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    Relationships

    Relationships – we all have them with family, friends, co-workers, church members, school friends, the list goes on and the words written about relationships are almost interminable. It appears that there has been more written on relationships than any other subject in the world. Take the Bible for instance, the main theme in the Old Testament which continues into the New Testament is God’s relationship with His chosen people and also the people’s relationships with one another. Today’s Women’s magazines are filled with articles on how to communicate more effectively in our intimate relationships. Sort of “How to get people to give you what you want when you don’t know…

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    Surrendering Control to God

    Control is an intoxicating word and is complete illusion. There are too many variable in our lives for us to ever have control over its circumstances. Our brains seek order and may try to convince us that if only life unfolded in a certain way we would be happy and in control. As a person who grew up in a chaotic household, (alcoholic father and depressed mother, siblings who could not wait to grow up and escape the chaos,) I was easily seduced into believing that if only I could be in control of my life and its circumstances I would be happy and experience contentment. Jesus tells us to take care of our own situations,…

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    I have Overcome the World – Jesus

    A bold statement but true. Jesus overcame all the temptations and tortures that were part of His life and He overcame them all so that we would know that through the grace of God we are overcomers. Overcomers of temptations and modern day distractions which serve to distance us from God. The facts of life today are that we are distracted by modern media, TV, Movies, Video games, Laptops, Cell phones etc., our attention is taken away from God. Reading the Bible we learn that to come to know and develop a relationship with God, we must be quiet and thoughtful. We engage in reading the Bible, and we talk and…

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    The New Man

    The New Man Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. -Edmund Burke ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. –2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ –Isaiah 43:19 “Though our feelings come and…

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    Forgiveness-Thoughts-Quotes-Scriptures

    Forgiveness-Thoughts-Quotes-Scriptures   A Tender Heart is a Teachable Heart… Some Thoughts on Love and Forgiveness – In life it is inevitable that we will need to extend and receive forgiveness, we are imperfect beings and sometimes we hurt others and sometimes others hurt us. The good news is that we have the grace of forgiveness and forgetfulness so that we can move on and start over, more good news is that we only hurt because we have opened ourselves up to another and allowed them access to our lives, that is always a courageous act. Love and Forgiveness Somewhere I read that without forgiveness there is no love and without love…