The Carpenter

Hammer saw and paper scheme in the carpentry toolbox

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then, the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange

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Tests of the Heart

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Has God performed a heart test on you lately? There are times in our lives when God leads us into the desert in order to let us find out what is in our heart. These times can be very difficult and humbling. They can test our mettle like no other time. Desert times often mean we are living without those things we are normally

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You Are Blessed

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remind ourselves of all we have to be grateful for–our health, our families, our work, the freedoms we take for granted and the opportunity to make a difference in the world while we create a happy and fulfilling lifestyle for ourselves and others. Instead of stressing, see how good you already have it, and appreciate the unlimited potential

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A Habit of Thanks

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As my wife and I were coming closer to our wedding date, as a part of our engagement process, the preacher who performed our wedding ceremony would regularly share wisdom and insights for our future together. One of the powerful gems he shared was, “As you live and grow together, make it a habit to express your appreciation to one another.” Over a decade

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Beyond the Storm

Plane is taking off at sunset, close up

It was evening as I climbed aboard the jumbo jet. I was tired. It had been a hectic, emotionally stormy week. I had endured more than the usual schedule changes, telephone calls, interruptions, children’s activities, and arguments. I settled into my seat, relieved to see the plane was nearly empty. Maybe I could get some much needed rest. The giant plane took off and

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Seeing with a Child’s Eye

Multiracial baby girl

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on. When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the

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Letters From Our Listeners–October 2016

listener-letters

Some encouraging emails we received in October from our listeners around the world: Location: Lagos, Nigeria Comments: I so much appreciate your materials. My life has been blessed with your kind words and songs. I tell my people about AllWorship. I have been playing your songs all day in the office. My boss likes it. God almighty will forever bless you. Location: Victoria, British

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Mercy

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When I was young, I often played the game Mercy. It’s a simple game, really. You and your opponent take both of your hands and intertwine them with each other’s. You then proceed to bend them back trying to “win the game.” When it starts to hurt beyond what you can handle, you merely yell, “Mercy!” and your opponent stops. Whoever yells “Mercy!” is

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The Pumpkin

Pumpkins on display at a pumpkin patch are ready for Halloween

Being a Christian is a lot like being a pumpkin at this time of year. First, God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you in from the field. The Bible says He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world. He then washes all the “dirt” off the outside that we received from

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Meaningful Work

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Recent surveys indicate unprecedented dissatisfaction with work. As many as 80 percent of employees at any given time are looking for a new job. Why? Maybe they need more money, or perhaps they don’t like the location, their coworkers, or their bosses. For most, however, the discontent isn’t a matter of location or benefits. It is a matter of meaning. If we don’t find

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