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Authentic Friendship

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Jonathan, Saul's son, didn't think twice about doing the right thing. He was a man of courage and selfless faith. People loved him and he loved people. It's easy to see why David and Jonathan became inseparable friends.

King Saul became jealous of David and his accomplishments. He wanted to kill David. Jonathan actually defied his father, made a covenant with David and helped him escape his father's hand.

Jonathan and David "hit if off right away." Their souls were knit - they just clicked. Their pledge of friendship was a recognition of being equals, united in heart and bound to look out for each other.

Jonathan faced conflict of loyalty to his father and loyalty to David. He chose to be loyal to David even though it meant allowing David to be the future king instead of him.

When Saul openly declared David must die, Jonathan handled his difficult position with courage and wisdom. He did not betray David and yet he still approached his father with respect.

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Overcoming Jealousy

Guidelines for Living
Devotional
January 19, 2018

Overcoming Jealousy
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 Rejoicing in another’s good fortune never comes easy!  When your best friend marries the girl you dated, it’s hard to get excited.  When the employee whom you hired gets promoted, leap-frogging over you, you may wish him luck and be polite, but inwardly you’d probably like to put a dagger in his back.  Your neighbor wins the lottery—not you.  How do you handle other people’s good fortune?  Are you glad for them, or do you detest their good fortune, wishing it had happened to you?  There’s a part of human nature which remains the same, year after year, generation after generation. It’s the problem which confronted a young man years ago when his brother took his half of the inheritance and headed for the big city. He squandered it. The entire bag of gold was spent on wine, women, and song.  Then things went sour, and he realized that the poorest paid…

True Believers

Greg Laurie Thursday, January 18, 2018 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.—1 John 2:19When someone who has made a profession of faith suddenly walks away from it (seemingly out of nowhere), the question is often asked, “Did he lose his salvation?”

But the question I would ask is, “Did he ever have it to begin with?” Really, the only way to tell if a person is a genuine Christian is whether that commitment stands the test of time. So how can you tell if you are really saved? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Is Jesus Christ Lord? (See 1 John 4:15.) Christianity is Jesus. And if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then I don’t know what you are. You may be religious, but you’re not a real Christian.

Do I obey Christ’s commands? (See 1 John 5:3.) This doesn’t mean that if you are a Christian, you will be sinless. Bu…

The Power of the Tongue

Article by John Bloom
Staff Writer for desiringGod.org
September 2, 2011 A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.

The Power of the Tongue People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments. But people also live because of something said. The tongue can be “a tree of life” (Proverbs 15:4). Tongues reconcile peoples and make peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). Tongues can make marriages sweet, families strong, and churches healthy. Tongues can give hope to the despairing, advance understanding, and spread the gospel. So what will come out of your mouth today, death or life? “Sword thrusts” or “healing” (Proverbs 12:18

Mrs. Clean

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"I can do all this through him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13
Inside the house, the kitchen sink was full of dishes, and the laundry baskets were piled high with dirty clothes. The floors were full of crumbs, and the windows had enough fingerprints to fill the files of the FBI. Outside, the lawn looked like a herd of horses needed to chew it down, and the children's toys were scattered from one end of the farm to the other. Company was scheduled to arrive for supper, and the meal was not yet prepared. I laughed to myself, wondering which of these tasks I would actually accomplish in addition to our homeschooling day.

Just thinking about all the work made me tired and unable to even know where to start. Looking to God, I felt him gently urge me to begin. I did and somehow a miracle began. The day became supernatural, and I felt like angels were working with me to get every job accomplished. There were no interruptions, no accidents, no fights, nothing was lost …

Learning to be Content

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Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11-13, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

I was recently reminded of these verses as my husband and I have begun Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course. We are having to make some hard decisions on how to budget and spend our money. When you begin to determine your priorities for the present and the future, it sometimes means saying "no" to something now in order to say "yes" to something later.  All of this has meant letting go of some things we were really looking forward to doing around our home.

Contentment is not a new concept to me. The Lord has been teaching me about this for most of our 25 year marriage. The continued lesson i…

Follow Jesus For Who He Is

Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. -Mark 3:4)
True followers of Jesus will recognize Jesus for who He is, and not only for what He can do for them.