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1. We prioritize our relationship with Christ. You may have heard it said, we become like that which we worship. The more time we spend with Christ through Bible reading, church attendance, worship, and prayer, the more our thinking and actions begin to naturally mirror His. He transforms us, revealing and purging sin, shifting our priorities, and helping us develop the mind of Christ. Our role is to engage. His role is to mold our affections, thoughts, and perceptions—to stir within us a...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. (Lack of) Communication Most of the problems we experience in our marriages can be solved (or prevented) if we just would do a better job of communicating. In a successful marriage, you have to fight the urge to sweep things under the rug. Don’t allow things to fester. Instead, keep an open line of communication. Bad things tend to happen in the absence of communication. Instead of giving our partner the benefit of the doubt, we assume the worst. As a PR person, I’ve spent a lot of time...

by bote brian on 25 February 2019

1. “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” (Psalm 46:10) Stillness. Don’t be afraid of it. I know when you are quiet your mind will fill up with all thoughts about the one you miss. But when you’re quiet, that’s when you can also unlock some of your memories as well. Being still, you will be able to remind yourself that although things seem chaotic, God is still God. It is then that God can remind...

by bote brian on 25 February 2019

1. Interaction CLC not only challenges you to read the Bible on your own every day but also includes a curriculum with a lot of required Bible reading. Sometimes, I found it easy to understand and apply a required passage. At other times, a required passage would be confusing or wouldn’t seem very applicable to my life. If I had been on my own, then I would have gotten very little value from passages that were confusing or seemed irrelevant. But I wasn’t alone. Every week, I sat down with...

by bote brian on 23 February 2019

1. Ignore the Needs of Others Here in America it’s easy to be comfortable and live in excess even though people are suffering around us — whether it’s across town or across the world. In James 2:15-17 we are warned against being all talk and no action: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself,...

by bote brian on 22 February 2019

1. Remember who God is and what He’s done. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a Remember who God is. Search intensively on finding attributes of His character. Many of us can simply Google “who is God,” and view verse after verse reminding us of who He is. Remember what God has done. Prayer is paramount when frustrated with a pause in progress. Seek to remember answered prayers. Not just the...

by bote brian on 21 February 2019

1. Realize there’s a reason for your pain. I, too, remember asking God “why” in the wake of my parents’ divorce and the discovery of my father’s closet alcoholism for more than two decades. Being raised in the church, I didn’t expect to go through something like that. And I certainly couldn’t think of a good reason that it happened. It wasn’t until I came upon a passage of Scripture that I realized I might never understand the “why” and that’s okay. In Isaiah 55:8-11,...

by bote brian on 20 February 2019

Paul Asher is a talented reporter who is having a crisis of faith. He once believed in God, but a visit to war-torn Afghanistan changed all that. He now questions everything he was taught about religion. He also has a crumbling marriage. And he’s battling emotions and thoughts from seeing soldiers die. What will it take to rescue him? Perhaps an interview with the Almighty would help. That’s exactly what Paul gets: three sit-down interviews with God, 30 minutes apiece. Will it help? An...

by bote brian on 21 August 2018

You’re not sure how much longer you can hang on. You’re in the middle of a trial, desperately needing some encouragement. Someone quotes you 1 Corinthians 10:13. Although the verse is talking about temptations and how God will provide a way out, they make this statement. “You know, God will never give you more than you can handle.” And you wonder, what is the matter with me then? I love God’s Word. I have saturated myself with it since 1971. But sometimes the right verse given at the...

by bote brian on 21 August 2018

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The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. Paul the Apostle says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018