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“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20, ESV) Temper tantrums are not cute, but toddlers and young children use them when they can’t get their own way. They may kick, scream, throw themselves on the floor, or even bang their heads. I once babysat a toddler who was a master of temper tantrums. The parents called from the restaurant to check on Miss Tantrum and seemed utterly surprised at the complete silence in the background.…

“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” Acts 16:25 We sing songs in our worship services quite often about how worship can change a situation, and we proclaim and believe that worship can set us free. This story in Acts is a perfect example of that. Paul and Silas had been severely flogged. They were stripped, beaten and publicly humiliated, then thrown into a dark and cold prison cell. Their feet were then fastened in stocks, and thus began a very uncertain future for these two men. After all…

“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 We have been looking at the attributes that Jesus manifested while here on earth, and how we can express those same qualities so that others will see Jesus in us. As we read the stories of Jesus while He was on earth, His compassion is so evident.  He healed the sick, raised the dead, restored sight to the blind, and even met the needs of a crowd of hungry people.  He In one place, it says He…