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Mary Southerland

Charge It!

Today’s Truth
He (God) is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, NLT).

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Several years ago an interesting cartoon appeared in the Saturday Review of Literature. Little George Washington is standing with an ax in his hand. In front of him, lying on the ground is the famous cherry tree. He has already made his smug admission that he did it because, after all, he “cannot tell a lie.” However, his frustrated father is standing beside him saying, “All right, so you …

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Sharon Jaynes

Taming the Tongue

Today’s Truth
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV).

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Martha is a sweet older woman who is in the intermediate stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Perhaps one of the most radical changes in her behavior, besides memory loss, is her inability to control her tongue.  Martha has always used her words in a positive way, but in these latter years, her words have become unrestrained.  Her ability to keep unkind or hurtful words from escaping her lips is impaired.  She can’t help it.  …

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Mary Southerland

Paid in Full

Today’s Truth
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13, NIV).

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Do you remember the last words of Jesus as He hung on the cross? “It is finished!” The most literal translation would be “paid in full.”

I will never forget paying off my very first car loan. After sending in my forty-eighth and final payment, I celebrated the fact that I finally owned my bright blue and ever-so-compact Chevrolet Vega – from bumper to bumper. There were those who …

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Sharon Jaynes

Grumbling, Grumbling, Grumbling

Today’s Truth
Moses also said, ‘You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling again him.  Who are we?  You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD’ (Exodus 16:8 NIV emphasis added).

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Yesterday we looked at Miriam and how she grumbled against Moses, but Miriam was not the only one who grumbled while heading toward the Promised Land.  The Israelites grumbled at every turn.  God cared for the Israelites by His …

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Gwen Smith

Worthless into Precious

Today’s Truth
“You are precious and honored in my sight…” (Isaiah 43:4a, NIV).

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Hagar was a young Egyptian servant girl who had some serious challenges. In the Old Testament book of Genesis, chapter 16, we hear of her plight…and of her flight:

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children but she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.’

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living …

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Mary Southerland

Thriving or Surviving

Today’s Truth
God will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:21, NCV).

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One Saturday morning a little boy and his father took a long awaited trip to the local pet store in search of a new puppy. The dad had been promising the trip for weeks and finally, the day had come.  For weeks, the little boy had been reading books about dogs, surveying the pets of his friends, asking countless questions and waiting for this day, ready to make his choice.

When father and son walked into …

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Sharon Jaynes

Changing The Way We Speak, Relying on the Holy Spirit

Today’s Truth
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29 NIV).

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It was a daunting scene.  Over 1,200 miles of Alaskan shoreline covered with black slimy crude oil, more than 1,000 bodies of once bustling sea otters littering the coast, and over 100,000 grounded fowl groping for air. The Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1988 dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound and disrupted the ecological balance …

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Mary Southerland

Sandpaper People on Wheels

Today’s Truth
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44, TNIV).

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I am certainly not proud of the fact that I tend to have little or no patience with road hogs and seem to find ample opportunities for expressing my less-than-favorable opinion of the way they drive. I am working on my attitude and learning some lessons along the way.

We once lived in a small but rapidly growing town just outside of Charlotte, North …

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Sharon Jaynes

Changing the Way We Speak by Examining the Heart

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean…But things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’” (Matthew 15:11,18 NIV).

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While it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to change the words we speak, the desire to change begins in the heart. The Bible says:

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, …

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Gwen Smith

The Great Adventure

Today’s Truth
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).

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A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching the next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light faded from the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lit …

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