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Category: Encouragement

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be happy enjoy life

This is how you can be happy and enjoy life

Happiness is not about what you have, it’s about who you are with. Happiness is about loving and being loved. It is relational.  If you truly want to be happy and enjoy life, it starts with understanding just how much God loves you. Once you get a grasp of that love, happiness will bubble out…
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spirit of doubt and unbelief

How the spirit of doubt and unbelief can strengthen your faith

When we are struggling with doubt and unbelief we don’t want a tidy scripture or a Sunday School answer. We want something that is going to reunite us with the comforting feeling of belief. But, feelings lie. Truth is deeper than a feeling.  Doubt and unbelief are actually building blocks of faith. Many of us…
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create your own happiness

Can you create your own happiness?

When you hear the word Christian, does happiness come to mind? The two can and should coexist. However, there are two big roadblocks to your happiness. The first is not understanding that God wants you to be happy and the second is getting in the way of our own happiness.  Have you heard the phrase,…
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amily friendly new year’s eve ideas

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve party ideas

We’ve gathered a few family-friendly New Year’s Eve ideas for you to enjoy. These tips will give you the time you need with the littles while leaving you with plenty of time to ring in the New Year with your spouse or next-door neighbor. There is no need to spend hours on Pinterest when we’ve…
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new year’s resolution ideas

This should be everyone’s New Year resolution in 2020

As 2020 approaches, are you thinking of New Year’s resolutions? Every January 1st, people around the world commit to either give something up or introduce something beneficial into their lives.  Tips on how to create a new year’s resolution idea  In Ecclesiastes, we read that there is nothing new under the sun. If you are…
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benefit of giving

The 5 Ws of giving

The giving of your time and your money is a key component of the Christian faith. It’s also a hot topic that many of us find cringe-worthy. Have you ever been part of a group that felt as though they always had their hands out? Did it turn you off from participating? The church shouldn’t…
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be ye in the world but not of the world

What does it mean to be in the world but not of the world?

We’ve been talking about enjoying life, finding happiness and living to the fullest. Part of doing this is to be in the world but not of the world. Let’s break that phrase down.  Your self-control is going to determine what gets control of your life. Your self-control in every area of your life determines who…
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live your life to the fullest

Are you living your life to the fullest?

Are you living your life to the fullest or are you sleepwalking through life? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the past or a future that feels unobtainable? We can easily get stuck in these kinds of thoughts. They are the greatest thief in the present.  The mind can play tricks on us and hold…
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who is your neighbor

Who is your neighbor & who are you in the story

In a retelling of the Good Samaritan by Godly Play listeners are asked, “Who is your neighbor?” The piece representing each character is picked up slowly and one by one the children are asked, “Is this your neighbor? Is the priest your neighbor? Is the one who was robbed and left for dead your neighbor?…
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Making peace with imperfection can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Learn how to make peace with yourself with God’s help.

How to make peace with your past

Making peace with your past means accepting your own imperfections and seeing who you are through God’s eyes. Sometimes it is easier to forgive others than to forgive yourself. In fact, making peace with yourself can be downright impossible when you are holding on to “stuck” points.  Shame is not of God Guilt motivates us…
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