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Forever Friends

1 Corinthians 15:53-55 (NLT) For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,   this Scripture will be fulfilled:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.   O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” I spent last evening in a youth service with grieving young people. The young girl killed in a horrible tragedy had touched many and her kindness rippled through the crowd as many shared of her character even at the tender age of 16. Their sobs racked my heart. Why God? The grief counselors from the local high school were there – all believers – they talked with some, embraced others tightly and prayed with those who requested it. I was moved by the Presence of God in the midst of such sorrow and heartache. Hugging her mother, I prayed peace and strength walking through this week into her new normal. I could

Forever Friends

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1 Corinthians 15:53-55 (NLT) For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,   this Scripture will be fulfilled:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.   O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” I spent last evening in a youth service with grieving young people. The young girl killed in a horrible tragedy had touched many and her kindness rippled through the crowd as many shared of her character even at the tender age of 16. Their sobs racked my heart. Why God? The grief counselors from the local high school were there – all believers – they talked with some, embraced others tightly and prayed with those who requested it. I was moved by the Presence of God in the midst of such sorrow and heartache. Hugging her mother, I prayed peace and strength walking through this week into her new normal. I could

Who’s Blocking the Light?

Bible Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 You are all children of the light and of the day.  1  Thessalonians 5:5 YESTERDAY ON the way home from school, a passing truck splashed a sheet of mud across Brent’s windshield. No big deal-except Brent had let his car run out of wiper fluid. He could see so little through the smears that he almost swerved across the center line into oncoming traffic. Close call. Your culture is like that mud-splashed windshield. It doesn’t always let a lot of God’s light into your life. An environment chock-full of apathy or antagonism to­ward God, the Bible, and Christianity makes it hard for you to see God’s truth. And your true identity is one of the first things covered up by the cultural slop. How? Well, your culture blinds you to truth through the media. The TV shows and movies you watch and the Internet sites you visit splatter you with misinforma­tion about God and his people. They blind you with a view of you that is far from God’s view. Your frien

Beat the Thunder

TO BE SELF-CONTROLLED MEANS TO CONTROL YOUR WORRIES AND FEARS INSTEAD OF LETTING THEM CONTROL YOU. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Mark 4:35-41. Verse of the Day:  “When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3, NIV). “Mommy!” Jeremy screamed. He tried to peer through the darkness. The soft yellow glow of his night light had disappeared; the bright red numbers on the clock beside his bed were gone too. He could hear the wind blowing outside his bedroom window, and every once in a while lightning and thunder pierced the sky. He cried again but soon felt his mother’s presence beside him. He stretched out his arms and wrapped them around his mother as she sat on the side of his bed. She held a flashlight in her hand. “I’m scared, Mommy,” he said. “I know, sweetheart, but it’s only a thunderstorm.” “Don’t you ever get scared?” “Everybody gets scared, sweetheart,” Mom said. “But when I’m scared I pray about it and ask God to help me not be scared. Would you do that with me now

Create Joy

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Psalm 51:10-12 (CSB) God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. Could it be that in our pursuit of God through religion that it becomes our focus to avoid sin rather than to embrace a true relationship with the Lord through righteousness? The purpose of righteousness is much greater than avoiding bad things, it is the fulfillment of God’s Purpose by doing the right things. The Bible says that to those who love God – His Commands are not burdensome. (I John 5:3) There is a shift in mentality found in true repentance that is often lost by checklists of doctrine. Perfect love casts out all fear especially that of punishment which is the sole source of avoidance of sin our side of a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. (I John 4:18) For those who seek Him to know Him will find that true repentance can

Can I Get A Witness?

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Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. I love to wake up with God’s Word on my mind. Too often it is the presiding problem or to-do list for the day but when it is the Voice of God’s Spirit whispering truth to my heart – it is special on all accounts. I was dreaming about the race. The race of faith eluded to in Hebrews 12 right after the Faith Hall of Fame in chapter 11 of the same book. I was the sweaty runner leaning over to catch my breath. Dying to go on yet unable to take a step, the Spirit of God coaching me from within ca

Quarterback Jack

PRIDE INVITES DESTRUCTION; HUMILITY LEADS TO WISDOM. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Proverbs 11:2; 16:18-19. Verse of the Day:  “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). “Come on, Coach!” Jack screamed from his seat on the bench. “Put me in! I’m a better quarterback than Glenn!” The coach didn’t seem to hear Jack’s words, but the other players did. “Give it up, Jack,” said Jason. “Coach isn’t gonna put you in, all right?” “But I’m better than Glenn,” Jack insisted. “He just won’t give me a chance!” Even Glenn, the team’s starting quarterback, heard Jack from the sidelines. He threw an incomplete pass at third down and jogged off the field as the rest of the team stayed to punt the ball to the other team. “You think you can do a better job?” Glenn asked Jack. “Yeah, I do,” Jack answered, jutting his chin out proudly. A few moments later, Jack looked up from his seat on the bench and was surprised to see Coach standing in front of him.

