“Your Heart Shall Rejoice”
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“…for you welcomed the message…with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6, NIV

One of the most beautiful sights is the smile on the face of someone who has just given their heart to Jesus. Their heart is so full of joy from the experience that the light of that joy bursts forth from every seam of their being. If you have experienced that change, you know what it means to feel that way, but even if you […]

Ever Was Heard an Encouraging Word
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Mike Howerton remembers the two vastly different ways two of his high school coaches approached encouraging the team. Howertown remembers that in one game, his team was losing. During halftime, the two coaches would give two very different pep talks.

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“Coach Crow [came] in growling, spitting disdain in his words at us: ‘What a bunch of losers. Whaddya say let’s get your girlfriends suited up; they’d do a better job. Your flimsy arm-tackles make me […]

Ruin Satan’s Day
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Police Car

Has Satan ever tried to ruin your day? Well let me tell you about when I ruined his day. Years ago, I was driving in the middle of the night across country to see my sister and see about a job. I had just quit a job that was not working out and had no idea what the future held. I had no job, no money, no future, as far as I could see, and then, to make matters worse, […]

Not Ashamed
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Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com

Yesterday I was so mad at my father! He took this beautiful little lamb out behind the house and he killed it. Can you believe that? He said this guy, Moses, told him to, for some dumb reason. Dad tried to explain it to me, but I didn’t want to hear it. Especially when I heard that Mom was going to cook up the cute little critter and we were supposed to eat it […]

What’s My Motivation?
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Why do we do what we do? What motivates any of us to do anything?
People are trying to motivate us to do things all the time. They want us to spend our money at their stores. They want us to buy their product or drive their car. Teachers try to motivate their students to study and do their work. Bosses try to motivate their employees to work hard. Parents want to motivate their children to behave.

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Guilty Bystander
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Do you know what a “wall flower” is? Someone, at a party who spends most of his or her time standing and watching, rather than participating.

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In the online world, “lurkers” are the folks who go into chat rooms or on discussion boards on the internet and just read what everybody was talking about, but don’t contribute to the discussion.

Some of us, for good or bad, are more comfortable standing on the side lines of […]

I Love Simple
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Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com

Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com

I love simple. Everything I own fits in the back of a small U-Haul truck with plenty of space left over. Still, about twice a year, I go through my apartment just looking for things to throw away to keep life simple and clutter free.

When I was a kid I loved Taco Bell. Back then they had 7 items on the menu board, and that was all I needed. I would choose the bean […]

Apprenticed
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Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

Have you ever tried to learn how to play a new game by just reading the directions? It’s pretty hard to do, isn’t it? It’s much easier if someone in the group already knows how to play the game and they walk you through the first couple of times.

Have you ever wondered how skateboarders and motocross riders learn to do what they do? Do they sit in classes, read books on their tricks, take […]

The Gospel Presentation
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Baptism

Our key thought for this week’s SS lesson is, “In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.”  Is this true in the last days with so many pressing issues confronting the church and world, as Bible prophecies reach their climax? Yes it is!

“More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ. Those who preach the last message of mercy should bear in mind that Christ is […]

Doe a Deer
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Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com

We’re having a Julie Andrews moment here. I’m sure you remember that song:

“Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. When we read we begin with a, b, c; when we sing we begin with doe, ray, me…”

But when we’re sharing the gospel of Jesus with someone, where do we start?
Have you ever thought about in what order we should present Bible truth? Do you think it matters? I mean, […]