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InFLUence | Emotion vs Wisdom

“Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and…asked the opinion of the young men…” 1 Kings 12:8 Despite his quirky name, Rehoboam had been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Son of King Solomon and heir to the throne, he had enjoyed a life of luxury with his buddies. When time came to make…
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InFLUence | Hiding Your Influence

“…many ..would not confess Him…for they loved human praise more than praise from God.”  John 12: 42-43 Elias rearranged scrolls and tried to keep his expression neutral while his fellow priests ranted. That new Rabbi was getting under everyone’s skin and the leaders were becoming agitated. There was even talk about stoning Him. Curiosity had…
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InFLUence | Jesus In Me

When they saw the boldness of Peter and John… they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 Maybe you’ve known people like this. There’s nothing remarkable about them on the surface. They’ll never win a Pulitzer Prize, Person of the Year, or even the Publisher’s Clearing House, but they have a presence about…
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InFLUence | Salt of the Earth

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?”  Matthew 5:13 “This chili is awful!” Brad said. “Did you forget to season it?” Mike frowned. “No, same as always. My firehouse chili is world famous.” Brad shoved his chair back and rummaged through the cabinet. “Is…
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InFLUence | Popularity

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned…I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.” 1 Samuel 15:34 Joanna clattered down the stairs and stopped at her mother’s shocked expression. “What?” she said a bit too loudly, slapping at a long strand of dyed-black hair. A long moment passed before…
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Set the Tone | Community

“When you put on a…banquet…invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind…”  Luke 14:13-15   Meg checked the guest list again. “Oh, not the Sims,” she said, scratching a name off the page. “Brenda’s just not…well, my kind of person.” Allie lifted a brow. “Really? I think she’s nice.” Meg shrugged impatiently. “Nice…
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Set the Tone | Community

The LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” Genesis 18:32   You know the story. Abraham negotiated all the way down to ten. The Lord agreed not to destroy the wicked cities if He could find ten righteous people. Imagine living in a place…
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Set the Tone | Community

“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile…”  Jeremiah 29:7   “I hate this town!” “I hate this state.” “I hate this nation.” We hear statements like these often lately from people who feel helpless about perceived wrongs they cannot right. It’s easier to blame a town,…
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Set the Tone | Community

So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted… Romans 13:2   “Not my emperor!” Gauis shouted and lifted his hand-lettered sign higher. “Nero is crazy! I refuse to honor his office. He’s an immoral, lying bigot and he’s not my ruler!” A cheer went up from the people who had…
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“…Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”  Jeremiah 29:7   Social media is exploding with political wrangling. Everybody’s opinion contradicts everybody else’s and it can get ugly. Some people worship America while others spew hatred. Some consider President Trump the fourth member of the Godhead and others think he’s Satan’s…
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