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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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Set the Tone | Community

“…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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Set the Tone | Parenting – Heart

Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  Eph.6:4   “I’m gonna throw you out this window if you do that again!” “You’re a worthless brat!” “Yeah, I know I said I’d go fishing with you, but I have work to do now.” Parenting…
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Set the Tone | Parenting – Children 2

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6   A proverb is a wise saying that is generally true. For example, verse 4 says, “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.” Verse 29…
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Set The Tone | Church

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem…  Acts 8:1   Things were heating up. Jerusalem authorities had declared war on Christ followers, declaring them troublemakers. Christians were disrupting the status quo and they needed to be stopped. Religion had been fine before that Rabbi showed up with His talk…
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Set The Tone | Church

So the men… went to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.  Acts 15:30   How do you gather a church together? How do you know who they are? If the church is the family of God, consisting of all baptized believers, the only way to know this family is if…
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