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Be Reminded Of/By the Holy Spirit

Can you remind me to _________________?  Ever say those words?  We all have our own way of reminding ourselves to do something.  I don’t know anyone who actually does the string around the finger trick, but we have our own tactics:  sticky notes, phone dings, lists, set something by your keys, etc.  Why do we do that?  We don’t ask for reminders about everything, but why do we take extra precautions to be reminded about some things?  Because...

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Find Strength for the Rocky Attacks on Your Faith

If you’ve been waiting to plan that vacation to Hawaii, you may want to wait a bit longer. You may have heard of the volcano that erupted last weekend. Kilauea volcano has actually been erupting for more than 30 years. But anything that came out of it sat harmlessly in a large crater until last weekend, when the bottom of the crater dropped out, sending the magma into the earth, where it plugged up the volcano’s plumbing, causing pressure to build underground until the earth...

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Addicted to Power

“What makes you feel powerful?” That was the question for April 5th. My wife and I share a Q & A journal. Each day of the year has a different question. Some questions are fun. For example: “If you and your spouse started a band, what would you call it?” And others a little more serious. “When was the last time you cried?” That Thursday morning when my wife handed me the journal, she had a little smirk on her face. I didn’t realize why until I read...

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You Have a Savior in Your Distress

If you had your eyes on the news last week, then you may have seen stories about two different babies, both in Great Britain. The first belongs to Prince William and Kate. Kate recently gave birth to their third child. This past Friday, they revealed the new baby’s name. His name is Louis Arthur Charles. But you can call him, “His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” This little baby, though he is only just a few days old, is fifth in line for the throne of...

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God is Greater Than Our Heart

Ever since we’ve set the date for this weekend being the installation of our new Christian Life Pastor, I’ve had tucked in my mind these words from 1 John 3.  Jotting down thoughts on sticky notes and my phone.  As I looked at the word, “Greater”, I gave myself the assignment to observe comparisons of everyday life.  Try doing that – it’s crazy.  My wife sends me on an emergency grocery trip to Sentry for Sweetened Condensed Milk.  Do...

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Your Good Shepherd Is With You

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valleys (even the valley of the shadow of death), I will fear no evil.  For you are with me.  Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You...

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The So What of Easter

You might not have known that this March approximately 90 million chocolate bunnies were sold, and 16 billion jelly beans were made.  Eighty-eight percent of American families bought candy for Easter baskets, and 146 million pounds of candy was purchased this year at an estimate of over $2 billion. That’s about the same amount of candy that Americans purchase at Halloween. But at some point – maybe a week after Easter, maybe two weeks – the candy is gone. The 700...

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Peace Be With You

You’re on your way to church with your family this morning, and it’s clear that more than one of you got up on the wrong side of the bed. Though the kids are hardly awake, they’re still at each other’s throats. You’re running a little late, so you hope to be able to snag a close parking spot in the upper lot. But to no avail. After circling the upper lot, you must park on the far side of the lower lot. As you are trying to get your family to quickly shuffle through...

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A Ransom for Many

Over the past two weeks, these items have been posted to refrigerators or tucked in desk drawers across the country.  March Madness, the Road to the Final Four, once again has embraced the country.  My family maybe left a curling iron in a hotel over spring break, but my son made sure that he had the family brackets.  The American Gaming Association estimates that 70 million brackets were filled out across the country.  Statistically speaking, that means that around 600 of...

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Unnatural

June 5, 2002 was a strange day for me. It was the day of my grandpa’s funeral. My grandpa died on Saturday morning, and the funeral was the following Wednesday. He was 83 years old, and his kidneys had failed. After years of dialyses, it was time for him to go to his heavenly home. In the weeks leading up to his death and even the first few days after, there weren’t many tears. It was a happy a thing. He was passing from this world of sin to Jesus’ side. Everyone was happy for...

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