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Devoted to God's Word

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Thirteen years ago I had a hunting accident that caused me to be unable to umpire baseball games, something that I had done for several years during basketball off-season. Due to a new teaching assignment and some renewed strength found through a physical therapist, I started calling baseball games again. I soon saw a problem developing. Due to my pride and arrogance , I f...

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Life is Short

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Ephesians 5:15-1715 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Here are some words from of our SCW group's study of Ephesians BE RICH, by Warren Wiersbe. ...We cannot know what a day may bring forth (James 4:13-17)....

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I Can't Believe You Gave Me Wrong Directions!!!!!!!!!

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Vicky, her sister, their Mother, and I just got back from a week of traveling in central California. Didn't get through the first day without falling to my biggest weakness (sin)--anger and bitterness. Over what? Getting on the wrong road due to none of us having ever been in this area, and wrong directions given to the directionally challenged driver. As our community gr...

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Tools to Equip Us for Our Walk

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In recent times of trial, I was looking through a study of Ephesians by Warren Wiersbe and read the following words: "Christ is equipping us for our walk and our work here on earth. To do this, He uses three special tools: the Word (1 Thes. 2:13 And we thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as th...

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What Should I Do With My Life?: Eight Aims for Our Career

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Desiring God Ministries--8th aim that should drive every Christian's career path. 8. Aspire to Work for What Lasts Lastly, work for what lasts. Have in mind that this life is short, and everything not done for Christ will be in vain. Defy the deceitful notion that we have to build up and acquire here. Jesus says, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 5

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Desiring God Ministries--part 6 & 7 of 8 aims that should drive every Christian's career path. 6. Aspire to Overflow to Others For the glory of God, you should aspire to provide for yourselves, but it shouldn’t end there. God has much more in mind for your money than simply your family’s food, rent, and gasoline. “Let the thief no longer steal, but ...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 4

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Desiring God Ministries-- Part 4 & 5 Aims that should drive every Christian's career path 4. Aspire to Confound the World With Paul, I appeal to you, future employers and employees, “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). Your life — your whole life, including your work ...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 3

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Desiring God Ministries-- part 3 of 8 aims that should drive every Christian's career path 3. Aspire to Find Your Joy in God, Not Money You were created to know, love, display, and enjoy God (Psalm 37:4). But there are a thousand other things vying for that place in your heart and priorities. Perhaps no deadly distraction will be more subtly compelling than your career (...

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What Should I Do With My Life? 2

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The second of eight aims that should drive every Christian's career path--by Desiring God Ministries. 2. Aspire to Do God’s Work If the only category you have for the Lord’s work is Christian ministry, it won’t take long for you to functionally disconnect your life’s vocation from your life’s mission — to make much of God. All work is ...

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What Should I Do With My Life?

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My son-in-law posted an interesting writing from Desiring God Ministries, written by Marshall Segal--the executive assistant to John Piper. Thought it was a great outlook on living our daily walk with God. It has several parts, so I will be adding some each day. What should I do with my life? It’s one of the biggest questions on most young minds, especially during ...

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A Change in Our Plans

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Acts 20: 1-4 "After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return...

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Word of the Day: Luke 15:11-24

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A couple of things that I got out of studying this passage were 1) The father ran to the son. The father seeks out his son as the sovereign God seeks out unworthy sinners. 2) The father did not ask him to "earn" his forgiveness, because no amount of good works can save us from our sins. Randy Smith...

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Lowell Peterson's Influence

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I only had one opportunity to meet and visit with Lowell when he attended a Christmas party at our home that had our community group having a shared fellowship with his community group. I could tell that he was a Godly man and enjoyed getting to visit with him. Little did I know that after he moved back to live near his children that he would still be influencing my life. ...

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Humility

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LUKE 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. JAMES 4:6....God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. PROVERBS 3:34Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. "Many writers in the Bible advise us to be humble, but we often think that our status in society or church carries so...

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The Fruit Inspector

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When I read today's reading from Luke 13:1-22, I always find myself guilty of inspecting other's fruit production instead of examining my own. Luke 13:6-8And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tr...

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Behaving Like the Citizens of Heaven

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Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worth of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. Paul reminds us how important it is to live our daily lives living for Christ. We should be behaving like the citiz...

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Six Day Creation and a Young Earth

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About 20 years ago in an Oklahoma Baptist Church, I listened to a high school science teacher share the importance of being able to explain how science and the Bible fit together. After his presentation, I started reading and studying more. Ken Ham, the president and CEO of answers in Genesis, seemed to have the best resources in this area, and much of my reading has been ...

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