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A Fiery Crucible for Your Heart

In one of Tom Cruise's newest movies, The Edge of Tomorrow, there is a line that gets repeated multiple times and really serves as the underlying plot as well as the big takeaway. Cage plays a soldier who winds up repeating a battle over and over... and over again, learning from his mistakes each time. His commanding officer, Master Sergeant Farell, tells him on the morning of every repeat that, "Glorious combat (is) the fiery crucible, where the only true heroes are …

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Praise: Life’s Toughest of Tests

Jesus' followers are constantly being tested - not in the sense that He's trying to make us fail, but in the sense that He's preparing us to pass. He tests us through trials and troubles, just as a craftsman "tries" or purifies metals in intense and melting heat. But the toughest of tests isn't loneliness or loss. It isn't suffering. It's praise. "Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised." ~ [youversion]Proverbs 27:21 …

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Pastor, Find a Good Perspective

Today was interesting. Little things were already mounting up before I left the house this morning and my perspective became, "this is a cruddy day." Then I attended a memorial service in which a fellow Pastor and Saddleback staff member was preaching the funeral message of his beloved wife. He challenged us to sing and to worship, which we did. Perspective. …

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