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What is God’s Will For My Life?

What is God’s will for my life? That seems to be one of the most common questions that preachers get. People want to know what God’s specific will is for them. “Who should I marry? Where should I work? What does God want me to do with my life?


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Grace and Truth

One day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought before Him a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Then they said to Jesus, “… Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:4, 5)


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New Year to Serve

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Maybe you said: “I will eat better. I will read my Bible more. I will pray more. I will slow down and enjoy life. I will lose weight.”

 

These are all good resolutions, but did you notice that they all begin with the some word, “I.” sometimes it’s difficult to think beyond ourselves when it comes to making resolutions. What if we thought differently this year. What if instead of making resolutions that focused on self, we made resolutions that focused on others. Consider the following:


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No Room

Late one night many years ago a Jewish lady, Mrs. Rosenberg, found herself stranded at a fashionable resort—a resort that didn’t admit Jewish people. The desk clerk responded to her request, “Sorry, no room. The hotel is full.”

She responded, “But your sign says you have vacancies.”

The desk clerk stammered for a while and then finally said curtly, “You know that we don’t admit Jews. Now if you’ll try the other side of town…”

She stiffened and said, “I’ll have you know, I converted to your religion.”

The desk clerk said, “Oh? Then answer this: How was Jesus born?”

She said, “He was born in a stable and laid in a manger.”

“That’s right,” said the clerk. “And why was He born in a stable?”

She said, “Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn’t give a Jewish lady a room for the night!”


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Nativity

Have you set up your Nativity set yet? As one little girl was taking all the figures out for her mother to set up their Nativity set, she was heard saying “Here’s Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and the wise men and Mary’s little lamb.”
 
Consider the scene as the baby Jesus was born in that stable in Bethlehem. We rebuke the innkeeper for not making room for Jesus. We imagine Mary contentedly holding her newborn baby while she rests in Joseph’s arms. We even picture the animals quietly looking on with wonder in their eyes.
 


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Christmas Symbols

The birth of Jesus has been celebrated since 98 A.D. In the early years there was no official date to observe His birth. Finally in the year 350 A. D., Bishop Julius I of Rome designated that December 25 be set aside as the official date to honor the birth of Christ. Since then, we have added many symbols that have become a regular part of this celebration. Have you ever wondered what these symbols represent?


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What Are You Thankful For?

In Psalm 103:1-2 King David says, “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  How have you been doing at remembering all of the benefits and blessings of God? Most of us see ourselves as grateful people, but we all know that we could stand to be even more grateful. As we have just gone through the book of Philippians on Sunday mornings, we have found that it is gratitude that makes us joyful.


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Worry

A man went to his psychiatrist because he had two dreams that worried him. He told the psychiatrist that the first night he dreamed that he was a tee-pee, and the second night he dreamed that he was a pup-tent. He didn’t understand the dreams, so he asked the psychiatrist what they meant. The psychiatrist said, “This is simple; you’re just two tents.”

If you find that you’re too tense, then Paul has a prescription for you. In chapter 4 of Philippians Paul tells us: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

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Unity

In Philippians 2 Paul tells us to be “… like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit …” (Philippians 2:2-3)

It’s natural for us to focus on ourselves and be concerned about what we want. But God calls us to live more than natural lives; He wants us to live supernatural lives. He has more for us than this world has to offer, but it will never be found in seeking our self-interests.

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So Many Choices

Going to the grocery store can be a little overwhelming. Just going down the cereal aisle, we’re faced with so many choices. I remember a simpler time when there were only a few different types of cereal to choose from. Now there are so many types and varieties that I don’t know which to choose. I could go online and check with the food guru’s to see what they say. I could check the labels for nutritional values. I could buy whatever is cheapest. But most of the time I just pick the one that tastes best to me.


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