A Word to Recent Graduates

A Word to Recent GradsA new class of graduates has entered the world at large.

While there are household dynamics that vary for some, for most of their lives, this group has lived in a fairly controlled environment. They’ve been nurtured and helped year-by-year by their parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, youth workers, friends, and family.

But as they launch out to the places God has called them to, here’s a brief word to keep G.R.A.D.s on course as they move ahead:

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How to Live Peaceably

How to Live PeaceablyThe enemy, the devil, and this world are wanting to get you ejected from the game of life. They want to lie to you, put you under bondage, and keep you from enjoying Jesus and what he wants to do in your life. That’s the reality we live in.

So how do you–and I–stay strong in the grace of God?

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Worth the Wait

TommyBlumberg.com: Worth the WaitGod gives a loving wedding gift to every bride and groom. He’s created a beautiful way for a man and a woman to communicate their deepest love, trust, and friendship within the sacred covenant of marital faithfulness.

Some believe that fidelity is unnecessary. They choose to follow a moral code called situational ethics, which promotes the idea that ethical decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis rather than guided by absolute truth. However, this standard has proven to be a bad investment because it results in sexual bankruptcy. Couples who engage in sex before marriage often experience a plaguing feeling of guilt, emotional dissatisfaction, and the confusing feeling that something must be wrong.

Partaking of marital benefits without marital commitment prompts two important questions:

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Moms: Life’s Unsung Heroes

Moms: Life’s Unsung Heroes

(Photo: Carly Navarrete Photography)

“Give me a generation of Christian mothers, and I will undertake to change the whole face of society.” –Lord Shaftesbury

“Every mother owes it to her children to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, so that she may be the influence for good in the lives of those whom the Lord has graciously given to her.” –Billy Graham

The occupation of raising children seldom appears on a resume. Yet as the recipient of my mother’s nurture and care in a family of nine children, I believe mothering is the most important job in the world.

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord

The Battle Belongs to the LordEvery servant of Jesus Christ is at war! We’re commissioned by the Lord of heaven to be soldiers and ambassadors. We’re sent into the world to deliver a lifesaving message of salvation, and we fulfill that mission by the grace of God and the love of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, because of man’s sinful nature, God’s message of forgiveness and hope is rejected by most. Yet we must keep in mind that the apostle Paul said it would be a hard-fought battle until the end of time (2 Timothy 4:7).

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The Crippling that Crowns

The Crippling that Crowns

“The Lord cannot fully bless you until He has first conquered you.” –A. W. Tozer

[tweetable]God meets us wherever we are, and then He lifts us up to where He wants us to be.[/tweetable] Like an online messenger, He knows all our thoughts, and like a divine Intel, He knows every motive of our hearts.

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Turning Wedding Woes into Wedding Wows

Turning-Wedding-Woes-into-Wedding-Wows-04Remember when you stood at the altar and recited your wedding vows before God, your family, and friends?

Through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, my love will remain unwavering, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, in times of blessing and trial. I promise to love, respect, honor, and trust you. I will openly and honestly share my heart with you. I will put your needs before my own. I will serve the Lord and you with much joy!

Now that you’ve been married a while, how are you doing with those promises? Have your wedding vows slowly deteriorated into wedding woes, perhaps like these?

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Everybody Serves Somebody

Bob Dylan- Gotta Serve Somebody[tweetable]According to MTV, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential figures in pop music and the greatest musical poet of the our time.[/tweetable] His hit song “Gotta Serve Somebody” conveys timeless truth:

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Designed for His Glory

Designed for His GloryWhen structural engineers design a new bridge, they consider three types of loads: the dead load, the live load, and the environmental load. Assessing each potential load ensures that the bridge can carry its weight without collapsing.

The dead load is the total weight of all the structural materials needed to build the bridge.
The live load consists of the weight added onto the bridge when it transports cars, trucks, and passengers.
The environmental load accounts for the invariable stress from wind, earthquakes, and other extreme conditions.

Each type of load can also illustrate an aspect of Christian discipleship.

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The Bee and the Believer

The Bee and the Believer

Jesus often used agricultural analogies to illustrate spiritual truths. He spoke about perfect soil, masterful pruning, abiding branches, and remaining fruit.

Another agricultural analogy with spiritual application is the bee and the believer.

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