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Who is Fight Back With Joy Written For?

Fight Back With Joy is written for…. 

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What is the greatest example of love?  Take a look...

Jesus said:

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).

Thousands upon thousands of our troops are ready to lay down their lives. What a privilege to honor and celebrate the heroes who have already sacrificed their lives for us this Memorial Day. Continue Reading...

The Unexpected Gift of Sadness

The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Job tells the story of a wealthy, successful man living in the land of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters. The story opens with an insight into Job’s character. When Job learned that his children may have inadvertently sinned, he offered sacrifices on their behalf—an example that Job was a righteous man who loved God.

In an unusual twist, an adversary (often thought of as Satan) approached God about Job. Satan claimed that the only reason Job was righteous and loved God was because Job had been successful and prosperous. If stripped of his possessions, Satan argued, Job wouldn’t be as faithful to God.

Out of this heavenly court scene would come an unforgettable test for Job whom, according to God’s command, Satan would be allowed to strip of all his material blessings.

At Satan’s request, Job would be allowed to lose everything—everything, said the Lord, except for his life.

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For the last several months, I've noticed something bothering my dog's mouth. Hershey has been licking more and rubbing his face into the ground. I decided to take him to the veterinarian. He assured me all was well with my dog.

But the behavior continued.

I went to another veterinarian for a second opinion. He assured me that Hershey was fine. When I asked about the odd behavior he told me that sometimes dogs just do funny things.

I wasn't satisfied.

One of my closest friends just happens to be a dental hygienist. While over for dinner one night, I asked, "Is there any way that we could break into your dental office in the middle of the night and use the X-ray machine to see what's really going on in my dog's mouth?" Continue Reading...

Bible Study

Every small group has a different DNA made up of interests, needs, desires, passions, and perspectives. Selecting a curriculum is not as easy as slipping on a one-size-fits-all t-shirt. In fact, choosing a Bible study can be the most difficult part when launching any small group.

Here are 5 steps to take when it comes to selecting a Bible study curriculum for your small group or Bible study: Continue Reading...