July 2017

Look at the Stars

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Scripture

Isaiah 40:26-27 (NLT)

Look up into the heavens. Who created the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Consider

Relationship conflicts often boil down to uncertainties about our worth. Each of us has tender areas where we feel inadequate, and we are quick to take offense when these vulnerable areas are exposed.

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The Good Neighbor

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Scripture

Luke 10:36-37 (NIV)

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Consider

Perhaps it's animal instinct, but we humans tend to seek out people of our own kind. We group ourselves with others who think like us, look like us, live like us, vote like us. We can be wary, skeptical, and dismissive of "those others" who think and act differently from the way we and our friends do.

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Thorns That Won’t Go Away

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Scripture

2 Corinthians 12:7-9a (NIV)

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

Consider

Is there a relationship in your life that you would describe as "a thorn"? Perhaps there is a person at work who makes your job miserable or a family member who repeatedly breaks your heart.

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