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How To Keep It Together When Life Is Falling Apart

Sometimes it’s hard to keep it together when life is falling apart. Twelve years ago I was holding my 8-week-old infant tightly to my chest as I watched flames licking the outside of my home. The soggy April ground seeped through my socks as I stood in the backyard watching my house burn from the top down. My 2-year-old thought it …

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God Wants To Know: Part 1 – Questions God Asks Us

Hey, God called while you were out and left a message for you. He has some questions and wants you to call Him back with the answers. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if we could speak directly and audibly with God whenever we had a question? I suspect your heart would skip a beat (as would mine!) if you noticed a …

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What If Your Relationship With God Is Not As Bad As You Think

Have you ever felt like your relationship with God isn’t quite what it should be? If you’ve been in church for a while, or have ever taken time to think about your relationship with God at all — you probably have felt this way at some point. It seems common for us to say and feel like our current Christian …

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What’s Better Than An Attitude Of Gratitude?

Pick up any self-help book, and it’ll tell you that an “attitude of gratitude” is the key to changing your life. Gratitude shifts your focus from the negative to the positive, they say. It will alter your mindset and make you happier. I don’t disagree, but I’d like to suggest that there’s more to it — another level, perhaps. Of all the …

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The Healing Power Of Words

We all know the words we speak to each other are very powerful. They can either help or hurt, encourage or discourage, build up or tear down. And we’ve heard so often — both as children and adults, both in and out of the church — how important it is to use our words rightly for others’ benefit. We know …

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

“Bloom where you are planted.” How often do we hear that phrase? It’s on that T-shirt you bought at Target three years ago, that print you want from that artist girl’s Etsy shop, that pin you pinned a few weeks ago on Pinterest … everywhere. Such a well-known and over-used phrase. But are you? Are you blooming where you are …

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Dating Advice From Saul And David

Dating advice starts with a question: Do you want a spouse or do you want God’s anointed, appointed helpmeet? Some people may question the difference. If I find someone willing to marry me, won’t they automatically become my helpmeet? No, not necessarily. To further explain, let’s look at the lives and legacies of King Saul and King David. Both men …

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Should Christians Meet Every Need?

There’s a good chance you know someone who’s going through a difficult time. If not, take a quick scroll through your social media newsfeed or a brief listen to the national news networks, and you’ll hear of people facing horrible realities. Just within the last few weeks, we’ve seen innocent people attacked — from Dallas, Texas, to Nice, France. Daily, …

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When Believing In God Gets You In Trouble

Believing in God and His power has gotten me into trouble a time or two. Now before you grab your torch and pitchfork, hear me out. Believing in God and knowing of His power doesn’t require much of me. It doesn’t rub against my flesh in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I have believed in God all my life …

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When God Does A New Thing

When I walk through a lively city park, I see excited children splash in water fountains and hear families laughing together on restaurant patios, and inexplicable joy penetrates my heart. Recently, on a perfect Saturday evening, distracted by this joy, I failed to notice the grassy areas devoid of Frisbee players or blanket layers. That is, until I nearly tripped …

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