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1.God’s Love Runs Deep God loves you tremendously. No action you make and no sin that you commit can make Him love you any less. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). When we are going through tough times, it’s important that you remember that God loves you – no matter how many mistakes you make or how many...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1.The Holy Spirit is an Active Force in Your Life You have probably heard the phrase “the Holy Spirit is alive and active.” This phrase originated from Hebrews 4:12 which says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” As a believer of Christ, the Holy Spirit is already an active force in your life, leading you and guiding you on your...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. Develop a Relaxing Schedule. If you’ve reached the magic age of 66 and you’re able to retire, now is the time to relax and rejuvenate. Most of us have been taught a strong work ethic which has served us well. But the vitality of 8-5 with only a two-week vacation belongs to the past season. Nap when you feel like it. Stop setting your alarm. Sleep in on Monday mornings, which used to be the most stressful day of the week. Spend time watching the sun set or the sun rise if your circadian...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. Talk to a Couple Unworthy Saints Go ahead. Find some mature Christians in your orbit that seem to have their act together and ask them about their spiritual journey. You know what you are going to find? A person just as jacked-up as you are. In fact, the more mature the Christian, the more likely they are to be in tune with their wretchedness. When I was attending Michigan State University back in the early ’90s, I was going through some fairly typical college student unrest. I was super...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

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