"This is my son in whom I am well pleased."

There is nothing like the voice of approval especially from a parent.  Some of us spend our entire lives trying to make our parents proud.  We like to show them what we are learning as well as put our skills on display hoping they will applaud. We pursue higher education so we can get a job they will be excited about.  Some of us even go through counseling in an attempt to have more meaningful connections to those who brought us into the world.
That's a lot of effort. Historically speaking which kids grew up to  make their parents proudest?
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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

"Easy for you to say.  You don't know what I'm going through.  If you were in my shoes you might reconsider rejoicing".  Nothing is more annoying than someone who tries to rain sunshine on a dark situation and minimizes the suffering we might be experiencing.  It can be insensitive and insulting.  Unless.  Unless that person can relate on a personal level.  
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The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

Growing up one of my favorite memories was watching the Wide World of Sports. "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat".  Sports is not the only arena where we experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  Our lives are one grand accumulation of victories and defeats.  It would be a interesting sight if we could look at the scoreboard of our lives to see where we stand.  What would your scoreboard look like, are you a winner?

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I Am Redeemed

Recently I was listening to "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weaver (thank you, Charlie, for the link). The lead singer, Mike Weaver, sang about what we’ve been focusing on...spiritual warfare. He spoke about chains and shackles, failures, the voice of shame and regret, feeling unworthy. He was re-minded that....

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Standing Against Spiritual Warfare

Growing up one of my favorite memories was watching the Wide World of Sports. "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat". 

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Regard one another as more important than yourself (Part 3)

When we "display together," we are seeking to "become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe" (Phil. 2:15). This is not perfection, but rather a strong desire to doing God's will. Read more...

Regard one another as more important than yourself (Part 2)

Growing Together means that we are progressing or advancing in the faith. We are growing in our relationship with Christ and with each other.

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Regard one another as more important than yourself (Part 1)

With our study of the book of Philippians our focus is: "Regard one another as more important than yourself."

We are able to do this as we...

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