THANK YOU LORD for THANKSGIVING!

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Four years ago my article: “Thank You Lord for Thanksgiving!” appeared in The Olive Branch Report.  Many responded wonderfully from across the country, and even shared their own stories of giving thanks. This year we have all the more reason to give thanks to the Lord God of All Creation for the myriad blessings in each of our lives; and for the blessings that can still be seen and named in our Nation.  I pray …

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 …

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 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 …

Adding God to the Equation

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When life is chaotic, painful, or full of uncertainty, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Exhaustion wears a person down, both physically and spiritually. And without time in the Word, depression is certain to knock on our door. It takes both physical and spiritual strength to weather a storm, and we require nourishment to persevere a lengthy or intense battle. Without spiritual manna, the devil can easily establish footholds in our walk with Christ. Footholds …

Use The Gifts God Gave You!

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God is omniscient. He is all knowing, all seeing, and knowledgeable beyond our comprehension. He is the Creator of all things. There is no limit to His creativity. He is the author of music, language, mathematics, the sciences, and art. He is limitless in power and vision. As His children, we too are creative by nature. Have you not wondered why we invent, create, build, transform, conceive, and shape new things? It is because God …