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Apples of Gold

Apples of Gold contains articles to help you draw closer to God and grow in your worship of Him.  It is our desire that these truly will be words "fitly spoken" to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

When Life is Out of Control… How Should We Pray?

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Have the circumstances of life got you down? Are you overwhelmed? What grief are you experiencing, what anxiety, or anguish? Do you feel that God has forsaken you? Does it seem your prayers are unanswered?

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Friendliness: The Cure for Loneliness

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Loneliness plagues many people. One of the best ways to dispel that discouragement is to pour your life into someone else. Have you lost touch with acquaintances from days gone by? Let me encourage you to renew those old friendships. You may discover that old friend could use some encouragement, too!

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Role Reversal

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

One of the unique characteristics of basketball is how quickly the game changes from offense to defense. If the other team has the ball, I am playing defense. I need to move close to my opponent, getting between him and his goal. I have to watch the ball and try to steal it. But when my team has the ball, everything changes. Now I need to gain distance between me and the other players so that my teammate can pass the ball to me. Offense (to bounce the ball, pass it, and score baskets) demands a different set of skills than playing defense. When Coach announced defensive drills in practice, a lot of groans were heard. For many guys it was boring to work on defense, but when the game was in full swing we often found a good defense could give us the edge.

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This Little Light of Mine

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Jesus used the best analogies!

Think of the candle. In a dark room, it makes things visible that were hidden. The darker the room, the more noticeable the candle becomes. It is seen from anywhere in the room. It can be hidden by a shade, but continues to glow behind it. To be most effective, it is lifted high so the light can bounce around the room. By itself, a candle is not all that bright, but with a group of several candles, a large space can be illuminated.

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Witnessing Helps: Ice Breakers

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Matthew 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

These verses remind us of the mandate to share the good news of salvation with the world. When confronted with these words, many lost opportunities come to mind. Usually the missed opportunities are a result of our own fears. No wonder the disciples prayed for boldness!

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