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Activated August 2015

Finding Your Way - August 2015

Set sail on the ocean of decision. With God as your compass, you’re assured of reaching your destination.
 

01-08-2015
Our Constant
Our Constant

Ask anyone, and they’ll agree that today’s world is very different from the one our parents and grandparents knew. The funny thing is that the feeling is not new by any means. “The cause of the … increase in nervous disease is increased demand made by the conditions of modern life,” affirmed an article published at the end of the 19th century!1 “The dreamy quiet old days are over,” lamented William Smith nearly 130 years ago. “The hurry and bustle of modern life … lacks the quiet and repose of the period when our forefathers … took their ease.”2

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01-08-2015
Lost in My Hometown
Lost in My Hometown

I thought the move was going to be a simple change of scenery, possibly requiring some minor adjustments at most. After all, I was returning to my home country, already knowing the language, people, and customs. If I had managed to get used to the scorching heat, spicy food, rickshaws, and monsoons of India and Nepal, where I had spent eight years as a volunteer, surely this move in the opposite direction wouldn’t be too difficult.

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01-08-2015
His Desire, His Plan, Our Happiness
His Desire, His Plan, Our Happiness

We all need to make decisions as we navigate through life. Depending on our nature, we might love figuring it all out or it might scare us. For most of us, it’s probably a bit of both.

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01-08-2015
God’s GPS
God’s GPS

Technological developments can help us understand a bit more about God and how He manages His affairs. For example, prayer can be illustrated by the cell phone, used to immediately communicate with someone on the other side of the world. Computers are capable of storing and processing every bit of a company’s information. This helps us understand how God knows us so well that the Bible says that even our very hairs are numbered.1

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01-08-2015
The Broad-Leafed Cactus
The Broad-Leafed Cactus

Walking along a narrow path in the tropical forest we often visit for a Sunday walk, under the radiant early-morning African sun, I notice a magnificent cactus and stop to take a closer look. The dark-green rubbery leaves are fat and oval and interspersed with large pointed thorns. In contrast to the feisty exterior, tender blooms emerge from the tips of some leaves. Shades of yellow and an intricate design make these lovely flowers dazzle. How like Jesus’ presence after a thorny stretch of life’s journey. Just like a flower appearing in the most unexpected circumstances, He reassures me of...

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01-08-2015
Free Agents
Free Agents

Have you ever been faced with important decisions and needed explicit direction, only to feel as if God was in silent mode?—Right when you would most like Him to give a precise answer? I know I have, and during those times, it’s been a spiritual struggle. Once, while struggling with a decision, I so much wanted God to make the path clear, but He, in His wisdom, chose not to give a direct answer. Instead, I needed to forge ahead to do the pick-and-shovel work of investigating options, seeking godly counsel, weighing the open doors of opportunity before me, praying...

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01-08-2015
Time to Launch
Time to Launch

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
—André Gide (1869–1951)

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Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.
—Wilferd Peterson (1900–1995)

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01-08-2015
Set Sail!
Set Sail!

My friend Jack lived in a large house in a pleasant, leafy suburb. It was a great place to raise his family of five, but his children have long since married and moved on. Around 15 years ago, Jack’s business failed, and although it would have made financial and practical sense for Jack and his wife to downsize, they loved their home and always put off the tough decision. They ended up keeping the home by default, probably hoping things would improve. Instead, as the years passed, their debts mounted until they absolutely had to sell. Unfortunately, by this time...

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01-08-2015
42 Kilometers of Life
42 Kilometers of Life

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.1

I started walking away from what I knew God was calling me to a few months ago. I think I just grew tired of striving. 

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01-08-2015
The Right Choice
The Right Choice

The summer when I was twelve, my father surprised my younger sister and me by announcing that he had a different plan for our summer holiday. Instead of planning our vacation, he gave us the money that he had set aside and let us decide what to do with it. We could save it, spend it as we pleased, or use it for a five-day vacation at the lake. After some discussion and prayer, my sister and I told Dad that we wanted to go on the lakeside vacation.

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01-08-2015
Lighten Up
Lighten Up

The ministry of John the Baptist mostly preceded that of Jesus. John’s message was one of repentance; he proclaimed the coming of the Savior. Although some of his followers went on to become disciples of Jesus,1 others evidently stayed at John’s side.

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01-08-2015
The Best Place
The Best Place

Following Me doesn’t mean that you will never encounter problems, because problems are part of life on earth, and they’re one of the ways in which I teach and strengthen you. But it means that regardless of life’s obstacles, I can care for you and do what you can’t do. I can work in the spiritual realm to bring about events that will help you to be successful.

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