WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Aurora Colony Vineyards’ Owner John Moore shares inspirational messages about life!

WISDOM AND SUCCESSFUL LIVING SERIES

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Ten

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Ten

Finishing the Race Successfully. WISDOM AND SUCCESSFUL LIVING – Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Nine

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Nine

The Primacy of Prayer in our Life – Guarantees and Non-Guarantees WISDOM AND SUCCESSFUL LIVING – Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Eight

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Eight

Understanding the Spiritual Anatomy of the Sick WISDOM AND SUCCESSFUL LIVING – Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Seven

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Seven

Ministry to the Sick – Prayers for the Saints SUCCESSFUL LIVING: Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Six

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Six

I Promise! I Promise! – Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Six

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Thanksgiving – The Best of the Holidays

Thanksgiving – The Best of the Holidays

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Or maybe not the best of the holidays for many, as evidenced by the lines at food banks.  Few recent years have rivaled and compared to the...

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Five

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Five

Mercy and Compassion Without Limits – The Life of Job Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Much of understanding the Biblical story starts with understanding the character of God. ...

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Four

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Four

Pain that Leads to Reward Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James You know the well-worn truism, “No Pain, No Gain”?  I am not naturally fond of that saying!  When the strong...

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LIFE AFTER ELECTIONS 2020:  HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE

LIFE AFTER ELECTIONS 2020: HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE

Studies in Romans 13 “Politics has turned the lofty ideal of equality into the ugly reality of resentments of other people’s achievements — and a feeling that the world owes you...

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Three

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Three

Patience as the Ultimate Virtue for a Christian Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James James now transitions from prophetic admonition, you too, be patient and stand firm...

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Two

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Two

Caution, Complaining Christians Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James One interesting exercise is to imagine that your conversation is being recorded and printed for your benefit...

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part One

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part One

Jesus is Coming Again Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James As we have said, sometimes the hardest thing about life is it is so daily!  Standing in, standing firm, keeping our eyes...

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The Danger of Wealth – Part Two

The Danger of Wealth – Part Two

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Okay, we jumped over the skeptical fence last week.  To the skeptic who says, “Bring it on” to the dangers of wealth, James speaks...

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The Danger of Wealth – Part One

The Danger of Wealth – Part One

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Yea. Right.  The danger of Wealth.  Bring it on!  We are some blend of cynical, cavalier and greedy when it comes to wealth.  Some current...

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Applications of Humility

Applications of Humility

Be Slow to Anger – Part 5 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James James continues in his black and white descriptions of good and evil.  He has knocked us off our...

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Applications of Repentance

Applications of Repentance

Be Slow to Anger – Part 4 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Last week, James faced us squarely with inconsistent living that was transparent infidelity to God and choosing life...

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A Call for Repentance

A Call for Repentance

Be Slow to Anger – Part 3 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Have you ever asked yourself, when do major life changes happen, if ever?  In those around me?  In...

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CAUTION – NO FENCE SITTING!

CAUTION – NO FENCE SITTING!

Be Slow to Anger – Part Two Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Much of life is, by necessity, compromise, finding the middle ground, seeing mediated solutions, and understanding...

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Be Slow to Anger

Be Slow to Anger

Part One Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James The summary verse that outlines this New Testament book is James 1:19.  We are now in our third section which will finish the book –...

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A Cacophony of Words

A Cacophony of Words

Slow to Speak – Part 4 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James We live in a world where actions and speech are too often ill-advised, not thought out, and spoken with social...

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How to Measure Genuine Humility in Life

How to Measure Genuine Humility in Life

Quick to Listen – Part 3 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things attract more than genuine humility; few things repel faster than phony humility.  For James, the...

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Pride and Humility

Pride and Humility

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Have you ever noticed that life is something about avoiding extremes?  The pendulum swings between self-loving...

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Finishing the Race

Finishing the Race

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:  Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things in life are move valuable than experience.  Admittedly, it is wearing on the soul at...

