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Encouragement

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    What farming teaches us about not giving up

    July 17, 2018

    When you live on a farm you live with the seasons. There is spring planting where you prepare the ground and plant the seed. Then there is summer when you weed and watch the seed grow and mature. Fall is harvest time and the final reward of your harvest. Then comes winter and everything rests for the next season. This is the rotation and life on a farm but it also represents life cycles in general.

    Somehow in our instant gratification society, we expect immediate results from everything. Just because the internet is fast, doesn’t mean our life produces results at that speed.  The reason these take time is that they involve people and not just things. Things can be easily manipulated and transmitted. People have wills and egos and selfishness. Here are some life projects that take time.

    1. Prayer answers
    2. Spiritual maturity
    3. Children to grow to adults
    4. Building a ministry or career
    5. A lasting marriage over time
    6. Relationships
    7. People coming to Jesus
    8. Churches growing

    “And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!” Galatians 6:9 The Passion Translation

    Planting and harvesting take time. They must be watered and weeded. Similarly, people projects take time. And just because you have an occasional setback or bad crop doesn’t mean you stop planting. Planting seeds is required for any harvest. If you aren’t seeing results then keep planting and watering the seed! Some projects take longer to mature than others. Keep expecting that seed to produce!

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    Devotion about the power of hope

    Discouragement is a malady of the soul. People simply need encouragement to combat this. Ideally we encourage ourselves daily. But most people need some help and some hope. We frequently hear the phrase “I…

    July 12, 2018
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    How to be a hope dispenser  

    Nothing is more important to my daily life than having hope, joy and peace. These all come to us through our trusting relationship with God. “Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope,…

    June 4, 2018
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    Valuable keys to promotion

    With a few exceptions most people don’t feel like they are anybody’s favorite. It started in grade school when they picked teams and you crossed your fingers you wouldn’t be chosen last. It’s different…

    May 1, 2018
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    Devotion about “Why God Why?”

    We have all experienced situations where we want to ask “Why God?”.  Usually it is that someone died whom we loved or something we wanted to see come to pass didn’t materialize. The scripture…

    April 10, 2018
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    Surviving emotional storms

    Imagine the emotional storm the disciples were experiencing following the death of Jesus. The arrest in the Garden along with the unjust trial followed by the awful crucifixion couldn’t have been what they had…

    April 9, 2018