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“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. . . (Heb 4:12 ).
 
Communication. Little Jimmy playing in a baseball game, bottom of the ninth, two out, trailing by 4 runs, is up at the plate with bases loaded. His house is just across the street from the ball field. Jimmy hits the ball and races around the bases. Rounding third base, his mother subbing, for his dad, yells to Jimmy, “Go home, Go home”. Jimmy went home! Thus his team lost the game. When his dad said go home, Jimmy knew to run to home plate, but when mommy yelled go home, it meant something else! Communication, it matters what we say.

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Biblical Optimism, 2

Today’s Scripture:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
 
The words that God spoke to Joshua are very much relevant to us. We need to be encouraged. What is very significant is the promise of God. When I trust in myself, or others, or things, I am sure to run into failure. When I remind myself of what God said to Joshua, “be strong and courageous,” life takes on a whole new meaning. Nothing in life or our ministry ever happens apart from courage.

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Jesus and the Fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering

Ponder: The longsuffering of Jesus
 
Scripture: “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56, NKJV).
 
Someone smarter than I am said that a short fuse is dangerous in dynamite and in people. No doubt the Holy Spirit agrees, since He inspired Paul to use the word “macrothumia” (longsuffering) in his
list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The first part of this compound word (macro) means
“long,” and the second part means “anger.” Someone who is longsuffering, then, takes a long time to become angry. We would say he has a long temper rather than a short one.

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