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Thoughts Determine Behavior

March 2, 2015

Thoughts Determine Behavior Ezra was born in slavery on a Georgia cotton plantation in 1800. At the conclusion of the Civil War, his owner called him and the other slaves in from the fields and gave them their freedom. Some milled around trying to decide their next step. Some shouted for joy and left the plantation immediately. Ezra, [...]

Your Mission vs. The World’s Ways

February 27, 2015

Your Mission vs. The World’s Ways I like movies when the good guy accomplishes his mission. For example, in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo miraculously succeeds in destroying the Ring. In Apollo 13, a mission gone awry is completed with a daring and thrilling journey back to the safety of earth. And in the movie Rudy, Rudy overcomes multiple obstacles [...]

Loving Someone Who’s Hard to Love

February 26, 2015

Loving Someone Who’s Hard to Love When you hear the word “love,” what comes to mind? Most of us think of our spouses, children, family, or friends. We think of people who are easy to love, because they love us back. In Luke 6:32 Jesus says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Jesus goes [...]

The Problem of Self Sufficiency

February 25, 2015

The Problem of Self Sufficiency Please note that Shana Schutte is no longer available with Blueprint for Life, but you can sign up to her new blog and also get her free ebook: 5 Great Relationship Truths that Will Change Your Life. Last summer I read Craig Groeschel’s book The Christian Atheist. For 12 chapters Groeschel examines the symptoms of [...]

Dollars, Sense, and Lasting Change

February 24, 2015

Dollars, Sense, and Lasting Change Attitudes about money are established in the heart. The challenge for most people is that the heart is attached to the head, and the head does not naturally think biblically about money. It may surprise you to learn just how much the Bible has to say about finances. There are more than 2,350 verses on [...]

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Exercise As a Way to Increase Faith

February 23, 2015

Exercise As a Way to Increase Faith In her book Made to Crave, author Lysa Terkeurst writes that exercise used to make her want to cry. Then she invited God into her exercise routine and discovered that being healthy isn’t just about being good to your body; it can be a reason for a deeper relationship with Christ. At first I could [...]

A Big Mission for Your Life

February 20, 2015

A Big Mission for Your Life You are perfectly equipped for your personal mission. God has given you passion, skills, and talent, but at times you will feel totally unequipped. There will be moments or seasons when you will feel stretched; your mission will be “bigger than you.” Sometimes your mission will be bigger than you because you have a larger-than-life [...]

Fixing Your Eyes on the Unseen

February 19, 2015

Fixing Your Eyes on the Unseen For many of us, heaven seems like it's more important than the here and now. But author Randy Alcorn reminds us that this life matters because it's the beginning of a life that will last forever. Even though as Christians we affirm the reality of the spiritual realm, sometimes we succumb to naturalistic assumptions that [...]

He is Working in Your Waiting

February 18, 2015

He is Working in Your Waiting What do you do when you receive a bad report from the doctor? What do you do when the wayward child you have prayed diligently for has a hardened heart toward God, or when the bills are piling up and the only hope you have is another interview with little chance of getting the job? [...]

Setting Safe Boundaries

February 17, 2015

Setting Safe Boundaries I vividly recall walking into my office in 2004 and seeing a friend engrossed in a book about setting healthy boundaries. She looked up and handed me the book, telling me she would buy herself a new copy. It would appear I needed this book! While I didn’t agree with everything found inside the cover, [...]

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