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He Knew You

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ” – Jeremiah 1:4-6 Today I have comforting news, “Before you were born, He knew you.“ God called Jeremiah as a young man to be a prophet. The Bible states, “The word of the Lord came to me saying ‘before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ” Isn’t it reassuring that God feels this about you as well? God was looking forward to you being born. Before you were born, He knew you. He knew you would have failures and make mistakes; He still has a dream and a plan for you. Out of

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Excuses Don’t Cultivate Excellence

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’ Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” – Genesis 4:6-8 Yesterday we looked at the story of Cain and Abel and how we can learn what it means to give God our best and not our leftovers. Today, I want to talk about one more thing from their story that can help us to excel in our work — don’t make excuses. Interestingly, after God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, he gave him a chance to do better — to

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