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‘Tell Them That Jesus Loves Them’    

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Every Sunday afternoon, a pastor and his 11-year-old son went into their village and handed out gospel tracts. However, on one particular Sunday, it was cold and pouring down rain. Shortly after lunch, the son came to his dad and said, “Okay, I’m ready.” The dad asked, “Ready for what?” The son replied, “Dad, it’s time to go out and tell people about Jesus.” “Son, it’s too cold today, and besides, it’s raining,” the dad said. Yet the boy would not be discouraged. “Dad, can I go by myself?” After a few moments of hesitation, the dad finally agreed to let his son go out for a short while.

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‘It is Well With My Soul’    

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One of my favorite Christian authors is Warren Wiersbe. He once said, “We are prone to want God to change our circumstances, but He wants to change our character. We think that peace comes from the outside in, but it comes from the inside out.”

Peace is something we all desire, yet there seem to be so many things in life that try to rob us of it. Often, we think that if we could just isolate ourselves from everything else in the world, we could find peace. However, true peace doesn’t come from the absence of problems. True peace comes from the presence of a Person. Let us consider these words from the prophet Isaiah:

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord, is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

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‘Be Faithful’   

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In ancient times, there was a city called Pompeii located at the foot of the Mount Vesuvius volcano. On August 24, 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering Pompeii with tons of volcanic ash.

The fear felt by the people on that terrible day is unimaginable. One account records – “You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting. There were some so afraid of death that they prayed for death. Many raised their hands to the gods, and even more believed that there were no gods any longer and that this was one unending night for the world.” —Pliny the Younger, circa A.D. 97 to 109

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‘Guarding Against the Little Foxes’     

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A sign on a hiking trail once read: ‘A mountain will not hinder your progress nearly as much as a grain of sand in your shoe.’ Anyone who has ever had something in his or her shoe knows how annoying it can be. The same can be said of a small splinter in our hand or even an eyelash in our eye. Often, it’s not the big obstacles that give us the most trouble. It’s something as simple as a grain of sand.

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‘Faithful in Even the Little Things’

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Many years ago, a young store clerk was up for a raise in salary and possibly a promotion. One day, the president of the company decided to take the exceptional employee out to lunch. But as they were making their way through the cafeteria line, the president saw the young man hide a pat of butter under his napkin so that he could avoid being charged. The president determined then and there that the young man could not be fully trusted and, therefore, he never received the promotion.

The Bible tells us –

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”  (Luke 16:10-11 NLT)

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‘Because They’re Mine’

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One day, a mother was shopping for groceries with her small child who was misbehaving. Despite the mother’s attempts to make him behave, the child continued to be disobedient. A nearby woman commented, “How can someone put up with a child like that?” After a moment of thought, the mother replied, “Because he’s mine!”

Consider the encouraging words of the Apostle Paul regarding our relationship with our heavenly Father.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)

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‘Why Are You Afraid?’   

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But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:26-27)

The disciples found themselves in the midst of a terrible storm and to make matters worse, Jesus was sound asleep. No doubt they were thinking that if only He had stopped the storm as soon as it began, there would have been no reason for them to fear. But He didn’t. Instead, He went to sleep. At a moment when the disciples needed Jesus most, He appeared to be unconcerned.

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‘Galoshes!’   

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After a long day, the new first-grade teacher was exhausted. However, she still had to help many of the children put on their galoshes before dismissing them to go home. While wrestling with the last pair, she heard a small voice say, “These aren’t mine.” Feeling overwhelmed, the teacher hastily yanked the galoshes off, nearly taking the little girl’s legs with them. Just as she got the last one off, the little girl looked up with innocence and said, “They’re my sister’s. She let me wear them today!”

This situation reminds us that life can be tiring, whether it’s dealing with a group of energetic first graders or a difficult colleague at work. In such moments, we may feel like giving up. However, we can find encouragement from the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

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‘Building Cathedrals for God’   

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One day, a boy was walking down a road and saw a man laying bricks. Curious, the boy asked the man, “What are you doing?” The man responded angrily, “Can’t you see? I’m laying bricks!”

The boy continued walking and came across another man who was also laying bricks. He asked the same question, “What are you doing?” This time, the man replied with enthusiasm, “Oh, son! I am doing something very wonderful. I’m building a cathedral for God!”

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‘The Power of Prayer’       

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Years ago, a businessman attempted to construct a tavern in a town that had never permitted such establishments. Upon discovering the man’s plans, a nearby church became upset and decided to pray, asking God to intervene. One stormy night, lightning struck the tavern, completely destroying it. Upon learning of the church’s prayer meetings, the businessman took legal action and sued them for causing the fire. The church hired a lawyer to defend themselves, stating that they were not responsible for the incident. In response to the ensuing court case, a community member made the following comment: “It seems that the businessman believes more in the power of prayer than the church!”

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