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It's Not Your Fight - The David & Goliath Story

A youth advances slowly across the narrow flat valley towards his opponent. On the other side stands a giant of a man bellowing insults, but David doesn't seem afraid.   The giant comes with state-of-the-art military equipment -- scale body-armor, helmet, and greaves to protect his legs. He carries a spear and a sword, with a javelin slung across his back. Goliath towers over the soldier who bears his shield. The teenager, on the other hand, is clad in the simple garb of a shepherd. He carries a staff for close quarter fighting, but that is all -- that and a crude sling he has woven. The boy pauses and kneels at the stony stream bed as the giant keeps...

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How to Improve Your Personal Bible Study

Every sincere Christian wants to have a more meaningful personal Bible study, to understand the Bible better. While learning the Bible is the joyful task of a lifetime, I'd like to offer several suggestions that can enrich your Bible studies. Bible Reading vs. Bible Study First, recognize that Bible reading and Bible study are both important, but different. In order to grow, you need to read the Bible every day as part of your time with God -- your devotions or Quiet Time. During this daily time with God I recommend prayer, wide Bible reading, praise, thanksgiving, confession, and meditation -- these are ways to reach out to God with your spirit. Bible reading is one way of letting God...

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My Soul Thirsts For God, For The Living God

As the deer pants for streams of water,so my soul pants for you, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.Where can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 61) You can almost picture the doe, beginning to feel panicky to find water, any water. Her tongue is swollen and feels like dust. She pants for a brook, a creek, a pond. Somewhere to quench her thirst. We Californians know what it's like to have years of drought. In the wooded countryside where I live, we hadn't seen deer for several years. But this year, after the rains, a young buck and a young doe are again grazing the trees and shrubs near our home. There's water again....

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Christian Dating: Be Equally Yoked in 5 Areas

With Christian dating, the one Scripture that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 6:14-15: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness: What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? " (NIV) It is clear that Christians need to be equally yoked, but not only in their faith.Being equally yoked has to do with being compatible and like-minded. It really is common sense - You want to get along well with your partner. You want to fit together and enjoy being together. You want to be able to work together as a team, hence...

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Trusting God in the Midst of Trouble

The cross stands as the final symbol that no evil exists that God cannot turn into a blessing. This is the power of the God. It is a mystery to the world how God would show forth his Glory on a cross. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.  God is working on the things we suffer to bring light out of darkness, joy out of pain, life out of death. This is the great mystery of God, to transform the cross you bear into an object of Glory. We must offer all of our suffering to the transforming power of God. A man was born blind. The disciples ask Jesus who did...

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