Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Risk aversion is the term most frequently associated with finances and investing. According to the website Investopedia, “The term risk-averse describes the investor…

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We often hear the declaration: “God is good.” It is easy to say it, but at times, if we are honest with ourselves and others, we may not be as sure, particularly when things are not going our way. For our words to have any meaning, we must live our lives in such a way…

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You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11 (NLT) In recent weeks we have once again been made aware that there are many confused Christians. On the one hand, they claim to be born again, yet more than…

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Dare to Be Vulnerable

Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us! 2 Corinthians 6:11–13…

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It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (NLT) in reality, it is a simple question. How do we decide what to do and where to…

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I listened as a friend offered a prayer for an acquaintance who was traveling. They prayed for smooth flights, easy connections, and no interruptions. I have also heard prayers before a church service, asking that everything go according to plan, smoothly and again with no interruptions. On the surface, these seem like very usual, even…

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In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 (NCV) Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV) The subject of individual rights is a hot topic right now. Perhaps it has always been, at least in…

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Insults have broken my heart. I’m sick about it. I hoped for sympathy, but there wasn’t any; I hoped for comforters, but couldn’t find any. Psalm 69:20 (CEB) When people reject us for sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must be cautious that we do not assign the wrong attitude…

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“I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NLT) I have belonged to the Auto Club for many years. Occasionally, we have gone long periods of time without needing assistance, but when something does break, or we run out of gas, it is comforting to…

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Examine me, O Lord, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! Psalm 26:2 (NET) Just Because It Seems to Be Working, It Doesn’t Mean That Everything Is All Right Many of us have had the unpleasant experience of driving in our car when we notice that the Check Engine light has come on.…

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  I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NLT). Looking backward can be a great hindrance to moving forward. Regret over past mistakes afflicts many people. Past victories and triumphs can also impede forward progress. 20th-century philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember…

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They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. Philippians 1:16–17 (CEB) Motives are problematic. They can lead someone to do the right thing for the wrong reason, but they can also result in doing the…

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Jesus told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV). Do we think of mountains as obstacles that stand in our way? Or…

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We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. 1 John 5:20 (NIV) Are you familiar with the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” While there may be circumstances where this maxim is proven true, often, it is…

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Hearing is essential. Or is it only meaningful when there is something we want to hear? Paul warned Timothy: For a time is coming when people…

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And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. 2 Kings 6:17 (NIV) There is seeing, and then there is seeing that goes deeper than the surface. It is hard to see things as they really are because of our lack of insight or preconceived…

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‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. Acts 22:10 (NIV) Let us use our imaginations for a moment. We have just been in a terrible accident. The extent of our injuries is not yet known, but we are blind. We are not sure exactly what happened, but we remember hearing a voice and seeing a…

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But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Psalm 68:3 (NLT) Consider with me the relationship between faith and praise. With rare exceptions, we all know people who have “left the faith.” Have you ever heard of someone who has “left the praise?” Although I…

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He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord—just as Isaiah the prophet said.” John 1:23 (CSB) We live in an era with “self-proclaimed experts” offering advice on just about any subject imaginable. If you have a message that you want people to hear…

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The Lord guards the immigrants. Psalm 146:9 How we respond to immigrants is not just a heart check issue. At present, it is also a “hot button” topic. Nearly everyone has an opinion, ranging from those who believe that immigration should be tightly controlled, expelling those who are not here legally. To the other end…

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