Obedience

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The idea of obedience has fallen on hard times in our culture. On one side are those who don’t believe obedience in the traditional sense of following a set of moral guidelines is even possible. Another unhealthy view is that obedience is only for those who are not strong or smart enough to order their own lives. Is there a better, healthier way of

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Open My Eyes

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At some point, we all seem to question our purpose in life. We wonder what we are supposed to do to make the world better. These thoughts can fill us with doubt and sometimes get us down. But there’s good news. God has a purpose for you. When He created you, He fashioned you in such a way that you could accomplish things that

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Cutting the Vine

Close-up vine on the tree in the forest

Walking through a park, I passed a massive tree. A vine had grown up along its trunk. The vine started small—nothing to bother about. But over the years, the vine had gotten taller and taller. By the time I passed, the entire lower half of the tree was covered by the vine’s creepers. The mass of tiny feelers was so thick that the tree

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Time for a Change

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If you’re anything like me, you probably feel overwhelmed by all the changes you’d like to see in your life, especially around the New Year, when change is the “thing” to do. I already know what I need to improve–my fitness level, availability to friends, amount of quality time with God. But sometimes, the more I resolve to change, the more I feel as

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Fulfilling Vows

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When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. Ecclesiastes 5:4 Have you ever had a business relationship with someone who made a commitment but later said, “Well, things changed, so I cannot honor our original agreement.” Sometimes this may be the case, but often it is simply an opportunity to

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Top Ten Predictions for 2016

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With all the problems the world is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind. Here are ten predictions for the upcoming year that are sure to come true! 1. The Bible will still have all the answers. 2. The Holy Spirit will still move. 3. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on earth. 4. God will still honor the praises of

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Letters From Our Listeners–December 2015

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Some encouraging emails we received in December from our listeners around the world: Location: Unknown Comments: Thank you for this awesome message. We are blessed as I send this out to around a hundred other believers around the world. Praise God for what you people do. Thank you for this awesome message. Location: United States Comments: AllWorship, you have blessed me beyond words with

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Three Days After Christmas

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It’s three days after Christmas and all through the house The parents are nervous about their checking accounts They sit and they tally the figures with care And discover what they used to have is no longer there The lights that were hanging shot the bills through the sky and the bill collectors, smilingly, are standing by The fifty dollar doll you thought was

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The Manger

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In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics based on biblical principles in prisons and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage. They relate the following story in their own words: It was nearing the

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Christmas in the Dump

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It was a cool, rainy day and I was feeling the effects of a cold. In our car port, our garbage pail was so full that the lid would not stay closed. We had been playing raccoon roulette (gambling raccoons wouldn’t come and empty garbage all over) for a few days so I slung the heavy, stinky garbage bag into the back of my

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