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How Hannah Found an Audacious, Extraordinary Hope in God

Are you a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” kind of person? It seems to me that some of us are genetically wired to be “half full” people; we have this tendency to look on the bright side of things and be full of hope. And some of us aren’t. Some of us see hopelessness in every situation, no matter what.

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6 Powerful Examples of Thanksgiving in the Bible

There is so much to be thankful for in this life. God blessed humanity with a beautiful world to live in, the opportunity to have meaningful relationships with others, and the offer of eternal salvation for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. People can be thankful when there is needed rain, or sunshine after lots of cloudy days.

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3 Things to Do Immediately When You Feel You've Lost Your Spiritual Edge

The floating axe head miracle in 2 Kings serves as a great teaching metaphor of a common, modern problem: even when doing everything right, Christians can lose their passion, or their “edge” in life and ministry.

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How Can Christians Embrace the Fact of Their Mortality?

My grandfather was a real “man’s man.” I remember him as being big and strong, even with the prosthetic leg he had from the knee down. When he would put it on, he would say, “It’s time for me to become The Bionic Man,” and back then, I believed he really did have a super robot leg like Steve Majors on the TV show.

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How to Be an Authentic, True Representation of Christ

Of all the things we could say about social media, one thing is certain: it should remind us that our lives are on display for all to see. Posting photos, sharing links and writing comments opens up our lives...

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Does God Still Speak to Us?

If you’ve been around church people for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard them say, “God spoke to me, and told me to….” And maybe you’ve wondered, whatever do they mean by that?

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How to Live Out God's Plan for Your Life

Years ago, there was an article in a prominent fashion magazine that stated supermodels were the most envied women in the world. It said today’s pretty women, supermodels, represent a new breed: mannequins with sex appeal.

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3 Lessons from Daniel about Living a Life of Integrity

Have you ever played the game called Scruples? It's a popular board game from the 1980s that asked the players questions regarding everyday ethical and moral dilemmas.

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When Life Knocks You Off Balance, Cling to Faith

Whenever bad things unexpectedly happen to us (like a job lay off, an unfaithful spouse, or a shocking doctor’s diagnosis), we can be knocked off our “spiritual balance.”

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Rebuilding Your Family’s Firm Foundation in Christ

According to a recent article in Business Insider, the family unit continues to be under attack. It is likely that 39% of marriages today will end in divorce, and that divorce can be financially devastating.

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How Can We Embrace, not Avoid, Transformational Change?

It’s often been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result.

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How King David Teaches Us to Find Happiness after Personal Loss

When I look around the world today there seems to be a happiness vacuum. There are more hurting people, hating people and hopeless people than there are happy people.

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How to Avoid the Trap of Envy

I heard a joke recently about two store owners who were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from one another...

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Staying Faithful in a World That’s Lost Its Way

One of the tell-tale signs of being at the very end of the Church age is people gradually moving away from the things of God...

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Believe That God Will Break Through Your Barriers

Many years ago, I became a young pastor of a small church in Connecticut. One day a man who had been attending for a while approached me...

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How the Good Samaritan Helps Us Love Those We Disagree With

It seems like everywhere we look, there are deep divisions based on political beliefs, perceived offenses, actual offenses and personal opinion. 

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How Can We Recognize the True Fruit of the Spirit?

In our modern "don't judge me" culture, it can be difficult to keep ourselves free from compromise and the influence of the world.

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How to Get Back Up and Keep Running the Race

Every believer's life is a spiritual race of sorts, complete with unseen obstacles and potholes of temptation...

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How to Have a Truly Blessed Life

Until about 20 years ago, no one really knew who Jabez was.

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How Can We Get into Alignment with God?

It’s amazing what desperation will cause us to do...

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How to Transition Well from a Difficult Life Season

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’  Now when they had left the multitude...

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How to Find Yourself after Losing Your Way

Have you ever felt like life has caused you to lose yourself?

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7 Ways God Is Truly Our Good Father

Many years ago, when my children were much younger, I would routinely come home after a long day just to find a toy laying in pieces on top of the counter.  

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Could You Be Caught in a Toxic Relationship?

In this digital age, our lives seem to revolve around our mobile devices... 

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How Can We Make Lemonade from Painful Situations?

There’s an old saying that goes when life hands you lemons, make lemonade!  

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The Importance of Honor in the Christian Life

Memorial Day is upon us again. It’s the holiday that kicks off summer... 

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Looking at Life Through the Right Lens

Recently I noticed some difficulty reading small print, so off I went to the optometrist to be examined... 

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What Ordering Pizza Taught Me about Persistence in Prayer

There is something deep inside us that knows this simple truth: prayer should be...

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Can Enemies and Challenges Actually Benefit Us?

Perhaps when you read the title of this article, it puzzled you, but you read it correctly. There are many benefits of having an enemy.