Don’t Get Defensive

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17 NIV).   After one pastor had preached his first sermon at his new church, a guy walked over to him and said, “Pastor, that sermon stunk.” The pastor was... Continue Reading →

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Walk Securely in Wisdom

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13 NIV). Have you noticed how common sense isn’t so common? A lot of smart people are not too wise. They may be educated, but they don’t have wisdom. They... Continue Reading →

Why Stressed? Over-worked or Over-worried?

“Never worry about anything” (Philippians 4:6 GW). You may think that you’re stressed out because you have too much work to do. You may think your boss is unreasonable. You may be right.But that’s not why you’re stressed. Work doesn’t stress us out. Worry does. Work doesn’t keep us up at night. Worry does. You’re probably... Continue Reading →

An Attitude of Gratitude Will Lower Your Stress

“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 GW). Gratitude is the world’s healthiest human emotion. It actually increases your immunity to sickness.Plus, ungrateful people tend to be unhappy people. Nothing ever satisfies them. They never have enough. They are “when-and-then” people who think, “When... Continue Reading →

Instead of Worrying, Start Praying

“In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV). Worry won’t do you any good. But don’t just eliminate it from your life. God always replaces a negative with a positive. God always has something better for you.In the case of worry, replace it with prayer. Right after God... Continue Reading →

Worry Doesn’t Help, So Why Waste Your Time?

“Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6 NIV). Worry will kill your joy and cause you stress. We tend to expect the worst in life. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, they affect 18.1 percent of the U.S. population.But worry... Continue Reading →

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