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God Has A Purpose

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When we go through deep trials or great suffering, we need to be reminded that God is working purposefully, intelligently, and lovingly in our lives. Isaiah used the illustration of a farmer to teach this truth to the Israelites.

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An Ordinary Life

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Barb listened with quiet envy as the speaker at the women’s retreat talked in glowing terms of the way the Lord had marvelously provided for her need. Barb wished that would happen to her.

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Level Ground

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Racial prejudice can take root early in human hearts. Children are colorblind until they hear adults making unfounded statements or see them shunning people of a different race. Prejudices soon become well-established weeds with deep taproots. Eradicating them isn’t easy.

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When Right Seems Wrong

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When the crowd is running the wrong way, it’s hard to be the oddball who runs the right way. Most of the participants in the NCAA 10,000-meter cross-country race in Riverside, California, thought Mike Delcavo was heading the wrong way. He kept waving for the other 127 runners to follow him, but only 4 believed he had taken the right turn—the turn that all the other competitors had missed.

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The Ultimate Friend

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We all need a friend—someone we can turn to, talk to, and even cling to if necessary. Sometimes friends are family members. Sometimes they’re co-workers, or schoolmates, or neighbors. When you have a friend, you know you are loved, and the days seem brighter.

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Carwash Experiences

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I’ll never forget my first experience using an automatic carwash. Approaching it with the dread of going to the dentist, I pushed the money into the slot, nervously checked and rechecked my windows, eased the car up to the line, and waited. Powers beyond my control began moving my car forward as if on a conveyor belt. With me cocooned inside, a thunderous rush of water, shampoo, and brushes hit my car from all directions. What if I get stuck in here or water crashes in? I thought irrationally. Suddenly the waters ceased. After a blow-dry, my car was propelled into the outside world again, clean and polished.

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The Murder Of Love

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Our modern world has committed murder. By trying to live without God, it has killed love.

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The Indwelling Word

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Before Clara Schumann, the widow of German composer Robert Schumann (1810-56), would play any of her husband’s music in public, she would first privately read over some of his old love letters. Inspired by his words, she said it seemed as if his very life filled her, and she was then better able to interpret his musical compositions to the public.

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Prepared Soil

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The farmer may be shoveling snow or enjoying the warmth of a winter fire right now, but he’s thinking ahead to spring planting. Already he’s anticipating those days when he turns over the soil. He’ll pull out rocks that have risen with the frost, spread the right fertilizers, and get the earth ready for the seed. He knows that the harder he prepares in the spring, the better his harvest will be.

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What's Inside

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A third-grader was asked to write an essay on the subject of the human body. He submitted this masterpiece:

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