Warnings

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A trade school in Great Britain came up with an eye-catching warning sign to post in factories. On a piece of electrical equipment, they posted a truly scary sign: “Danger: Do Not Touch. Not only will this kill you, it will hurt the whole time you are dying.” That’s a warning sign you shouldn’t ignore. (Sermons.com newsletter)

Security in Christ

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In the August 1 edition of his Turning Point daily devotional, David Jeremiah says, “Sitting halfway up a huge cliff in Slovenia is the largest cave home in the world — the Predjama Castle. Much of the building rests outside a huge cave and looks like a typical European Renaissance castle, but the interior of the home extends into the …

Sinful Nature

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After getting in trouble, 4-year-old Reed apologized and explained, “Daddy, I accidently forgot to be good.”  Don’t we all! Mature Living, October 2013, p.36

Prayer

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Pastor Danny Hedgepeth visited the home of a young couple who had come to his church.  He was just becoming acquainted with them when he learned that they were preparing to leave for seminary in one month.  Moved with emotion about their calling, the pastor asked if he could pray for them.  As he began, he mixed up the names of their daughter …

Worry

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Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) had her faith refined like few have as she suffered through the Holocaust in Ravensbruck concentration camp.  She lost her father and sister Betsie, but  survived to serve as a powerful testimony of God’s prevailing strength.  She would often say, “There is no panic in heaven.  God has no problems, only plans.” Daily Briefing, 6/29/23

Prayer

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For the National Day of Prayer on May 4, 2023, the Radiant Foundation released the results of a national survey citing that more Americans report praying in their car (61%) than in a place of worship (46%).  Cars can be a unique place of solitude but we need to guard against the tendency of making prayer a convenient multi-tasking activity. BaptistStandard.com, 5/11/23

Perseverance

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In his commencement address to the University of Pennsylvania graduates on May 16, 2011, Denzel Washington famously said: “You hang around the barbershop long enough, sooner or later, you’re going to get a haircut.” Patiently and actively persevere. Rev.com

Knowledge

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Patrick Lencioni is a world-class consultant for leaders.  His books occupy countless bookshelves and offer insights for greater effectiveness.  He’s always producing new material, but his favorite quote is telling: “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.”  Those words came from Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), an English lexicographer.  Lencioni confessed he should read fewer new books & articles and focus …

Hope

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In her study on suffering, Vaneetha Risner states, “Our hope isn’t in changed circumstances, but it is in an unchanging God, who meets us in the storm.”  If our hope is dependent on something changing then we will be consistently disappointed. Mature Living, May 2023, p.13