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Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Unlikely players in the Biblical narrative – the unlikely but real Heroes of the Faith.  Rahab, a prostitute, a Gentile outside the Jewish...

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Faith, Works & Maturity

Faith, Works & Maturity

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James We are in a very contemporary discussion – frankly a dispute – about history in our country.  The foolish actions of some to tear down statues and...

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Counterfeit Belief Systems

Counterfeit Belief Systems

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Two of the greatest theological errors in America are the following: I am a Christian because (1) I was born in America, or I was born to a...

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Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Mercy Over Judgment (Part 2) In even the most simple analysis, we are born and grow, we increase in size and stature – hopefully with wisdom –...

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Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James I am amazed at the blend of self-righteousness and self-deception.  This is a combination that, like oil and water, never mixes, and only...

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The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

As is often in life for those of us committed to living like Jesus, the price tags are all wrong!  Least is most, last is first, and here, the poor are wealthy! James 2:5-7 5Listen, my dear...

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Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James One bedrock principle of the Church is that the ground at the base of the cross is level.  All are sinners.  All are in need of...

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True Measure of Living

True Measure of Living

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James On this holiday weekend, many are less fortunate.  We do not have the luxury of living separate and apart from the needs and challenges of our...

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Cultivating a Consistent Life

Cultivating a Consistent Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things frustrate me more, personally, or professionally, than the need to repeat myself, or remind myself, of what I or others have known...

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More Listening Less Talking

More Listening Less Talking

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James To date, we have drawn out six lessons from James 1.  This is strategic and important because it both defines how to live successfully...

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The Ups and Downs of Life

The Ups and Downs of Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 6 of 12 In our pilgrimage through the New Testament, defining skillful living and wisdom and success, we have seen the following: For God’s people, He tailor...

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 5 of 12 So far in this series, we are working on understanding living successfully with wisdom.  So long as we have the gift of life and health, the...

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Four Eternal Truths

Four Eternal Truths

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 4 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily...

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Learning From Life Circumstances

Learning From Life Circumstances

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 3 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily...

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When I Am Confused about What to Do

When I Am Confused about What to Do

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 2 of 12 Advocating skillful living is all well and good – even kind of lofty – but what happens if I am confused about what to do, I come up short on...

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Life Lessons from Hard Times

Life Lessons from Hard Times

Part 1 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes...

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Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Part Two of Two Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes...

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Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Part One of Two Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes...

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Wealth vs Real Happiness

Wealth vs Real Happiness

Money and Financial Gain & Greed – Part Three of Three Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our...

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Money and Financial Gain & Greed

Money and Financial Gain & Greed

Part Two of Three Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that...

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The Gremlin of Greed

The Gremlin of Greed

Money and Financial Gain – The Gremlin of Greed That Surrounds Us – Part One of Three To date, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It...

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Making Good Life Judgments

Making Good Life Judgments

Wisdom & Successful Living Quality and Span of our Lives.  It seems life gets increasingly complex as we modernize and move into the 21st century.  Take medical alternatives for...

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Importance of Self-Assessment

Importance of Self-Assessment

Wisdom & Skillful Living Building off of our previous narratives, where we concluded that in the pace and rush of our lives, we need to slow down and consider wise living – living...

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Surround Yourself with Good Influences

Surround Yourself with Good Influences

Wisdom & Successful Living Apart from the news of Kobe Bryant’s death and reflections on the shortness, surprises and vicissitudes of life,  we have been working to establish...

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Wisdom as a Life Skill

Wisdom as a Life Skill

Another of my favorite series of TV ads right now features Pinocchio.  In the story of Pinocchio, a little puppet gets his wish: He loses the strings that had been used to control his...

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Pursuing Wisdom & Successful Living

Pursuing Wisdom & Successful Living

With 20/20 Vision With the start of this new year, I want to not only keep you apprised of what is happening at Aurora Colony Vineyards but also weave in some life lessons that I hope will...

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