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Month: September 2019

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What Does It Mean to Be a Christian in a World With So Many Faiths?

What does it mean to be a Christian in a world with so many faiths?

A quick search online will answer how many belief systems are in place today. The answer? Roughly 4,200. Christianity holds the spot as the world’s largest religion, but within that category there are many different versions of the faith. According to an article in Psychology Today there are 30,000 different flavors of Jesus out in…
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Recovering From Pain and Taking Care of Yourself

Recovering from pain and taking care of yourself

When trauma of any kind occurs, it is imperative that you take care of yourself. Just as your body needs healing from a physical injury, your spirit needs healing following emotional pain. Often stigma, shame and fear overpower the drive to seek help. This isn’t your fault. It’s a problem within our culture, a problem…
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It’s OK to Struggle With Doubts of Your Faith

It’s OK to struggle with doubts of your faith

“Just have faith!” It’s a cliche that gets thrown around at church and in the Christian community. The words are trite and come with an underlying message that your problems stem from a lack of faith, but do they? Is there really anything wrong with struggling through doubt? Or is there a purpose to doubt? …
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Should the Church Take a Position on Gun Violence or Gun Rights?

Should the church take a position on gun violence or gun rights?

Whether the church should take a position on gun violence or gun rights arises following every mass shooting. It is a question worth addressing following the recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. For those of us in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Pulse nightclub will always be fresh on…
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How Should Christians Deal With Mental Health Issues?

How should Christians deal with mental health issues?

Christians should deal with mental health issues by creating a culture of transparency, acceptance and education. We need to speak up against false narratives and stigmas that are perpetuated by leaders, media and peers. It is an issue that must be addressed boldly because it is a matter of life and death.  Why mental health…
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Human Struggles That Jesus Faced Just Like You

Human struggles that Jesus faced just like you

While Jesus walked the earth, people questioned His claim to being divine. Even today scholars argue about whether or not He was God in the flesh. But one thing is certain, no one seems to be at odds with the idea that Jesus was fully human.  Just as it is a mistake to believe that…
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Investigating the Little Idols in Your Life That Cast Big Shadows

Investigating the little idols in your life that cast big shadows

When you put your hope and trust in the provision rather than the provider, you lose your ability to be happy. It is a dependency on God that provides true happiness, and yet we still cling to the small idols in our life and allow them to cast shadows that steal our joy. When we…
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Loving the LGBTQ+ Community in the Church

Loving the LGBTQ+ community in the church

First, to love someone means that you are willing to sit down and listen to their story, to understand, to let your heart break for theirs and to rejoice with their rejoicing. To truly love the LGBTQ+ is to be willing to hear the hard truths of the rejection and alienation they have experienced from…
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When Loving Others Conflicts With Biblical Law

When loving others conflicts with biblical law

Everyone is talking about love lately. There’s even a presidential candidate harnessing the power of love on the debate stage and in her campaign. Perhaps the sudden focus is due to the extremities of hate that have surfaced in our American culture. One does not have to look far to see how hateful rhetoric turns…
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Is It Really Possible to Have a Personal Relationship With God?

Is it really possible to have a personal relationship with God?

There is a lot of talk at church about having a personal relationship with God, but what does that mean? How can we even begin to think that the Creator of the universe has the time to sit and be with me? Is it arrogant, misguided, or contradictory to what the Bible says? Because let’s…
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