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Trials = Opportunities

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.Facing trials, obstacles, opposition or changes in life are normal. Not only normal, we are told to expect them. How we come out the other end however, is completely up to us. Job of course had his problems. He chose to dig in his heels. He also began to question God. Not in a good way, but in a way that showed mistrust in God’s actions and a penchant for self confidence and lack of humility. In the...

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Turn and Face the Strange Ch-ch-changes

Acts 8:1-3 Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  2 Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. 3 But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.  I used the NASB Translation here because of the clarity of the translation. We all know Paul’s past. And yet we all look to Paul...

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Persevere

James 1:1212 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Weekdays can be very busy. Pastoring is so definitely not a ‘Sunday only’ job. Typically there is church work of some sort be done at least 7 days a week, and for emergencies you are on call 24/7/365. Praise God, He provides balance, and there is great joy in seeing Him work in the lives of the people around you, great joy indeed. But with time being tight, despite...

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Thoroughly Equipped

2 Timothy 3:1717 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. I was blessed, so blessed yesterday to go to the local home improvement store where my two sons both bought their first tool belts. How awesome. It was their decision, and pretty much their idea. I had been looking at a small unit for myself, and they both decided, one before the other, that they too wanted one. AND, they needed some tools to go in them as well! It was like a Tim the Toll Man moment! I’m not sure what the Lord...

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Little Children…

Matthew 18:3and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Each day I’m faced with some new moment that shows me that children are not so little any more. We love our kids, and being with them all the time means we do not get to see the jumps in growth the same way that others do. But it is getting to the point where I’m ready to take down all the pictures of our kids when they were littler because it is...

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