Verse of the Day 12/16/2019

[Mary’s Song] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. — Luke 1:46-47, 49 (NIV)

Prayer is Always Available

by: Elder Mike Agreen
 
I still always chuckle when I hear that old saying, “As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.” Of course, this joke is aimed at poking fun at the often misunderstood “separation of church and state” practice, which many uses to keep prayer out of our public school system. However, there is an underlying truth to the joke, and that is that Prayer is always available to us, no matter what our circumstance.

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Sink or Swim

 
I was led back to a time when I was new to a job, and I didn’t yet possess the skills to even be independently operational in my day-to-day responsibilities. I remember the grueling effort to learn the analytical and technical demands of my role. Many instances put me on edge, and it was absolutely a sink or swim point, where the water level was just below my nose. I was so overwhelmed, to say the least.

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Goal Setting for the New Year

 
When you mark the beginning of something, you want to do it right. For me, I wanted to hone in on how to properly set goals for the year. A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person envisions, plans and commits to achieve. But a goal without a plan is only a dream.

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Make Room For Jesus

by: Eric Ladson

 

In this holiday season, we might have more worries about finding the perfect gifts and less concern of making room for our Savior, Jesus.  Since Jesus knocks at our hearts daily, let us examine if there’s space for Him.  There are frantic preparations made for holiday celebrations but are we preparing ourselves to simply tell Jesus, “There’s no room here”?  Where can Jesus rest and dwell within us?  


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Conflict with Your Child

 
Every parent has their own plight of dealing with disciplining their child. We get frustrated with a display of bad attitude. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a toddler or a teenager – it’s inevitable that we go through these rough patches. As our child grows up, we also grow alongside them in the testing of our character.

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Create Space

 

When busyness fills in our schedules, we just do do do, like machines that don’t know how to deviate from the programmed setting. Our depleting attention span makes it a challenge to fitly sift new information. So if we’re not careful, we give ourselves over to more trivialities that percolate curiosity and take up space mentally.

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Stop Getting Distracted

Have you started something that you didn’t finish? They come in many forms like half-baked so-called big ideas, piled-up chore work, daunting projects on hold, and so on. The road that leads to indecision is paved with many works-in-progress. I stared at a dozen unfinished articles and knew that I let them sit undone because I came up with a different idea – a better one. Or so I thought (and thought and thought…)

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His Strength – Not Mine

by:  Ria Lucindo For most families, summer is officially over, as schools opened and Labor Day behind us. It also means we are half-way through the year – a good time to visit those goals we made in January. As I visited mine, one assessment stood out – I am not where I need to be as a parent.


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Serving and Sharing Through Music

 

Before going on my first mission trip, I heard that a volcano had erupted in Guatemala. Many were killed, injured, or missing. Although I was worried and unsure about the unknown, all I could think of was to pray with my life group for the people in Guatemala as well as for my CTI team. God often calls us to things we do not understand and may require some risk. All we can say is, “I trust You, Lord.”

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SERVE

Every day I come across all sort of leaders, each with their own leadership style. I can tell apart the good and the bad. As I thrust into leadership roles myself, I recognize how I’ve evolved throughout my life. I will always be a work in progress when it comes to developing effective leadership skills. Though time has made me wiser, I am also fascinated by my discovery of the timeless wisdom of Servant Leadership.

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Embracing Life’s Interruptions

by:  Eric Ladson
 

We experience them daily. Rush hour traffic, illness, engine trouble, financial setbacks, a needy family member, rude customers, broken relationships, wayward children and even death. These have visited just about all of us in some capacity and feel like unwanted and undeserved interruptions. What if God allowed these things to happen so that He could illustrate His love for the church?


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18 Summers

I can’t help but think how fast time flies. We’ve all heard the saying before, but to actually experience the speed in which it slips through your hands is crazy. My son is finishing up his first year in preschool, my daughter is turning 3 at the end of the month, and another summer is rapidly approaching.

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