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by Paul J. Palma It’s easy to be preoccupied with the details of life. There’s always something more it seems we must do. Our work, our responsibilities, the investments of our time and energies can weigh on us and keep us from living life the way God intended. It’s in these moments of life we appreciate the words from a loved one or friend who reminds us to “stop and smell the roses.” Few things in life appeal to our senses of smell and sight as does the rose. The beauty of life reflects the goodness of God. Indeed, the…

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Louise L. Looney A huge uncut diamond was entrusted to a skilled artisan to create what is now known as the Hope diamond. The craftsman kept the rough gem for over a year, turning it over and over, to determine how to cut each facet to reflect its fire and exquisite beauty. He carefully chipped away bit by bit until he could hold and admire this gorgeous jewel shining in all its glory. People now stand in awe and amazement when they catch a glimpse of this diamond which is estimated to be worth between two and 250 million dollars.…

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Beth Livingston Once every 12 weeks in our recovery group, we name what we need victory over in our lives. We write this name on a thin, small piece of paper. Then, one by one, we take a hammer and a nail and nail that piece of paper to the wooden cross in our meeting place. There is something powerful and moving that happens as we nail our problems to the cross. As I pound that nail, I understand that Jesus was nailed to the cross for that problem. He died so that I could be free. I also can’t…

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Jesus Was Confident AND Humble: It’s Not a Contradiction Leon Fontaine Humility is another aspect of Jesus’s character that is often misunderstood. We often assume that to have humility, we have to think very little of ourselves. We’ve picked up the idea that thinking we’re worthless to God and others is the Christian thing to do, so we duck compliments and say things like, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” The problem is we misunderstand Romans 12:3. Although it does warn us to “not think of [ourselves] more highly than [we] ought,” it’s speaking about our ability, not our…

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So what’s giving you life this month? What music, scriptures, study resources, etc. are encouraging you to be the man or woman God has called you to be? Here are a few of ours for the month of March. Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson From the publisher… In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer .prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the…

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