The Process of Change

People often ask how change happens and how to move away from unhealthy traits. A good place to start is by understanding that change is ...

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Graciously Receiving and Giving

This was brought home to me rather forcefully one Christmas season several years ago. A man in our church congregation drove over to our home ...

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3 Specific Ways to Prepare Your Heart to Make Big Moves for God

I recently talked with author and leader Jennie Allen about the exciting but scary choice to live with holy ambition. As you’ve heard me discuss, ...

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How I Study My Bible

The Bible is God’s ultimate communication with His people. Most of what you need to know about God’s plan and His desire for your life ...

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To Follow Jesus, You Have to Persevere. But How?

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, while people answered His call to follow Him, not all became lifelong followers. The Gospel of John tells us of ...

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God’s Antidote to Worry

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just pick up the phone and talk to God? In a sense, we can. We can talk to ...

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Cultivate Positive Emotion

No matter how much positivity you have in your life these days, if you turn on the news, you're bound to feel stress and negative emotions ...

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Authenticity: Where We Meet God

But did you ever think that sensing the presence of God happens when you laugh at a good joke or cry at a great loss? ...

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Biblical Guidelines for Christian Meditation

Kati Metro, 74, was hiking near Phoenix, Arizona, when she fell, injuring her face, wrist, and hip. A rescue helicopter flew in, and workers strapped ...

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The Truth About Life in Christ

In this passage, the apostle Paul outlines four Truths about our life in Christ to encourage us as we seek to live for Him. We ...

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A Sacrifice of Praise

“Eat your vegetables,” was a familiar command of my mother. She might as well have said, “take a bath,” or some other edict that no ...

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How Can You Hear From God?

While some claim to hear audibly from God, the New Testament never says we’ll hear from Him in this way. Instead, it encourages us that ...

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Lessons from Tilly

My daughter, Kailey, just got a golden retriever puppy named Tilly. Tilly is a sweet, soft, fluffy ball of furr and energy. Kailey got Tilly ...

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Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

What do your prayers sound like to other people? Are you expressing submission to the Lord and His will for your life? Or do you ...

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First Steps in the Christian Life

The life of a new Christian is both exciting and daunting. As a former atheist, my early experiences as a Christian were filled with opportunities ...

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Making Way for Joy

All too often many of us tend to stuff our hurtful or confusing feelings. We trade our grief or sorrow for anger. But in order ...

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The Strength of Serving Others

Jesus said a strong thing to Peter when He spoke these words: “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John ...

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How to Read The Bible: 5 Memorable Steps to Transformation

When asked, people within the church have a hard time answering some basic questions about the Christian faith. Questions like: Who is Jesus? Who is ...

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