Don’t Let Your Ex Block Your Next

“For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup with foaming wine well mixed; he will pour a draught from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs. But I will rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the…

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It’s Going To Take More Than That

In this week’s text, we read a rather fascinating narrative about a woman named Abigail who is married to a man named Nabal. In one sense, it seems as if she has so much going on for her. She is described as smart, and attractive, and when one reads the entire chapter, it appears that…

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Inner Beauty… Does It Matter?

“…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7  In Matthew 23, the Pharisees were overly concerned with legalistic practices, having a beautiful external appearance, having banquets, and putting on a show for others. Jesus said, “Everything they do…

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Fear of Failing

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10   Over the last few days, we have discussed that we often miss God’s best 1) because of societal pressures and 2) because of our subconscious gravitation…

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Time is (NOT) Running Out

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1  Many people find themselves in an unfulfilling relationship because they ignore the warning signs. One reason we are often compelled to ignore these signs is because we feel the pressure of time.  Society has created a timeline which it expects every individual to…

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Don’t Miss The Signs

“Do not be unequal yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14 Before entering into a relationship, do you consider everything you have learned and observed about the person or do you simply jump in without any concerns? Or worse, do you ignore those…

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What Value Do They Have?

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26  There is a quote that says “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” While this quote is not taken directly from Scripture, there is a lot of truth to it, and…

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It’s Going To Take More Than That

“A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings— he was a…

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I’ve Learned My Lesson

As a pastor, I’ve come across several people over the years struggling to have thriving and successful relationships because of some painful experience in their past. Many have even experienced psychological injuries from their childhood that affect how they communicate, how they handle conflict, how they manage their emotions, and how they handle stress. This…

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Commonalities and Tribalism

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them…

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