God’s Tough Love: Needs vs. Wants

 How reassuring it is to have God’s promise that He will meet our needs! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 However, many of us are like children when it comes to distinguishing our needs from our wants. A child may think they need […]

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Thankful For Friends

God created us with an innate need to connect with others. Newborns recognize their mother’s voice upon birth, and many believe while still in utero. Like our God, we long for relationships and families are where we first learn to connect. Jesus grew up with half-brothers and half-sisters (Mark 6:3). Although the Bible does not […]

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A Peace Beyond All Understanding

Peace is freedom from all disturbances. Peace is a calm assurance despite the circumstances we face. Tranquility permeates our inner man when we are at peace. Serenity fills the gaps gouged out by adversity. A state of peace forces anxiety to flee and commands worry to retreat. God is our peace. “For He Himself is […]

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Cherith: A Place of Separation

There are times when God commands us to separate from people or activities. If you are not a fan of solitude, this can be an intimidating request. God’s purpose in separating us is not always revealed immediately but we can be certain that it is for our benefit. Spiritual growth is intricately linked to our […]

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Absolute Obedience

God expects His children to be obedient, completely obedient! Partial obedience is disobedience in the eyes of our heavenly Father. We cannot pick and chose what we want to do when God directs us into action. King Saul learned this lesson and the consequences of His disobedience were very costly. In fact, his partial obedience […]

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How Do I Heal?

  “’For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17a  Life is never just smooth sailing and good times. With our mountaintop experiences, there are also treks into deep valleys. Everyone goes through adversity. Pain and suffering are included in the package called life. Scripture tells us about […]

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Discipleship and Christian Evangelism

  Why did God create man? He did not need us. It was not because He was lonely. Long before we were here, God already had “company” with His Son and the Holy Spirit (Let us make man in our own image. Genesis 1:26a). Despite this fact, God chose to create us out of His great love. […]

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Our Steps Are Ordered By The Lord

Our every step in life is the subject of divine decree. And though a man will plan out his course, it is God who ultimately directs his steps. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)  “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs […]

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Speaking Words In Haste

  If you speak words in haste, trouble will not be far behind. Consider the story of Jephthah in Judges 11:30-40. It is a solemn reminder not to uttered vows in haste. “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 29:20 (NKJV) The elders […]

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Words of Encouragement

  Encouragement is emphasized in the Bible because it is necessary to our walk of faith. Jesus told us that, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (Jn. 16:33b).” Christ even told His followers that they would be hated (Jn. 15:19). He did not sugar coat the Christian walk. […]

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