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We've all experienced the disappointment that comes with being let down by another person. But what do you do when you feel like you've been let down by...God? In those moments, it's important to remember the evidence of His character that we see through His Word and through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son on our behalf. He promises to provide al…
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Humanity's struggle with sin is the very reason why Jesus had to come and die on our behalf -- and in doing so, He gave us the power through His Spirit to overcome the sin in our lives. Because God is love and overflows with love for us, He works through us to love people in supernatural ways, showing kindness and compassion to others in ways that …
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Ever felt "different" because you were a Christian? If you answered "yes", that's not actually a bad thing. As a follower of Christ, you've been chosen by God and set apart from this world to live out the calling He's placed on your life. Live in such a way that your life reflects the saving work that Jesus did for you on the cross -- and the work …
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Almost all of us have experienced the feeling that comes from believing somebody else's life is better, easier, happier, or more successful than ours. But comparison is the thief of joy, and God is focused on working with us from the inside out. Maybe you're in a season of waiting and wondering when God is going to move; trust Him, don't compromise…
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Jesus was the living, breathing, walking embodiment of servant leadership. All throughout the Gospels, he models for us what it means to humble ourselves in a position of servanthood in order to minister to others. As Christ followers, we shouldn't just be willing to serve those around us; we should strive to serve those around us in hopes that the…
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Billy Graham famously said, "Heaven is my home; I'm just traveling through this world." Can each of us say the same? In Scripture, we read that Jesus is preparing a place in Heaven for all those who choose to follow Him, but those who do not believe will not enter. The choice belongs to each of us -- and if we choose Jesus, then we have no time to …
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God blessed the Jews out of His love for them. He protected them from countless attempts to destroy the Jewish nation over thousands of years. When Jesus, a Jew, died on the cross, God raised Him from the dead to make salvation possible -- not only for the Jews, but each one of us. The only way into God's family is through His Son, Jesus Christ.…
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The difficulties we face are often symptoms of a root problem: sin. And while we can easily make the mistake of focusing on the symptoms, nothing will change in our circumstances until we deal with the problem. God gives us tools through Scripture to help us address our sin, and it's our responsibility to put those tools in our spiritual toolbox so…
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The Bible is clear on the reality of this world coming to a burning end. And the only way to be saved from an eternity burning in hell is by accepting salvation through Jesus Christ. When His blood covers our sins and makes us clean, our names are added to the Book of Life, and with that, we're given the promise of eternity spent with Him.…
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We learn by example. When we see and hear someone else, and they model a behavior, then we're better able to do the same thing ourselves. That's what discipleship is: seeing and hearing what it means to follow Jesus, living it out ourselves, then turning around and being an example to other people so both our lives and their lives can glorify God.…
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You've probably heard the phrase, "work smarter, not harder". When we wait on the Holy Spirit to move in His power, we avoid exhausting ourselves (and probably screwing things up in the process!) by trying to work out of our strength. And the power of the Holy Spirit doesn't just enable amazing results in our own lives -- it also moves us to be a w…
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God commissioned us to make disciples -- and that includes within our own families. We may have had a godly example in our own parents, or we may be setting a brand-new example for the next generation. The beautiful thing about God's Church is there are plenty of Christ-followers who are ready and willing to pour into other believers, and to model …
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There's an entire book of the Bible -- the book of Proverbs -- that's devoted to gaining wisdom. That's how important godly wisdom is! The Lord's waiting for us to ask Him for wisdom in our daily decisions, from the big ones all the way down to the seemingly small ones. Sometimes it comes from Him in prayer, and sometimes it comes in the form of li…
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Scripture helps light our feet every step of the way, and in doing do, it helps us avoid some of the pitfalls of sin. When we learn what the Bible says about our areas of weakness and temptation, we can use that knowledge to keep us from stepping off the path God intends for us. And as we use that light to illuminate our way, it also shines through…
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Scripture tells us of the covenant God made with the people of Israel. That covenant was then expanded and shared with the Gentiles through the saving power of Jesus Christ. That means for all of us who believe, we have been given the right to become children of the living God, Who promises to take care of us. The question is: do you believe that G…
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Jesus didn't say that we might have troubles in this life; He guaranteed that we will. Hard times will come, but God designed His Church to be a body of believers who can comfort one another during those times. He wants to use us, not just to help each other, but so that His peace can be made known to the world in the midst of difficult seasons.…
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God used a handful of people to establish His Church and, in doing so, to reach the entire world. More than 2000 years later, the impact that those obedient disciples of Jesus made on generations of Christians who followed has set a path for us to continue the work of the Gospel. May we strive to emulate their commitment and submission to bring all…
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If you have an ex that you haven't forgiven, you run the risk of carrying around a bitterness that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Jesus tells us not only to forgive our enemies, but to love and pray for them, too. When we forgive those who have hurt us, we experience freedom from the past, and the opportunity to let go and move on.…
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The devil draws so many people into believing the lie that this life is all that there is. The reality is: if we've accepted Christ as our Savior, then we have the promise of eternal life with Him. But even though Heaven is waiting for us in the end, that's not an excuse to coast through this world; we have a responsibility to finish out the things…
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Genealogy has become increasingly popular with the advent of modern technology that allows us to trace our DNA back through time. In the same way that we can see how the choices made by previous generations still impact our earthly lives today, we can also see the spiritual impact of those who have gone before us. It's not only important for us to …
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God made the Church to be His Bride by loving her enough to die for her. Do we, as the Church, respond accordingly in love? Foreplay is used to lead to intimacy in marriage, but in a spiritual way, it can be used to lead to intimacy with God. We need to give Him our time and attention, in worship and prayer, showing that our heart truly loves the O…
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Have you ever known somebody who has gone through unimaginable hardship, yet they exude complete and absolute joy? It's impossible to be void of joy when we're walking in the presence of God and living in true relationship with Him. That doesn't mean we're free from experiencing sorrow and suffering -- it means that no amount of sorrow or suffering…
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We sometimes talk about being a "yes" person like it's a bad thing. But when it comes to our walk with the Lord, giving our "yes" to Him is not only a choice we get to make, but the biggest privilege we could have. If you've said "no" until now, make this the moment to give Him your "yes" -- and never underestimate what He can do with the willingne…
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Sometimes, we allow the outside noise of the world to drown out God's voice because we're afraid of what He's trying to say to us. Other times, we just plain get distracted. Regardless, when we stop to listen and He tells us what to do, it's our job to respond with immediate obedience. Listening only makes an impact when it's followed by action.…
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Some people heard the stories of the Bible before they were even out of the womb, and they grew up knowing the Gospel message by heart. But for many others, the words of Scripture are brand new. If we're in the first group, may we never make new believers feel stupid, but always be ready to graciously answer questions and help to teach; if we're in…
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