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The Difference Between Strive And Strife

It is interesting to me how one word can, over the course of time and through the interaction of diverse people groups, take on different meanings or connotations. Take the words "strive" and "strife".  As near as I can tell they both derive from the Old French word "estriver" which originally meant … [Read More...]

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When Enemies Threaten

There seems to be a pervasive sense of unease and insecurity in our land.  It is true that we are threatened by evil men who want to do the world harm and to to … [Read More...]

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The Right Way To Ask And Receive

What is our first response to a problem or need?  When an obstacle appears, what do we do?  Do we worry?  Do we apply critical thinking and try to come up with the … [Read More...]

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I Mean You No Harm

Talk about a movie phrase.  I don't think I've ever heard anyone actually say "I mean you no harm" in real life before.  It's a phrase devised by Hollywood script writers and is analogous to "I come in peace" (also a phrase I have not heard in real … [Read More...]

Whose Power?

What kind of music listener are you?  Are you more of a left-brain, analytical listener who primarily focuses on the words and lyrics of a song?  Or are you more of a right-brain listener who hears the melodies and harmonies while the words and lyrics seem to … [Read More...]

The Hopeful And Persistent Prayer

Has God ever given you an exclamation point?  Has He ever emphasized something so strongly to you that it was just as if He had sent you a personal message that ended in enthusiastic punctuation?  Recently, God did that for me and I want to share the story … [Read More...]

The Words We Need Most

For just a few moments, I want to talk a little bit about prayer and a lot about encouragement.  We, as believers, need both prayer and encouragement to be spiritually healthy.  Prayer is our line of communication to God through the Holy Spirit and … [Read More...]

Love, Prayer, Forgiveness and Surrender

If we were, just for a moment, to talk about a few of the most powerful actions and ideas available to us then my top four would be 1) love in action, 2) prayer, 3) surrender and 4) forgiveness.  In these, Jesus Christ is our model and we can be assured that … [Read More...]

The Choice Between Vision And Blindness

Hopefully by the time that you read this today you will have eaten a meal.  Can I ask you a silly question?  Why did you do it?  Why did you eat or drink what you did?  My guess is, it was because you were hungry and thirsty and your body was telling you that … [Read More...]