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THE GREATEST
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SHINE
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THE DIFFERENCE
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The Work
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POWER AND EFFECT
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THE REST OF THE STORY
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THE POWER OF WHY
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The Glow
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The Master “One-Upper”
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Power to Forgive

THE GREATEST

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthian 13:13 From the official website of the movie No Greater Love; “No Greater Love, the award-winning documentary, invites the audience to experience war and its aftermath from a soldier’s perspective.” “No Greater Love depicts the combat deployment of the legendary “No Slack” Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, through the eyes of Army Chaplain Justin David Roberts. While deployed in Afghanistan, Justin decided to carry a camera to document the hardships his unit endured. He captured not only the gritty reality of war but also the incredibly[…]

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SHINE

 “Then Jesus asked them, ‘Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine’.” Mark 4:21 In Mark chapter four, Jesus talks a lot about small things becoming big. From the story of the seeds that fell on d ifferent kinds of ground, to the illustration of the mustard seed, Jesus wanted His listeners to know that if the atmosphere is right and the heart is willing, then small things can grow into big things.  One key that Jesus mentions[…]

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THE DIFFERENCE

“Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31 In Numbers 14 through 16, the rebellion of the Israelites had reached a new watermark. From their refusal to enter into the Promised Land; to the outright rebellion led by Korah, Dathan and Abiram; the Children of Israel were pushing God to His limit. If it had not been for the constant intersession by Moses, the entire camp would have been utterly destroyed. There was, however, a remnant of followers who were willing to do exactly what God commanded and go where He would lead. That[…]

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The Work

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24  There have been those, throughout history, whose life’s work has made a huge impact on the world. Without their work, there are things we know and enjoy today that may not have been possible. Orville and Wilbur Wright believed it was possible for us to enjoy air travel and because of their dedication to that work, today we can go anywhere in the world[…]

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POWER AND EFFECT

“So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.”  Acts 19:20  As early as two years before a presidential campaign, candidates start coming out of the woodwork in droves. Some have name recognition, while others may not. There are certainly candidates among the field that have good intentions, but often times there are just as many that do not. The line of distinction is simply based on one’s sincere desire to serve versus a selfish quest for power. Unfortunately, when, and if, the wrong politician gets elected to office, the people and society suffer.  God’s intent and[…]

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THE REST OF THE STORY

“When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”  Acts 18:26  He had such a distinct voice and way of telling a story that could captivate his listening audience. For decades, Paul Harvey spanned the airwaves across America shedding a different light on topics, people and stories of interest. As a kid, I found myself listening intently, trying to figure out who he was talking about, which he would always reveal at the end of his one-to-two-minute segment with the phrase, “And now you know the[…]

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THE POWER OF WHY

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”  Acts 17:11  Growing up, did you ever hear the words “because I said so?” Those were usually words from a parent or authority figure in your life and were most often preceded by the three-letter word “why.” Now I’m not saying that every time you asked the question “why” it was with good intention, but sometimes you’ve asked that question because you really wanted to[…]

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The Glow

“You will show me the way of life,    granting me the joy of your presence    and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11 I’ll never forget the shock when I stepped of the plane, into the airport and on the street in India. The though went through my mind, “this is what a nation without God looks like.” The streets were filled with trash and cows meandering around, and in the faces of the people there was a darkness. As we waited outside the terminal for a van to pick us up and take us to the mission we would be[…]

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The Master “One-Upper”

“So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.”  Act 8:36 The Gospel was starting to spread like wildfire, but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. The early Church was coming under great persecution by the religious leaders, so they began to spread out, leaving Jerusalem. But everywhere they went, they took the Gospel with them. Judea, Samaria, and towns along the way were hearing the Good News for the first time, and “Great Joy” was filling the cities and villages.  You would think that after a while our adversary would finally get it. You would think[…]

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Power to Forgive

He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Acts 7:60 Forgiveness is given to those least deserving, which is what can make it so hard. It’s not easy to forgive, especially the one who isn’t seeking or asking for forgiveness. When someone isn’t sorrowful for what they have done, it makes it so much harder to forgive that person, especially when it’s personal. When you’ve been personally wronged, mistreated, or misrepresented it makes forgiveness a lot more difficult.  As Stephen was being stoned by his accusers, his last words were, “Lord,[…]

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