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Wisdom from God Above

Posted October 10, 2018
Wisdom. My guess when you hear this word you probably either associate it with someone you know who is wise, a peace of wisdom that you learned, or you already know wisdom comes from God above. When it comes to the Bible, people often associate wisdom in the book of Proverbs. James, however, certainly has thematic elements of wisdom and how we live it out and apply it to our Christian lives. James says, "Who is …
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Taming the Tongue!

Posted October 3, 2018
There are many animals that have been "tamed" as pets.  My niece owned a pet hedgehog! A friend of mine had a pet tarantula!  I knew a person who had a pet rat!!!  Yes, there are many animals that can be tamed and even used productively like dairy cattle or police dogs.  As James writes, "Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind." (James 3:7)But, there is something …
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Faith+Works

Posted September 27, 2018
James addresses something in chapter 2 that we are all familiar with. Work. He does not use just the singular use of the word but the plural form. In a nutshell, James is referencing any of the works we are called to do. Christians have works in any and every aspect of their vocation, whether you’re a son or a daughter, a husband or a wife, a farmer or employed in the workforce, a student or a retiree, and a …
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A House Divided

Posted September 19, 2018
This weekend Chicagoland will enjoy the latest rendition of the "Cross Town Classic" as the South side White Sox host their rivals, the North side Chicago Cubs! Who will win?  (I'll share my pick at the end of this article.)  Are you a Cubs fan or a Sox fan?  I don't know who you may cheer for, but I know for one thing. You can't root for both teams!  You have to pick a side!Often we put labels on people like, …
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Children's Bibles

Posted September 13, 2018
Our ministry process is "Love Jesus," "Love God's Word," and "Love People." We believe these are visionary parts of our Christian faith and how we live out our Good Shepherd Mission, "loving people to Jesus." "Love Jesus" is focused on our worship life. Corporate worship is how we come together as the Body of Christ locally here at Good Shepherd. Personal devotions are also a part of our worship life throughout the week."Love God's Word" is focused on Bible Study and Missional …
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Don't Waste Your Struggles

Posted September 5, 2018
Are you wasting your troubles? Any time God allows trials to enter your life, He has a purpose for them. You have an opportunity to squeeze out every ounce of spiritual growth instead of letting difficulties force you into despair and discouragement. A faithful attitude towards God will enable you to respond to trials in a proper way.  The trial that looks as if it could destroy you becomes an instrument of blessing.The most natural …
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Stand Firm in Jesus

Posted August 28, 2018
How often do you get upset over what is in the news? How often do you find yourself frustrated at what someone has said or posted on social media? I am guessing some things you have seen, from time to time, have caused you to become frustrated and maybe even become angry. You are not alone in this.Sometimes, we become angry and frustrated and we react. Other times, we react in an un-Christian way. We want to get out what is …
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God's Design

Posted August 23, 2018
Have you ever purchased something that was poorly designed? I think of the small box of cereal or snack foods. You go to open the box and the glue is stronger than the cheap cardboard and the cardboard rips. What about the microwave? The use of the microwave is great. But, I think of all the buttons on a microwave. You use only but a few to do what you need it to do. What …
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Living in the Light of Christ!

Posted August 15, 2018
Please complete this verse, “In the beginning ...” Even a child in Sunday School knows how the verse continues, “...God created the heavens and the earth!” (Gen.1:1)   And what was the first thing that God created?  Light!  “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light!  God saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen 1:3-4) Before God created light there was NOTHING!  Nothing but darkness.  God did …
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Don't Fear Change

Posted August 9, 2018
What comes to mind when you hear the word change? Does it scare you? Or Do you embrace it? Have you ever felt like you needed a change but were too afraid to do it? Did you ever feel like the change was necessary? God points a similar understanding through the Apostle Paul. "Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.They are darkened in …
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