How God sees us

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People are inclined to be pretty self-inflated, don’t you think? A while ago, I was listening to an inspirational talk from a big company executive. “Our greatest challenge,” he said, “is understanding how great we are.” Self-inflated? This is how I think about that comment: I imagine a grasshopper, living happily and successfully with his peers. I picture him now in front of a grasshopper audience, his beady green brow …

Snowflakes

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Snow is used as a standard of whiteness and purity. Many years ago a photographer became interested in photographing snowflakes. After taking hundreds of pictures of different flakes, he concluded that no two were exactly alike. Sadly, when these beautiful flakes come in contact with earth they soon become soiled. Like snowflakes, no two humans are identical either. Even their fingerprints and DNA are unique. Man also becomes contaminated by the world. This is what God calls …

A Perverted Gospel?

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Gospel means ‘good news’ and it is generally used of the Christian message concerning Jesus Christ. Even in very early days there were those that tried to change the message the apostles were teaching. The Apostle Paul wrote, “There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galations 1:7). What was this perversion concerning which Paul warned his readers? They were saying that belief in Christ …

Moving Day

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My family has just moved to a new home. We loved our old home but we found it was no longer suitable for our growing family. With prayer and caution we searched until we found a house that met our needs. Once we bought it, we had to work hard to clean it, ready for occupancy. Then came a long day of moving all our belongings. I really did …

Have you seen a Hummingbird?

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God’s little wonder Have you ever thought of the wonder of wings? A flying pelican takes it easy at about one beat of his wings per second. A crow does a lazy two or three beats per second. It’s really comical to see a crow being chased by a little red-winged blackbird. Although the poor old crow hunches forward, trying frantically to pick up speed, he is no match …

How to Hear God’s Voice?

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Internet, newspapers, television, cell phones, radios – there are so many loud and contradictory messages in the world today, that most people are confused about what to believe. Here is a guide to help you separate the true message from empty and harmful messages. Don’t be satisfied with anything less than the truth: If you never seek the truth you will never find God, because God is truth. Much of …

Show me the Truth!

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I had good parents, but they were not considered ‘religious.’ I had to attend Sunday School until I was 12 years old. At the age of 14, I started listening to music that later formed the foundation for the early life decisions I made! Soon I began experimenting with what some call ‘soft drugs’ such as marijuana and drinking. Like many others, I discovered that there is no such thing as soft drugs. They are gateway …

Why am I alive?

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How old are you? Fifteen? Seventeen? Perhaps nineteen? You are beginning to think things out for yourself. Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why am I alive?” The sun, the stars and the whole of nature, even your own capacity to think, tell you that there is a God and that He gave you life. One day you will answer to Him for how that life was lived. Yes, …

Bridge collapsed!

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“What’s going on here? Why is my car behaving this way?” Instantly the traffic ahead veered out of control as the concrete broke up and disappeared. Those few fleeting seconds of disbelief must have been horrifying. Every day approximately 140,000 vehicles drove over the Interstate 35W Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Construction crews were on the bridge re-decking two of the eight lanes. Buses, trucks, cars, vans and motorcycles were …

Battling ‘Affluenza’

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During 1918-19 more than twenty million people worldwide died in just 120 days as a result of the influenza virus, or what was commonly known as Spanish Flu. Statistics show 12.5 million of these deaths were in India, and half a million in the United States, including more than onehalf of the population of Alaska. It spread quickly and in many cases was deadly. Another type of virus has found …