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Your Failures Are Not Final

October 23, 2014

Your Failures Are Not Final Last year, I rambled on for four pages in my journal asking questions about why so many believers feel defeated. Why don’t many of us live up to our potential? Why do we quote Romans 8:37, saying we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” but fail to truly believe it? Why don’t [...]

When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

October 22, 2014

When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough What do we do when we've given our best, but it just isn't enough? Check out today's message from Renee Swope that will help you make truth-filled assessments and wisdom-based adjustments to live and lead with confidence. “Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion [...]

What My Checkbook Says About Me

October 21, 2014

What My Checkbook Says About Me “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24 (NIV 1984) Imagine walking into church one day to discover all your financial information on display. Your check register is copied as a bulletin insert. Your bank statement is in the pastor’s PowerPoint presentation and his message is [...]

Breaking the Procrastination Cycle: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Time

October 20, 2014

Breaking the Procrastination Cycle: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Time How many times has your evening gone something like this: I’m not quite ready for bed yet, so I’ll do a quick Facebook check. Whoa! There’s a quiz to find out what my name should have been? An hour later: Wow, I’ve been on Facebook for a while! Guess I’m going to be tired again [...]

Is Your Battle Heating Up?

October 17, 2014

Is Your Battle Heating Up? Every redemptive and good story has a villain. Dorothy and Toto had the Wicked Witch of the West. Cinderella had the Evil Stepmother—and Nehemiah had Sanballat, the governor of Samaria. If there was ever a picture of how evil operates—and escalates—to attempt to sabotage God’s work, it’s in the pages of Nehemiah. No matter your [...]

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Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

October 16, 2014

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer? It’s inevitable. Some days our prayers will feel like they’re only reaching our bedroom ceilings. So, what does the Bible have to say about those moments? There are two truths about God that we must keep in mind concerning prayer. God hears us and loves to give good gifts. (Matt. 6:8; Psalm 34:15; 1 Peter [...]

My Steamroller Lessons on Relational Conflict

October 15, 2014

My Steamroller Lessons on Relational Conflict Some life lessons come easily. They blow into our days like a tender breeze. Others come less gently—like getting run over by a steamroller. They beat us and pound us and come hard as God molds us into His image. I wish I could say all the lessons the Lord has taught me have been [...]

Obedience Over Comfort

October 14, 2014

Obedience Over Comfort Sometimes we can believe the lie that doing the right thing should feel good or that God will remove the weight from hard obedience. We want following Jesus to be tidy and cozy. We can look in the face of a challenging decision and cuddle up to our chains. We become bound by fear and [...]

What Every Christian Needs to Know About Conflict

October 13, 2014

What Every Christian Needs to Know About Conflict Conflict is inevitable. People are flawed and the world is broken, so we shouldn’t be surprised when we face struggles in all areas of our lives, relationships and endeavors. We can’t avoid all conflict, but we can try to endure it and learn from it. Conflict isn’t about the obstacles; it’s about the opportunities. Conflict [...]

Why Everyone’s Plate Is a Different Size

October 10, 2014

Why Everyone’s Plate Is a Different Size Last year, while on a long hike, I listened to a series of sermons on living a balanced lifestyle. During this audio marathon, I scrolled through a list of articles on my phone by the same topic and came across a quote from a pastor which said, “Everyone’s plate is a different size.” This simple [...]

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