With Her Own Two Hands


Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” I can’t think of any woman who did a more thorough job of destroying her own family than Rebekah. It started with the birth of her twins, Esau and Jacob. Rebekah favored Jacob –she loved him more than she loved Esau. She protected him and looked out for his interests.…

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St. Francis’ Paradox


You know, as human beings, we’re naturally selfish. We’re practically born kicking and screaming and demanding our own way. As believers, we often find that our greatest struggle is to “crucify the flesh” – to put to death our old nature with its sinful self-absorption — live our lives for the glory of God and in service to our fellow man.

Somehow it’s really difficult for us to comprehend that our truest joy and peace and fulfillment come not when we’re grasping, but when we’re letting go.…

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The Glory Goes To Him

There’s an old adage, “strength lies in numbers” – the more you have on your side, the greater your strength, the more likely your victory. That’s why every general wants as many men at his command as the army can muster–and then some. But with God as his strategist, Gideon had to take a different tack.

As he prepared to fight the enemies of Israel, God came to him and said, “You have too many men for Me to deliver Midian into your hands.” (Judges 7:2) The nation would boast that her own strength had saved her – and not acknowledge the Lord.…

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The Common Problem


Have you heard all the talk about “re-inventing” yourself? The phrase is often used to describe how aging celebrities revive their sagging careers. Or how businesses stay competitive in times of cultural and economic upheaval.

People who are unhappy with their appearance or their personality undergo all kinds of surgical and psychological treatments to re-invent themselves. And those who can’t wish they could! Many of us find ourselves thinking that if we just looked like you know who – or had what’s her name’s talent or so and so’s personality… then we would be happy!…

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