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Why Won't God Give Me What I Want?

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I want that marriage. I want that vacation. I want that . . . Fill in your want. I wanted the full-time job.

A Quick Summary Of James 4:13-5:20

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In James' concluding words, we are reminded to align our purposes…

Is Patience Futile?

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I’d just about had it. My heart was so heavy over these painful issues. What was the point of bringing them to God again and again, if nothing was going to change immediately?

ODJ: The Lost Virtue

There’s a big, green button at the paint counter of my local hardware shop. When you press it, an assistant is supposed to serve you within 60 seconds. If they’re late, you get a discount on your paint. “Thou shall not wait” seems to be the modern world’s new commandment. And so we have fast food, speed dating, rapid weight loss, next-day delivery and 60 second servic

ODJ: Powerful Patience

A few years ago I went to the Grand Canyon in America. As we marvelled at the natural beauty before us, we had to strain our eyes to see the little ribbon of water winding its way through the bottom of the massive canyon, one of the tributaries of the Colorado River. It was that tributary, some believe, that helped to patiently carve and make manifest the immense and majestic marvel we now viewed&

ODB: Can’t Take It Back

I couldn’t take my actions back. A woman had parked her car and blocked my way of getting to the gas pump. She hopped out to drop off some recycling items, and I didn’t feel like waiting, so I honked my horn at her. Irritated, I put my car in reverse and drove around another way. I immediately felt bad about being impatient and unwilling to wait 30 seconds (at the most) for her to move

ODJ: Lottie’s legacy

The legacy of Lottie Moon lives on more than a hundred years after her death. Originally from the US, she traveled to China as a missionary and later established the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which has raised more than $1.5 billion (US) for missions since 1888. Many received salvation in Jesus during her years of ministry, but she endured difficult circumstances in the process. She suffered

ODB: Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.Lewis then turns the tables on us by pointing out that these frustrations a

ODJ: be patient

If you had the opportunity to handpick the members of your local church or small group, would you choose people who always . . .


• fail to do what they’re supposed to do?

• give you 10 reasons why your ideas won’t work?

• find it hard to consistently do God’s will?

I’m guessing you answered no to each one of those quest