If I Forgive, Am I Excusing the Wrong?

I’ve often heard the word “forgive” thrown around among Christians, but rarely an explanation of what it means is ever provided. It’s clear that Jesus wants us to forgive, and that’s what many Christians have…
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Is It OK To Be a Work in Progress?

I’m in a rut. I seem to be making nothing but mistakes. I’ve fallen down the same hole, it seems, far too much. Whatever sin it is I’m struggling with—gossip, a hot temper, unforgiveness—it seems…
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What Does it Mean to Follow Christ?

  What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?   Now, in asking this question, I mean, at its core, what is the essence of the Christian faith? What does it look like?…
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Condemnation vs. Conviction: How to Tell the Difference

It amazes me how I can go from praising the Lord while singing along with Christian music in my car to yelling at the person who cut me off—almost simultaneously. But sometimes I react and…
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Indignant: When Others Wrongly Accuse Us

What do we do when a classmate says that we spread gossip about her or that we lied to a teacher when, clearly, we didn’t? It’s easy to get indignant in that type of situation,…
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Does God Want Me to Have Everything Together?

Our  society  nowadays  discourages  fear,  hurt,  and  anger.  The  ideal  person  in  this  world  “has  everything  together.”  We  look  up  to  that  expectation  and  make it  our  goal.  But  what  we’re  really  trying  to  be…
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The Importance of Gratitude

Roses are red.  Violets are blue.  You appreciate me, and I appreciate you.   Unfortunately, gratitude is something that is often thrown to the wayside.  However, I cannot stress enough how important it is.  We…
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How to Achieve Your Goals by Reaching Higher: An Example from King David

King David is known for many things in the Bible, but I personally admire him for his faith in God throughout his life. You’ve probably heard one of the many retold stories from his life,…
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Is God Just an Afterthought?

Sometimes twenty-four hours doesn’t seem like enough of a day. We are always getting distracted, always wasting time on Faceb–wait, this problem has been in existence for a lot longer than Facebook. For pete’s sake, busyness…
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Do I Have to Kneel to Pray?

There’s one praise song that makes me want to kneel every time I hear it. First stand, and then kneel. “The Great I Am” stirs my heart with so much love and respect for God…
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Women Impacting History: Making Differences in the Everyday

It seems like there is a massive misconception that people have to travel to the other side of the world and donate millions of dollars to make a difference in the world.  Yes, traveling to…
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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

“You’re okay. It’s gonna be fine. It’ll be over soon. Don’t worry about it; it will work itself out. Just don’t think about it.”   I repeat these phrases to myself whenever I’m under stress…
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Making a Difference One Conversation at a Time

Confession time—I’m a recovering people-pleaser. I want people to like me. I want to make people feel good and, I don’t want to upset anybody. That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not. Not…
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6 Things to Look for in Scripture

Have you ever read a passage in Scripture, and when you finished, you couldn’t remember what you read? Or you weren’t sure how to apply it to your life?   I’ve been there. Having something…
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