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By Beth Livingston In 1974, Disney released a short film, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, including a plot where Tigger promises to “never bounce again”. The playful character was notable for bouncing. He didn’t walk much because he was always so joyful he bounced throughout the 100-Acre Wood in the classic tales of Winnie the Pooh. In the film, his whole demeanor changes as he trudges away from his friends to begin keeping his vow. For Tigger lovers, it was disturbing to see Tigger with his head drooping down and a downcast voice. It’s a fine example of losing one’s joy. His friends all agreed…

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By J. Stephen Lang Finding an Anchor for the Storms of Life The old sailor looked at the skies and saw a dark storm coming. As the sea became rough and choppy, the old salt calmly lowered the heavy-chained anchor link by link, battened down the hatches and went to bed for the night. He knew the storm would be rough. But he had faith in the grasp of the anchor. He knew his boat would be there in the morning. Hope Defined Like that sailor, we have an “anchor” for our lives that can help us stand fast through…

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Hope Is Real Where is my life headed? Martha Noebel On the way to work, I saw these words written on a sign at a local church. It said, “Hope Is Real.” I thought about it and (needless to say) agreed with the statement. But as I pondered the simple little phrase, I realized that for many people hope is not real. I believe that is one of the most important gifts we can give to another person, the gift of hope. You see, someone who is hopeless and alone usually cannot help themselves out of their situations. They have…

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By Cortney Wade It’s amazing how patient God is with us. What a blessing! There are times we don’t do things God wants us to do or what He wants us to step in because of fear. We encounter the fear of rejection, fear of change, or just fear of being uncomfortable for a season. When operating out of fear, you miss out on what God has for you. You can’t expect to grow if you fear change and God will make you feel uncomfortable when He is pushing you to grow. He wants you to get everything He has…

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By Jeff Wright The week’s been productive but exhausting. Mark has run nonstop for three days at this conference, meeting both clients and other industry reps. When he took this job, he was looking forward to adding travel to his responsibilities. It seemed important, fun, and even exotic. But life on the road was beginning to take its toll on both his marriage and his relationship with the kids. Today at lunch he meets Linda, a confident woman who captivates him with her business savvy and quick wit, not to mention her short skirt. For much of the afternoon he…

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