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Say It!

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 12:25

Pray It!

Father, help me bring encouragement to others through the words I speak

Amen.…

No Throwing Stones

 Jesus was in the temple teaching when some religious leaders brought in a woman who they said was caught in adultery. The religious leaders tried to explain to Jesus (the Son of God) what the law commanded in such situations.

John 8:6-8 “This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.”

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Be of Good Cheer!

Spring is almost here! Last week in the Kansas City area, we actually had SUNSHINE!!!! Sunshine and warmer weather (at least for a few days). It was great. It was a taste of what is coming. A new season. Have you ever noticed how long some seasons appear to be? We say things like, “When will winter end?” and before you know it, we are saying, “When will winter get here?”

Sometimes seasons in our lives are like that. It seems so long since the sun has shined, we almost forget what it felt like. Seasons we face (and we all do) feel like storms. We say things like, “When will it end?”

In the book of Acts, Paul had an experience that I believe we can all relate to at some level:

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Salvage Center

Recently I passed a sign for a salvage center. I laughed to myself and remembered back to when it was called a junk yard. I guess salvage sounds better than junk just like pre-owned sounds better than used. Hey there was even a time when someone my age was considered old, but now I am seasoned! It is all in the wording. Well anyway, the salvage center got me thinking about the “stuff” in there.

Just driving by, it looked uninviting and messy. Not the kind of place I would want to hang out at. However, someone took time to look at damaged and rejected items and make a determination that they were worth saving. Someone found worth and value in what appeared to be damaged goods. Someone rescued these items from further destruction by deeming the items reusable. Someone salvaged these goods.

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And Everyone Said…

In a number of previous devotionals, I have mentioned how diverse we are. Yet in the middle of all this diversity, I find one word that most of us are familiar with—the word Amen!

This word is usually said or sung at the end of a prayer or hymn. It is a word that is used to express or indicate agreement with whatever was just spoken or sung. (And this word is usually said by a group of co-managers during a co-managers’ meeting….. right after Ken H. speaks.)
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