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I long to lead people to worship God for his practical advice. All Scripture gives me practical truth that will show me I’m worse than I realized, then fix the mess it has exposed, purify, perfect, and equip me to help others. God is so smart and caring, yes, and kind and powerful, etc., etc. […]

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BLESSED ENEMIES

Please chew me out, ouch, but thanks! Feedback, give me feedback, more feedback! There is not growth without seeing an area to grow in and I am so blind that I might look and look and see only minor, “cosmetic” flaws. I was counseling a pastor in Alaska who had struggled with low self esteem […]

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HEAPED UP TEACHERS WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS?

Paul was elated by the people in Berea. Yes, they liked to listen to his teaching but they understood that it was their responsibility to go to the Bible and decide whether, or not, what he said was true. Paul said that it was the truth that was true and it had nothing to do […]

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The greatest humility, Admit that God is > than my heart!

I recently heard someone quoted as telling their wife, “Dear, I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong!” In my pride, I would rather twist my view of God into seeing him as someone who agrees that I am worthless and useless and hopeless; rather than admitting that I am just […]

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TEN RULES FOR GOD TO KEEP THROUGH ME

This is a cause and effect world. What we sow we reap! If I sow, I reap death/ if he sows through me, I reap life abundantly. God’s “laws” are simply a list of wisdom principles that would work if I could keep them. However, like the apostle Paul, I know what to do, and […]

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Lois and Verle’s celebration of God’s sustaining grace.

Verle and Lois Bell would like to celebrate God’s ability to, not only begin a good work but, also, to perform it until the end. Almost 52 years ago, on November 27, 1970, Lois Bishop and Verle Bell, by God’s grace, made a promise to each other.They promised to fight jealously for their relationship with […]

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Jeremiah talks to the people of the United States. (Jeremiah 2)

 Tell the people of the United States, “This is what God says to you.   I remember you, the kindness of your young love towards me, when you sought after me, in your beginning days. You were started as a country in order to bring freedom. So you could worship me as I directed you and […]

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The Sermon On The Mount-(My modern take)

And Jesus, seeing all the needy people around him, seeing that what they wanted was food and health; decided that what they really needed was to be taught. Taught what was practical and real. So, he went up into a mountain, sat down and when his disciples had gathered around, he opened his mouth and […]

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DANGEROUS EXPECTATIONS

It is impossible to live logically, to think, feel, and act-in the light of God’s truth. It just does not come natural! Whether it is, friends at church, or family of origin, or friends at work, or marriages, we get into relationships, with certain irrational tendencies that always lead to destruction. Three of these are: […]

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Diamonds in the Rough

God loves to teach using analogies, and one of the best that I have heard came from a wise teacher at his seminar in Illinois. He said that God is like a skilled diamond hunter and cutter. What everyone else sees as worthless junk, he sees as potentially a gorgeous multifaceted diamond to reflect his […]

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Feeble efforts

God covers for my lack of abilities. The Marines might be looking for a few “good men” but not God. He says there is only one who is good! God! Mark 10:18 So he is just looking for imperfect humans, like me, to accept his love and, love him back. When a healthy parent teaches […]