Quiet…

...there's time for that.

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Everyone has had a moment in life where someone else has yelled,”quiet!” Usually, it works. Perhaps there is too much noise in our ears and in our lives. This verse from James is very practical in this way: James 1:19 ESV “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to […]

Peace…

...for the mind on God.

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Jesus’ says convincingly, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”Matthew 5:9 ESV  Right away we get the idea that we can be peacemakers and that we ought to be so. Peace comes to those who have their minds and hearts on God. Isaiah 26:3 ESV “You keep him in perfect peace […]

Obedience…

...a life choice.

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In The Salvation Army Commissioning evens this past weekend, we are given to be reminded that God loves obedience. We saw it in how the Heralds of Grace presented themselves before their families, friends and many strangers, to simply follow the will of God. All of them marched to the stage in Pasadena to receive […]

Neighbor…

who is my neighbor?

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Luke 10:25  “Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle […]

Mission…

what we do with God's love...

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As a Commissioner of The Salvation Army, I have a heart for mission. The work of the Kingdom of God involves active engagement by the believer. We call it mission. Here are some strong mission points contained in the Word of God for us: EXODUS 19:5, 6 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully […]

Love…

marked by the Divine...

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Books and songs and poetry are filled with the joys, hopes, and definitions of love. Listen to how it is defined in the Word of God: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV  “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; […]

Kindness…

the first approach...

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Kindness is the first thing your parents show you when you are born. Their love is defined by their kindness to you. While growing up, we teach kindness about the same time the child begins to learn that there are others in their world and the word sharing begins to affect their lives. Here’s a […]

Joy…

a signal of strength...

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The best people we meet are filled with joy. Now I’m not speaking of happiness or a giddy personality, although they are fine. I’m writing about a deep joy in the heart that is positive, constructive, hopeful, and understanding. You’ve met them too. They seem to know from the depth of their heart the injunction […]

Integrity…

the measure of the believer...

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This is a great concept and even better characteristic of honorable people. Read what the Bible says about integrity in people: Proverbs 10:9 ESV “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” I suppose we all would be happy to be able to walk securely. The […]

Holiness…

seeing God...

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1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Here is a calling to holiness for all. It […]