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C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

To give them…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the...

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What’s Choking Your Harvest?

What’s Choking Your Harvest?

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19). Is something choking your spiritual life? In the...

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The Loving Touch of Pruning

The Loving Touch of Pruning

Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  (John 15:2) When I prune a tree or bush I don’t care about, I quickly use the hedge clippers to cut it back without a second thought. When it comes to a special tree, my pruning is more strategic...

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The Problem with Unconditional Love

The Problem with Unconditional Love

For God so loved the world… (John 3:16) The problem with unconditional love is the tendency to take it for granted. If I have to behave a certain way or do certain things to deserve the love I receive, I will undoubtedly try harder to please the one who loves me. But...

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One Final Round

One Final Round

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. (I Corinthians 15:26) Whether it is golf, boxing, exercise, or even life itself, the final round can be a brutal but welcome event. I’ve never boxed, but I have played golf. Whether it was a great day of incredibly lucky...

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The Bumpy Road of Apology

The Bumpy Road of Apology

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37, NIV) While driving to church one Sunday morning, I noticed several signs warned of road improvements up ahead. That specific roadway...

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Lessons From a Hot Iron

Lessons From a Hot Iron

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16, NKJV) Mom taught me how to iron clothes. Since we had no television while I was growing up, Saturday mornings usually found me ironing the...

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Don’t Hide Your Pride

Don’t Hide Your Pride

Lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6) If you believe pride and arrogance are just small character flaws or unique idiosyncrasies of your personality, you may wish to rethink that. I’m not referring to pride in...

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Are You Hungry or Just Eating?

Are You Hungry or Just Eating?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6 / NKJV) I was enjoying breakfast when God showed up. Halfway through my store-brand yogurt mixed with fresh blueberries, He floated a question across my mind. “Are you...

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