Obstruction Site

PRIDE OBSTRUCTS THE FLOW OF GOD’S BLESSING TO US; HUMILITY OPENS WINDOWS OF PRAYER AND BLESSING. Bible Reading of the Day: Read 2 Chronicles 7:11-14. Verse of the Day:  “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). “Are you girls all packed for the youth retreat?” Mom called to Dawn and Leslie. The girls appeared, each lugging a duffel bag. “Yeah, we’re ready,” Dawn said. “Don’t forget your music,” Mom said. Their church youth pastor had asked Dawn and Leslie to sing two duets during the weekend. “Yeah, if we forgot it, Pastor might have to ask Belinda to sing!” Dawn said. Leslie laughed. “That would be awful!” Mom opened her mouth to speak but didn’t. Then she pointed toward the family room. “Why don’t you girls watch a little TV until it’s time to leave?” Dawn and Leslie dumped their duffel bags by th

Turn to the One Who Understands

Bible Reading:  Philippians 4: 10-14 I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:13 WHEN HANNAH graduated into the high-school group at church, she never clicked-or rather, she never fit into the tight cliques of the group. She started going to another church with a friend, but she always felt like an outsider. Now Hannah has drifted away from church completely-and nobody from either church has even noticed. You aren’t abnormal if you want to have friends and be liked. Like every other human being, you have a built-in need to be significant to others. And unless you are highly unusual, at times you have faced situations that are painful because you are left out. Ridiculed. Or ignored. How you handle those predicaments either makes you stronger or sets you up for further hurt. Jesus Christ is a friend who knows what rejection feels like. Isaiah described him this way: “He was despised and rejected-a man of sorrows, acquainted with bi

The Wisdom of “Foolish” Words

Bible Reading:  1 Corinthians 1:18-20 I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. 1 Corinthians 1:18 CHECK OUT these statements from insurance forms-forms where drivers had to de­scribe the details of their car accident in the fewest words possible. Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have. A truck backed through my windshield and into my wife’s face. The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him. I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident. To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck a pedestrian. An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished. I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him. I was thrown from my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows. The pedest

Still Waiting...

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Psalm 27:14 (CSB) Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting on? Do you remember the cause of hesitation? Is it waiting or wandering? Who knows anymore? Waiting is one thing, but when you are still waiting it is an entirely different matter. Yesterday, my grandson had an appointment for a routine ultrasound. In his early stages of development, the anatomy scan revealed one kidney was not the same size as the other one. So he has had period scans to evaluate the inequality even though I believe it is just God showing the uniqueness of our design. After endlessly searching for a parking spot, my daughter and I pulled out the stroller and raced to the central registration. Of course, as any toddler would, he became fidgety and did not want to remain in the stroller but rather terrorize the waiting room. While mama filled out all his paperwork, I bounced him to sleep until I had a massive lump of baby

Standard Equipment

DOING RIGHT IS NOT OPTIONAL, IT’S CRUCIAL. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Hebrews 12:14-17. Verse of the Day:  “Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Dad and Shelly went to the car dealership to pick up a brand new car. Dad planned to leave their old car as a trade-in. “This is the first new car I’ve ever owned,” Dad said as they climbed into the new car. Shelly inhaled. “It smells so good!” she said. Then she looked at the car’s sound system. “I still don’t understand why we couldn’t get a CD player.” “I told you, Shelly, a CD player costs extra. The radio and tape deck are standard equipment, but the CD player is optional. It would have cost more.” “Darbi’s car has a CD player,” Shelly announced, referring to one of her friends. “I know,” Dad said as he drove out of the car lot. “But we can’t have everything we want, can we?” “Not in our family!” Shelly countered, a tr

Commissioned 110 Percent

Bible Reading:  1 Corinthians 9:16 Preaching the Good News  is  not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for  me  if I didn’t do it! 1 Corinthians  9:16 JASMINE DIDN’T LIKE Missions Fest, an annual conference at her church reminding the congregation of its assignment to reach the world. Every year one or two speak­ers always made her feel like spiritual slime. They were the ones who had a table at the back of the room for sign-ups to go to  Timbuktu-today. You might wonder what it really means to commit yourself for life to fulfilling the great commission as a rescuer and discipler of non-Christians. It doesn’t mean God drags you screaming to the other side of the world. It simply means: You always have a list of non -Christians you are praying for-family members, friends, classmates, neighbors, people you work with, etc. You are always making time to relate to and build bridges of communication with the non-Christians God is calling you t

Finders

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James 1:2-4 (CSB) Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. I am a finder. A skill developed as a spouse and mother, I can find what is lost. With that, I have also discovered that I have the potential of a private investigator. Time and experience have taught me to retrace steps to uncover hidden clues forgotten in the panic of loss. It seems that whenever something goes missing my skills are immediately required. Are you a finder, too? Does it pain you to lose or misplace an item? Perhaps, your wallet, car keys, or cellphone. Will you search to the ends of the earth for that which seems long gone? I have “found”, no pun intended…okay well maybe, that the item missing is not too far gone but that fear of never finding it hinders one’s ability to locate it. In other words, t

