadership (4) The story’s told of two Irishmen out hunting, when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell … Read More

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Growing into Leadership (3)

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“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me.”                 Ps 139:23 NLT Growing into Leadership (3) In his Pogo cartoon strip, Walt Kelly said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” The hardest person in the world to lead will always be yourself. Human nature seems to endow us with the ability to size up everybody except … Read More

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Growing into Leadership (2)

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“I, Tertius, the one writing this letter for Paul, send my greetings.”                          Ro 16:22 NLT Growing into Leadership (2) Paul surrounded himself with people who were willing to lay down their lives for him (See Ro 16:3-4). Some of them are virtually unknown. Ever hear of Tertius? He recorded Paul’s thoughts so we could read them. We all know about … Read More

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Growing into Leadership (1)

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“We are labourers together.”                                                           1Co 3:9 Growing into Leadership (1) A cartoon shows an executive sitting forlornly behind a big desk. Standing meekly on the other side of the desk is a man dressed in work clothes who says, “If it’s any comfort to you, it’s lonely at the bottom too.” The truth is, you’ll meet lonely people at the … Read More

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Playing the Lesser Part

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“Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.”                           Php 2:3 TM Playing the Lesser Part Frances Green was an elderly lady living on a pension. Every year she sent a dollar to the Republican National Convention. One day she received an invitation to meet President Reagan. Not realizing the RSVP should include a generous donation, she scraped up every cent … Read More

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How to Achieve Financial Security

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“The…years of abundance…came to an end.”                          Ge 41:53 NIV How to Achieve Financial Security The Bible says: “Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain…The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt … Read More

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