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April 23 – The Key to Growth

Acts 9:26-43; Joshua 5:2-6:27; Job 23 In the early 1930’s Japan’s civilian government gave way to a militaristic one. The military government furthered Japan’s ambition to be the major economic power in the Asian Pacific region. In the process, years … Continue reading

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April 18 – Simple Instructions

Acts 7:1-22; Deuteronomy 29-30; Job 18 Back in the dark ages, someone invented a machine called the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR). To use this machine, you would connect it to your TV and put a tape into the machine. If … Continue reading

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April 17 – Good Decisions

Acts 6; Deuteronomy 28; Job 17 Henry Ford had a problem. His Model-T car was too successful. He had introduced the assembly line in 1913 and production rose so much that he started making lots of money. His workers, however, … Continue reading

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December 5 – Christians Die Well

Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:13-18; Philippians 1:18b-26 The pictures were horrific. Members of ISIS marched a number of Christians out to their execution ground. One by one they were killed. As they were killed, many of them proclaimed their love for … Continue reading

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May 30 – Start Right Here

Psalm 5; Jonah 4:1-11; Acts 8:26-40 The movie “The Longest Day” is the story about the Allied invasion of the European mainland at Normandy during World War II. It is said that no matter how good a battle plan you … Continue reading

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April 25 – Facing Difficult Circumstances

Psalm 133; 1 Samuel 20:1-23 35-42; Acts 11:19-26 There is a moralistic story told of a man who was an alcoholic. When he passed away, his two sons came to the funeral. It happened that one of the sons was … Continue reading

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January 4 – God’s Presence

Psalm 72 (Prayers for the king); Isaiah 6:1-5 (The Lord high and lofty); Acts 7:44-53 (Solomon’s temple cannot contain God) The presence of God is an awesome concept. Isaiah experienced God’s presence and immediately recognized his sinfulness. When he compared … Continue reading

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April 20 – Passion!

Acts 8:1b-25; Deuteronomy 33-34; Job 20 The death of Stephen was a watershed moment. Until that time, the new followers of Christ were tolerated in Jerusalem. His preaching, which cut the heart of the Jewish leaders when he accused them … Continue reading

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May 13 – Malicious Accusery

Acts 21:1-36; Judges 16; Psalm 42 Christians have always been plagued by “malicious accusery.” When Jesus stood trial, false accusations rang around the room. Stephen was stoned over false accusations. As Paul sought to honor his Jewish heritage by observing … Continue reading

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April 19 – “Just Like Your Dad”

Acts 7:23-8:1a; Deuteronomy 31-32; Job 19 “You’re just like your father.” Someone may talk about looks or behavior, but usually those words are meant as a compliment. Sometimes, perhaps, mothers say those things in exasperation. When there are parts of … Continue reading

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