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Count It All Joy!

Count it all joy (James 1:2) is one Scripture verse some people have a hard time embracing.  In fact, I'll never forget the first time a friend expressed her frustration with it saying, "How does anyone count it all joy when there's nothing to be happy about!?" Yow!  

I'm confident my friend isnt the only one to have ever expressed that sentiment.  Even mature Christians struggle to maintain a joyful outlook in the midst of difficult circumstances (me included!).   

Coming up in November on "Grace to You®," John Macarthur addresses this subject in his series, Joy ...

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Showing God's Love

Showing God's LoveYou've seen them... the people holding signs up needing money, food, and help of some sort.  I pass them all the time on the freeway entrance and exits.  They are in front of stores -- often with children, but so many are scams.  How do we know who really needs help and what we should do?

It bothered me that I passed by them and did nothing.   I began praying for them that if they were truly in need that God would provide (and I also pray for their salvation).  It's not that I don't want to help ...

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My Hope with Billy Graham

I played tour guide this weekend showing out of town guests some Southern California sites.  I realized something these past couple of days. . . while it's fun to visit these places, it can also be discouraging.

These are places filled with people living lives focused on acquiring money and fame.  And, it's also home to those who never made it.  As in every walk of life, there are those whose life is where they'd dreamed it would be and those whose life is about as far away from it as possible.

I have no way of knowing the ...

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An Unlikely Convert

How does God reach a person who is:

- Living in a lesbian relationship
- Leader in the student LGBT community on the Syracuse University campus
- A PhD’d tenured associate professor in English and Women’s Studies

The answer is . . . God reaches her just like He reached you and me.

Now, I rarely read books.  My Audible library confirms I’ve listened to hundreds. (I like to multi-task while enjoying a recorded tome).  But reading is another thing.  It has to be the right time and place.

This summer’s vacation was just that.  My time away was punctuated by one ...

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The Journey of Prayer

max-lucado-before-amenLast Wednesday, "Before Amen" launched on airwaves across the nation.  In the week leading up to its debut, the Lord prepared my heart to pursue deeper—and more frequent—conversations with Him.  At church, my pastor talked about prayer.  In staff devotions, we discussed prayer.  During weekly small group, we studied prayer.

This is one of those beautiful times where God persistently nudges my heart in a specific direction.  He's pursuing my attention and inviting me to seek Him more extensively than I historically have.

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that has always intimidated me.  What do I have ...

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Save the Date: Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter Party

Things about the number 65 . . . 

- 1965 was the debut year of the Ford Mustang and a new class of car, the Pony Car, was birthed (and, one of my favorite all time cars!).

- One of my favorite Bible verses is from Psalm 65, verse 2: "You who answer prayer."

And this year, there's another special significance to the number 65 -on October 15th, Joni Eareckson Tada celebrates her 65th birthday and we're all invited to join the celebration -- here's your invitation:

This year, Joni is celebrating her birthday on Twitter! On October 15, Joni's ...

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