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By Dr. Eowyn Last, but not least — a blended family! H/t Shireen ~Eowyn Republished with permission Fellowship of the Minds If you like The Olive, then consider helping us to continue the fight against liberalism, political correctness, and the removal of God in this country. Our costs are considerable, and NO one is paid on this site. Please donate today – any amount helps. Don't forget to follow The Olive Branch Report on Facebook …

Holding Grudges

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St. Augustine once said, “Holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and hoping the other person will die.” We all have reasons to hold a grudge. Situations and people hurt us. God does not always do what we think He should do, so we get angry with Him. When we hold offenses against those who have wronged us, a root of bitterness will set in unless we acknowledge our refusal to forgive and confess our unloving …

Every Step With God Beside Me

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Our every step in life is the subject of divine decree. And though a man will plan out his course, it is God who ultimately directs his steps. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)  “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)  As parents, we are pleased with each tottering footstep made by our children. We cheer as they move …

God’s Tough Love: Wants vs. Needs

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How reassuring it is to have God’s promise to meet our needs! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 However, many of us are like children when it comes to distinguishing our needs from our wants. A child may think they need a piece of candy but their parent understands it is a desire and cannot always be indulged. A parent knows more about …

Holy Spirit Nudge

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A nudge from the Holy Spirit is more than mere intuition. It’s the voice of God speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. It’s an invitation to join Him in His redemptive work. This spiritual nudge usually starts off as a feeling. Then, a clear thought or action formulates. The nudge remains steady and will not be ignored. Constant, it grows heavier and presses down. Eventually, the nudge becomes a crystal clear instruction. “Do you …

A Peace Beyond All Understanding

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Peace is freedom from all disturbances. Peace is a calm assurance despite the circumstances we face. Tranquility permeates our inner man when we are at peace. Serenity fills the gaps gouged out by adversity. A state of peace forces anxiety to flee and commands worry to retreat. God is our peace. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh …

A Godly Perspective

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A person’s perspective is an attitude and viewpoint. It can be positive or negative. A positive perspective sees the good in even the most painful and darkest of circumstances. A negative perspective will eventually lead to a hard heart, a root of bitterness, and a stagnant spiritual walk. Perspective is an understanding that events, people, and circumstances are interrelated, and a positive perspective means we have the ability to see things from a larger frame …

Pride is Insidious

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 Billy Graham was once asked, “What is the definition of sin?” He gave the following answer: “A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.” The Hebrew and Greek words translated “sin” largely around two major concepts. The first is that of transgression. To transgress means “to step across” or “to go beyond a set boundary …