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Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses;
and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:


Egypt, camel, pyramid

Don’t Give Up: Your Victory is on the Way

Are you in a position in life, whether spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, or physically, that seems like you will never get out of? Do your present circumstances feel like you’re in bondage, where the daily work and struggles seem insurmountable? Do you just feel like giving up sometimes? Well if so, DON’T.  Your greatest trials in life normally come right before your greatest breakthrough.  (more…)

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern
what is the will of God.
— Romans 12:2

I remember going to second grade wearing a striped shirt, green corduroy pants and open-toed, leather-looking sandals. Sure, it was the 70s, but I really don’t think that’s what everyone else was wearing in my school. What I’m trying to say is that I’ve never had trouble being a nonconformist. (more…)

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live for today, relax, relaxing

Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow:

for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

If you attended or are attending college—or even high school, for that matter—you probably remember getting a syllabus on the first day of class. (more…)

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SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 05:  Runners compete ...

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My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
— James 1:2-4

Do you consider the problems and issues of your life joyful? I hope you do, because I can’t think of any better way to handle them. However… (more…)

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breadIn his book God’s Psychiatry, Charles L. Allen tells a story to which very few of us can immediately relate, but it is a story that can have meaning for us if we look beyond the obvious. Here it is:

As World War II was drawing to a close, the Allied armies gathered up many hungry orphans. They were placed in camps where they were well-fed … Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Each child was given a piece of bread to hold after he was put to bed. This particular piece of bread was just to be held—not eaten. The piece of bread produced wonderful results. The children went to bed knowing instinctively they would have food to eat the next day. That guarantee gave the children a restful and contented sleep. (more…)

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on your marks, race, starting line, starting pointI’ve been thinking a lot recently about Dr. Gerald Mann, the pastor of Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas where I visited several times. He made an impression on me.

His story is filled with up, downs, crashes and triumphs. He built a small church of a few dozen members into one of the nation’s mega-churches. He’s always found himself at odds with his Baptist denomination. He left Austin’s most liberal Baptist church and formed a church that mostly stays out of politics and social issues and focuses on serving singles, divorced people and others bruised and battered by churches. (more…)

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lonely, loneliness

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
Psalms 10:1

There is no shame in admitting that you have sometimes questioned—or still sometimes question—God. Where is God? Why did God let this happen? Why can’t I see or feel God? (more…)

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