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The Promise of Crossing the Finish Line

I was telling my grandson Luke about the rigorous training athletes follow to pursue their Olympic dreams. Of course, that then led to a discussion about goal-setting and persistence.

I read once that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve proficiency in almost any challenging task. Ten thousand hours!!! That’s nearly five years

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The Promise of Life

We find promises of life in both the Old and New Testaments. This is good news for the many of us who often feel overworked, overtired, and under-appreciated. Like dead men walking, we wonder when we will EVER feel alive!

“In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”

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The Promise of Increase

Things feeling pretty tight in this economy? Are you feeding your family a lot of pasta? Has your giving decreased–to charities as well as to the Lord?

Did you know there are several Scripture verses that promise you will “increase” if you are generous with what you do have?

“There is one who scatters, yet

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The Promise of Fanfare in the Heavens

Yesterday we concluded that, at the proper time, our Good Shepherd would come and lead us each safely home to Heaven. And He will!

But there’s also coming a time when He will return to lead a whole bunch of us safely home to Heaven–all at once! Scripture talks of a time when:

“The Lord

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The Promise of Discernment in the End Times

In Bible study this morning we watched a Beth Moore video <http://www.livingproofministry.com> on the seventh chapter of the book of Daniel.

Fascinating, as always, Beth transported us into end-time events. We read of the beast who will have “eyes like the eyes of a man,” and we learned that, in his arrogance, he will rail

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The Promise of Deliverance from Evil

On Saturday, we discussed II Peter 1:2-4 and rejoiced in the Father’s great love for us. “He gives us everything we need for life and godliness and delivers us from evil.”

Let’s mine this vein some more. When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, He asked the Father to “deliver us from the evil

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The Provision of Great and Precious Promises

This is so neat! The apostle Peter, that great big fisherman with an equally-large heart and mouth, said this to fellow believers (That means us, you and me.):

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through  the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for

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The Promise of an Orderly Universe

Thanks for your words of encouragement about the disarray at our house while having some carpentry work done! Later, however, I began to wonder if my uneasiness around clutter indicated I’m a fuss budget. Who would want that? My good friend Jan Ripley came to the rescue with these words: 

“No, its a sign of

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The Promise of An End to Earthly Suffering. (And Then What?)

This morning, amid piles of furniture and clutter and dust, we cleared a spot in the living room and shared a bagel. Our house has been torn up for a week while installers finish the new floor. In the end, it will be worth it, but the days drag on.

Then I think of

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The Promise of Good Directions

Mapquest has its place! I love typing in a couple of addresses and getting step-by-step directions . . . and even the expected drive time to get to my destination. What could be better than that?

Nothing–as long as life doesn’t get in the way. What if I run into roadblocks or traffic congestion or,

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