Day Four – It’s About Willingness, Not Resources

Today’s Scripture:  Matthew 14:16-17, 15:34 As we pointed out a couple of days ago, in the Old Testament story the man was more focused on what he was bringing to the prophet than he was on the group of hungry people. Their needs weren’t even within his vision. And if they were, he chose to ignore. In the New Testament[…]

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Day Three – God Does More with Less

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 14:15, 19-20; 15:32-37 Since the Old Testament story took place at the school of the prophets, chances are it was not located in a remote area—at least, not as remote as the areas where Jesus and the disciples ministered. Limited resources allow an unlimited God to do limitless things. Someone asked a missionary why so many amazing[…]

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Day Two – 20-20 Vision

Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Philippians 2:4, Hebrews 13:2 It’s interesting that the bread giver seemed to have no awareness of the people or of their hunger. His focus was on the gift of delicious bread he was bringing to the prophet. How could he be so generous with the leader and yet ignore the needs of his fellow students?[…]

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Day One – Math that Defies Logic

Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Matthew 15:29-38, 14:13-21 When our daughter was in middle school, the teacher decided to introduce “new math,” and she sent home a sample so parents and children could work out a problem together. That evening, as my highly-educated husband struggled with an elementary-level challenge, he declared in frustration, “There is absolutely no way this mathematical[…]

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Day Seven – Job’s core values

Today’s Scripture: Job 31:24-40, Psalm 7:8 Faithfulness to God – “If I have put my trust in gold . . . so that my heart was secretly enticed . . . then these also would be signs to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high” (31:24-28). Generosity – “If I have devoured [the land’s] yield[…]

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Day Five – Job’s core values

Today’s Scripture: Job 31:1-10 Job 31 contains a record of Job’s final words. It’s an interesting read, because he reveals the eight values by which he lived. Job was so confident of the Godly life he had lived up to this point that he could judge himself in the presence of his “comforters” by laying his heart open before them.[…]

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Day Four – The thicker, the better

Today’s Scripture: Romans 5:3-4 The Department of Natural Resources has published principles for testing the “integrity” or depth of ice. For instance, when ice is only two inches thick, people are warned to “stay off.” Four-inch ice can accommodate ice fishing and foot activities. When ice reaches the depth of twelve to fifteen inches, a medium-size truck can drive over[…]

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Day Three – Don’t go by feeling

Today’s Scripture:  Proverbs 14:12 Quite often, people understand integrity in a more generalized perspective as they establish their own values. They consider themselves having integrity as long as they remain true to their relative values. The problem with this perspective comes from its relativism, since it is based upon changing moral views from society rather than a secure standard of[…]

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Day Two – Know your core values

Today’s Scripture: Psalms 101:7 Simply put, integrity is an unbroken condition or “wholeness.” When integrity is true, a person’s actions will be aligned with his/her core values—scriptural motivators like honesty, Godly obedience, or respect. Everyone should have four to six core values (grounded in scripture), serving as the axis by which decisions are made. The actions of a person of[…]

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