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Nature provides us with an illustration that closely parallels the insidious tactics employed by our adversary. According to scientists, Arctic polar bears feed almost entirely on seals. To enjoy such a meal, they sometimes resort to a cunning bit of trickery. If the hole through which the seal gets his food is near the edge of the ice, the polar bear will take a

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When you drive through town after dark, you are able to see all the building fronts thanks to unseen floodlights. According to the words of Jesus, being a “floodlight” is a major part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit testifies about Christ. He convicts and convinces people of their need for the Savior and points them toward Jesus. He also

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A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, age five, and Ryan, three. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson so she said; “Now boys, if Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.’” Kevin turned to his younger brother

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Have you ever felt like your life was in a pit? Perhaps your marriage has grown stale, your job is going nowhere fast, your passion for God and the church is waning, or you seem to lack fulfillment and meaning. Let me ask you—how deep is your pit? 20 feet? 100 feet? 1,000 feet? I have good news for you. Whatever the depth of

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When a symphony or band warms up, it sounds like chaos. If they are warming up individually, it sounds like a hodgepodge of people whom you would think don’t know how to play at all and couldn’t make anything sound beautiful.  However, under the director’s guidance and leadership, they blend together to make beautiful music. A symphony is an elaborate composition of a masterpiece, sonata

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D .L. Moody said, “Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, bury the hatchet, but they leave the handle out for immediate use.” Have you ever noticed that when we get upset about something, we begin hashing up all these things that have happened in the past? Things we thought were long forgiven and forgotten suddenly flood our minds and stir up

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Pilots often suffer from vertigo when they cannot see the horizon. In such a situation, every pilot must decide whether to trust his senses or the information from his instrument panel. The same is true in life. We live in a culture that calls things once regarded as good evil, and things that were once regarded evil good. We have lost sight of our

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A group of scientists and botanists were exploring remote regions of the Alps in search of new species of flowers. One day they noticed through binoculars a flower of such rarity and beauty that its value to science was incalculable. But it lay deep in a ravine with cliffs on both sides. To get the flower someone had to be lowered over the cliff

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Someone once said: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Ships are built to go out into the open sea, enduring the waves that toss them about and sailing smoothly on calm water. We can either stay in the harbor and be “safe” as a believer, never doing anything bold or courageous for the Lord. Always

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The Gulf of Mexico is filled with oil rigs, so whenever a hurricane takes aim on the area, all focus turns to anchoring the rigs. Let me ask you a question. When storms approach, or even make landfall on your life, where do you anchor your rig—your heart? If our hearts are not secured, they can be wrecked or swept away when storms rush

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