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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Updated Love - #4014
A childhood commitment, updated and confirmed as an adult. That's important when it comes to your relationship with the King - the King of all kings, that is. It may be that many years ago you made a childhood commitment to Jesus Christ. And a child's commitment to Jesus can be very real. In fact, Jesus didn't say children had to believe with adult-like faith - He said adults need to come to Him with faith like that of a little child.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Fresh Each Day - #4027
Getting it fresh - that’s not only a good idea at the bakery, but when it comes to picking up your provisions from heaven, too. God’s got new resources for you each new day. Mercies that are “new every morning” according to the Bible. (Lamentations 3:23) The reason so many of us are spiritually up and down, lacking the power we need, the strength we need, constantly being overwhelmed by the day’s events is that we aren’t stopping at God’s “bakery” each morning to pick up that day’s “bread.”

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Play-Doh Or Rock? - #4037
Unfortunately, there are way too many people who are just like Play-Doh - they keep changing shape - emotionally, that is. You never know if they're going to be up or down, happy or miserable, negative or positive, loving or selfish. As long as you run your life based on how you're feeling right now, you're going to be Play-Doh, constantly changing the shape you're in.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The King Thing - #4038
So that's the game - do something just because someone else says it. We're all grown up now, but some of us are still playing that game. Some of us have a tendency to let someone else do our thinking for us, and we just unthinkingly, uncritically go along with what they say. Especially if it's a Christian leader we really like and respect. Anything he or she says must be right. Not always.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Truth Alarm - #4040
Years ago, I asked God to install a spiritual smoke detector in my heart - one that would go off inside me whenever I was saying something that was less than the truth. I think we all need an inner alarm like that. Because lies do so much damage if you don't put them out right away.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Only Passing It On - #4047
The waitress is right. As much as I appreciate her service, she does not get the credit for the great dinner I'm eating. She's just passing on the good work that someone else did. So are we - as we score our victories, touch some lives, accomplish some good things. We are only serving up what someone else actually has done - what God has done.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Unbaptized Hand - #4055
This "withholding approach" to Christian commitment has a long history. It goes back at least as far as the incident in our word for today from the Word of God, beginning in Acts 5:1.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Everyone's First Class - #4066
The challenge is to make sure we don't have the people in our life divided into two categories, like most airplanes do. OK, over here are the people I treat special, and here are the people I give something less than my best to. See, our human nature tends to turn it on a little more when the person has some money, or when they're physically attractive, when they're "important," when they've got a great personality, when they can help us in some way or make us look good or feel good.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Power Sharing - #5288
You may be able to share your encouragement with someone who doesn't have much encouragement; your knowledge in an area where they could use some help. The point is that you look around at what you can give, and you keep your eyes open for people who need it. You have some, they have a little, and if you share what you have, you could both have enough.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Bouncing Back when You Blow It - #3801
Maybe it's a pattern you know all too well. Like a dieter, you've made up your mind to change--to do things Jesus' way. You're living right, you're doing well. But one day you mess up and fall back into something the old you would do. And you feel ashamed. Now right here is the point--in dieting or being a disciple--that will determine whether or not this is a brief detour or a huge defeat. What will you do when you've blown it? Now, you can clean up or give up.