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Made for Community, Part One

"It is not good for the man to be alone." - Genesis 2:18a We need one another. Ever notice how many "one another" mandates there are in the New Testament? Love one another, forgive one another, encourage one another. The New Testament was written from the assumption that we would live faith together.
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Unselfish Giving

Many years ago when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
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Everybody Matters

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
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Be Still!

Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10 Sometimes when we encounter the things we most fear (rejection, failure, sickness...), we panic and thrash about and scream. But God calls us to have a little faith. If we will be still, we might just discover that our greatest fears are only waist deep, and that God has become a foundation we can stand upon.
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Turn to the Lord for Help

The Lord says: My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours. - Isaiah 55:8-9 Scripture says that we need to remember that God is the source of all wisdom, guidance, and strength. God's ways and thoughts are higher than any other on earth. God wants us to turn and receive divine guidance and support in our time of need.
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God’s Power to Change People

They all met together continually for prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. - Acts 1:14 Do you know someone who is not a believer? A hard-core skeptic? The kind of person that scoffs at your faith? Someone your heart aches for? Someone you've prayed would come to a saving faith in Jesus, but are beginning to doubt will ever believe? Maybe it's a child. Perhaps a spouse, or a close friend. Don't give up hope! If Jesus' resurrection power could change his brothers' hearts, it can change anyone's heart!
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Footprints Take Two

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily,consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns.
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Nothing Can Separate Us From God

I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's love - not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! - Romans 8:38-39 Life cannot separate us from God's love. Nothing in living your life can separate you. No part of your sinful human living will cause God to withdraw the love of Jesus from you.