Saturday - July 26, 2014

Solid Self-Respect (July 25)

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). FEW THINGS ARE GIVEN ANY MORE ATTENTION IN OUR CULTURE THAN THE QUESTION OF “SELF-IMAGE.” We use a variety of terms to discuss it — self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, etc. — but our basic point is usually the same: a person ought ... Read More »

Compliments (July 25)

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“It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming” (Oscar Wilde). BECOMING A PERSON WHO FREQUENTLY PAYS COMPLIMENTS TO OTHERS IS ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO. Just as our thinking has an effect on our behavior, it’s ... Read More »

Much More Than Mere Safety (July 25)

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). DOES THE TERM “CONSERVATIVE” HAVE A POSITIVE OR A NEGATIVE CONNOTATION TO YOU? The word means “tending to conserve” and indicates a wish to preserve or protect that which ... Read More »

Particular People (July 24)

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“By the grace of God I am what I am . . .” (1 Corinthians 15:10). ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS WE EVER TAKE TOWARD WISDOM AND MATURITY IS TAKEN WHEN WE ACCEPT THE SPECIFICS OF OUR OWN INDIVIDUALITY. Much of the first half of life is spent in the luxury of limitless possibilities. There is no place we ... Read More »

Gifts (July 24)

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“When the hand ceases to give, the heart ceases to pray” (Irish Proverb). EVENTUALLY, WE ALL COME TO BE SEEN BY OUR PEERS AS BEING ONE OR THE OTHER: GIVERS OR TAKERS. If we’re givers, we’ll sometimes do some taking, of course, and if we’re takers, we might do a little giving once in a while. But by the time ... Read More »

Independent Faith (July 24)

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“At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me” (2 Timothy 4:16). PAUL MAY HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED AT TIMES WHEN NO ONE STOOD WITH HIM, BUT HE STOOD STRONG ANYWAY. He wasn’t arrogant or egotistical, and like any of us, he needed the support of friends, but his faith was an independent faith. He knew in ... Read More »

Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)

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“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:17). ON SOME LEVEL, EVERY HUMAN BEING CAN UNDERSTAND THE AMAZEMENT OF JACOB WHEN HE REALIZED WHAT HE WAS SEEING. As he slept that night at Bethel, fleeing from his brother’s wrath and with a stone as his ... Read More »

Planning (July 23)

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“Our lives are not totally random. We make commitments, we cause things to happen” (Wendy Wasserstein). THINGS DON’T ALWAYS TURN OUT AS WE PLAN, BUT IF WE DON’T PLAN, WE DOOM OURSELVES TO NOTHING MORE THAN DRIFTING. Planning is the process in which we decide what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. If we couldn’t ... Read More »