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Gracious and Attractive Conversation By Ed McDowell

Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:6 NLT Have you ever connected the principle that having the right response for others is tied to your gracious and attractive conversation? These words from the Apostle Paul come as part of the closing words in…

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God Promises Rest on a New Adventure By Ed McDowell

Is There a New Adventure Awaiting You? Have you ever been asked to do something big, or are you called to a new adventure? This includes something you have never done before, and you are pretty confident you cannot do it alone.  This is where Moses finds himself. Moses is old. God is preparing Moses…

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The Gift of Mercy By Ed McDowell

The Blessing of Receiving and Extending Mercy The word “mercy” describes the compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone within one’s power to punish or harm. The You Version Bible App describes it as not getting what you deserve (judgment and wrath). In Scripture, we see the blessing that comes with it. “God blesses those who…

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Work Hard and Represent God’s Truth By Ed McDowell

Have you ever made the connection between working hard and representing God’s truth?  The Apostle Paul does this with a young and upcoming leader. His name is Timothy. Let’s look at the second letter Paul writes to Timothy, specifically part of the second chapter. The readings are from the New Living Translation. Paul’s Letter to…

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Rest Awhile By Ed McDowell

A Sacred Invitation to Rest Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:31 NLT Sometimes life becomes so full for leaders that there…

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Be Willing to Listen By Ed McDowell

Will you listen to what He has to say? “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.“ Luke 6:27-28 NLT From beginning to end, Luke chapter 6 is filled with Jesus showing…

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The Generosity of Hard Work By Ed McDowell

Paul Knew the Link Between Generosity and Hard Work Today we explore The Apostle Paul and his messages about the profound generosity produced by hard work.  At this time, he was preparing to leave the church of Ephesus after spending three years with them. Here is what he had to say to them. “I have…

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A Command for Leaders By Ed McDowell

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go. ~Joashua 1:9 NLT Joshua was stepping into leadership of the Israelite nation.  He was following none other than Moses.  Joshua would be the leader to fulfill God’s promise of receiving a…

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Indifference or Commitment By Ed McDowell

The Invitation to Commitment  The invitation of Jesus Christ is a commitment to have relationship with Him and the Church to reach the world with the invitation to be reconciled to God and live victoriously with Him forever. This invitation to hear Jesus Christ knocking and speaking will always be accepted and responded to by…

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Despair During the Season of Christmas By Ed McDowell

When Despair Finds You at Christmas From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I…

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