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Friendships’ Benefits

"Welcome [Epaphroditus] in the Lord's love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve." (Philippians 2:29 NLT)Both were named Mike, both were good friends, and both had vastly different influences on me.I met the first Mike when I was 15....

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Junking for Jewels

"For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." (Romans 8:29 NLT)Jewels can sometimes be found among the junk.My wife calls it "junking", and she does it quite...

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Restricted Use

"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me." (Jeremiah 29:13 NLT)If I didn't pay, I couldn't talk.As my wife and I sat on the front porch of the hundred-year-old home that we rented, we often heard it ring — a pay phone situated next to an old country store...

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The Frustration of the Unknown

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." (Philippians 4:6 NLT)After numerous doctor visits which brought no answers, my wife and I were frustrated.The unknown started after a recent move....

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Running by Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) The steps came at him faster than I could get to him. My wife and I and our two oldest grandboys once visited Star Fort in Ninety Six, South Carolina, USA, the site of an American Revolutionary War battle....

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