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Misplaced Desires

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Most people struggle with envy, Christians included. We want the things we don’t have and we want more of what we already possess. There never seems to be enough. Somewhere deep inside of us, we believe that if we had more money, more possessions and more adventures, we would be happy and...

God Never Wastes A Hurt

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All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We have all made mistakes and been a part of poor decisions. You know, those decisions that haunt us at night and seem to define our days. We live in fear that others will learn our true identities and reject us, so we live in secret, never...

Blessings Require Responsibility

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Most people, myself included, pray that God would give us more. More stuff, more peace, more faith, pretty much more of everything that is good. My prayer, if I am honest, has nothing to do with me blessing others but with me being blessed by God. I want all God has to offer me and not a bit...

It Doesn't Happen Overnight

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I have often prayed that God would do a work in my life. I imagined that there was some book, an event, or possibly a sermon that would catapult me into spiritual maturity. I always thought that spiritual growth was quick and easy, something equivalent to a five-step program. Sadly, I was...

Holiness Over Happiness

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If scripture is true, and God is for us, then why does it seem like he is not? I imagine that, if God were for me, my life would look much different. I would be richer, smarter and happier, my grass would never grow, and my kids would sleep at night. That is what I imagine if God were for...

Proclaiming My Love

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My wife and I were married on July 25, 2009. It was the greatest day of my life; the jury is still out for my wife. She has always been way out of my league. She is prettier, smarter and funnier. Well, that’s not true. She isn’t funnier than me, but she is prettier and smarter. I...

A Knock at the Door

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Saturday morning, around 10 a.m., there was a knock at our door. Neither my wife nor I were expecting anyone, so we did what most people under the age of 40 do: we freaked out. We told our daughters to be quiet, raced to turn off lights, and quickly reviewed if the garage door was closed. We...

Your Best or the Rest?

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Does God get the best or the rest? The first story recorded after the fall of Adam and Eve is actually a story of the first-ever family feud. In Genesis 4, we are told the story of Cain and Abel and the sacrifices they bring to God. Both men bring an offering to God but only one offering is...

God’s Voice is Found in God’s Word

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The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.— John 10:3-4 I love the passage of scripture that talks about Jesus as the Great Shepherd and how the sheep hear his voice and follow him. The language is so poetic...

Grace Alone

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I am pastor, a child of God, and I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 30 years, so this is hard for me to admit. If I am honest, however, I have a difficult time accepting that salvation is free. I have never liked giveaways or freebies. Something for nothing just doesn’t seem...


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