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How to Manage Sorrow

How to Manage Sorrow

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm 119:28 In yesterday’s message, based on Philippians 4:13, we learned how Christ gives us strength that leads to contentment as we undergo life’s painful trials. Today, our focus text deals with the most severe of all human experiences, sorrow. Sorrow is a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune. Grief is sorrow at its worst, deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death. Do you recall the first time you experienced sorrow? For me, it was when my Uncle Buddy died. I was seven at […]

Strength for Life’s Challenges

Strength for Life’s Challenges

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I like what the NIV brings to light in the translation of our focus text. “I can do all this…” More familiar to me is the NKJV: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I can do all this aids comprehension of I can do all things. It points to the previous verses.… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret […]

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Friends

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Friends

My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. Job 16:20-21 How many gifts do we give family and friends that end up on eBay or stored in the attic or garage? The old expression, “It’s the thought that counts,” applies here. We have good intentions when giving gifts, and some of us are better than others at hitting the mark. The biggest mistake I ever made in selecting a gift happened years ago in St. Petersburg, Florida when I gave my […]

Welcome to the Good Old Days

Welcome to the Good Old Days

Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil. Job 29:4-6 In the April 27 devotional, Friends Helping Friends, I talked about Job’s three visitors who had come to sympathize and encourage him. They failed. Did nothing more than upset him by insisting he must have sinned to bring God’s wrath upon him. As part of his defense, Job referred to the […]

Why You Need A Teachable Spirit

Why You Need A Teachable Spirit

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20 One of the greatest qualities we can have is a willingness to listen to advice. Not just any advice, but wise counsel. A teachable spirit is neither stubborn nor gullible. While stubborn refuses to listen, gullible falls for anything. And a teachable spirit doesn’t hear only what it wants to hear. These days, there’s a great political divide among Americans. Just about a 50-50 split. The debate is fueled by an overabundance of opinions and salacious news headlines that tickle our ears […]

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