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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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Are You a Treasure Hunter? Find out about the Wonder of Restoration!

My friend, Veronica Johnson, from Canby Oregon, recently shared with me some of the hidden riches she’s discovered. Looking at items others would pass by or toss in the trash, she sees potential and worth.

Veronica loves to restore old things. Consider some of her pieces: Continue Reading...

Think you are hearing from God?  Check out these 4 Questions to Ask Yourself when you are trying to decide

Often when God speaks, he will say the same thing through a sermon, a passage of Scripture, a chance conversation, or an unexpected encounter. When we begin looking for these sacred echoes, we are better able to recognize God's voice in our life and walk more confidently in the fullness of what God has for us. Continue Reading...

The One Thing to Add to Your To-Do List Today

Job and his friends ask God a laundry list of “Why?” questions.

Why did this happen? Why did God not prevent it? Why does God allow such pain and loss?

Those ancient questions are much different than the ones we ask God today.

Situations. Circumstances. Experiences. Many of them leaving us asking, “Why?” Continue Reading...

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Of the 7 Deadly Sins, which temptation is most likely to strangle the life from you in the upcoming year?

Wait. Let’s back this up.

What if the biggest battle you’re going to face in 2016 isn’t even on the list?

Wait. Let’s back this up even further.

Can you name The 7 Deadly Sins?

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