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Shine!

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Matthew 5: 14-16. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

God is light.

In HIM there is no darkness at all.

When we become a child of God, we bear witness to that light. We also become heirs to that light through Jesus Christ.

At this difficult time for all of us on this planet, it’s more important than ever to let our light shine before men.

That can mean serving in our communities, praying for people in all countries and giving our time and resources.

There are millions of people that need our prayers, our words of encouragement.

Because of technology, we are able to stay in our homes and still connect with others around the world.

Being proactive may bring a harvest of souls to Christ as we have never known before.

May our prayers be many and our lights shine brightly!

 

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Praise–Not Panic

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Psalm 28:7- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

 

In these uncertain times, it’s easy to lose our tempers…become depressed…cast blame.

Satan wants nothing more that to use current world circumstances to drive a wedge between us and our Heavenly Father’s love.

Even though our circumstances have changed in the past few weeks, God has not.

He is our shield of protection against the enemy.

He remains strong when we feel weak.

He is able—and will—bring good out of our present world situation.

Let’s choose trust rather than turmoil.

Let’s choose praise instead of panic.

When we choose to praise God in the midst of life’s storms, we can find joy in spite of our circumstances. 

The apostle Paul told us that in good times, and bad, he learned to be content. 

His story encourages us to praise God for His goodness, grace, and love, even when what we are experiencing at the time may not be pleasant.

May our hearts leap with joy–today and always– as we praise our amazing God.

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RELAX. HE’S GOT THIS.

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Proverbs 3:5,6- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Are you worried? Frustrated? Agitated?

You know our Heavenly Father will take care of you.

But, do you find it hard to trust?

Here’s an idea I heard a few days ago on my local Christian radio station. It is so simple and practical that it bears repeating.’’

Here is what a caller suggested doing:

At the top of a paper, write this heading: Things I Am Fearful of and/or Worried About.

Now, list them out. As many as you can think of…

When your list is complete, go back to the top of the page and erase the heading.

Replace it with these words: Things I Can Trust God With.

Then thank God for being in control of each and every situation. 

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Is Anger a Sin?

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                                       Ephesians 4:26a– “In your anger do not sin.

 

Mark pulled into the driveway after a long day’s work. The sun was already setting. So much for hitting a few golf balls before dinner. 

His boss had asked him to stop by his desk on his way out. Their discussion hadn’t been a pleasant one and it had lasted over an hour.

Now, with no way to release his frustration, he’d arrive home to face his wife’s need to vent after taking care of their nine-month old twins all day. He knew she wanted some adult conversation, but her complaints always sparked his anger. Didn’t she realize he wanted nothing more than a little peace and quiet, himself?

Yesterday, he’d blown up at her meaningless chatter. He regretted yelling… pushing her… storming out.

Mark’s Christian counselor said it was acceptable to have angry feelings. However, his behavior—his reaction—was what was sinful. He’d shared the verse from Ephesians.

Mark bowed his head before entering the house. Lord, I need your help to keep from overreacting. I don’t want to hurt my wife. Please calm me. Keep me from sinful behavior when our conversations get emotional. Help me show her love and grace.

 

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Design and Purpose

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Esther 4:14- “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”

 

When Bobby jumped into Atlantic Ocean’s choppy water to save the life of a stranger, no one was surprised.

His friends reported that he was “just that kind of guy.” 

He never hesitated to help others in need, give to a worthy cause, encourage those who were facing difficult life circumstances.

He shied away from attention, content to do humanitarian acts without accolades or fanfare.

At his funeral (age 32), the pastor quoted the verse from Esther. He reminded those at the service that God has a calling on each and every one of our lives—a design and purpose for everything we are.

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