Improve your life with insight from the Bible - 2018



Be faithful in small things.

Jesus says if you're faithful in small things (like Daniel was) you can be trusted with bigger things. Daniel shows that a great way to gain victory is to change your environment so it's easy to accomplish your goals.

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You can have peace in any situation

You are involved in many conflicts, all the time. Some conflicts are visible, but many are not. Some conflicts are external; many are internal. Even though you are at war on many fronts, you can still have peace.

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Don't quit half way

Don't quit half way when you're working on something worthwhile. On the other hand, if you're working on something that's not good, now is the time to stop.

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Be courageous

Be brave, and stand up for people in danger.

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Trust God's timing

It may feel like things aren't working out in your life, but you can trust God's timing.

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Do your best with what you have

God is worthy of our best. So do your best with what you have. Then trust God's forgiveness and mercy.

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Ask. Pray. Act.

When you hear bad news, it's helpful to ask for more information. Sometimes things aren't as bad as you're told. Other times they're worse. Ask for more information and talk to God about it before you take action.

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Do not fear what others fear

People often fear things that are painful but that won't last. Sometimes these same people have no regard for things that matter and are eternal.

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Get advice from trustworthy sources

People often get advice from people close at hand - neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. But it's better to get advice from people who are trustworthy and know what they're talking about. In some cases, these will be the very friends and neighbors you have already been relying on. In other cases, it might be someone you would not have thought to ask, but someone who will give you better advice.

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Contempt won't help your relationships

Some people deserve contempt. If you give them love instead, it will be better for you both, even if it is costly.

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Christ is risen

Jesus healed the sick, accepted people that others rejected, forgave people that others wouldn't forgive, had mercy on people who were suffering, and performed dozens of other acts of compassion and mercy. But if people wouldn't accept those signs of God's love, he said the only sign they would get was the sign of Jonah.

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God's humility may surprise you

This video starts with encouragement for people designing their own career paths. Then it looks at humility - modeled by Jesus, and recommended for his followers.

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Ask God to keep you safe from evil

Jesus encourages you to ask God to keep you safe from evil. The Bible says the evil one desires to harm, kill and destroy.

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Ask God to keep you safe from hidden dangers

When you are tempted to do something wrong, you will almost never see the full cost of the action. The price tag will be hidden. Ask God to keep you safe from hidden dangers, taking actions that are harmful to yourself and your community.

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Forgive others. Be forgiven.

Forgiveness is not about justice. People who have wounded you may actually deserve punishment. You may have been deeply hurt. But when you forgive, you give them mercy instead of what they deserve.

Jesus says if you don't forgive them, you can't be forgiven yourself.

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Ask God for your daily bread

God knows all you need today to be at your best. It's worth it to ask God for help.

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God's kingdom is near

Jesus said God's kingdom is near when we heal the sick and do other works of mercy and compassion.

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God's valentine to you

Jesus is God's valentine to you, a sign of how deeply God loves you.

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Believe in Jesus

Jesus says God wants all who see Jesus to believe in him and have eternal life.

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God is investing in you

Jesus says at the end of your life God will ask how you used the talents God gave you.

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If you're stuck, fast and pray

Jesus says some situations can't be healed until someone fasts and prays.

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On earth as in heaven

Jesus taught his followers to pray, "God, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as in heaven." Then he showed his followers how to help. It's time for us to get more practice bringing God's kingdom to earth!

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A non-parallel universe

God's kingdom has completely different values from those of most people and nations. Many of the things individuals highly value won't last past our lifetimes.

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