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BE HAPPY AND PRAISE GOD FOR SUFFERING? REALLY?

SCRIPTURE: However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.   (1 Peter 4:16) MEDITATION: I enjoy playing golf, however it can be confusing at times. For instance you can hit the ball farther if you swing more relaxed. That goes against our line of … Continue reading

NOAH PREPARED FOR THE FLOOD; ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS?

SCRIPTURE: Noah did everything just as God commanded him.   (Genesis 6:22) MEDITATION: Have you ever had the feeling that you could use some direction? Maybe you have a big decision to make, or you might just need to set some goals. Whatever the case, wouldn’t it be nice if a trusted person would tell … Continue reading

WHY DOES HAPPINESS SEEM TO BE JUST BEYOND MY REACH?

SCRIPTURE: Then He said to them, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”   (Luke 12:15)   MEDITATION: The world would have everyone believe that the key to happiness is being rich. As a result, there are many who … Continue reading

WHO IS WALKING BESIDE YOU AS YOU TRAVERSE YOUR JOURNEY OF LIFE?

SCRIPTURE: Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.   (Galatians 5:25) MEDITATION: When you were a small kid and you went somewhere with one of your parents, did you have trouble keeping up with them at times? You may have said something like, “Mom (or dad), wait I … Continue reading

WHEN OTHERS OBSERVE YOU, WHO DO THEY SEE?

SCRIPTURE: It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.   (1 Corinthians 1:30) MEDITATION: Have you ever seen someone and said, “You look just like your dad (or mom)”? Or maybe someone has said something similar … Continue reading

WHAT “GETS IN THE WAY” OF YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS, AND FOR GOD?

SCRIPTURE: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) MEDITATION: Love means sacrificing for others with no expectations of anything in return. Too often, there are folks who do things for others, and then wait to see what they will do … Continue reading

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN DEPRESSION TRIES TO DESTROY YOUR JOY?

SCRIPTURE: For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.  Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I … Continue reading

WHO IS THE MOST PRECIOUS ONE YOU KNOW?

SCRIPTURE: “Come to Christ, who is the living Foundation of Rock upon which God builds; though men have spurned him, he is very precious to God who has chosen him above all others.”   (1 Peter 2:4) MEDITATION: Have you ever been in a group setting where everyone was participating in the comradery, but there … Continue reading

ARE YOU BORED AND FEELING STUCK IN A RUT OF LIFE?

SCRIPTURE: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.   (Romans 12:11-12) MEDITATION: Think about the times when you were on a team and you had a big game on your schedule. Remember the excitement you had. It was … Continue reading

ARE YOU FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST?

SCRIPTURE: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.   (1 John 3:18)   MEDITATION: Have you ever heard the phrase, “Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”? It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? We have … Continue reading