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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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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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How to Live Like Jesus

Once you decide to live like Jesus, this comes next

For those who wonder how to live like Jesus, there is a wealth of information available through local churches, blogs, books, peers and Google. Depending on who you ask, you’ll receive to-do lists, don’t-do lists, a magic prayer and maybe a new schedule of meeting times. If this is you, I want to relieve you…
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What Does It Mean If Your Prayers Aren’t Answered?

What does it mean if your prayers aren’t answered?

Mark 11:24 tells us that whatever we ask in prayer will be ours, so when prayers go unanswered questions start popping up. It can only be one of two answers, right? Either our faith wasn’t big enough or God isn’t listening. Let’s dig deeper. One of the men who was with Jesus when He said…
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Have You Ever Felt Like God Has Let You Down?

Have you ever felt like God has let you down?

Life gets messy. If there is one constant in all of our lives, it is that hardship will come, trauma will find us, pain is on its way. Do I sound pessimistic enough for you? The flip side is that life equally hands us the beautiful moments. And yet still I’d much rather avoid the…
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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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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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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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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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What Christianity Has to Learn from Other Systems of Belief

What Christianity has to learn from other systems of belief

The first question to ask is, do you know anyone who practices a religion other than Christianity? If not, why not? If so, have you learned anything about your own system of belief from listening to theirs?  It may be surprising to discover how much we have in common with other systems of belief. Did…
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