by on November 17, 2019
The world expects more from women now than it ever has. Mom must be a miracle worker. We expect her to sew a costume for the school pageant, bake twelve-dozen cookies, and take her child's class to the zoo on little notice. She does this while writing an annual report, preparing a proposal for a new client, training a new secretary, and studying for her third-grade Sunday school class. If you are a parent and you are not praying, you need to be. Prayer is not a Band-Aid for a busy day, nor as...
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by on November 17, 2019
“Welcome to Life Quest,” the emcee's voice rang out from somewhere off stage. “We have an exciting show planned for today. Both contestants committed treason, and our studio audience will determine who will live and who will die. And now, the host of our show—Steeeeve Becker.” Steve Becker sprinted in from the left side of the studio. “Hello everyone, are you ready to play, Life Quest?” The audience erupted into wild applause. “As you know, we will ask each contestant one question, and you, t...
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by on November 17, 2019
My Dear Wormwood, I am pleased to see you have successfully persuaded your patient to get involved in this new financial scheme. Convincing him that he can multiply his small investment ten-fold was brilliant. Everyone knows it’s a risky business, yet, the fool sees nothing but what he wants. Do not fail to remind him of the many things he can possess if he keeps his eyes on his investments. Fill his mind with thoughts of success, wealth, and the honor he will receive from his friends and fam...
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by on November 16, 2019
"Good Morning U.S.A., we're the place for news, weather, and traffic updates, and here's your host, Diane Mason. Good morning, Diane." "Good morning, Dave. Let me introduce our audience to this lovely lady beside me. Mattie Olsen is a member of an exclusive organization called Supercentenarians. At age 119, she is one of only seventy-seven people documented to be 110 years or older. Mattie was born on a wagon train when her parents traveled from Missouri to California. She has seen our nation...
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by on November 16, 2019
I saw a homeless man pushing his shopping cart full of junk today. The cart contained everything he owned. His scraggly beard was as dirty as his matted, stringy hair. It was evident he had not bathed in a while. The rags he wore hung loosely from his gaunt frame. What was the most memorable were his eyes. They were serious, dark, empty eyes, eyes that had lost all hope. Adversity had overcome his ability to believe in his dreams. Sometimes hope seems to hide in adversity’s shadow. Adversity ...
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by on November 11, 2019
“Bang, bang! You’re dead!” As children, we’ve all played the game of war. Whether they were swords or guns, our weapons were merely the creation of our young imaginations. In the end, it really didn’t matter who won or lost. Usually, the one who yelled the loudest had the victory in our backyard-battlefield. Life’s battles aren’t like our childhood games. The weapons aren’t imaginary, and victory is determined by more than who can shout loudest. There are much greater stakes at the end of thi...
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by on November 11, 2019
One of my favorite Bible stories is of a common Jewish woman who found her niche in history by simply being herself. Queen Esther’s quiet spirit of obedience gave her favor with God and with men. God used her to save her condemned people because she found favor with the king. Esther was lovely, but so were the other virgins brought to the palace by King Ahasuerus of Shushan. He was replacing his wife Queen Vashti, who had refused to let him flaunt her beauty to his court and visitors. The Kin...
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by on October 25, 2019
The Lord has a unique way of calling each of us to serve Him. Sometimes we settle in and build a nest, and He has to make us uncomfortable to force us into our new direction. Like Joseph, He occasionally places us in prickly circumstances to prove us and make us grow and teach us how to live by faith. At other times, He leads us through steps in our journey as he did king David, who fought a lion, then a bear before tackling Goliath. He was stepping up each time by facing what was in front of...
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by on October 25, 2019
Years ago, an agricultural scientist was searching for a way to eliminate the destructive horn beetle without destroying other beneficial insects. The horn beetle has long antennas which he uses for navigation. The scientist was scraping one of these antennas when he discovered the secret of its remarkable sense of direction was built in radar he used as a receiver. The scientist wrote an article for a popular agricultural magazine describing this incredible radar guidance system. He went into c...
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