An Ode to Our Children and Elderly (Psalm 127:3)

Psalm 127:3

Our children and our elderly bless society. Most of us would benefit by recognizing them more.

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Why men and women need each other (Genesis 2:23)

Genesis 2:23

The phrase “suitable helper” in the Bible has been misunderstood. In Genesis 2, the Bible says that out of all the creatures God made, the only suitable helper for the man was the woman.

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We all worship (Psalm 95:6)

Psalm 95:6

Every molecule, subterranean mole, and mote of dust dancing on a sunbeam, God created. Every celestial galaxy, God made. The breath that you take as you read these words would not be possible, unless God made it so.

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Generosity in times of scarcity (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Imagine you were in prison in your twenties. Nothing you did put you there. Your hometown was sacked by a foreign army. You were rounded up with other young men and placed in a prison, waiting for them to ship you off and force you to fight in the very army that imprisoned you. To make matters worse a famine strikes the land. Destined to die by starvation or by sword, a bright light shines into the darkness. Under the veil of night, food appears through the prison bars. You and your friends gobble it up.

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The gifts that make the body grow (1 Corinthians 12)

1 Corinthians 12

In this age of celebrity worship, the supporting actors often get overlooked. Unfortunately, the church often follows the culture’s lead in this regard.

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Where to look for lasting peace (Ephesians 2:14)

Ephesians 2:14

Imagine you are in an orchestra. When the orchestra began to play, a horrendous sound went out. All the instruments were out of tune. You tried to fix it by tuning your own instrument to itself. The orchestra remained dissonant. You tuned to the person next to you. Though the two of you sounded good together, still the orchestra sounded like a million cat shrieks. In order for an orchestra to sound harmonious, you need a source tone, a note to which each instrument is tuned.

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Where your treasure is so is your heart (Matthew 6:19-21)

Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20)

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Entering the throne room (Thessalonians 5:16-18)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Imagine you have been called into the Oval Office, the private chamber of a Supreme Court Justice, or office of some other person of great power. What might your thoughts and emotions be? Someone so powerful, so revered, perhaps someone you greatly respect asked you for a meeting. You likely would prepare for days for that meeting. Nothing like this has ever happened to you. You are about to shake hands with someone who has more power in uttering a sentence than you have in ten thousand words. Yet, this person has chosen to meet with you.

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Shepherd Leaders are Willing to Lead (1 Peter 5:1-4)

1 Peter 5:1-4

In out last blog we compared the leadership style of a shepherd to that of a wolf. A shepherd puts the interest of the flock before his or her own. The wolf ravages the flock and leads for their own advantage rather than the care of the flock. If the leadership style of a wolf can be marked by vices such as sloth, greed, and power, the leadership style of a shepherd offers a cure for each of these maladies in the form of a virtue. Let us first look at sloth.

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Lead as a shepherd not as a wolf (1 Peter 5:1-4)

1 Peter 5:1-4

There has never been a greater need for upright leaders in our country than now. It ought not surprise us that the greatest lessons in leadership come not from the latest leadership books but from the Bible. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale were originally founded as training centers to produce godly, Christian leaders. They took their lead from the Good Book.

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