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As a teenager, I had an incredible opportunity to work over the summer at a Christian camp in the mountains. I was thrilled about the opportunity to serve and seek the Lord surrounded by His beautiful creation and His people! But as I was preparing to go, my best friend prophetically warned …

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I remember once receiving a job promotion right before I left for a two-week vacation. When I returned, I relocated to my new office and immediately set up shop. However, right off the bat people began treating me differently — almost with reverence. It was weird. So I asked a good friend of…

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I am a living testimony of Christ’s miraculous work in a broken life. Looking back, I can only boast in His amazing love and grace. You see, I was a painfully introverted person in my youth. After years of being teased and rejected, I didn’t like being around people and I preferred to be alo…

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Looking back on my life, I see the influence of many people, but the four men that stand out from the rest are the ones that demonstrated to me what it means to be a godly man. The first is my father, who has shown me what it means to be hardworking, patient, and generous, always placing the…

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Have you ever felt that God’s promises no longer applied to you because of your past failures? I remember when I was much younger the Lord spoke some profound promises into my life through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Then I made some poor choices and the next thing I knew, I was wallowing …

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Many years ago in high school, when I was first learning to play guitar, some classmates and I decided it would be fun to form a worship band. Everybody in the band was just learning how to play an instrument or sing, so needless to say we sounded awful. Not long after, I received an invitat…

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One of my favorite hobbies is that I enjoy hunting for affordable antique or vintage items! Recently, I found a great set of vintage lockers for an incredible price, so after a friend helped me pick them up in his truck to get them to my house, I got right to work repairing one of the legs a…

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We live in a society that always seeks quick results. Patience may be a virtue, but it does not come easily to most of us! Years ago, when Juanita and I were first dating, I was in a rush to deliver the Christmas gifts I had bought for her. Unfortunately, less than a mile out of the driveway…

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I love the Christmas season and one of my favorite reasons is giving gifts to my loved ones. Of course, when I was a kid it was receiving gifts that my siblings and I were more interested in!

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When I was a kid, I was smaller than most of the other boys, so I tended to be an easy target for the class bully. However, in every grade there was always one guy, Isaac, who looked out for me. He was bigger than most of the boys. Isaac was athletic, confident, and very popular. You wouldn’…

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When I was a kid, I was smaller than most of the other boys, so I tended to be an easy target for the class bully. However, in every grade there was always one guy, Isaac, who looked out for me. He was bigger than most of the boys. Isaac was athletic, confident, and very popular. You wouldn’…

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At any given point in life we may find ourselves in a season of difficulty or perhaps everything is coming together perfectly. Regardless of where we’re at right this moment, I can guarantee that at some point in the near future we will find ourselves in the opposite scenario. That’s just li…

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I remember years ago when my son, Maksim, was a toddler, he got into some craft paint when he thought no one was looking. Instinctively, he took the paint to his room, hid in the furthest area away from the door behind the bed (so he couldn’t be seen), and proceeded to “paint” his bed, our b…

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It’s sobering how we behave when we’re walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. I remember this one time I was performing building inspections for a former employer, when suddenly this giant man stepped right in front of my car and blocked me as I was exiting the driveway. He gruffly dema…

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I had a friend once who was very controlling. This person did not like it when I would hang out with other friends from my church—even confronting me about it. I’m a very relational person and I enjoy interacting with other believers, but this person constantly tried to siphon me away from t…

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When I was a teenager, I struggled with feelings of loneliness and depression. When I was at rock bottom, God blessed me with a godly friend who loved me even when I had done absolutely nothing to deserve that love, and had nothing to offer in return. It made me realize how much more does Go…

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In 2009, the bottom dropped out when the recession hit and my business nearly tanked. We almost lost our home, our savings and retirement were depleted, and our finances nosedived. It seemed that everything I had worked so hard to accomplish was systematically being undone. So much for relyi…

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About three summers ago, I decided that a dietary change was in order. It was time to stop drinking all the soda, eating so much pizza and burgers, and not exercising my body. For two entire months I ate a more balanced diet with lots of fruit and veggies, tons of water, no sweets, and excep…

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In my adolescence, I thought my future would be meaningless and hopeless. Then someone told me that Jesus Christ loves me and though He loves all the billions of people on the planet, I wasn’t just a face in the crowd. He loves me and He has a special future planned for us to experience toge…

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Have you ever complicated something that was actually quite simple? When I was in my early twenties, as a favor, I drove a friend’s mom to a job interview. While she took a written math test, I enjoyed some light conversation with the interviewer. The conversation was so enjoyable that about…

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The book of Numbers 13:26-33, reports that it only took eleven days for Israel to reach the border of Canaan from the Red Sea. They sent out spies to scout the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb saw the land as fertile and beautiful, and they believed that God would deliver the land to them. Bu…

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Have you ever had peace about moving a certain direction in life, yet God kept closing the door? I remember studying for my California Real Estate Exam. Initially, I found myself eligible to take the exam on a whim. I did well in the test preparation class, but I spent zero time preparing fo…

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