Category Archives: 5 Minute Focus

Posts that reflect meaning through Christ and biblical teachings.

Five Minute Focus: A Mighty God

Last night I was reading Noah’s story, and of course, it felt much more realistic with the storms raging outside at the same time. The thunder shook the house, the lights flickered and at that moment I was awed by … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: A Lesson From Sarah

Trusting God to fulfill what He says He will complete in your life: do you struggle with this, because oftentimes I do. Sarah, Abraham’s wife did also, even to the point where she laughed when God promised her the gift … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Heavenly Father

I’m getting my first dose of parenting–well–with being ‘mom’ to three exchange students in their early twenties that stay with me in my house. There isn’t too much of an age difference between us, but as we go through life’s … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Looking Towards the Future

On my way to work the other day, I was listening to radio programming about human trafficking. It got me thinking about an article I read last summer about the FBI rescuing over 3600 children from sex trafficking over an … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Hot Water

Well, my water heater decided to leak and flood my basement over the weekend. The plumber still hasn’t come to fix it, so therefore, I have to turn the water to the house on and off to get what I … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Never Underestimate

I didn’t get much sleep last night. I was disappointed, frustrated, and confused over a situation. I didn’t understand, and was wondering what God was up to. A lot of times, when things don’t go our way or how we … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus:On Those Final Days

I watched a movie yesterday where the police were called judges and depending on your actions at that moment, delivered your conviction without trial. Most punishments included the loss of life. This movie got me thinking about man as being … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Happiness vs. Joy

What’s the difference between happiness and joy? According to the world, happiness is gained by stuff, fame, and achievement. Sadly, though, happiness is fleeting. Joy on the other hand, is so much deeper. It’s a rooted satisfaction of knowing that … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: How Great is Our God

A great empire, 600,000 Israelites, a mass exodus, rivers of blood, swarms of locusts, great pillars of fire, manna. Have you ever really thought about the account of Moses? Taken it at its face value in truth—not just a children’s … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Focus

Have you ever gone bowling with a rowdy group of friends who try to distract you right before you throw the ball? They might tease you, or touch the ball–just so that you can pitch it right in the gutter … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Running Away

Finally, my cat succeeded to squirt between my feet and run out into the freedom of the world beyond the house. All last week she was bound and determined to get out and finally succeeded. In her days being ‘trapped’ … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Yearbook Christians

Remember that golden time during the school year when we each received a fresh-off-the-press yearbook? What was the first thing we would do—flip through all of the pages and find pictures of ourselves, right? Sometimes, we would get to the … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Fishers of Men

I really enjoy fishing, even though I haven’t had a chance to go in over a year. I’ve been wanting to for a while, especially when I see everyone else enjoying themselves out in boats on the cranberry marshes. Yearning … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Sin

I wasn’t paying attention the other day when I was in my garden, and of course, stepped on a huge thistle with my bare foot. Days later, I’m still in pain and trying to locate the clear thorns that have … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Renown of Christ

Do you know what the word renown means? Here are a few synonyms to help you out if you are unsure: celebrity, glory, distinction, eminence. On my drive to work each morning, I listen to the National Public Radio news … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Choosing to Heal

I’m sure that we can all think of a time in our lives when we have been hurting, weather due to a loss of a loved one, a nasty divorce, denial from a raise at work, or even being ignored … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Forgiveness

How many times are we to forgive someone? The Bible says seventy times seven, or in other words, as many times as it takes. However, it doesn’t mean that we don’t hold the other person accountable when they say "I’m … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Faith and Deeds

James 2:26 says that as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. What does this mean to Christians in the 21st century? Does it mean that we must earn our way to heaven by … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Who’s On First?

I really love the game of softball–I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s because I get to spend time playing with a group of people that I enjoy being around. I usually sign up for the church league softball team every … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Learning from Man’s Best Friend

Whenever I come home from a long day of work, I look to one of the windows in my house and see an excited, smiling face peering out at me. My dog, Mattie, is always there waiting in great anticipation … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Remain Teachable

I was reading an article recently that was geared towards twenty-somethings and one piece of advice that it gave was to remain teachable. It suggested finding a mentor, such as a pastor, teacher, or someone in your life that will … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: By Faith

Hebrews 11 defines faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Confidence and assurance are strong words that demonstrate a relationship of absolute trust in our Lord. Hebrews 11 continues on to … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Early Morning Sunrise

Recently, I’ve had to learn to wake up at around 5 a.m. during weekdays. It’s definitely not my choice, but I slog out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and head outside for morning chores. On a rare occasion, … Continue reading

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Five Minute Focus: Giving Motives

I just finished reading the story of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi, and there are many great concepts in their story for us to think about. Ruth always seems to get the most attention out of all involved, but today I … Continue reading

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