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What Will Happen Tomorrow???

    We did it! Some way or the other, each of us have navigated one of the most challenging, tumultuous, and grueling years in modern times. 2020 was unequivocally a year that kept everyone speechless. As it unfolded, because of the adversity we all had to adapt to, even the most unusual anomalies began to be shrugged off as if they were no big deal. However, do you remember what your expectations were heading into the new decade? I…
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Spiritual Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…
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Christmas Truce

    In December of 1914 World War I had only been a conflict for a mere 5 months. Despite this, as Christmas approached soldiers’ morale was already extremely low and the causality rates extremely high.  This made what happened on Christmas day of that year that much more inspiring and surprising. Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops fighting in World War I sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points, the Allied soldiers even heard…
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“Something Like Scales”

When the apostle Paul heard the gospel through Ananias, “something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained sight. Then, he rose and was baptized” (Acts 9:17-18). Exactly what the scale-like thing was is unclear. However, one thing that is clear is that this incident served as a symbol of the apostle Paul’s eyes being opened to the truth. If we take Paul’s blindness symbolically, then what do these scales represent?  I think Paul identified some of his scales…
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Becoming His Hands and Feet…

  Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of people Jesus Christ touched with His hands? We know Jesus touched the multitudes that He healed… Luke 4:40 says, “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Can you imagine what it would be like to be touched by the hands of the Savior of…
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Crucial Connection

  In October of 1962, the world came perhaps the closest it ever has in all of modern history to all-out nuclear war.  During what became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. What made matters worse at this crucial time of international conflict was a near failure in…
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God’s Grace, Free but not Unconditional

        “Grace” is one of the most frequently used biblical words. At the same time, it may be one of the most commonly misunderstood biblical words. Many religious people mistakenly believe that grace refers to something that is free but also something that is unconditional. It is true that the grace of God, by which we are saved, is free. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your…
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Words Matter

        According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and that number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many…
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The Tough Conversations…

One of the most uncomfortable parts of our lives has to be when we find ourselves needing to have a tough conversation. Whether it is a discussion that has been put off for far too long or a situation that must be dealt with at a moment’s notice, tough conversations are a part of our lives. We may run from them, we may hide, but at the end of the day, sometimes when we least expect it, we are forced…
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Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…
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Whose Side Are You On

      Maybe you are familiar with the events that unfolded at the base of Mount Sinai in Exodus 32 when the Israelites worshipped a golden calf, and the original Tablets of the Testimony were shattered. As you reflect on that story, put yourself in it, and consider with which of the following three groups you would have been aligned. We’ll call the first group, the idolators. This group asked Aaron to make them an idol because they interpreted…
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That the World May Believe…

    “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us that the world may believe that You sent Me,” John 17:20-21. These were the words of the Savior the night before He was sacrificed for the sins of humanity. Above all the pain and agony…