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Nate Stevens

A missionary kid raised in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens is a lifelong student of Scripture. He has enjoyed a 36-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of "Matched 4 Life," "Matched 4 Life Workbook," "Deck Time with Jesus," and contributes to the Moments book series (Divine Moments, Spoken Moments, Stupid Moments, etc.). He co-leads a singles ministry in the Charlotte, NC area and is a popular speaker / teacher at conferences, seminars and Bible study groups, speaking on a wide variety of topics. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife, Karen, and is an active dad with two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.

What You Can Learn From My Spiritual Limp

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched. And he was limping because of his hip. –Genesis 32:24-25, 31 NIV My dad walked with a lifelong limp as the result of a …

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When Your Will Clashes With God’s Will

David inquired of God: “Shall I go?” The Lord answered him, “Go.” David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go…” (1 Chronicles 14:10, 14). Do you get mixed messages from God? No, I’m not committing heresy or expressing my disbelief in answered prayers. I am simply acknowledging that God moves in mysterious and, quite often, unexpected …

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C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

      To give them … the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the     planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has    clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered …

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When Your Spiritual Life Feels Like It’s Dying

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. –Mark 4:18-19 Is something choking your spiritual life? In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus outlined four different scenarios of seed planting. Some seed …

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The Problem With Unconditional Love

For God so loved the world … –John 3:16 The problem with unconditional love is the tendency to take it for granted. If I have to behave a certain way or do certain things to deserve the love I receive, I will undoubtedly try harder to please the one who loves me. But the absence of such requirements seems to …

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Release It Into God’s Hands

“If you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was.” I memorized that quote from a poster that hung on my bedroom wall throughout high school. It displayed a hand from which a dove was being released to fly away. It reminded me of the temporary nature of most teenage romantic relationships. …

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4 Beliefs About Relationships That Can Make Or Break A Marriage

        Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. –Ephesians 5:25         Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. –Mark 12:30 The relationship between Christ and the Church gives some interesting correlations when we apply that model to marriage relationships. God’s Word …

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How To Handle Rejection

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. –Psalm 34:18 (NIV) When you feel insignificant, abandoned or rejected, remember God sees where you are. And He throws no one away. I was recently betrayed and abruptly discarded by some friends over a silly misunderstanding. But God interrupted my rejection pity party by reminding …

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Four Apologies You Didn’t Know You Needed

    Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. –Luke 6:37 (NIV) While driving to church one Sunday morning, I noticed several signs warned of road improvements up ahead. That specific roadway was heavily traveled and in desperate need of repair. But after clunking …

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Is Hell Just Fake News?

If someone actually died and went to Hell, then came back to share his ordeal, would you listen? Better yet, would you believe it or just consider it a disconnected dissonance without his subconscious mind and perceived sense of judgment? With all the crazy and fake stories floating around, how could you prove his story’s accuracy? Even if it was …

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