Too Hot to Handle

DOUBTING GOD’S GOODNESS IS OFTEN THE FIRST STEP TOWARD DOING WRONG. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Genesis 3:1-6. Verse of the Day:  “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right” (Psalm 84:11). Everyone in the family laughed at Danise, the baby. She sat in her mother’s lap, stretching and straining for the hot pepper that was in her father’s hand. “No, Danise,” Mom told her. “You don’t want what Daddy’s got.” The others laughed at the child’s insistence. Danise saw her father eating the yellow peppers and thought she wanted some too. “Why don’t you give her one, Dad?” Dionna suggested. “Let her have a taste.” Dad shook his head and screwed the lid of the jar full of peppers shut. “No,” he said, chuckling. “I know she wants it, but it would be cruel to let her have it.” “You could give her just a taste,” Dionna said. “Girl,” Mom said, shaking her head, “do you want your baby sister to cry all afternoon? If your daddy even touched Danise’s tongue with

A Lifetime Commitment

Bible Reading:  Mark 16: 15-18 Go  into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Mark  16:15 THINK ABOUT THIS: Of all the commitments you will make in your lifetime, proba­bly only a handful will be for life. As a Christian, you have committed yourself for life to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. And someday you may say “I do” to one marriage partner for life. But these days it’s highly unlikely you’ll stay in one career for life. You might even live in different cities, states, or countries over the years. And you’ll be lucky if you have one or two friends who last a lifetime. But if you are serious about serving Christ from here on out, you need to under­stand one critical lifetime commitment he has called you to make. Everyone Christ has rescued and called to be his disciple is  also  called to be a rescuer and discipler of others. And just as he intends for you to be a  disciple  for life, he also calls you to be a  discipler  for life. Praying for others,

Life Principles

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I Thessalonians 5:14-20 (CSB)    And we exhort you, brothers and sisters: warn those who are idle,  comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Rejoice always,   pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies, but test all things. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil. It is easy to get fixated on rules and regulations for living. There are many doctrines that will project what not to do to love and serve God. Although good intentioned, life experience is a good teacher as what not to do. What do I do? The perception of God’s Law changed when Jesus died to pay the price of sin and God’s Grace began to flow from Heaven to His People through His Son. Before that there was only mercy to be given fully at the discretion of God. (Exodus 33:1

Through the Fire

GOD DOES NOT PROMISE THAT WE WILL ESCAPE PAIN OR HARDSHIP IF WE CHOOSE RIGHT, BUT HE DOES PROMISE TO BE WITH US. Bible Reading of the Day: Read Daniel 3:19-27. Verse of the Day:  “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2). Susan stomped into the house and up the stairs. She walked through every room of the house and finally stopped outside Ludmilla’s door. Ludmilla was an exchange student who had been living with Susan’s family for several months. When Ludmilla came to live with them for the school year, Susan and her family had been overjoyed to discover that she was a Christian. Susan rapped on Ludmilla’s door. “Come in!” Ludmilla called. Susan opened the door and stuck her head into the room. Ludmilla sat cross-legged on her bed with a book opened on her lap. “Where’s

Diverse Technologies That Can Be Used In Ecommerce App Development

Ecommerce app development is a much demanded app development technique today. People going for shopping now prefer to use mobile, because shopping done through mobile app takes less time, efforts, and transport money. People want to purchase products and services on the go and the mobile apps allow them to do so. These days it is very easy to purchase goods on the go rather than going and visiting certain stores. Ecommerce app development is a very broadly used application development services technique as of today. There are many positive features present with a profitable mobile e-commerce platform. Let’s see the technologies that can be used for the shopping application development services. To build features like ratings and reviews, navigational menu, payment in the app, reminders and customer support, search and suggestions, the app developers India should know all the technical details behind it.   Location tracking Every mobile retailer does not have a physi

How to Improve Essay Writing Fast – A Technical Guide

Education is the primary source of growth for any individual. Learning, curiosity, and objectivity are the fundamental objects of education. However, the current state of the educational system is mayhem.  Students are failing to find and hold jobs after graduating from colleges as they lack the practical skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. As a result, a certified mechanical engineer has to work as an  essay writer  at an IT firm because either there is a lack of job opportunities or the candidate lacks experience. Hence, below are four things that must be re-evaluated and changed in 2019. 1.Improve the standardised methods of assessment in schools: Every day you wake up to news claiming how the education system has failed its students. In Hong Kong and China, students are loaded with academic pressure to the extent that they become prone to mental illnesses like chronic anxiety and depression. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every five students

Here is How Vitamins Help with Erectile Dysfunction

Vitamin B3 and D, are the wonderful sources of nutrients required by the body to maintain a better sexual health. The deficiency of those vitamins leads to erectile dysfunction in men.  ED drugs  help in a faster erection. Erectile dysfunction is a disorder, in which a man finds it hard to have an erection. To hold an erection for longer is even a more difficult task. There are many treatments available for ED according to the health of the patients. In one hand, where ED drugs help patients to achieve an erection, specific erectile dysfunction vitamins and dietary supplements also help others to deal with ED. In this article, we will talk about specific nutrients which help patients with ED. You will get to know how those vitamins also help you to treat ED permanently. Erectile Dysfunction Vitamins If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, the keenness of treatment is quite reasonable. But in the sake of treating ED, one must be aware of dietary supplements that

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