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Tim Abel As a father of four children, I have many rich memories of those amazing, early years. I remember Christmas mornings, birthday parties, backyard games … and countless lessons learned. Those lessons were not always intended for the kids. In fact, many of the lessons were meant for me! Looking back now, I recognize how many times God used those daily interactions as my personal learning opportunities. For instance, I can remember shopping trips with my children. Many times they would bring me merchandise with bold requests. “Daddy, can I have this? I really need one of these!” They were not…

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Jay Lowder Typically when people are afraid of something, it breeds inactivity. Not certain what to do, they end up doing nothing at all. The Bible speaks quite a bit about fear – more than 700 times to be exact. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV) If God has not given us a spirit of fear, then why are so many people who follow him are gripped by fear? I believe fear is one of his enemy’s primary tools used against believers to create doubt…

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J. Lee Grady When Easter rolls around each year we tend to focus on the wondrous miracle of Christ’s resurrection. After all, the empty tomb is the cornerstone of our faith. It is not only the surest historical evidence that Jesus was the Son of God but also the greatest proof that He conquered the powers of hell. But this Easter my thoughts have drifted to the events surrounding the Crucifixion, particularly the strange happenings that occurred when Jesus “cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit” (Matt. 27:50, NASB) on what we call Good Friday.…

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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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