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The Three Thorns (1)
'It will produce thorns...for you.' Genesis 3:18 NIV

In Scripture there are three thorns that paint a picture of redemption. Let's look at two of them today and see what we can learn. (1) thorn-cursed creation. When Adam and Eve sinned, God said, 'Cursed is the ground because of you... It

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What Are You Hearing?
'...The word of the Lord came to Elijah...saying... I will send rain on the earth.' 1 Kings 18:1 NKJV

Three years earlier, God told Elijah to announce the coming of a severe drought. As a result, it was all people talked about. Then God told him to announce that rain was coming and they

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Cool Thoughts for Hotheads (3)
'...Be...slow to speak and slow to become angry.' James 1:19 NIV

Here's how to control your anger: (1) think before you react. Our reactions are often based more on feelings than facts. Someone says or does something and we suddenly feel angry and assume they 'made' us feel that way. No,

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Cool Thoughts for Hotheads (2)
'Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.' 1 Samuel 18:9 NAS

A hot temper: (1) drives a wedge between you and your loved ones. Esau resented his brother Jacob so much that he wanted him dead. When his mother Rebekah heard this, she sent Jacob away to live in Haran (Genesis

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Cool Thoughts for Hotheads (1)
'...A hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.' Proverbs 29:22 NLT

Righteous indignation is the capacity to get aroused when it matters. When you see people mistreated and don't feel concerned, you're either in denial or lacking compassion. God designed anger to move us to action.

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Serving Requires Faithfulness
'...I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father.' John 5:30 NKJV

In His dealings with people, the Bible says of Christ: 'Having loved His own...He loved them unto the end.' (John 13:1 KJV) And when it came to His dealings with God, He could say, 'I do not seek My own will but

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Serving Requires Obedience
'I desire to do Your will, my God.' Psalm 40:8 NIV

If you're upset over giving up your 'rights' and 'privileges' to serve others, consider what Christ gave up to serve you. '...He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death...' (Philippians 2:8 NKJV) When you're tempted to

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Serving Requires Humility
'Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.' Philippians 2:5 NIV

Paul writes: 'You must have the same attitude that...Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges...took the...position

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