Handling Family Problems

'...in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' Genesis 12:3 NKJVIn order to bless all the families of the earth, Abraham had to start with his own family. Before a man could qualify for leadership in the New Testament church, they examined his home life (1 Timothy 3:5). Their thinking was, 'If ...Read More

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CharacterThe Beauty That Lasts

'...clothe yourselves...with the beauty that comes from within...' 1 Peter 3:4 NLTWhen it comes to beauty, get your perspective right: 'Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewellery, or beautiful clothes...clothe yourselves...with the beauty that comes from within...' (1 Peter 3:3-4 NLT) It's said the public relations department of a beauty ...Read More

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When You’re the Leader (3)

'...the leader should be like a servant.' Luke 22:26 NLTMichael Bruner writes about how, as a brash young college student, he attended a lecture by a former US Attorney General. He says: 'Afterwards I approached him to see if we could meet for coffee. To his associates' shock, he said, "How about tomorrow"...We met and ...Read More

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When You’re the Leader (2)

'...Whoever wants to be a leader...must be your servant.' Matthew 20:26 NLTMac Anderson says: 'Like every human being, I have doubts, fears and disappointments... As leaders, however, we must manage our attitude...we can't underestimate the influence of our actions and attitudes. Churchill said, "The price of leadership is responsibility...to stay positive whether you feel like ...Read More

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When You’re the Leader (1)

'...work together with the same purpose...' 1 Corinthians 3:8 NLTChurch growth consultant Jim Wideman highlights some things you can do to help those looking to you for direction: (1) Put their goals and needs first. You're a part, not the whole enchilada. Think about how your actions affect others. Be observant of the challenges and ...Read More

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Don’t Play the Fool

'...I have played the fool...' 1 Samuel 26:21 NKJVYour obituary says a lot about you. Towards the end of his life, King Saul said, '...I have played the fool...' (1 Samuel 26:21 NKJV) Israel's first king was destined for greatness till he decided to do things his own way instead of God's way. When the ...Read More

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Two Thoughts about Elisha

'...that your fruit should remain...' John 15:16 NKJVElisha served others until he died. We read: 'Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him [for advice].' (2 Kings 13:14 NKJV) On his deathbed, Elisha gave the king a strategy for defeating his ...Read More

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Running the Race

'...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us...' Hebrews 12:1 NKJVIn Greece there's a place tourists seldom visit. The writer of Hebrews may have had it in mind when he wrote, '...lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and...run with endurance...' (Hebrews 12:1 NJKV) It's where ...Read More

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How to Prepare Yourself (3)

'So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife.' Ruth 4:13 NKJVObserve two more things Naomi taught Ruth, in preparation for meeting Boaz: (1) Make sure you're in the right place. Naomi told Ruth, 'Go down to the threshing floor.' (Ruth 3:3 NKJV) Why? Because that's where Boaz was! To receive what God has for ...Read More

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How to Prepare Yourself (2)

'So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife...' Ruth 4:13 NKJVIn order to prepare Ruth for meeting Boaz, her future husband, Naomi taught her two important principles about succeeding in life: (1) You must have the right attitude. Naomi said to Ruth, '...anoint yourself...' (Ruth 3:3 NKJV) In Bible times people anointed themselves with ...Read More

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How to Prepare Yourself (1)

'So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife...' Ruth 4:13 NKJVLook at the instructions Naomi gave Ruth for approaching Boaz, her future husband, and you'll see that there's a certain protocol involved in walking with God. Once you understand it, the things you've been waiting for begin to happen. So: (1) Be sure it's ...Read More

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Balancing Family and Career

'He must manage his own family well...' 1 Timothy 3:4 NIVBalancing family and career calls for tough, unselfish choices. If you make the right ones you'll look back with joy, not regret. John Ortberg writes: 'A friend of mine is a professional musician. For many years he made his living on the road. He was ...Read More

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Use Your Gift

'A spiritual gift is given to each of us...' 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLTOne of the great benefits of finding and fulfilling your life's calling is that it settles the question of what constitutes true success. Many of us have a faulty definition. We've bought into the idea that success is measured by how well we ...Read More

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