Proverbs

Are you really committed?

I picked up an article years ago with the headline, “Fewer than 10 Percent of Americans are Deeply Committed Christians.” It was from pollster George Gallup Jr., who commented on the findings, “(The 10% who are committed) are more tolerant of people of diverse backgrounds, they are more involved in charitable activities, and they are far happier than the rest of the population.”

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It was in first grade when I was first asked what I was going to be when I grew up.  My answer was – a teacher.  Something about teaching was already in my blood.  When I was about five my Dad built a playhouse in the back yard.  I immediately called it my “schoolhouse”.  I remember there was a huge blackboard and old school desks.  I was in heaven.  Fast forward twenty odd years and I was standing before a class of 8th  grade football boys in a rural Oklahoma town.  I was assigned to teach science (not one of my majors) and I think they were the teachers if the truth be known.  My teaching career was cut short when I suffered a miscarriage. My teaching vocation was short but sweet – for God had other plans.  It was not what I had pictured for myself, but the years have been rewarding.  Many times, I would question whether I had missed my calling, but my Mom would always encourage me by reminding me that God had a plan.  As the years went by, I was reminded of that powerful lesson.  I hope that I was that model for my children and that when the time comes, they will guide their children with the same wisdom for God still has a plan.

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How to receive by letting go

In 1805, there was a naval battle between England and France that ended with Britain prevailing. Lord Nelson was the Admiral of the British fleet. So the French Admiral came aboard the English ship and stepped into the private quarters of Lord Nelson to surrender.

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Avoiding the guilt that comes with gossip

It’s an unfortunate reality today that gossip has become an acceptable sin for many Christians, social media playing no small part. But I think I’ve found a good way to stop the rumor -mongering that’s so prevalent. When someone says something to you that’s gossip, simply ask, “Can I quote you on that?” Because if you can’t write it down and sign your name to it, you shouldn’t be saying it. On the other hand, if it’s real and valid, you ought to be able to sign your name to it!

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Following God’s plan for sex

I once heard a grandfather who was talking about his grandson. He said, “You know, my grandson has more temptations before school starts at 8:30 in the morning than I had out Friday night looking for trouble!” And you know, he’s exactly right. In fact, one young lady told her father recently, “When I see how casual sex is treated by my classmates, there are times when I wonder, ‘What am I waiting for?’”

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The importance of an optimistic outlook

Some people always look for a reason to be unhappy. They walk into a beautiful meadow, and pass all the flowers just to find the cow manure in the corner so they can complain! In my years of ministry, I’ve seen many people just like that. But if I had the choice, I’d definitely prefer to be with people who look for the positive.

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How to live with a clear conscience

There was a man who bought a beautiful Labrador retriever and loved showing him off to the neighbors. But one day, he looked out the back door and his beautiful dog had the neighbor’s pet rabbit in his mouth. He didn’t know what to do, so he gently pried the dog’s mouth open and pulled out the rabbit. But it was too late. The rabbit was dead.

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A Hero to Your Children

Now most men don’t consider themselves heroes. As a matter of fact, most heroes never considered themselves to be heroes. They didn’t set out to be heroes but ended up as great heroes because of the actions, the decisions, and the choices they made!

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Staying Connected

Now, every person wants to live in close connection with others. God made us this way when He created us. He created us with a capacity to share the life of others, the desires, the dreams of others.

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The power of life

I can remember a time where about the only way we had to communicate was a rotary dial phone, or maybe snail mail. Look at today, and the advances are beyond the invention of the Gutenberg Press and the printing press that so dramatically changed the world and the culture in that day. We are living in an age of information and communication.

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