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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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