Full attention

“Fast for me. I…will also fast...” This is such an incredibly powerful statement. Fasting is the equivalent of praying. When a person fasts, he takes his focus off of himself and puts his full attention on God. When Esther gave these instructions to Mordecai, she was...

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A royal position

Have you ever found yourself in a place you really didn’t like or understood? It’s probably happened to all of us at some point in time. The job that seems to go nowhere, the neighborhood you thought you’d leave behind by now, the road that wasn’t part of the mapped...

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A wise heart

Have you ever heard it said of a person who is tangled up in some kind of inappropriate behavior, “He was raised better than that.” Sadly, many young people toss aside the values they learned from their parents or other wise adults and do what they want to when they...

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Finding favor

You’ll be seeing a lot of purple flowers this week. Purple—the color of royalty. Appropriate while visiting verses from the book of Esther. If you’re not familiar with the story of Esther, the entire chapter reads like a short novel, so do yourself a favor and find...

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Eternal life

I’ve looked at “gifts” this week from various directions, but this scripture references the greatest gift any of us will ever receive: the gift of eternal life. All of us are born with a sin nature. All of fall short of God’s standards. All of us desperately need a...

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He overcomes the world

Ah, the gift of peace. How this world needs peace! When we look around at the chaos and conflict, we might be tempted to think that peace is unattainable. But we’d be wrong. Jesus gives peace, a peace the world cannot understand or define or duplicate. In Him we find...

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Hymn day: “I Surrender All”

HYMN DAY! “I Surrender All” by Judson W. Van DeVentre. This hymn makes a beautiful prayer of commitment. 1 All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. Refrain: I surrender all, I surrender all; All to...

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Your widow’s mite

I’ve always loved the story of the “widow’s mite”—a woman who offered her all to the One she loved. The amount was little, but the sacrifice was great. I don’t know a lot of truly rich people; “wealthy” is not the circle in which I socialize. However, I do know a lot...

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A pleasing aroma

Burning a dove, lamb, or calf on an altar probably smelled a bit like a backyard barbecue. And I don’t say that flippantly! A barbecue is something to which we can probably all relate—isn’t the aroma of roasting meat carrying on the breeze tantalizing? But a burnt...

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Depend on Him

When I was child, our family moved a lot. That was so hard for me. I was bashful, so very bashful, and walking into a new classroom full of new faces was excruciating. I didn’t have a lot of friends—it’s hard to make friends when you’re shy, and why bother if you’re...

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Rescued for all eternity!

My mom always says, “There are two thing in life that are certain: death and taxes.” Kind of a cheeky statement. It’s also true. We can’t avoid either one. So how can the psalmist claim that he was rescued from the depths of death? Well, “depth” could be changed to...

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