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Activated May 2010

Facing Challenges - May 2010

Life is full of problems, but God wants to turn every one of yours to your eventual good—and sometimes you can speed the process. Here’s how.

01-05-2010
Why Problems?
Why Problems?

Life is full of problems—sickness, accidents, financial problems, family problems, loss of loved ones, and on and on the list goes. “Hasn’t there been some sort of mistake here?” we ask. “If God truly is love, as the Bible says in 1 John 4:8, and if He truly cares for us like a father, as the Bible says many times, then why all these problems?”

The first thing to understand is that God doesn’t cause these problems; they are the result of people’s bad decisions—others’ or our own. God doesn’t cause our problems, but He does allow them to befall us,...

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01-05-2010
Run the Race
Run the Race

Two hours, five minutes, and ten seconds: the time it took Kenya’s Samuel Wanjiru to finish first in the 26.2-mile (42 km 195 m) London Marathon in April 2009.

Thirteen days: The time it took Major Phil Packer, a British soldier who became a paraplegic following a spinal injury, to complete the same marathon, finishing last out of 36,000 competitors. This feat of perseverance raised over £600,000 (about US$1 million) for charity.

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01-05-2010
The Extra Allowance
The Extra Allowance

Have you ever been away from home and found yourself without cash? I had that experience when I left home to attend university, and I got so distressed that I couldn’t sleep. Suddenly it occurred to me to write my father. I should have budgeted more carefully, of course, but I knew he would understand. What a relief it was when I made that decision! My father had helped me many times before, and I knew he would help me again. I had perfect assurance during the days it took that letter to reach home and the answer to come...

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01-05-2010
On the Rebound
On the Rebound

It had been a satisfying day.

The world was a wonderful place, I thought, as I made my way to the office where my computer sat. Its keyboard beckoned my fingers to make contact.

As soon as the screen lit up, I knew something was terribly wrong. My hard drive had crashed.

It took a moment for the scope of the disaster to register in my slow-computing brain, but then it hit me. No, it slammed into me with the force of a bulldozer on a razing mission. My stomach did a back flip. My vision went hazy. My mind became clouded. The...

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01-05-2010
When Problems Persist
When Problems Persist

Some problems are short term, such as a bout of flu or a temporary falling out with someone at work. Others may last much longer: a chronic illness, a disability or an addiction, the loss of someone dear, or an ongoing battle to overcome a personal weakness such as anger or moodiness. You may have to struggle with such difficulties for weeks, months, or even years.

Sometimes problems persist even when you feel you’ve already done all you could: You’ve been praying, reading and following God’s Word, claiming His promises, and trying to trust Him. Still you see no answer, which...

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01-05-2010
Who Deserves Love?
Who Deserves Love?

People don’t have to be perfect in order to deserve our love. They don’t have to be faultless or easy to like or get along with. That’s a good thing, because none of us are all those things all the time; none of us are perfect. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to show one another love and understanding. “All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”1

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01-05-2010
Live Well On Less
Live Well On Less

The advantages of learning to live by the less-is-more tenet are many. Contemporary lifestyles and habits have a way of blinding us to those benefits, in part by keeping us so busy that we seldom stop long enough to carefully consider what we’re doing. We “move with the groove,” but that groove may be depleting us of precious funds, health, and happiness. A few ways to “move your groove” are:

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01-05-2010
Master of Reinvention
Master of Reinvention

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” Plato wrote.1 Others have since added that necessity is also the mother of reinvention—meaning that new challenges give birth to progress in new directions. That certainly has proven true during the economic upheavals of the past couple of years. Forced from their relatively comfortable positions in the former status quo, many people have reinvented their businesses or found promising new careers in fields they never would have considered otherwise. Others have reexamined their priorities and are now focusing on things they used to think they didn’t have much time for, such as family, community...

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01-05-2010
Starting Again
Starting Again

The story of the apostle Peter, as retold by Abi F. May

My heart has sunk to such depths that not even the incessant flow of tears can wash away the regret and despair. How did it all go so wrong?

Until three years ago I had been fairly content with my life as a fisherman, yet I wasn’t truly satisfied. I resented paying the tax collector his due. I resented the rabbis for criticizing my drinking and coarse language. Most of all I resented the fact that although my belly would be filled most days, I was never really any better...

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01-05-2010
A New Morning, a Fresh Start
A New Morning, a Fresh Start

Every morning is a new chance to do things differently, better than we have before—especially when we take time to connect with God, get His perspective on the areas we want to improve in, and ask Him to help us make the necessary adjustments in our thinking, attitudes, and actions. In fact, there is nothing He would rather do than help us change for the better.

 

Morning by morning new mercies I see!

Great is Thy faithfulness dear Lord unto me.

Thomas Chisholm

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01-05-2010
Progress—One Step at a Time
Progress—One Step at a Time

Ask God to help you set goals and arrive at the best plan for achieving them.

Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

Proverbs 16:9: A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps

Proverbs 19:21: There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

 

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01-05-2010
My Riches Are Yours
My Riches Are Yours

The secret to obtaining both spiritual riches and material supply is actually quite simple: Realize what vast resources are at My disposal.

My Word contains hundreds of promises that are yours to claim. As you read, absorb, and claim them, you will see answers to your prayers that will thrill your soul and cause your faith to grow. And as you continue to read and absorb and claim, I will continue to answer and inspire and provide. Together we will create an unbeatable, unbreakable cycle of success.

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