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Influence | What Makes You Contagious?

“O Daniel, man of high esteem…from the first day…your words have been heard…”  Daniel 10:11,12   When the glowing man in white touched his shoulder, Daniel knew he was not dreaming. The crackling light was so blinding he could barely raise his eyes. What had the angel called him? “Man of high esteem?” Daniel staggered…
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Influence | What Makes You Contagious?

Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions…  Daniel 3:30   “Then” is a VERY important word in this sentence. It concludes the hair-raising account of three teenage captives who stood for God despite a law that demanded they bow to an idol. They were thrown into a fiery furnace as…
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Influence | What Makes You Contagious?

There was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). Acts 4:36   Joe always pointed out the silver lining and thanked God in the darkest hours. Something about him made people feel like they were gonna be okay, that things would get better, that God had a plan. So they…
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Far Far Better | Love’s Greatness

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (v.10)   What does it mean “when the perfect comes”? What will pass away? John explains it in the book of Revelation: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first…
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Far Far Better | Love’s Greatness

As for prophecies, they will pass away… (v. 8)   “Wow, there’s Moses!” “Hello Mr. Washington. Can you tell us about your prayer at Valley Forge?” “Hey, isn’t that Billy Graham talking to Abraham?” Imagine your first week in the new heaven and new earth. All God’s people from every century and every region of…
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Far Far Better | Love’s Greatness

…as for tongues, they will cease… (v. 8)   “Don’t make me come down there!” As God watched humans gravitate toward each other and away from Him, He knew something had to be done. Sin and pride had taken over the human race, so God used a language barrier to separate them. Before that moment, every…
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Far Far Better | Love’s Greatness

…as for knowledge, it will pass away… (v. 8)   “I know how to tie my shoes and fix my own cereal,” Becky announced. “I don’t think I need to go to school anymore. I already know enough.” Becky’s mother smiled to herself and replied without turning around. “Is that so? You sure have learned…
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Far Far Better | Love’s Greatness

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (v. 11)   Crying is okay for a baby. Throwing food from a high chair is expected for two-year-olds, and believing in Santa, the Easter…
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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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