Confidence In God

one of the greatest things you can do for yourself is to think intentionally and seriously about your purpose in life. When I have asked people about their life’s purpose, I often get the comment, “That’s a good question. I should probably think more about that.” Many of the responses center around being happy, making a lot of money, having fun and pleasure, or to fulfill adventurous and challenging goals on a proverbial “bucket list.”

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The powerful influence you can have on others

When Rosina Hernandez was in college, she attended a rock concert where she witnessed a young man brutally beaten. The next day she was shocked to learn that the youth had died as a result of the pounding. Yet neither she nor anyone else did anything to help him. She could never forget the young man, nor her lack of inaction.

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Do you know Calvary love?

Amy Carmichael served as a missionary in India for more than 50 years. Working largely with orphans who had escaped lives of forced prostitution, she came to be known by many as “Amma,” which means mother.

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God’s greatest commandment to you

A pastor once told the story of the public library in his town that had a system called “Dial-A-Tale.” With this system, anytime a young child wanted to hear a story, he could call the number and a voice would read a short story to the listening young ear. However, the number the children were to call was only one digit different from the pastor’s number.

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Be lifted up!

Do you long to walk closely with God? Do you desire to experience His presence? Do you want to make an impact for Him in people’s lives? Then you must root out pride in your heart.

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The best way to deal with anger

The author Jim Taylor tells a story about his longtime friend, Ralph. One morning, Ralph woke up at 5:00 a.m. to a terrible thumping noise up on his roof. Still in his pajamas and groggy from just waking up, he walked out into the backyard to investigate.

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How you can impact the next generation

In a recent survey, the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics reported that 61 percent of the high school students and 32 percent of the college students polled admitted to having cheated on an exam during the past year.

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You’re alive in Christ!

A young music minister had just been called to lead worship at his very first church. He’d been thoroughly trained, spent years honing his skills, and he was ready to embrace his leadership role.

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Connecting yourself with the body of Christ

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. The letter read as follows:

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Recognizing your value in Christ

The greatest obstacle to being physically handicapped is often not the condition itself but the stigma society still associates with it. Carlene Mattson shared a touching story about her handicapped son, Jeff, in an interview with Focus on the Family.

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