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Sharing Your Treasures

Do you realize that your life is a treasure chest?Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming of someday acquiring treasure. Why do we do this? Because treasures are valuable, they endure, and because with them we can make life better for us and those we love.

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The Best Book Ever

They say that familiarity breeds contempt; the more we are around someone or something, the more we fail to notice the value of that person or thing. We take many of the people and things that we have become familiar with for granted.One of the things we take for granted is the existence of the Bible, which God has given and preserved, so we can understand God, life, death, salvation, and wisdom through its contents.   

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Treasure Hunt

Most of us dream of gaining an improbable treasure, which is why so many people buy lottery tickets. How might our lives change if we were suddenly richer than we ever imagined?     

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You Are What You Choose

I recently attended a seminar led by futurist Matt Thornhill of the Institute of Tomorrow. One of the things he shared which captured my attention was a premise that tomorrow is made up of today’s choices; therefore, we shape tomorrow by the choices we make today.By way of illustration, think of a person’s transformation from being out of shape and overweight into getting back in shape and near to healthy weight. The idea or dream is perhaps the starting point to a new “you,” but many days and many consistent, purposeful, and disciplined decisions are required to get from here to there.

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Those Pesky Weeds!

Do you realize that just like there are literally competitive and aggressive weeds that grow in our gardens, our spiritual lives also get infested with spiritual weeds too? Spiritual weeds must be dealt with quickly, lest they choke out our spiritual lives.

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Choosing Wisdom or Folly

It seems like our world is becoming more and more polarized, yet life is always full of decisions which require us to choose to walk down one path or the other.  Some of these poles include good or evil, love or hatred, and wisdom or foolishness. These choices occur in many different spheres, or areas, of our lives. One area is in our character development, another is in building or tearing down our personal well-being or the contents of our lives.  

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Is Your Faith a Dead or Living Faith?

I want to ask two questions: Do you have a faith from which you live? And is that faith a dead faith or a living faith? There are many who have an intellectual understanding of some kind of faith, but it is a dead faith which does not animate or exert influence in their daily lives. There are also many who have a living faith, which daily supplies their lives with power and direction.

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Always Land on Your Feet!

I want to give some consideration to the thought of being able to always land on our feet in our decision-making processes. How do we keep our life from imploding? How do we avoid catastrophic outcomes to a decision? Is it possible? Can we develop a character or spiritual “righting reflex” so that such decisions can be made in a timely manner?

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Easter: What’s the Big Deal?

Easter is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Many today live as though Jesus, his death, and his resurrection are irrelevant. Others go so far as to say that Jesus’ resurrection is a myth. While Christmas revealed to us that God is real, and that Jesus was God who became flesh, Easter celebrates the power of God to give us death-beating eternal life.

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Dealing with Betrayal

We are quickly coming up to Easter, the time when we commemorate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. But we can also gain insight from other events that Jesus went through during Holy Week.

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When You Feel Small

We live in a culture that often thinks bigger is better. There are some things about being a big church which are appealing, such as having multiple staff to contribute to more ministries and services. They often have greater financial resources, more people to accomplish tasks, and supposedly therefore more options to offer a buffet of services.  

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Living the Word of God

How would you describe your relationship with the Bible? What do I mean by that question?How do you relate to the Bible? Do you encounter the Bible annually, monthly, weekly, or daily? How frequently do you interact with its contents? If someone interviewed you and asked these questions, what would be your response?

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Making a Good Deal

Do you remember watching game shows? One of my favorites was “Let’s Make a Deal,” where the contestant had to choose to keep a known gift or risk trading it for an unknown gift that could turn out to be something better or a real clunker. Either way, their choice had consequences.  

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What Does Prayer Change?

There have been many books written that allude to prayer changing things. That being the case, questions immediately arise regarding what things does prayer change, and what things does prayer not change?

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Why Pray?

Recently I have been exploring the theme of prayer. It is a vast subject with many ways to approach it.

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