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He Did it for You

He Did it for You

The Roman soldiers may have nailed Jesus to the cross, but what held Him there? The Bible gives us the answer: “For God mad Christ, who never sinned to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” The reason Jesus didn’t call an army of angels to save Him, as He could have, was because He’s rather give up His life than give up on you. We struggle to comprehend such a love because we’ve nothing to measure it by or compare it to. Nobody had ever loved us like Jesus, and nobody ever will! And His crucifixion makes it possible for us to...

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Alive, Immortal, and Just Like Jesus!

Alive, Immortal, and Just Like Jesus!

The story is told of a nine-year boy named Philip who suffered with Down Syndrome. In Sunday school the others kids made fun of him because he was different. The Sunday before Easter the teacher gave each of the kids a plastic egg and asked them to look for symbols of new life, like seeds, and leaves, and place them inside the egg. The idea was to open their eggs on Easter Sunday and discuss what they had found. When the children gathered they had collected all sorts of things like flowers, butterflies, and rocks. But when the teacher opened Philip’s egg it was empty. One child said, “...

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Working Together in Unity

Working Together in Unity

None of us can do individually, what all of us can do collectively. Paul write, “All of you together are Christ’s body (the church), and each of you is a part of it.” But His body had been known to misbehave. The brain discounts the heart. (Academics discount worshippers.) The hands criticize the knees. (People of action criticize people of prayer.) The eyes refuse to partner with the feet. (Visionary thinkers won’t work with steady laborers.) So Paul writes, “ The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need...

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Don’t Be Afraid, Put God First

Don’t Be Afraid, Put God First

When famine hit Israel, God said to the prophet Elijah, “Go to Zarephath…I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” Observe three things in this story: (1) When the need arises, your provision will be in place. That’s how God works, so ask Him to tell you where to go and what to do. And when he does, get moving! (2) The people God uses will surprise you. Sometimes they’re people you would tend to overlook. This penniless widow had “only a handful of flour…and a little oil” (1 Ki 17:12). That’s no problem to God. He doesn’t need much to start with...

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You Can Make a Difference

You Can Make a Difference

Do you feel unqualified for the job God has given you? Do you think He picked the wrong person? Many scriptural heroes felt the same. David who Psalms encourage millions, “a man after (God’s) own heart.” lamented, “I….am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop.” It’s hard to imagine a less significant bird, yet Jesus said, “Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing” (Mt 10:29). One author writes: “In our impersonal world it’s easy to underestimate the significance of one. With so many who seem more capable, gifted, prosperous, and important,...

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Manage Your Time, Manage Your Life

Manage Your Time, Manage Your Life

Your greatest possession-is your next twenty-four hours. How will you spend them? Will you allow television, pointless emails, unimportant tasks, your own impulses, the wrong people, or other meaningless distractions to consume your day? Or will you take control of your time and make today count? Leadership experts say that focusing on the top 20 percent of you priorities brings an 80 percent return on your effort. So when you get up each morning, look in the mirror and say, ‘Today I’ll live my life according to God’s will, and give my energies to the things that help me...

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