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Wrestling With God

Wrestling With God

Wrestling With God “Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me’” (Genesis 32:26 NLT). I love the visual image of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32:22-32. This is a powerful story, and it

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Faith is the Cure for Stress

Faith is the Cure for Stress

Faith is the Cure for Stress “Since He did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t He also surely give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 TLB). The major cause of stress in your life is worry. Worry is a sign that

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Finding Peace

Finding Peace

Finding Peace “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25 NIV). One of my greatest desires is peace.  However, it also can be one of the most elusive.  I “postpone” peace until some task is completed.  The problem is that

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Understanding Our Emotions

Understanding Our Emotions

Understanding Our Emotions 16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you

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Self-Control Can Vanquish Weakness In Trying Times

Self-Control Can Vanquish Weakness In Trying Times

Self-Control Can Vanquish Weakness In Trying Times “A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11 NASB). The Bible teaches us that self-control is essential to living a Christian life. We must exercise our self-control or we become controlled by our weakness. Whether it

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Leading Life Abundantly

Leading Life Abundantly “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21 KJV). I have talked to many men that have expressed an inner emptiness.  Life is boring and seems to have no real purpose.  Many of these men

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Complete The Mission

Complete The Mission “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24 NIV). As men, we love projects.  We love to build something

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Return to the Father

Return to the Father

Return to the Father “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me” (Jeremiah 15:19 NLT). All of us that follow Jesus have many things in common.  One of which is that we are all sinners.  As we become a believer in Christ,

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Proper Casting is Essential for a Bountiful Harvest

Proper Casting is Essential for a Bountiful Harvest  “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 All fishermen know that proper casting is essential to catching fish.  For some fish such as bass, we cast and then slowly reel the hook back in to attract

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Trusting In The Valley and the Mountaintop

Trusting In The Valley and the Mountaintop

Trusting In The Valley and the Mountaintop “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV). Jesus warned us that we’d have problems in life. No

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”  (James 1:2-4 NIV).