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Do You Feel Headed For Shipwreck?
The ocean liner Achille Lauro sailed perpetually under a dark cloud. In 1953 it collided with another ship. In 1975 it rammed a Lebanese vessel, killing four people. In 1981 it suffered a fire that claimed two lives. In 1985, Palestinian terrorists grabbed world headlines by seizing the ship, slaying passenger Leon Klinghoffer, and dumping him and his wheelchair overboard. In December of 1994, off Somalia, a fire broke out in the engine room, forcing all 1,000 aboard to abandon ship. Two days later, the Achille Lauro sank to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
Do you think of yourself as having a destiny similar to the Achille Lauro? Maybe your heart echoes this paraphrase of Job's complaints:
Have you ever felt that low in the water? God did not abandon Job, but sustained him through his suffering. He does not abandon us, either. Even if you sense a dark cloud is following you around, even if you realize that after a painstaking search, you have found no answers to a myriad of questions, God is faithful.
We serve a God that can reach us in our time of need, no matter where we are. The psalmist knew this by experience: "If I make my bed in the depths. . . even there you hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" (Ps. 139:10). Even if we feel submerged in sorrows, sinking down to the bottom of the ocean, from the deepest of those depths He can lift us up.
Turn to Him, call to Him, seek His face. He wants to be found, and He is never far away from hearts that reach out to Him.
Steve Singleton has written and edited several books and numerous articles on subjects of interest to Bible students. He has taught Greek, Bible, and religious studies courses Bible college, university, and adult education programs. He has taught seminars and workshops in 11 states and the Caribbean.
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Energy Work Basics Part 3: The Power of High Intention
At SPIRIT Connections, we believe that the most powerful tool we have when working with energy is our ability to set a high intention. We add the word "high" to intention since we are interested in intentions with a high vibration.
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20 Ways To Improve Your Life
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When Was the Last Time?
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Both failure and success are good..
Dare To Dream
The rewards of life come to those who do, not to those whomerely read, talk or day dream. Action is the key.
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Self Talk: What Do You Say When You Talk to Yourself?
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Its About That Time
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The Power of Courtesy and Kindness
I'm currently listening to The Secrets of the Power of Intention audio program by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
You Reap What You Sow
There is an old principle: You reap what you sow. In fact, it is about as natural of a principle as you can get.
Struggling With Addictions
What kind of bad habits do you struggle with? Most people think that when they come to Christ that their bad habits will magically disappear. And some church people act like if you have any bad habits in your life that you must not truly be saved, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
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