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“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”               2 Corinthians 12:7 Sometimes it is difficult to remember that God has a purpose in our suffering. Even when we do remember this truth, it doesn’t make us hurt any less. Keeping an eternal perspective, however, does lead to contentment in all circumstances. A… Read More

  “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream, you can interpret it.’ Joseph answered Pharaoh, ‘It is not in me. God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.’” Genesis 41:15-16 It feels good to be recognized, doesn’t it? We all crave affirmation, appreciation and even praise. Some of… Read More

“Against You, only You, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight; so You are right in Your verdict and justified when You judge.” Psalm 51:4 One of the most effective tools against hypocrisy is to remember that all sin is against God and God only. While our sins do affect other people, and the sins of others can affect us, God is the only righteous judge; therefore all… Read More

“Only fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24 One of the greatest ways to experience the joy of Christ is to serve someone in need. Nothing takes your mind off of your own problems more quickly than giving to others. The reality is, no matter how bad things get, there is always someone out there… Read More

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17 This verse is part of a great story of deliverance for Judah. Several nations that were enemies of God and His people… Read More