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$$$ Money and Pain

  We allow pain to hide behind  money   in America. We let it hide because we believe in the US, that success cures pain. It doesn’t! Coincidentally, we do not minister to the wealthy. We only minister to the homeless and those on foreign soils that “look” like they need help!” As a matter of fact, we should help
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2018...to know "Wisdom"

In the Old Testament, as well as in other writings from the ancient Near East, Wisdom of God, describes and urges “right thinking” and “right actions!” Underlying the biblical Proverbs, is the conviction that God created a” moral” universe. Thus the general principles of “Wisdom” have universal application and are not special instructions to just
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Wise in whose eyes?

One young adult said, ” I choose to drink excessively, but it doesn’t bother me.” Another commented, “Christians try to push young people to believe in their words-or solve everything-just by Bible passages. But it isn’t always like that.” Both these young adults have decided they know more than those with wisdom and experience. They
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The major guideline for making wise choices in 2018

Many ancient cultures conveyed practical advice in brief, but forceful statements, like those in the book of Proverbs. Unlike the proverbs of other societies, which generally focused on how to gain wealth, Israel’s proverbs (we are the new spiritual Israel), are primarily concerned with making choices which honor God. The proverbs sum up insights into
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what's your krytonite??

I believe that just like Superman had Kryptonite, the church—the collection of individuals who claim to follow Christ—does as well. Kryptonite was a substance from Superman’s home planet. When he drew near to it, he would lose all his superpowers and become weak—even weaker than a normal man. If you look at the church today,
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Love.  The Reason for the Season

The Christmas decorations are out, and holiday music fills the air. But Christmas means different things to different people. For some, the Christmas season is about having survived another year, enjoying extra time to reconnect with family and friends, and bargain-hunting for great gifts. In fact, many who celebrate Christmas don’t  think much about a
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The 1 Secret You Probably Don’t Know About Outlet Shopping but Should

Lauren Hamer [twitter]  December 20, 2017 People are willing to make the trip if there are deals to score. | It’s not necessarily breaking news that Americans are looking for a deal, but it is interesting that big retailers are using it against you to grow. Today, there are over 12,000 outlet stores across the country,
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Emotional-Wellness

There’s a whole lot of ways to “not be well.” You can be considered “not well” emotionally…and yet have a perfect heart, lungs, kidneys and perfect strength in your body. Examples include stress disorders, nerve disorders, suicidal, mean, hateful, etc). Wellness is more than just physicalities. It goes beyond the absence of illness! Wellness is WHOLENESS-nothing
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Uprooted...

Those who travel, move or face new challenges, know what it is to be uprooted! Life is full of changes, however, there will be a few things that remain stable. In the scriptures, the Israelites were constantly moving through the wilderness. They were able to handle change only because God’s “presence” was always with them.
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Leading the next generation: Millenniums

Leaders, you have a great privilege and responsibility to lead and train our next generation well. But it’s important to make sure that the leadership “platform” is last, and only given once they have demonstrated patient endurance, the ability to implement guardrails, and genuine leadership. As a leader, training leaders, you have such a large
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In pursuit of an "effective vision" for your life

Let’s use the biblical figure of Nehemiah to illustrate the effective pursuit of a vision for one’s life.  Nehemiah got the war-damaged city of Jerusalem back together and functioning as it was supposed to. He organized the people to rebuild the city’s wall. He instituted social and spiritual reform. He got the temple operating again,
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