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Now: How Are We to Practice Godliness in a Life of Tension?

In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about what will occur in the last days, or end times. Has every generation before now read this passage and thought, Is this now? I sure do. In a life of tension, how do we keep practicing godliness? But understand this, that in the last days there will come times… Continue reading Now: How Are We to Practice Godliness in a Life of Tension?

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Foundation: Distinguishing God’s Word As the Final Authority

Giving Scripture the last word lays a solid foundation in our lives that cannot be moved. We must be alert to follow God’s Word and encourage each other in it daily so we do not become deceived (Hebrews 3:13). One of the many conversations in our home right now is learning how to spot false… Continue reading Foundation: Distinguishing God’s Word As the Final Authority

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Tools: Reading, Meditating On, and Praying God’s Word

Have you ever opened up about something to a fellow Jesus follower, and without skipping a beat they ask, “Are you reading your Bible? Have you been praying?” The thing is, they’re not wrong to ask that. But there is so much more to it. What tools do we have?  We were on our way… Continue reading Tools: Reading, Meditating On, and Praying God’s Word

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Knowledge: Trusting the Omniscience of God to Preserve Your Life

Knowledge can be powerful, but to what end? Understanding may bring advancement, yet at times those tidbits of information leave us wishing we could un-know it.  Recently I read a case study about a woman who struggled with paralyzing fear. Both she and her fiancee were followers of Christ, but her betrothed had been sexually… Continue reading Knowledge: Trusting the Omniscience of God to Preserve Your Life

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Motivations: Allowing Scripture to Guide Your Growth

Having a plan for personal growth is a positive venture. Being aware of the true motivations behind that desire can help determine the maturity actually derived from the pursuit of such goals.  Some people thrive on New Year’s resolutions. Having a plan forward motivates them to be purposeful about their goals. Whether it’s wellness, organization,… Continue reading Motivations: Allowing Scripture to Guide Your Growth

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Faithfulness: Replicating God’s Loyalty in the Lives of One Another

Faith means having confidence in someone else’s ability without proof. To be faithful means your allegiance is solid and persistent; true to your word. God gave us proof of His faithfulness to us by sending Jesus.  An Incomplete Gift For my mom’s most recent decade birthday (you know, 30/40/50…) I wanted to paint her an… Continue reading Faithfulness: Replicating God’s Loyalty in the Lives of One Another

Devotional · Stay Sane

Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

Pride wears many faces. It is a sneaky thing that isn’t all bad but can quickly become a monster if it is misplaced. To fulfill God’s purpose, we must lay down those things we place above Him.  I asked the following question to a mixed group of folks, (some claiming Christ, others who do not),… Continue reading Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

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Vulnerability: Having A Compassionate Heart for Suffering People

The compassion of Jesus should be our posture in the face of vulnerability. His example teaches us to carry the weight of suffering to the throne of God. Have you ever been informed you were being too vulnerable? Or maybe you’re too much. Alternatively, I would wager we’ve all been in a situation where we… Continue reading Vulnerability: Having A Compassionate Heart for Suffering People

Devotional · Stay Sane

Perception: Reading Psalm 23 Without the Filter of Circumstance

We respond to Scripture based on how we perceive the goings on in our life. That is one of the beauties of God’s Word; it becomes new each day just as our circumstances and moods do. It’s a lifelong process to take God at His word and not allow perception to filter out the truth. … Continue reading Perception: Reading Psalm 23 Without the Filter of Circumstance

Devotional · Stay Sane

Agenda: Godly Responses to Being Slowed Down

We all have a plan nestled deep in within us. For me, that agenda typically serves to provide me with comfort and ease. Let’s take a look at Scripture to see how the Father’s agenda is superior to ours and how it brings glory to Him and blessing to us!  A few weeks ago, I… Continue reading Agenda: Godly Responses to Being Slowed Down