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Kindness Is Not Retroactive

Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
I would guess that you still remember some of those lessons you learned in elementary school. Such as; don’t challenge a person who is 7 inches taller that you to a tether ball match for “all the marbles;” don’t try to slide into home plate when the catcher already has the ball; never brag about that which you have no bragging rights; never take a Valentine card seriously (That cute little girl/boy gave a Valentine to everybody else in class).

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Counting Blessings Instead of Sheep

“I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, LORD, will keep me safe” (CEV)–Psalms 4:8
Wow, how powerfully comforting are the multitude of thoughts that begin to flow through my mind as I think about this statement made by David long ago. When we are actively engaged in doing those things that will make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:5-11), when we are truly seeking first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33), when we have set our affections on things above and are seeking those things (Col. 3:1-2), we can with calmness, quietness and peacefulness of soul pillow our heads in sleep each night.

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Mary Did You Know?

“…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “Mary, Did You Know?” It brings tears to my eyes. If you are familiar with it, you have heard the different things that Mary probably did not know when Jesus was born. However, no song nor book can ever do justice to our Lord. Let us consider more facts about Jesus that Mary didn’t know.


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