Have Realistic Expectations (2)

'...He knew what was in a man.' John 2:25 NIV Here are three areas in which you must learn to have realistic expectations: (1) You must have realistic expectations of yourself When you do things poorly you usually feel bad. That sets in motion a neverending cycle of reaching for things that are out of ...Read More

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Have Realistic Expectations (1)

'...He knew what was in a man.' John 2:25 NIVJesus saw the best in people and worked to bring it out. But He wasn't naïve; He understood human frailty. When people disappointed Him, He didn't retaliate in anger, or distance from them. What did He do? '...Many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing ...Read More

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Whatever It Takes

'The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.' Proverbs 13:4 NIVThe word 'diligence' includes such qualities as hard work, honesty, persistence, and striving for excellence. The New Living Bible Translation puts it this way: 'Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.' ...Read More

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Learn to Be Tactful

'...I try to find common ground...' 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLTTact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. To win someone over, you must first do two things: (a) understand them; (b) become comfortable with diversity. Paul wrote, '...So I can bring them to Christ...I try to find common ground with everyone...' ...Read More

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Secure In God’s Presence

'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.' Exodus 33:14 NIVUnless you spend time in God's presence you will always have an underlying sense of insecurity. There are certain people we draw security from just by being around them; their presence and approach to life make us feel better. Likewise, when ...Read More

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The Cost of a God-Given Dream (3)

'...I have suffered the loss of all things...' Philippians 3:8 NKJVStop and listen carefully to what some of the people around you are saying. Many of them express regret because they backed off from their dream of earlier years: a career not pursued, an opportunity left unseized, a relationship allowed to wither and die. Decades ...Read More

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The Cost of a God-Given Dream (2)

'...I have worked...been in prison...been flogged...' 2 Corinthians 11:23 NIVSecond, there's the ongoing cost We all want what successful people have. The problem is we don't want to pay the price they paid initially, and continue to pay every day. Paul spells out the true story behind his success: '...I have worked much harder, been ...Read More

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The Cost of a God-Given Dream (1)

'...I consider everything a loss...compared to...' Philippians 3:8 NIV Your dream will never be fulfilled unless you're willing to pay the price that comes with it. And that price is paid not once, but over a lifetime. First, there's the initial cost. You will have to make personal and sometimes painful sacrifices. You may have ...Read More

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Your Heart Condition

'Above all...guard your heart...it is the wellspring of life.' Proverbs 4:23 NIVHeart disease will kill you if you don't detect it and treat it in time. That is true - physically and spiritually. It's why the Bible says, 'Above all...guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.' Wanting to look your best is ...Read More

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‘Thank You’

'...He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him...' Hebrews 6:10 NLTAre you thinking, 'I do so much for others; now I just want a little appreciation in return'? But there doesn't seem to be any coming, so you feel unappreciated and taken for granted. Just two simple words, but oh how much ...Read More

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Are You Searching For Contentment?

'My people have...forsaken...the...living water, and...dug...broken cisterns.' Jeremiah 2:13 NIVIt's easy to be content when things in life are going your way. But how often does that happen? The Bible says we are to practice being 'happy at any time in everything' (Philippians 4:12 NCV), because if you put your life on hold waiting for what ...Read More

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Don’t Lose Control!

'...Anger resides in the lap of fools.' Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIVThe word 'anger' is just one letter short of the word 'danger.' When you lose control you risk losing other things as well, like the respect of others or the chance to find a constructive solution. Anger toward human suffering is not only appropriate; it's the ...Read More

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God’s Timetable

'By your patience possess your souls.' Luke 21:19 NKJVWhen God makes you wait for something longer than you want to, He's teaching you patience. Your emotions are like a wild horse - they need to be reined in. 'Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then ...Read More

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