Category Archives: Christian Living

Why Gather?

To gather … or not to gather, that is the question. Or more importantly, why do believers gather at all? In looking back at the early church, we see that Christ followers met to hear the apostles’ teaching, to have … Continue reading

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Crowd Influence

“… but everyone else … is doing it/has one/gets to …” And the traditional response is … “If ____ jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” I thought about the influence of the crowd recently when studying Acts … Continue reading

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No Fair!

Parental favoritism, sibling conflict and jealousy, rejection and betrayal by family members, false accusations and imprisonment, forgotten by friends, and faced with the challenge of world hunger. Poor Joseph! These were completely unfair and easily overwhelming situations that he was … Continue reading

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Respond with Kindness

When driving down the freeway last week, an aggressive, apparently angry driver zoomed around me, braked in front of me, then, continued to slow far below the speed limit. When I changed lanes to pass him, he sped up to … Continue reading

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Friends Forever

Friendships may change but that does not mean they end. I imagine many friendships will be renewed and strengthened in heaven and there will be endless opportunities for new ‘hellos!’ This week, while we are out and about, let’s smile and be pleasant (even with a mask). Who knows? It may lead to a new friendship. Continue reading

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Mission: Possible

What is your passion? What are your gifts and talents? How could God blend those with your willing spirit to help accomplish the mission He’s assigned you? Listen to where He is calling you. Step into the light He is shining in front of you. Most of the people in the Bible could not have guessed the future God had in store when they stepped forward in faith and said yes. When “all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27b), there is no ‘Mission: Impossible.’ Continue reading

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To Speak or Not To Speak

Our dilemma is knowing when to speak, and if we do, what to say. We need discernment and wisdom that only come from the Lord. We must pause, being cautious not to spew a knee-jerk reaction. We need to pray, taking time to listen with an open heart. And then, if led to respond, we should do so with a respectful tone. Continue reading

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Set Plans

Sometimes we are so set on our plan, we forget to seek God’s will for our life.
… when we feel like we’re being swamped by a surge of continuous whitecaps, we may want to stop and re-evaluate our decisions and plans. Continuing to sail onward in stubbornness causes us to miss out on God’s peace and blessings. Continue reading

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Declare the Wonders

This caused me to reflect on the prayers God has recently answered in my life and of those around me. He truly is working wonders in so many ways. I just need to be ready, when the opportunity arises, to declare these wonders to others. Remember what Peter told his critics. “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). So, whether we tell the good news of the gospel or share how God has provided or answered prayers, may we speak up and boldly declare ‘the wonders of God.’ Continue reading

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Do Good

Most of us have a gut instinct that recognizes the good we ought to do. We hear that inner voice encouraging us to step up. The difficult part, for most of us, is actually doing it. So, today … and every day this week … and well, you get the idea … let’s DO good. If you need ideas, Paul gives some specifics in Titus 2:2-10,12; 3:1-2. Let’s stop being focused on our self, our needs and desires, and instead, see the good we ought to do, and simply do it! Continue reading

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