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Kind Heart

Kind HeartTuesday, July 30, 2019A KIND PERSON BENEFITS HIMSELF AND OTHERS.Bible Reading of the Day: Read Proverbs 11:16-17.Verse of the Day: “Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thessalonians 5:15, NIV).“My candy!” Whitney said. She gripped the clear bag of hard candy tightly.“No,” Mom said as she knelt beside Whitney. “I asked you to hold the candy until we got to the nursing home. Now that we’re here, Mommy needs the candy.”“I don’t want to,” Whitney said, her voice a whimper.“But Whitney, honey, that candy is diabetic candy. It’s made especially for people who can’t eat other kinds of candy.”Whitney didn’t answer, nor did she release her hold on the candy.“Why don’t I put you in charge of passing out the candy?” Mom suggested.Whitney nodded solemnly but still hugged the candy to her chest. Mom rose then, gripped Whitney’s shoulder, and walked through the open doors of the nursing home. Immediately inside the door, Mom and Whitney met a white-haired woman in…

Need A Spiritual MRI?

What would an X-ray—an MRI—of your soul reveal?  Regrets over teenage relationships? Remorse over a poor choice?  You become moody, cranky…angry or irritable.  That’s understandable if you have shame lodged in your soul.

Interested in an extraction?  Confess!  Request a spiritual  MRI.  Psalm 139: 23-24 is just that:

“Search me, O God and know my heart;
try me, and know my anxieties;
see if there’s any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”

We need a grace-based confession.  God, I’ve done what You say is wrong.  Would you wash away my guilt and make me clean again?  No chant, no candle needed.  Just a prayer of honest confession.  Try it.

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Freedom In Confession

Confession!  It’s a word that conjures up many images—some not so positive!  Confession isn’t telling God what he doesn’t know.  That’s impossible.  It’s not pointing fingers at others without pointing any at me.  That may feel good, but it doesn’t promote healing.

Confession is a radical reliance on grace— a trust in God’s goodness.  The truth is, confessors find freedom that deniers of sin do not!  Scripture says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right.  He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.”

Tell God what you did.  Again, it’s not that he doesn’t already know, but the two of you need to agree! Then let the pure water of his grace flow over your mistakes!

The Kindness of God

The Kindness of GodSunday, July 28, 2019GOD VALUES KINDNESS BECAUSE HE IS KIND.Bible Reading of the Day: Read Psalm 145:17-21.Verse of the Day: “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).Janna studied her reflection in the dressing room mirror, then stepped through the curtains to show her friends.Tammy shook her head, smiling. “That dress makes you look like your mom!” she said, stifling a giggle.Janna looked confused. “What do you mean?” she said. She stepped in front of another mirror. “I think my mom’s pretty!”“Yeah,” said Gretchen, “but who wants to look like her mom?”“It could be worse,” Tammy said. “The last one she tried on made her look like her dad!” Both girls laughed.Janna shook her head and turned sideways to look at her reflection from a different angle. “I like it,” she said. “I’m going to buy it.”That evening, Janna told her father about t…

The Tyke and His Trike

The Tyke and His TrikeSaturday, July 27, 2019GOD COMMANDS KINDNESS BECAUSE GOD VALUES KINDNESS.Bible Reading of the Day: Read Jeremiah 9:23-24.Verse of the Day: “We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit” (2 Corinthians 6:6).Mom sat with her sister at the picnic table in the backyard, watching Evan and his cousin playing in the driveway. Evan’s new red-and-white tricycle gleamed in the sunlight as he rode it around the driveway. His cousin Vincent sat on the low brick wall that lined the driveway, swinging his legs and kicking the wall with his heels.Finally, Evan stopped riding the tricycle he had gotten for his birthday, trotted across the driveway to the fence, and reached over the fence to pet the family dog for a few moments. As he petted the dog, however, he saw Vincent slowly climb down from his seat on the wall, stroll over to the tricycle, and sit down on it.“No!” Evan shouted. He …