IBegat Trouble

The Tale of Two Ships

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) The Titanic was beautiful. Well, as beautiful as a nautical steamship could get. A complete masterpiece of modern engineering ingeniously intertwined with the highest echelon of luxury. This ship was ...

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Rad Rev: How To Help A Hurting Friend

Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (NIV)   Grief is hard. Losing a loved one, a treasured pet, a house, or a cherished dream can slice deep. Even when it doesn’t happen to us, but rather to someone we care about. Have you ever had your own heart-break as you sat ...

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Heartbreak Doesn’t Last Forever

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV) Every day, for 605 days, I prayed for God to send me a Christian friend. I felt alone and isolated at school due in part to the efforts of a group of mean girls. Their constant harassment and belittlement had made my life so miserable it was hard ...

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True Maturity

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God… Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:2 MSG) If you’ve seen the movie “Grease,” then you probably remember ...

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God of Second Chances

“Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.” (Psalm 119:175 NIV) Our God is a God of second chances and that fact was never more real to me than one summer afternoon. In a single moment, I decided carelessly to jump in a pool. My swimming skills were lacking. A nanosecond after I hit ...

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Bad Santa or Crime Doesn’t Really Pay?

STOCKTON, Calif –  A California teenager has learned the hard way that he’s no Santa Claus. The Stockton Record reports 18-year-old George Herrera got stuck in a chimney while trying to sneak into his house Thursday. Art Ray of the Stockton Fire Department says the teen was breaking curfew and trying to get inside his home. Ray says Herrera was ...

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Truth That Sets You Free

“You are a liar.” Although I would normally never encourage anyone to speak these words, there is an exception to that rule when it comes to one thing: an eating disorder. In fact, if you have an eating disorder, I encourage you to look it in the face and tell it, “You are a liar.” Through an eating disorder, Satan ...

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Say What?

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16 NIV) “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.” (Leviticus 19:16 NIV) “But I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” (Mathew 12:36 NIV) Tears stream down your face onto your pillow as ...

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real devo: good out of bad

I’ve never been a huge fan of change. Maybe because when I was little, it seemed that change only brought bad things. Change brought stressful jobs to my dad. Change moved me away from my best friends. Change was a little bit scary. And change hurt. Then I grew up (not necessarily matured, just sayin’,) and realized that change could ...

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