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  1. - Are You a Complainer –

    Numbers 11:1, “When the people complained, it displeased the LORD”

    Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”
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    Some people have turned complaining into an art form. If you say, “I don’t have anything to complain about,” they are happy to offer some suggestions. They count their many blessings and then complain that there aren’t more of them. I’m reminded ...
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  2. 7-10-12

    Yesterday, I got word that my father was diagnosed with a heart blockage. I suspect he may have had it at least as far back as 1999.

    He's supposed to have an operation at 10:00 this morning.

    From what I've heard, the doctors, surgeons, etc. won't know the severity of his condition until they actually operate.
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  3. - I Can’t Do It Myself –

    Judges 3:31, “… Shamgar the son of Anath killed six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel”
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    "I can't do it." Have you ever spoken those words when faced with a task that seems too great? I have! Perhaps you've been offered a promotion at work, but are afraid you're not skilled enough. You may have been asked to teach a Sunday school class, but fear you don't know the Bible well enough. God may have put it on ...
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  4. God is Near (a children's poem)

    God is Near
    (a children's poem)

    by Belinda van Rensburg

    God is with us all the time
    Making sure we're safe and fine;
    Taking care of all our needs
    And helping us to do good deeds.

    In summer heat and winter cold
    We always have His hand to hold
    And though we're worried, glad or sad
    We're daily cared for by our Dad.

    God is near, in fact He's here
    And we don't have to live in fear
    Of anything or anyone
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  5. James...part 35

    'A Stron Word Of Warning'

    The pivot from the end of chapter four to the start of chapter five is very important to catch. It is masked by the misleading chapter and verse markings that were never in the original manuscripts. In the original, 4:13-5:6 is all one paragraph and is a description of one main thought. But, in many translations this is broken up into several thoughts, and so the unity of James on this issue is lost:
    'Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow ...