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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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Choices

Should I go to the mall, or should I shop online. Should I visit a friend, or should I send them a message on facebook. Should I read a novel, or should I read my Bible. Life is filled with choices, and not all choices are between what’s right or wrong. Often we must choose between what’s good and what’s best.


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Forgiveness

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

 

Several years ago, as I was driving to work I had a car that was driving rather slowly in front of me. As I was moving into the other lane to pass him, I noticed a man behind me getting off the exit ramp of the highway. He was driving at an extremely high rate of speed. He immediately jumps two lanes and if I didn’t swerve back into the lane from which I was coming, he would have rear-ended me. As he’s passing me I notice that he’s talking on his cell phone. I put my hand up to my ear, making the hand sign for a telephone, as to indicate that he shouldn’t be talking on the phone while he’s driving. He immediately flips me off.  I respond by praying for him. My prayer went like this: “Oh Lord, please cause his engine to stop running so I can drive by him and laugh at him.” Immediately God responded, “My Son asked Me to forgive those who put Him on the cross and you ask for this?”


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Why Would God Let this Happen?

Have you ever heard anyone say something like: “If there really is a God, why do innocent people have to suffer?” or, “If God really loved me, why would He let this happen to me?”

If anyone ever had reason to ask those kinds of questions, it was Joseph. He was sold by his brothers to a band of traveling Ishmaelites, who sold him to a rich Egyptian named Potiphar. He was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison for it. Then he was forgotten by Pharaoh’s cupbearer and left in prison two years longer than he had to.
 

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The Perspective from the Pit

In Genesis 37 Joseph found himself in a dry cistern, a pit. Was it his fault that he was in the pit or was it his brothers’ fault? Was it

his pride that got him in the pit or was it his brothers’ jealousy? It really didn’t matter, because no matter whose fault it was, he was

still in the pit. The question for Joseph was; would he learn anything from the experience?


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The Measure of a Husband’s Love

The Bible tells us men that husbands are supposed to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). But in order to do that, we need to know how Christ loved the church. He loved her as prophet, priest, and king. So what does that mean?


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Finish the Race

The 2017 World Track and Field Championships in London just concluded. As I watched the 100 meter women’s race Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast took an early lead on the field, but toward the end American sprinter Tori Bowie was closing. It was obvious that there wasn’t enough time left for Tori to catch her.

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Feeble Prayers

Suppose you went to the appliance store and purchased a new refrigerator. You wanted the best, so you bought the top-of-the-line; it cost $4,500. You pulled out the old refrigerator and replaced it with the new one. You transferred all the food from the old one into the new one as well. Then you retired for the evening.


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