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Manly Men | Our Garden

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15   A garden. That’s all it was. Notice that the Lord did not say, “I created a planet with 57 billion square feet of stuff—dinosaurs, whales, volcanoes, and forests, and it’s…
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Manly Men | Courage

As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon: “…Take courage and be a man. Observe the requirements of the LORD your God, and follow all his ways… 1 Kings 2:1-2   If only we had more fathers passing the mantle like David did, exhorting sons to “take courage and…
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Boundaries | Obedience

Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 Lisa finished her third beer and announced to her friends, “Can’t get drunk this week, girls. I’m going to that church conference tomorrow.” Vicky high-fived her. “Gold star for you. Well, me and my boyfriend…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | If You Say So

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But, if you say so…”  Luke 5:5 “So, Mr. Edison, if I touch this glass bulb with electrical power, light will appear inside? Sounds sketchy, but if you say so…” “Mr. Bell said that if we speak into this black box,…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | Satan

Then Jesus said, “Go away, Satan! It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”  Matt. 4:10 “You don’t need to go to church. Sunday’s your day and you worked hard this week. You can be closer to God by yourself.” “Isn’t that girl hot? Take another look. Don’t you wonder what…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | Plans

“What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”  Isaiah 46:11 “Where are we?” The tiny voice came from the backseat for the tenth time, concerned about the plans. A father’s patient voice answered, “We’re going to Grandma’s, honey.” A half mile passed, and then, “But I…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | Freedom

To those who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32 Most people have heard the latter part of this verse, but few quote the former—and that puts it in context. Jesus…
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Love Letters | Instructions

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is like a wise person who builds a house on solid rock.” Matt. 7:24   Two guys: Hal and Sal. Hal’s a boastful know-it-all. If you took a trip, he took a better one. If you learned a new skill, he’s better at it. He shows…
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Love Letters | Instructions

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105   Legos and Barbie shoes in the carpet at 2 am. Your shin slamming against an end table in the dark. And that sticker burr the dog brought in? Your screams when your foot found it in the middle…
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Love Letters | Instructions

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 1 Peter 1:23   Beth held out a tray of wilted seedlings. “Look at this! All my hard work. Dead! Now what am I…
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