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“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” (Proverbs 27:19, ESV) If you have ever gone on a job interview, you probably did your best to make a good first impression. Hopefully, you dressed neatly, combed your hair, and had good hygiene. (And turned your cell phone off!) Although an interview is only the first step of the process leading to a job, we understand that the prospective employer seeks confirmation you will make a good employee. Samuel, the Old Testament prophet and judge, was on a mission for the Lord—to anoint a new…

We all have them.  Some more than others.  James tells us to count them all joy (1:2), but it’s easier said than done. The book of Job offers wisdom for trusting God in times of distress.  When Job emerged from his test of faith, he told God, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5 NLT).  Job’s trouble transformed his knowledge of God from “crumbs of rumors” (42:5 MSG) to feasts of faith.  Here are three reminders to help us grow spiritually during trial seasons: 1. God’s plan is…

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. I Corinthians 9:25, NIV   “Of all the battles a SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) must fight, none is more important than their first- the battle of mind over body. Basic Underwater Demolitions and SEAL (BUD/S) instructors know the human machine is capable of amazing endurance even in the harshest of conditions and environments, but they also know the mind must be made to ignore the pleading of…