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God is a People-Person (Power of God Series 1 of 7)

God is a People-Person Who wants to visit Disneyland alone? Such adventures are more fun to share with someone. Right? God agrees. God could have retired, gotten away from it all, and gone fishing. Instead, God signed up for the family … Continue reading

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How’s Your Hearing?

“My grandmother was the best listener of my childhood,” one adult student volunteered. “I knew she was listening because she asked me questions that pertained to what I shared with her.” “My fifth grade teacher was the best listener of … Continue reading

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God Likes You. Oh, and loves you too. You may like “like” better, like I do.

GOD LIKES YOU “God likes you,’ sounds different than, “God loves you.” Sometimes people say they love us but we know they don’t like us. So, hearing that God loves us may not feel very good and may not convey … Continue reading

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Did your folks have favorites? Did they admit it?

Did your mother have a favorite child? Perhaps your father did. Was it you, or another sibling? How did that affect you and the family? Favorites create challenges. That’s probably why most parents deny having any. Siblings sometimes tease each … Continue reading

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Does God Help Those Who Help Themselves?

GOD’S WORK They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28–29) But we have our … Continue reading

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Need a prayer? This is: The One!

My friend, the late Tom Flanagan of Chowchilla, called it the “Perfect Prayer.” Jesus himself taught it saying, “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as … Continue reading

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Enemies may Accumulate! But You Win!

“Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.”  So says, satirist writer, Arthur Bloch. “Enemies accumulate,” is the funny part. Sometimes, as we get older, it sure seems that way. Our physical friends: strength, looks, health and youth go and the … Continue reading

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FAILURE, FRUSTRATION, CATASTROPHE! Your Keys to Success!

Failure, frustration and catastrophe are not part of our youthful dreams. No one dreams of someday getting a divorce; losing a job, career, or business; of bankruptcy or home foreclosure; or of death prematurely stealing a loved one. When such … Continue reading

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John’s Book: Chap.1. “And he fell among robbers…” Luke 10:30

Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Jesus a Story about Neighbors and Anxiety Chapter 1 by John Parker “And he fell among robbers…” Luke 10:30 Seeing the man half-dead alongside the road and hearing his blood scream from the ground, “Murder! Robbery! … Continue reading

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Boring, Dull Meetings? 10 Skills for Leading Groups

10 Skills for Leading Groups: Boring, disorganized, disconnected gatherings and groups—no one likes them. One person monopolizing, someone rudely disagreeing, another stonewalling and pouting, discourage. Thankfully, leadership can help. But some leaders don’t know what they are doing and make … Continue reading

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