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Entitled | Mistreated

Monday— So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.  Genesis 12:4 Notice anything wrong with this verse? Look again. Who had God called to go to a distant land? Abram. Was Lot called also? No. He just tagged along. It usually spells trouble when we tag along on someone…
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Bullied | Mistreated

Monday— So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”  1 Kings 19:2 FEAR. Threats. Intimidation. Mistreatment can not only hurt our feelings; it can be deadly. God’s prophet Elijah experienced that. He’d…
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Laban and Jacob | Mistreated

Monday— When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”   Genesis 29:25 “Sure, you can marry my younger daughter. Sure, you can,” said Laban, who never intended to keep his promise. “Sure, you’ll…
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Parenting | The Good Stuff

Monday— Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Psalm 127:3 A reward, you say? We can forget that they’re rewards after a sleepless night with a baby or a defiant teenager. But God wants us to value our children the way He does. Valuing our kids does not mean spoiling…
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Monday— Tamar… Genesis 38 Tamar wondered what was wrong with her husband-selecting skills. Husband #1 was wicked, so God killed him. She married his brother, but he was a jerk and God killed him too. Her bio clock was ticking loudly when Tamar and her father-in-law Judah turned eyes on the youngest brother. Since he…
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Marriage | The Good Stuff

Monday— Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.  Hebrews 13:4 “It’s just a piece of paper.” “We’re married in God’s eyes.” “We live together, but we’re not ready for marriage yet.” “Marriage is an out-of-date concept.” God commands us to honor…
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The Basics | The Good Stuff

Monday— Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.   Ephesians 5:21 “My wife’s supposed to submit to me! I’m the man!” crowed Charlie. He waved a shiny King James in front of his pastor. “Tell her she’s got to submit.” Pastor Ray nodded thoughtfully and motioned for the new believer to have a seat.…
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Who is Jesus? | Easter

Monday—He was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Rom. 1:4 “I love Jesus!” exclaimed Marni. “He was all about social justice. He and Gandhi are my favorite historical gurus.” Dax nodded. “Yeah, He probably existed, but I think it’s more…
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The Power of Inviting | The Challenge

Monday— “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”   Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me!” That call had a purpose behind it. Jesus did NOT say, “Come follow me and I will give you everything you want…disappear your bills…let you speak things into existence…make you a god like me.” He called…
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Changed Agenda | The Challenge

Monday— But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.  1 Corinthians 12:18 “Welcome to Church Shopping 101,” said the smiling face on the video screen. “In this class you will learn how to find the best church for you and your needs. You should try out…
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