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Pick Your Friends

Posted on June 5

Picking the right friends is very important. We tend to become like the people with whom we spend time. Good friends can make you better. Bad friends can pull you down. David gives us great insight into selecting friends in Psalms 5. He gives titles to 4 different kinds of people who would be dangerous as friends. The Message describes them this way: The HOT AIR BOASTER – that’s the person who is filled with... more »

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Make it a Great Day

Posted on May 29

One day I said to an individual, “Have a great day!” My Dad was walking with me and later said, “Let me suggest something to you. It’s ok to tell someone to have a great day, but that can be a passive statement where we just sit back and hope to have a great day. It would be better to say, ‘Make it a great day!’ That means there is intentionality. That means there’s something... more »

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What Are You Looking For?

Posted on May 22

We see what we are looking for in life. Some people are always looking for the negative things – and they see them. Other people are looking for the good things in life – and they see them. What we see is a choice that we make concerning our attitude towards life. A poet wrote, “Two men looked through prison bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” You see what you are looking for.... more »

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Complaint Department Closed

Posted on May 15

An older lady had never flown on an airplane. Her children bought a ticket to a nearby city where some of her friends lived. On the day of the flight she entered the plane with great excitement and anticipation. When she settled into her seat, she noticed that the upholstery was slightly soiled. Complaining, she moved to another seat, but here she started complaining about a baby crying across from her. She then moved to... more »

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Nix the Naysayers

Posted on May 8

God puts great visions in the minds of people. The problem occurs when naysayers begin to tell that person that he/she can’t accomplish that vision. We have a huge population of naysayers. Successful people don’t listen to them – they just proceed to bring the vision to reality. That’s what Moses, Noah, David, and thousands more have done. Peter Tabichi teaches math and science in the remote village of Pwani, Kenya. His vision was to... more »

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Check Your Competitive Spirit

Posted on May 1

Competition is a reality in today’s society. A competitive spirit is neither positive nor negative – it depends on what we allow it to become. It can be a blessing or a burden. It can either make or break a person. Unhealthy competition can actually be dangerous in our relationships. Saul was king of Israel. David was selected to work for him. David killed Goliath and saved the Israelites from the Philistines. People cheered “Saul... more »

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Competing for What?

Posted on April 24

Competition is a vital part of human nature. It’s the thing that helps all of us improve, and it serves as a measurement of where we are in life. We see competition in sports, business, popularity, church, etc. Competition can be good or it can be bad. I’ve struggled most of my life with being too competitive. It has been difficult for me to keep a balance so that competition can be a positive influence... more »

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Expiration Date?

Posted on April 17

I have a wonderful accountant, Renee Hubbard, who has been doing income taxes for Lynn and me for several years. She texted me on Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019, to say that she had almost finished our returns. She said the only thing that she was lacking was 2 items of information from my driver’s license. She wrote, “You can text the issue date on the license, and I need your expiration date.” I reacted... more »

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Watch Your Step!

Posted on April 10

Exercise is very important. Walking is one of the best ways to exercise. We set goals as to how many steps we should take each day. Those steps are usually counted by a watch, a pedometer or even a cell phone. I just checked my phone, and yesterday I walked 7,279 steps. There are some insurance companies who give reductions to participants who regularly record their steps and meet a specified goal. There are also... more »

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That Excuse is not Excused

Posted on April 3

People bring people to Christ and the church. That’s a basic Biblical principle that’s essential for a healthy church. With all major mainline churches declining, let’s go back to the basics. After 50 years of ministry, I think I’ve heard most of the excuses of why people and churches don’t practice this principle. People inviting and bringing people to Christ and the church should be an ongoing practice of every member of every church. Here... more »

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