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Mary Loudermilk

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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…

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13: 15, NKJV) Is it possible to live a lifestyle of constant praise? What would our lives be like if we were to develop the habit of constant God-consciousness? To acknowledge Him as part of every moment of every day sounds like a blessed way to live. Why Is Praise Important? To list the many reasons praise is important would be a lengthy task—if even possible. We could note God’s love, goodness, mercy, power, greatness,…

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”  (Titus 3:1-2, English Standard Version) I don’t think it’s my imagination that respect for one another has declined within our society. We have forgotten how to treat others with common courtesy. And we can be quite vocal in our rudeness. This lack of respect can be seen in family life, the workplace, toward leadership, and across social levels. The effects of…