A.D. 2001 Keep Your Guidebook Open

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READ : Isaiah 9:6-7 Imagine that you plan a two-week vacation to see the world from a mountaintop! You organize some friends and off you go. The long hike requires effort. You experience danger, pain and strain. You take risks you’ll never take again. Some friends want to commit mutiny. As you approach the summit everyone is sunburned, exhausted. Every gasp for breath is labored in this thin air! Now you’re stuck on a cliff with frozen toes. The view …

Go Out in Joy

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READ : Isaiah 55:3, 6-8, 12 How do I experience joy? What is joy? Is it in things I do or receive? Is it in experiencing pleasure, fun, moments of happiness? Not really. Joy has little to do with surface emotions. It involves my attitude and relationships, my soul, my understanding of life, my knowledge of God’s Word and my relationship with him. Isaiah tells me to seek the Lord, that I should hear him so my soul may live. …

A Life of Love

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READ : Ephesians 5:1-2 God has asked us to lead a life of love, like Christ, love that motivated him to give himself to each of us. It is satisfying to know that God has given us guidance on how to live a life of love. The Bible provides guidelines for our daily life. It gives us examples of Jesus living a life of love stories of how he spent time helping, listening, encouraging, instructing, and serving. Friends of mine …

I Will See You Again

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READ : John 16:22 When my father died, I was filled with such grief and hopelessness that such a great man would be taken from me. All my life he was my savior and protector in the hard episodes of my life. Then suddenly he was gone and my children would never know him the way I did. I was angry that God had taken him from me. Then one night after his death, he came to me in a …

Madness Turned to Peace

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READ : John 14:27 Do you experience peace in this busy holiday season? Perhaps a better question would be: “Is it possible to experience peace when there are so many demands from every direction?” Yes, it is possible because God makes it possible. Jesus says, “My peace I give to you.” We all have at least one spiritual gift. But God gives to us and wants us to experience all nine of the Fruits of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, …

Unexpected Joy

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READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I was twelve years old and my grandmother was coming to stay with us temporarily. I found out that she would be sharing my small bedroom and sleeping with me. I loved my grandma, but as a young girl, the sudden intrusion horrified me no more privacy. After Grandma arrived and settled in, I quickly found out that she went to bed early in the evening and by the time I got there, she was …