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When Your Older Brother is God

Some statistics* on firstborn children: Firstborn children have slightly higher IQs (only about two points) than children in other birth order positions. Men who are born earlier in their family are more emotionally stable than younger siblings. Kids born in the first...

5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to...

Living with Joy

Joy is a choice. It’s a point of view. It’s a way of looking at things. If ever there was someone who is an example of this it is Joyce Isidor. Monday through Friday we have an early morning prayer call at our church, and Joyce is faithfully on that call. She is...
When Your Older Brother is God

When Your Older Brother is God

Some statistics* on firstborn children: Firstborn children have slightly higher IQs (only about two points) than children in other birth order positions. Men who are born earlier in their family are...

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5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But...

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Living with Joy

Living with Joy

Joy is a choice. It’s a point of view. It’s a way of looking at things. If ever there was someone who is an example of this it is Joyce Isidor. Monday through Friday we have an early morning prayer...

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A Serpent and Santa

A Serpent and Santa

He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings...

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To Walk in Another’s Shoes

To Walk in Another’s Shoes

It is said, “To feel empathy, one must walk a mile in another’s shoes.” In the last six months, I have come to realize how unaware I have been to what it would be like to walk in another’s shoes. I...

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Fallen Hero

Fallen Hero

US Army Ranger Jeff Struecker, a part of ‘Operation Gothic Serpent’, was sent on a reconnaissance mission to rescue troops that had been shot down in enemy territory. The ensuing battle would be...

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POWER IN THE PAUSE 

POWER IN THE PAUSE 

There is power in the pause! When we pause, wait, and listen, we become empowered by the presence of God for whatever may come our way. What I want to stress today is that if your life is not...

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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

Imagination is powerful: it is the first step to doing. Imagination is the ability to see with the mind what you can’t see with your eyes. You may not realize it but we use our imagination every...

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KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER

KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER

KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER The H. J. Heinz Company has become synonymous with ketchup (or is it catsup?). Heinz sells upwards of 650 million bottles of ketchup annually which is roughly 60% of...

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WHATEVER

WHATEVER

For the last 11yrs, one word has been voted the most annoying word in all of America, that word, “WHATEVER”. ‘Whatever’ narrowly beat out, “No offense, but….” to retain the title. I’d like to redeem...

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COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

Courage is often associated with acts of bravery that go above and beyond our human experience, like pulling someone out of a burning car or jumping into the ocean to save someone from drowning. But...

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LOVE IS PATIENT

LOVE IS PATIENT

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times,...

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Coronavirus Close to Home

Coronavirus Close to Home

The impact of the coronavirus struck home for me at the end of February when my sister-in-law Charlene found out she had contracted COVID-19. She is a New Zealander in her 50s, temporarily teaching...

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THE ART OF LISTENING

THE ART OF LISTENING

God has given us two ears and only one tongue, someone has said, and this is a hint from God that we should listen more and talk less.  In scripture these words say it so clearly: “My dear brothers...

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Prodigal Father

Prodigal Father

"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him,...

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Gospel Yourself

Gospel Yourself

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan...

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God is Breaking Ground

God is Breaking Ground

God is breaking ground by preparing people to be open to the Good News. It is in times of trouble that people begin to realize they are not in control.  People are searching for something to hold...

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Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith

If ever we were living in a time where fierce faith is needed, it is now. Fierce faith is built on nothing less than standing on the word of God. The Bible says it so clearly in 2 Corinthians 5:7,...

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WAYMAKER

WAYMAKER

As we remain shut in, quarantined during this COVID-19 pandemic, the walls can begin to close in us. If it’s not the walls of being trapped at home, the walls of uncertainty and fear can come...

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CORONADO OR CORONAVIRUS

CORONADO OR CORONAVIRUS

Several years ago I had the privilege to visit the Navy Seal Base Coronado in San Diego, California. It’s somewhat ironic that the name Coronado and Coronavirus both come from the Spanish/Latin root...

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