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A few days ago, I put this picture on my Facebook page; and, I must say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the response.

It seems people can relate to the message.

So often, we’re told how bad we are by others, and reminded of our missteps by the enemy. We can become so caught up in what we’re not, that we forget what we are; and, that is greatly loved by God.

Not only that, but our shortcomings can make us shy away from serving God to our utmost ability. However, God never said He needed perfect people. Nor, did he use perfect people for His service. David wasn’t perfect. Samuel wasn’t perfect. Neither was Moses or any of the New Testament disciples. They were simply willing.

Willing to be shaped. Willing to be corrected. Willing to be instructed. Willing to be led. Willing to be rebuked. Willing to be used.

Are you willing?

Then, you’re a prime candidate to make a difference for God.

Be blessed,

Mike

P.S. Thanks again for the photos, Joy!

How You Love Others Shows How You Love God

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
                                     Hebrews 6:10 NIV

It’s been a while since I’ve written in this blog; but, I wanted to log on to encourage you to keep showing love to others. Keep encouraging people. Keep praying. Keep lending a helping hand to those in need.

As you love others, you also demonstrate your love for God. You can tell someone you love God all day and night; but, if you don’t exhibit that love by the way you treat others, you may as well save your breath!

Be blessed,

Mike

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You may be going through a rough time in your life; but, I assure you, someone is looking at your life and wondering why you seem to have it so good.

Truth is, no matter what a person’s life looks like from the outside in, you’d probably have a very different perspective if you were looking from the inside out.

The ups and downs of life happen to everyone. Instead of wasting time admiring someone else’s life, you should admire your own life and strive to make it the best life you can live!

Be blessed,

Mike

Is God Good?

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For me, the answer to the question in my headline is easy: Yes, He is.

But, why?

Well, it’s simple, really: God is good because the Word says He’s good.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5).

That’s it.

For me, that settles it.

The best way to see God is through His Word. If you base your opinion of God on the Word, your opinion of Him won’t waver when you go through difficult circumstances.

You won’t find yourself wondering if God is good simply because you’re having a hard time paying your light bill or because you fall ill.

God is good because the Word says He is.

Be blessed,

Mike

Even A Fool Can Tell the Truth Sometimes

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The Bible instructs us to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15); but, not everyone adheres to that bit of instruction.

However, just because someone speaks the truth disrespectfully, angrily, pretentiously, or arrogantly, doesn’t negate the fact that the truth has been spoken.

Sometimes, we have to set our feelings aside and pray about what people have said to us and about us. If we take the time to pray, we’ll find out if the truth has been spoken; and, we’ll be able to accept it, even if it came from the mouth of a fool.

Be blessed,

Mike

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Is God Ready for Me to Move On?

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Well, they say all good things come to an end.

Never have I felt more like this blog is done than I do right now. I’m really sensing that God has sort of moved on from this effort; and, now, I’m dragging around a corpse. Forgive me for that analogy; but, that’s how I feel.

So, how do you know when it’s time to wipe your hands clean and move on from a dead situation? How can I be sure it’s really dead? Is it possible that God has stepped back to test my fortitude?

I’m not sure. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Right now, I’m just going to let you know that I’m struggling to determine if God wants me to continue this effort, and ask that you send up a prayer for me. The last thing that I want to do is stop before God is finished with this work!

Be blessed,

Mike