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An Apprentice Going For It With Courage

Hidden Nuggets Series #94 – “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.” – Joshua 1:6

As Joshua stood on the doorsteps of Canaan he must have felt a tremendous sense of dread looking into the land. His mentor Moses had died and now he had been given the responsibility of escorting a nation into its new home. Millions of people were counting on him as their next leader.

be strong and courageousThere was no more standing in Moses’ shadow.

No more following orders.

No more on the job training.

Joshua, you are now the man.

I doubt you or could really appreciate what Joshua was going through. He’s following an iconic leader, a man – no check that – a prophet for which the Bible says none had arisen like him – a person whom the Lord had known face to face (Deut. 34:10).

Moses’ leadership abilities were superb…his strength in adversity unique…his humility, patience and perseverance unmatched.

To follow that must have been intimidating. Even though he’d been tutored as Moses’ right hand man, Joshua must have felt like the coach who is instilled as the new leader after the iconic master who has been at a program for decades steps down. Surely Joshua thought he’d fail because he couldn’t live up to the standards of his predecessor or the expectations of the masses.

How could he move forward with such a great task?

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The Ultimate Safety Tip For Using Your Visa Debit Card

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One of the many complaints I hear about using a debit card for transactions is that they are not as safe as a credit card. Credit card transactions give consumers protection to dispute charges, thereby ensuring a thief does not wipe out their entire … [Continue reading]

How to Bug Proof Your Home Inside and Out

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We've had our share of bug issues in the home recently. Most notable we've had a constant stream of ants in the kitchen all summer long. It seems every morning - no matter what we do to clean - we find a few scurrying through our kitchen. I know … [Continue reading]

7 Popular Work at Home Schemes and How to Spot Them

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You open your email one morning and there it is ­– the most enticing, perfect job offer you've ever seen. “Be part of one of America’s fastest growing industries. Earn thousands of dollars a month from home!” the ad reads. The best part is the … [Continue reading]

Buying the Blessing of God

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Hidden Nuggets Series #93 - "...he offered them money saying, 'Give me this power also...'" (Acts 8:19) Throw a few greenbacks in the offering plate and be showered with blessings from on high. If only it were that easy. Think giving to … [Continue reading]

What to Do If Your Wallet or Purse Is Stolen

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“My wallet's gone!” Aren't those words horrifying to even think about. There have been several instances in my life when I truly thought my wallet had been stolen. Those moments filled me with such fear and anxiety I could hardly think … [Continue reading]

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

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Most adults realize the dangers of identity theft and take reasonable steps to protect themselves. However, did you know that child identity theft is a growing problem? In fact, The Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin estimates … [Continue reading]

When Giving Money Is the Wrong Gift

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Hidden Nuggets Series #92 - “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Can all your problems be fixed with a gift of money? Silly question…of course … [Continue reading]

10 Important Money Questions You Need to Ask Your Partner Before Marriage

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Like many of you my wife and I went through marriage counseling before we tied the knot. I’d recommend that for anyone. One would think you could get to fully know your partner through dating. You really can’t, not 100%. Dating is all about making … [Continue reading]

A Time For Choosing Freedom

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Eerily, this man's words, penned in 1964, are coming true on many levels: "Every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement...[and] policies of accommodation..." "If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and … [Continue reading]

How to Manage Your Side Hustle and Family Life So You Don’t Go Insane

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There may come a time in your life where you want to or need to create a side hustle to earn extra income. A side hustle can be many things depending on your skills and the depth of your need. Regardless what you choose it will be something you do on … [Continue reading]