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Trusting God with your Security, Satisfaction, and Salvation

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To trust is to give someone your most valuable possessions—tangible and intangible—and know they have your best interest in mind. Considering this, I have to pause and ask, do I trust God this much? Do I believe in Him enough to give Him my most valuable possession… my soul? I’d like to think so, but I am left to...

Keeping Less So We Can Have More of Life

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One of my new favorite pastimes is to get rid of things. Over the last few decades of life, I have managed to collect boxes of keepsakes, paraphernalia and "I might use that someday..." stuff. I have literally filled my basement with who-knows-what. If we had a flood, I would not be able to tell the insurance adjuster what...

Anger Makes Us to Do Crazy Things

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A few nights ago I was at a restaurant with my wife and her sister. As we arose from the table I noticed the two guys sitting behind us checking out my sister-in-law. I overhead them making crass comments about her what they would like to do with her if they ever got the chance. My sister-in-law is an...

Words: The Currency of Honesty

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Being honest means that we use words to express what reality is to us (more feeling to fact). On the other hand, hypocrisy (or image management, as I call it) means that we use words to cover up what reality is. In the world of honesty words are the currency. However, there are many counterfeit expressions that have been...

A Book Review of “Let The Nations Be Glad!”

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Where do I find the material helpful, confusing, or frustrating?   At a young age, I was exposed to missions. I grew up in a church that was passionately sending people all over the world to do God’s work in foreign places. That same church is now the very church I pastor. Over the years our missions program has often lacked...

Avoid the Tragedy of Counseling Too Quickly

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A few days ago some of the counselors and I were jesting about starting a drive-thru counseling service. We laughed at the thought of people taking advantage of this quick service to get fast answers to life's problems. "I am sure that already exists in Vegas," someone said. We quickly returned to the reality of hard sessions that require...

Let There Be Light: The Secret to True Security [sermon 2/4 in series]

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Sermon Manuscript: Good morning, let’s get right to work, please open your Bibles to the Gospel of John on page 886. I want your eyes on this passage. You can follow on YouVersion too. We are going to begin our study in the Gospel of John and understand further what Jesus meant when he said, in John 8:12, “I am the...

Why Life without a Mentor is a Bad Idea

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Mentoring has always been important to me. My father played a significant role in my development of valuing outside voices of wisdom. Through our man-to-man relationship, I realize the importance of having an older and wiser person in my life to help construct and guide me. When I turned fifteen years old, my dad understood that his voice was still...

Avoiding What Must be Done

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I’m pretty sure if you locked me in a room for the rest of my life I would never get bored. My mind goes about a-million-miles an hour, and I have a rare talent of visiting far-off dreams without ever leaving my seat. If my mind goes that crazy locked in a room, you can only imagine how restless...

Avoid Being a Dumb Ox: Tips for Abolishing Pride

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In high school there I had this one girl that became the bandit of my breath and the captor of my heart. She was my dream girl and I was sure I was her dream guy. I had built myself up in my own mind to the point that I was convinced I would meet this girl’s wildest dreams and be...

How Do I Live Like I Am Forgiven?

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The Power of Forgiveness “I forgive you” are three of the strongest words we can ever hear another person say, second only to the words “I love you.” I know what is like to long for both of these to be said to me. We all fail and desire to know that we are forgiven and loved in spite of...

10 Resources for Counseling Marriage Conflict

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Prepare and Enrich Prepare and Enrich is a tool that was designed by Dr. David Olsen to help evaluate the health of a couple’s relationship. This tool can be used for premarital and marriage relationships. It is something that a counselor would administer and facilitate for the couple, allowing them to see what is happening behind the scenes in their...