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A Christmas Blessing for Stepmoms

Merry imperfect Christmas! If there is anyone who needs permission to not be perfect, and to not have a perfect Christmas, it is a stepmother. Give yourself a chance to breathe. You need it. Here are five things you have permission for this Christmas:* 1) This Christmas, you have permission to feel a little anxious. The logistics of celebrating...

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Don't Settle for Second-Best

What is the kingdom of Heaven? From Sunday School you know it’s like a mustard seed or like yeast – it’s much bigger than it seems. In Matthew 13 Jesus goes on to show us that the kingdom of Heaven is something to pursue, something infinitely worth having. Would you sell everything you have to gain it? If you’ve prayed The Life Prayer...

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God Enjoys Your Company

Sometime we start acting like being a Christian is about buckling down and doing our duty, as if it’s about following a long list of don’ts. But Jesus makes it simple for us. It’s really only about one main do—love. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind';...

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Evangelism is a Conversation

Evangelism is all about getting to know people and seeing where they are in relation to Jesus. Sometimes evangelism looks like a sermon – you’ve heard your pastor share the Gospel on a Sunday morning. Other times, and maybe more often, evangelism looks like a conversation. It starts with caring about people enough to ask questions and...

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Invest Your Life

  There is something we all have in common. We want to leave this planet knowing that we did something significant, that our lives had real value. Don’t we? Jesus told his followers the story of a man with three servants. He entrusted each of them with a portion of his fortune while he went on a journey. When the man returned,...

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Through Jesus' Eyes

There are so many ways to see the same person. God chooses a vision that is redemptive, seeing through grace and compassion and hope. And He wants us to see people the same way. To see them for who they could be if they knew just how much Jesus loves them or wants to transform them. To see, we need light, and Jesus is the light source...

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Remarkable Love

There’s a longing in each of us to belong—to find people who will accept us for who we are, not for who we pretend to be. It can be pretty tiring to feel like we have to veil or adapt who we are in order to please others. That’s a big part of why Jesus commanded His disciples three times to love one another. His revolutionary plan was...

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A New Kind of Christian

Hipsters are known for steering away from the mainstream, priding themselves on their non-conformist taste and style.  Christians are supposed to be known for the same: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing...

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