For Endurance in Trials

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) Lord, we all remember times of passing through the waters and going through the fire—overwhelming tests and furnace-like trials. And we have the scars to prove it.

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A Fire for Cold Hearts

It happened in a large, seventy-five-year-old stone house on the west side of Houston. A massive stairway led up to several bedrooms. The den down below was done in rough-hewn boards with soft leather chairs and a couple of matching sofas. The wet bar had been converted into a small library, including a shelf of tape recordings and a multiple-speaker sound system.

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Watch Your Handoffs

FAMILY. The place where principles are hammered out on the anvil of daily living. Where character traits are molded and shaped under the watchful eyes of moms and dads. The batons in this relay are many. Determination. “Stick with it—regardless.” Honesty. “Speak and live the truth—always.” Responsibility. “Be dependable, be trustworthy.” Thoughtfulness. “Think of others before yourself.” Confidentiality. “Don’t tell secrets. Seal your lips.”

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Three Secrets Revealed

When we read this part of [Moses’] epitaph and think of all the mighty power and all the miracles that Moses did, many of us tend to think, Moses is in another league. I can’t touch him. This life I’ve observed amounts to just another theoretical study. It almost mocks me, because I’m light years from Moses.

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God of Every Detail

I am always amazed to hear how the Lord uses His Word in the lives of His people. I don’t know your circumstances. I don’t know how God intends to use this episode from the life of Moses in your own life.

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Free to Choose Freedom

I wish I could guarantee all of us full freedom from sin 365 days a year, but that is not possible—not so long as we are earthbound. Perpetual sinlessness (theologians call it “sinless perfection”) will not be ours to enjoy until we are given glorified bodies and we are at home in heaven.

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When God Says Do or Don’t

Now you say, “Well, what if we find a list of dos and don’ts in Scripture?” That is a very different issue! Any specified list in Scripture is to be obeyed without hesitation or question. That’s an inspired list for all of us to follow, not someone’s personal list. Let me encourage you to guide your life by any and all Scripture with all of your heart, regardless of how anyone else may respond.

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A Fire for Cold Hearts

It happened in a large, seventy-five-year-old stone house on the west side of Houston. A massive stairway led up to several bedrooms. The den down below was done in rough-hewn boards with soft leather chairs and a couple of matching sofas. The wet bar had been converted into a small library, including a shelf of tape recordings and a multiple-speaker sound system. The ideal place to spend a weekend . . . unfortunately, my wife and I were there just for the evening.

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From Analysis to Action

Leaders must go beyond analysis to action. One cannot lead without energy, motion, risk. Leaders are pathfinders, road makers, action takers. Cowardice, to put it bluntly, is an ungodly trait. God is not passive in the face of evil, nor is He indecisive.

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Ya Gotta Have Heart!

Getting a big job done calls for heart. Having a high IQ is not essential. Neither is being a certain age. Or possessing a particular temperament. You don’t even need the backing of the majority. History books are full of incredible stories of men and women who accomplished remarkable feats in the face of unbelievable odds.

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