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“Let Your Laughter Be Turned Into Mourning” – James 4:9

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:23).
Robin Williams was one of the most successful comics and actors ever to appear in this world. He lived to make people laugh and happy. But tragically, he could not find happiness for himself. Drugs, alcohol, three divorces and severe depression led to his untimely death, which was caused by asphyxiation, possibly suggesting that he hanged himself. Regardless how the story unfolds, the world has lost a great talent who provided those who appreciated his talent entertainment for over three decades.


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A God Of Multiple Chances

“So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your Master is coming” (Matt. 24:42).
The admonition to stay awake brings back memories of college days in Los Angeles when a young boy from Missouri attracted to the nearby mountains, the ocean, and steady diet of sunshine and warmth. Too many times, such thoughts brought me close to sleep and I’d find I’d missed out on what the instructor deemed important.

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Encouragement

“And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all” (I Thessalonians 5:14).
When I first started teaching school, we teachers were trained in a program called Magic Circle. The goal was to let students voice their inner feelings. One rule was that no students could criticize what another student said. They were to be supporting and kind in their words. Although I did not agree with all the tenants of the program, I do believe that all students – indeed, all people, can benefit from an occasional pat on the back.

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