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What to Do When It Is Hard to Trust God

What to do when it is hard to trust God

Difficult times will come; in fact, God never promised that this life would be easy. We get things twisted when we start believing that God is a genie up in the sky pouring out our wish list because, you know, we do good and stuff. Nope. That’s not who God is.  Nowhere in the Bible…
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10 Peacemakers That Should Influence You

10 Peacemakers That Should Influence You

What does it mean to be a peacemaker? First and foremost, it is not having an absence of conflict or accommodating all sides. There are times when compromise is not the answer. When injustice and oppression happen, claiming there is good on all sides and seeking to find the middle ground is not peacemaking. Allowing…
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What Does It Mean to Surrender to God in Today’s World?

What does it mean to surrender to God in today’s world?

If you’ve grown up in the church at all, chances are high you’ve heard it said, “Do not conform to this world; instead, strive to be counterculture. But what does that mean?” Especially if the culture you are inundated in is the Westernized church.  Let’s break this down, because what Scripture says is not what…
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Dealing With Rejection as a Christian

Dealing with rejection as a Christian

No matter what faith or community you associate yourself with, you will experience rejection at some point in your life. At no point am I saying that dealing with rejection is unique to Christians; what I am saying is that Christians have been empowered uniquely to deal with rejection.  Created for relationship God is a…
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The Ripple Effect of Suicide on Your Family and Friends

The ripple effect of suicide on your family and friends

Suicide does not take one life; instead, it impacts the lives of all the people surrounding the one who loses the fight. The ones impacted the most are family and friends, but the ripple effect continues outward to co-workers, classmates, the faith community, service providers, friends of the family, friends of friends and so on.…
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Finding Peace in Seasons of Turmoil

Finding peace in seasons of turmoil

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Who was Jesus talking to when He said these words at the Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6 and Matthew 5)? He was speaking to a group of people who knew what it meant to be poor, to wonder where their next meal was coming from and to live…
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The Mistake of Believing That the Christian Life Should Be Pain-Free

The mistake of believing that the Christian life should be pain-free

It is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that the Christian life should be pain-free. But Jesus never promised to take away the pain of this world. He did promise to be with us through it all. One of the beautiful truths of the Christ story is that God willingly chose to…
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Discovering Wonder and Awe

Finding space for wonder and awe in a distractful world

The modern world is very fast paced. A lot of things vie for our attention: social media, cell phones, television, video games, friends, family, work . . . the list could go on. The problem with spreading your attention so thin is that you can easily lose focus on developing your relationship with God. Now,…
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Beauty and Self-Image

How our perception of beauty is affecting our mental health

Cosmetic companies, clothing companies and Instagram models all teach us one common thing: Physical beauty is important. However, constantly throwing physical beauty in the face of the public creates unhealthy self-images in a lot of people.  So why do we see such a massive portrayal of physical beauty in commercials, on billboards and on social…
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Science & Faith

Faith and science: Is it possible for them to coexist?

One of the most common reasons someone who is not a Christian (or a follower of any faith, really) has not faith is because of science. They believe that science has taught us and shown us things that are empirically provable in ways that faith is not. And, in some ways, they’re right.  However, this…
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