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Ponder A Little (Blog)

HOW DO YOU REACT?

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 9:45 AM


What’s your knee-jerk reaction when someone hurts you with lies or gossip or ridicule?  If you are human, it would be to retaliate.   Fortunately, as believers we have the Holy Spirit, to help us overcome our human nature.   It takes a great deal of humility and faith to trust God and not retaliate when we are under attack.  When we are wounded, God tells us to trust Him to handle it, in H...

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HOW IS YOUR HEART TODAY?

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:35 AM

The Bible makes it clear that the condition of our heart is very important to God.

 

       Matthew 6:21   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

       Proverbs 4:23   Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.


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HOW TO LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 1:35 AM

Rick Warren has said, “When you live in the light of eternity, trouble just doesn’t bother you as much anymore!”


The Bible clearly teaches that we will face many trials. God knows that it is in trials that our faith and character grow.

 

The trials of life are inevitable but discouragement with the trials is not. How we respond to trials is solely up to us...

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HOW DOES SATAN TEMPT US?

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:35 AM




I’ve always been told that Satan likes to attack us the most, at our weak spots… areas in our lives where we tend to fail again and again.   Perhaps in our spending habits, or personal bitterness, or misplaced priorities, or a tendency to gossip or a critical spirit.  The list goes on.  We all have sins we are most prone to succumb to.


But recently ...

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ARE YOU LIVING IN FEAR OR FAITH?

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 11:05 AM


God doesn’t call the brave. He makes brave the called!


God doesn’t need your abilities. He needs your availability!


Time and time again the Scriptures speak of ordinary people that God made great!  Men like unheard of Gideon, shepherd boy David, mistreated Joseph, fishermen from Galilee and an orphan named Esther.


God made leaders out ...

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HOW TO LIVE OUT CHRIST'S LOVE

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 1:20 PM



Christian author, Gary Chapman, writes the following in his book, “The Love as a Way of Life”:


In the later centuries of the Roman Empire – and the early centuries of the Christian era – the once-proud empire suffered a series of                 &...

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HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 7:05 PM



Personal anxiety is a bad habit that is paralyzing for some, annoying for others and practically non-existent for a few.  We are all wired so differently.


As Christians, the Bible tells us to not be anxious.  We are also told that when we are anxious we are lacking in faith.  Whoa!!  Wait a minute!  Who needs a guilt trip like t...

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HOW TO SOAR (A POEM)

Posted on July 21, 2018 at 8:45 PM

 

SOARING

My soul was created to soar.

A longing within that needs to be stirred.

Fears ground me, seeking safety and security.

But I long to soar.


I climb mountains to reach the heavens.

I watch the eagle in majestic flight and dream.

Freedom. Strength. Serenity.

How I long to soar.

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HOW TO TEST OUR SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM


It’s been said that the surest test of our spiritual integrity is the personal intimacy with God we experience in our prayer life.   We can possess immense theoretical knowledge of God that is never transformed into a personal intimacy of communication with God.  This would be like living as a Pharisee.   All head knowledge and no heart knowledge.


The great men and women of the Bible...

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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PAIN AND SUFFERING?

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM


Christians have offered many explanations for suffering but make no mistake… there is no pat answer!  And if we have not suffered much, we need only live a little longer because eventually we all reach a breaking point and call out to God, “WHY?”

Our world is full of suffering!

There are biblical explanations for pain and suffering but ...
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ARE YOU A SAFE CHRISTIAN?

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 6:50 PM


Pastor Ray Johnson from Bayside Church in Sacramento, California says there is a new idol in the church today and it is called ‘Safety’. He says society today teaches Christians to be afraid of so many things. And the fears we have, limit God’s ability to use us.


Many Christians don’t serve, don’t give, don’t witness, don’t take a stand, don’t take a ri...

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ARE YOU STUCK?

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 9:25 AM



A pastor once had one of his church members come into his office saying, “I’m a Christian but I don’t feel like I’m growing spiritually. I seem to be stuck in neutral.” The pastor asked him, “What do you think the problem is?”. He replied, “I think I just don’t love God enough”. The pastor replied, “That...
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WHY ARE CHRISTIANS SO JUDGEMENTAL?

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM



Judgemental words from Christians are commonly seen as a problem both inside and outside of the church. Studies show that many people will not come to church and many leave the church primarily due to personal experiences with Christians who pass judgement.

So, what’s going on? Why is this such a huge problem? Why are so many people (ev...
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WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:05 PM



Most people believe that discovering their purpose in life starts with themselves. But for the Christian, everything starts with God. If we want to learn our true purpose in this life we need to determine it from God’s perspective, not our own.


According to God, real life is only what’s built on eternity. We were created for an eternal purpose...

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WHAT DOES GOD REALLY SAY ABOUT MONEY?

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM



I’ve heard non-Christians mistakenly quote the Bible saying, “Money is the root of all evil” and they assume that God thinks wealth is a bad thing. But the Scripture verse actually says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). So, what God doesn’t like is greed and pride.


God has blessed many ...

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ARE YOU A PASSIONATE FOLLOWER OF JESUS?

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:15 PM



What does it mean to be a passionate follower of Jesus? What does it look like? How do we achieve it?


Passion is defined as “a strong and barely controllable emotion”. Passion is intense! There is no half-hearted, wish-y-wash-y-ness about it.


A passionate follower of Jesus is first of all, passionate about Jesus. So, he plans his life and each day around J...

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WHAT IS GOD'S GRACE?

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 1:10 AM



Simply put, grace is God’s unmerited favour towards man.


Grace is the foundation of God’s relationship with man. It is the most important concept in the Bible. It encompasses God’s amazing love and mercy for a sinfully rebellious mankind. The only religion with grace is Christianity.


C.S. Lewis said, “To be a Chris...

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