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We Need Each Other


James 5:16 "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." James, the brother of Jesus is saying, we're not going to get well on our own. Community is actually the laboratory for healing. Healing takes place in community. Nobody gets well on their own. We are better together. We need each other. When God created man and he put him in ...

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Accepting People Like Jesus


Followers of Jesus ought to be the most accepting people in the world.The fact is the deepest wounds we've ever had in our lives, bar none, are the wounds of rejection. Those are the things that hurt us the most. When we've been rejected. When somebody's put us down. Maybe we've been betrayed. Maybe we've been belittled. Maybe you've been told that "you're worthless" or no...

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Love Expects the Best


1 Corinthians 13:7 Love is always hopeful, It's forward looking. It's optimistic. It's not stuck in the past. It's not always looking backward. Lasting love is hopeful. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (MSG) Love always looks for the best I don't know if you know this or not, but people tend to live up to our expectations of them. We tend to shape the people around us by what we exp...

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Love Extends Grace


Love extends grace. No relationship will make it without grace. The Bible tells us that this is part of love. In order for us to have healthy relationships we must have forgiveness, mercy, patience, acceptance, grace. In other words, we've got to cut people some slack. 1 Cor. 13:7a "Love never gives up" The Message paraphrase of that verse says 1 Cor. 13:7a (MSG) "It p...

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Communication Begins with Trust


The dictionary definition of communication is: "A process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior." How many of you have found that in real life the definition reads more like this? Reality: "A process by which information is confused by individuals through a conflicting system of emotions, behaviors,...

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Your Highest Goal


I want to begin this blog by asking you a question. How would you complete this sentence? "My number one goal in life is _____." Think about that for a minute. "My number one goal in life what is most important to me is" How would you complete that sentence? What word, what phrase would you use? Would you say, "My number one goal in life is to be happy?" Or "My number o...

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Because He First Loved Us...


1 Corinthians 16:14 "And do everything with love." What does that include? How about everything. Everything we do must be done with love. I didn't say that. God said it. Does that mean writing emails? Yeah. Some of us need to tape this verse to our computer and before we ever write an email we need to think, "Everything I write must be done with love." Does this includ...

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A Way Out


1 Cor. 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. That is an encouraging verse! When God is with us, He provides a way out. When we're tempted, He's our counselor. There are se...

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There's Another in the Fire


WHEN I'M WORRIED, GOD IS MY CONFIDENCE. Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. This verse reminds me of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego who walked thro...

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5 Marks of integrity


Here five ways that scripture tells us we become a person of integrity 1. By KEEPING my promises. People of integrity keep their word. If they say they'll do it, they'll do it. If they say they'll be there, they'll be there. If they say, "you can count on it," you can count on it. People of integrity keep their promises. This is verbal integrity. Proverbs 25:14 A perso...

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