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Stand Out from the Crowd (2)

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“Do not follow the crowd.”                                                      Ex 23:2 NIV Mark D. Roberts writes: “In junior high, a boy named Andrew…was the classic nerd: overweight…thick glasses…skin so white it seemed he’d never been outside. One day some of the boys began teasing Andrew and making fun of his appearance…I saw the pain in his eyes and knew I should tell the other … Read More

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Stand Out from the Crowd (1)

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“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without…thinking.”          Ro 12:2 TM A man walking into a bank held the door open for the lady behind him. Instead of thanking him, she said, “You don’t have to hold the door because I’m a woman.” Smiling, he replied, “I’m not doing it because you’re a woman, I’m … Read More

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The Right Word at the Right Time

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“What you say can mean life or death.” Pr 18:21 NCV To honor her students, a teacher gave each a ribbon that stated, “Who I am makes a difference,” and asked them to pass it along to someone who’d made a difference in their lives. One kid gave his to a young executive who helped him plan his career. He … Read More

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God Will Do Whatever It Takes

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“Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Ro 5:20 NKJV Paul writes, “I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it” (Gal 1:13 NIV). Clearly, Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. As a Jew, he was obsessed with the law. As an intellectual, he could debate the finest minds. Articulate and educated, he was committed to … Read More

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Building Lasting Relationships

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“It is not good that man should be alone.” Ge 2:18 NKJV God’s plan for your life always requires building relationships with the right people. To succeed, you must be able to recognize these people and work with them. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? Or Ruth, who loved her widowed mother-in-law Naomi … Read More

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Praying with the Right Mindset

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“You…do not receive, because you ask amiss.” Ja 4:3 NKJV Sometimes in our prayers we are “me” centered and see God as a genie to be conjured up to fulfill our every wish. Then when we don’t get what we want we think He doesn’t hear, doesn’t care, or maybe doesn’t exist. James says, “You…do not receive, because you ask … Read More

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William Wilberforce (2)

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“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Mk 10:43 NIV William Wilberforce’s biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: “We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. … Read More

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William Wilberforce (1)

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“Do it with the strength God provides.” 1Pe 4:11 NIV William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament, where he became a brilliant orator and politician. Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” A former slave ship captain, Newton had found … Read More

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If God Says You’re Qualified, You Are!

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“Don’t let anyone look down on you.” 1Ti 4:12 NIV You shouldn’t be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul’s traveling companion, which was no small … Read More

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Have You Found Your Place Yet?

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“To prepare God’s people for works of service.” Eph 4:12 NIV The story’s told of a pastor who went to the railroad station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, “This train is the only thing … Read More

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