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Like Water off a Duck's Back
'...If you suffer for doing good...this is commendable...' 1 Peter 2:20 NIVHave you ever watched water run off a duck's back? That's how you should treat unkind comments. 'But they hurt my feelings,' you say. Stop and think about that: if they are really your feelings, others have no control over them, other than what you give them. The truth is,...
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The Importance of Fellowship
'...You are members of God's family.' Ephesians 2:19 NLT

Nathaniel Hawthorne said, 'No man, for any period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.' We like to wear masks in public, yet, only as we open up

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The Law of Love (2)
'Above all, clothe yourselves with love...' Colossians 3:14 NLT

God's love is the most powerful force the world has ever seen. And as a follower of Christ, it is up to you to carry the torch and keep it burning. The Bible says, '...Clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness,

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The Law of Love (1)
'A new command I give you: Love one another.' John 13:34 NIV

A newspaper told the story of a boy with cancer who was going through chemotherapy and losing his hair. To show their love and support, his classmates all shaved their heads so he wouldn't be embarrassed about returning to

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The Danger of Pursuing Power
'...The humble...retain honour.' Proverbs 29:23 NKJV

The first lie Satan told Adam and Eve was a direct appeal to the ego in all of us: '...You will be like God...' (Genesis 3:5 NRS) The crafty old serpent pulled back the curtain to Heaven's throne room and gave our first parents a glimpse

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It's Up to You
'...He will reward each person according to what he has done.' Matthew 16:27 NIV

The Bible says, 'For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.' Let's be clear: how you live now will determine

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Forgive, for Your Own Sake!
'...Forgive as the Lord forgave you.' Colossians 3:13 NIV

A lady writes: 'I found my husband with another woman. Although he begged me for forgiveness, I wanted my pound of flesh, so I filed for divorce even though our kids asked me not to. Two years later my husband was still trying to

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Do You Want Your Church to Grow? (4)
'The new wine is found in the cluster...' Isaiah 65:8 NKJV

The fourth, and perhaps the most frustrating challenge we face when it comes to church growth, is to involve others. Why is that? A message on a bulletin board outside a church gives us a clue. The top line says, 'We care about

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