Solve for X—Doing Long Division

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a; 13 (NIV) How exactly do you solve for X? By doing long division? Mathematically speaking in order to solve for X when the equation includes an exponent, you must start by isolating the term with the exponent. Then, isolate the variable with the exponent by dividing both sides by the coefficient of…

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The Ground of Decision—Is this Holy Ground?

Luke 9:18-25 (NIV) Who’s driving your car? Who’s in the driver’s seat? We’d like to see ourselves in the driver’s seat doing it our way, right? That pretty much describes me a lot of times. I know God just shakes His head at me during those times. But when Jesus takes the wheel, things go…

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Relationships—Do You Thrive in Them?

    Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV) We’re all in relationships with other people. Even people in traffic! My list of people is extensive. How about yours? Our most important relationship, however, must be with God. Like relationships of any kind, it must be cultivated, nourished, spent time with, cared for, made to feel important. Celebrating Valentine’s…

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The Cornerstone

The Cornerstone 1 Peter 2:4-10 (NIV) By definition, a cornerstone is a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building that joins two walls. It sits at the foundation and aligns the rest of the building. If the cornerstone is out of alignment, the rest isn’t right.             This is a topic…

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Christmas Is—Presents and Presence

Luke 2:1-7 (NIV) What word would you use in Christmas Is…? If you’re a kid and are asked this it would be the presents. What was the best gift you ever received as a kid for Christmas? Mine was a bike. Yeah, I know I’m a girl and I should say doll. But my parents…

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams—Dream On!

Boulevard of Broken Dreams—Dream On! My goodness. Joseph, Joseph, Joseph. The saga of Joseph. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colours” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This was…

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) People are different, right? Fair statement? Accurate statement? Of course, people are different. How would it be if everyone was like you? Or like me? Pretty boring. We all have different strengths. But, can we come together and bring our strengths together in one big and amazing strength? Take for instance personality…

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Daydream Believer—Dream On!

Daydream Believer—Dream On! Galatians 3:23-29 (NIV) I’m truly a daydream believer. Daydreamers are geniuses from my point of view. They’re inventors, poets, artists, writers, and kids. I’m also truly a Monkees fan. If you remember, or not, they were a rock and pop band who came on the scene between 1965 and 1971. My entire…

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Joseph: The Plot Thickens—It’s About Power

Genesis 41:14-16; 37-45 (NIV) What a great story! The story of Joseph starts out with a bang and just keeps getting better. As the plot thickens we now see Joseph in the palace of Pharaoh. If you recall, Joseph’s life went from being the apple of his father’s eye to being thrown in a pit,…

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