Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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Being Thankful for the Giver

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Saying thank you is a learned behavior. What parents have not instructed their young children after receiving something, “What do you say?” Being thankful comes from the heart. It is recognizing what has been given and from within there is a welling up of thankfulness &ndash...

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Pray without Ceasing

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To pray without ceasing does not mean that God must be reminded or coerced into answering. It does suggest that the line is always open, that there is nothing between us that would hinder communication. It also suggests the desired passion of the believer’s heart. When we are desperate...

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Rejoice Always

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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” The more my life is about God, the more sense that statement makes. When life is mostly about me, there is no way I will rejoice always! But when I realize...

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Being Different for Christ

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Christians are different than those who do not belong to Christ. God desires that we be different and He continues to make us different. So, why do we work so hard not to be different? We try to blend in believing that if we are different we will repel, but if we are alike, we will attract. Now...

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Being Patient with Others

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When Paul gave instruction to the Thessalonian Church to “admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted” and to “help the weak” he added, “be patient with them all.” It takes time to bring people along. It takes time for change to settle in. It takes time to...

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Encouraging the Discouraged

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Admonishing a careless person who is out of step is appropriate. Admonishing a discouraged person is not. It might even backfire, resulting in additional discouragement. It won’t help the situation. When individuals are discouraged, it doesn’t help a lot to tell them to get over it!...

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Admonishing the Idle

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“One size fits all” rarely fits well! That also holds true for dealing with people. Telling people to “just get over it” can be appropriate – it can also be disastrous! Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help...

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Head and Heart Covered in His Love

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Our head and our heart do not always tell us the truth. We hear our head saying the circumstances that surround us are hopeless and we hear our heart telling us to just give up. The darkness around us has a way of messing with our head and our heart. Perhaps that’s why Paul admonishes us...

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Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

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The Apostle Paul told the Colossian congregation that God “has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” He told the Corinthians (2 Cor. 4:6), “For God, who said...

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Christ's Imminent Coming

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Several years ago someone broke into our home while we were away. The thief smashed the door and ransacked the house. We weren’t expecting a thief. Hardly anyone ever does. That’s how thieves get away with their crimes. Interesting, Paul used that image to describe the return of...

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