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I like Scott Adams’ book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.  The reason is that it took me such a long time in ministry to learn God’s secret code for we believers.  Power is perfected in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9) was like a megaphonal announcement from God to me personally…that I fit the mold.  I was nothing but weak.  Fear always dominated my…

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Selah, in Hebrew, is a pause. It usually has to do with musical notation. It is a break in the music. It is a moment of silence. Everything comes to a halt. The idea of a pause is something we can really use today especially when it comes to difficult online conversations.

When things get crazy online and the comments come flying in, our typical behavior is reactionary. We get…

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While society seems inundated with a call to success, many of us seem to be in the wishful hunt.  The very thought, though, remains exciting.  Who would wish to be otherwise?  To be a difference-maker; achieve victory. These can be driving forces.  I possessed such a hunger.  Why did it seem, however, that I had evidently drawn the short straw?  Yet eventually, as if coming over a beautiful…

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Some times rehearsed speeches are all we have. Elijah was there too, once. In 1 Kings 19:10 he says the very same thing he says again to God in 19:14, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,…

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Psalm 3

1 Lord, how many are my foes!     How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me,     “God will not deliver him.”

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3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,     my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I…

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I received a surprising text message from someone I don’t know attacking my character the other morning. It was rude, unprofessional, and unchristian. I wasn’t hurt by it but I did think about it all day (so maybe I was a little hurt).

It arrived early and all day I stewed. I thought of clever responses. I thought of hostile responses. I wrote and deleted…

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There is a word so seemingly insignificant that newer translations are relegating it to the footnotes. It is the Hebrew word “selah.” You can find this word 74 times in the Old Testament: 3 times in Habakkuk 3 (verses 3, 9, and 13) and 71 times in the Psalms. In all of the instances it is used in the context of Hebrew poetry and probably has musical significance, like…

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