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Name Calling

The late E.V. Hill, a pastor from California and a popular speaker, had a sign in front of his church that read, “Conservative, liberal, militant.” One day somebody asked him what it meant.

He replied, “Conservative means we believe every word of the Bible. Liberal means we’ll give our coat to any man that needs it.  Militant means we aren’t waiting for the devil to bring the battle to...

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Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with...

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Marriage and Divorce

There is a great deal of talk nowadays about reforming or abolishing marriage. Some psychologists are saying that marriage as it now exists is failing to meet the needs of modern society and that we have put the cart before the horse in the past. They say we have been forcing men and women to conform to the mold of marriage, when what we should be doing is changing marriage to suit the convenie...

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Our Mistakes Lose It

Announcing an earlier Dallas Cowboys football game, Brad Sham said as he analyzed the Cowboys’ mistakes, “If they could just keep from slipping in their own drool (nonsense) they would be a pretty good team.” He had referenced the fact that Cowboys kept making foolish mistakes and penalizing themselves. The end result was a losing season up to that point.

Jimmy Johnson used to say to th...

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Much Given – Much Required

We all have certain abilities, and what we have we ought to use to the maximum.

Paul “Bear” Bryant was the legendary coach of the University of Alabama and Texas A&M. He said there are four types of players:  those with ability and they know it; those with ability and they don’t know it; those who don’t have ability and they know it; those who don’t have ability and they don’t know it....

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Some Things to be Thankful For

This Thanksgiving season many people are having a hard time. Maybe you are one of them. Here’s something to think about on Thanksgiving: if we could shrink the population of the earth to a village of 100 people, it would look like this:

  • Fifty-one would be female, forty-nine would be male
  • Seventy would be non-white, thirty would be white
  • Seventy would be non-Ch...

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Rising Above Mediocrity

Dan Bagby, a fellow pastor, once asked his seven-year-old daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. That’s a hard question for a seven-year-old to answer. Her answer was even more surprising. She said, “I want to be like my brother.”  He was fourteen at the time. Then she added a word that Bagby didn't even know she knew: “...mediocre.”  

Mediocrity, being satisfied with less tha...

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Saving for a Rainy Day

Comedian George Burns said, “People tell me I should save for a rainy day. But with my luck it will never rain and I’ll be stuck with all that money.”

In most lives some rain does fall. It helps to be ready when that happens. The Bible teaches, “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” (Proverbs 21:20)

The late Charlie Shedd, the wonderful...

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He Left It All

W.T. Waggoner, a Texas rancher and Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was one of the richest men in America. Among his assets was the largest fenced ranch in America, covering 535,000 acres of land. He is said to have once took a businessman on a tour of his ranch. He pointed north and said, “You can ride 50 miles in that direction and you will still be on my land...

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Today's Devotional

Attitudes in Marriage

The solution to most of the marital discord in today’s home is found in one line from the Bible. It is, “Take heed to your spirit” (Malachi 2:15). If our attitudes and dispositions are right, then we can live in love and peace in any relationship, including marriage.

What kind of spirit do we need to develop and maintain a good marriage?

1. A trusting spirit. A good marriage is built on faith and trust. Therefore beware of jealousy. We are empowered with certain protective emotions. Fear is one—it makes you careful as you cross the street. Anxiety is another—it makes you prepare carefully that speech you have to make. Jealousy is a third—it makes you watchful over the relationship upon which your security and happiness depend. These are all perfectly good and natural when kept within limits. But when jealousy becomes too strong, it can make life miserable for all concerned. Behind irrational jealousy there is always insecurity. If jealousy is your problem, seek help. Don’t let it ruin your marriage.

2. A sacrificial spirit. The Bible urges that we live “in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10). We are to love one another as Jesus loved us. Sacrifice is at the heart of such love. Avoid a selfish spirit. It is marriage enemy number one. Instead of being selfish, seek to please one another.

3. A reasonable spirit. Don’t expect too much of one another. Allow for some mistakes and failures by your partner. Avoid a critical and nagging spirit. When polls are taken to discover what unhappily married men and women object to in each other, nagging on the spouse’s part almost always heads the list. No one can continue to feel affection toward a spouse who nags them. It only produces coldness and hardness.

4. A forgiving spirit. It is not possible to avoid disagreements in marriage, but they need not canker into resentment. Avoid a grudging spirit. “Let not the sun go down on your wrath,” says the Bible (Ephesians 4:26). Learn to say “I’m sorry” and “You are forgiven.”

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