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Month: January 2008

Do You Know Jesus?

Do You Know Jesus?

“Who do you say I am?
;;Matthew 16: 15

 

The key to living and experiencing an abundant life (John 10:10) is to “fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).  Our Heavenly Father tells us through His Word, the Bible, that we “….can do everything through him (Jesus) who gives you strength” (Philippians 4:13) (explanation mine). Now the key issue is to think through critically what the word “everything” means and not just from the context of work, career, vocation, or family. Does “everything” mean “some things” or the “majority of things” or “almost all things”???? Does God’s Word provide a modifier at all to the word “everything”? I think not, which makes this Bible verse one of those simple treasures to be found and claimed in the Word of God.

So what implications are there to this word “everything”? First and foremost is the question, “Do you know Jesus”? Do you truly know

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My Two Friends Named Bob

My Two Friends Named Bob

Recently I have been through one of those weeks that taxes the emotions to the “max”. I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death and have experienced the mountaintop of a transformed life. Where do I begin?

My first friend Bob is about 6’2’’ tall, 240 lbs. with a sprinkling of gray throughout his hair. Bob is the CEO of a major corporation inArkansas that operates nation-wide. Most travelers have seen the corporate logo on vehicles many times while traveling the roads of this country. He is highly respected and one of those people you meet and immediately feel as though you have known him all your life.

Not long ago Bob laid to rest his 28 year old son who died unexpectedly. His son was an outdoorsman in great health and the “heir apparent” to the corporation. He passed away and no one knows why. The autopsy indicated

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One Day Closer……..

One Day Closer……..

“All the days ordained for me
were written in your book before
one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:16 (NIV)

Many people as they start a New Year take time to make new year’s resolutions. It is amusing that many such resolutions are couched with the phrase “I’ll try…..!!!”. That phrase is a recipe for failure. As soon as the pain or discomfort of the resolution sets in, many individuals simply give up. It is surprising how seldom you hear any resolution put in the terms of “I commit to do……”.

When you come to that point in life where reality sets in and you realize that your days are, in fact, numbered,

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That Little Stone

That Little Stone

Early one morning as I started a run, a small, tiny, inconsequential stone became lodged in the sole of my running shoe. I knew the stone was there because I could feel it. I shuffled my feet along the asphalt street in an attempt to dislodge it but that little stone would not budge!! Like all committed runners, I was determined that nothing, including that little stone, would stop my run. Nothing!! Many would say a runner’s aversion to stopping once a run has begun borders on foolishness however, from a runner’s perspective, the unwillingness to stop no matter what speaks of “focus” and “commitment” and the old adage “no pain, no gain”!! Runners are disciplined individuals who let nothing bother these excursions into the blissful world of running!! Besides, I was positive and confident that as I simply continued to run, that little stone would surely just go away. After a few miles, that little stone was still lodged in the sole of my shoe and it was beginning to change my stride. My foot and leg were beginning to hurt and I was beginning to become very aggravated at that little stone. Instead of a relaxing run, stress and aggravation were setting in. After another mile or so, I finally stopped, lifted my foot and with a flick of my finger, sent that little stone flying from the sole of my shoe. I returned to my run only to find I was now more relaxed, that my normal stride returned, and the pain in my foot and leg

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